Tourism & U: News you can use

The Tourism Center is a collaboration of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
and the University of Minnesota Extension.

Summer 2011
In this issue
Festival fever
Ethnic Culture Tourism Conference
Happy app?
Where have we been!?
Recently read
Quick Links
Tourism Fact

Transportation is only 12% of MN visitor expenditures!

EMT 2011


Summer is upon us and we're excited to hear, see and experience the industry's optimism for a great season! 

We've had a productive spring with presentations, workshops and other opportunities to help you grow. Enjoy this update and share your ideas, concerns and opportunities with us at anytime via phone, email, Facebook or Twitter!  

Ingrid Schneider, Ph.D.
Director, 612-624-4947,
Festival Fever
The summer festival and event season is in full force! Not only do festivals attract tourists and inspire community pride, they bring diverse groups together to celebrate and enhance our sense of community!    Curious about festival goers for a sponsor or possible partnership? Check out our full festival research reports or the one page summaries about various festival markets. This year we'll be adding work on a brand new festival in northeastern Minnesota as well as an existing metro festival.  For those of you interested in festival and event education, consider an online or in-person course! Early bird registration ends Sept 15.


Our Scenic Byways work revealed the importance of festivals to quality of life in central and northwestern Minnesota. Find reports for either byway:  Paul Bunyan or Lake Country.  We'll be presenting this byway work at the National Scenic Byways Conference in August with our great partner Brigid Tuck.

Ethnic Cultural Tourism Destinations Conference July 13 


The Carlson Chair for Travel, Tourism & Hospitality is proud to sponsor of  Ethnic Cultural Tourism Destinations Collaborative (ECTD)'s Ethnic Cultural Tourism Destinations Conference, July 13 in St. Paul. As you know, Minnesota is home to dozens of cultures representing common and distinctive group characteristics like traditions, nationality, religion, and language. This unique conference explores how to capitalize on cultural assets while expanding local, regional and statewide economies through new visitors to those communities. Center staff Cynthia Messer is also on the program!


The Center has recently updated their market niche information on cultural heritage tourists: check it out and make suggestions for other research ideas!

Happy app?


TripAdvisor recently reported that 38% of travelers have used their mobile device to plan a trip and 60% have downloaded a travel app. reports on 11 'genius' travel apps. Do you have a favorite or are you developing a great MN app? Let us know!


What...? You're not even on the map? Check out our internet education offerings and get on the map with the workshop on advertising in a digital age!  In eighteen Minnesota communities, Extension is helping businesses work together to use the Internet for marketing, sales, customer communication, and customer support. When local businesses adopt technology, community economies benefit. The MIRC initiative offers communities workshops, strategy discussions, and consultation to guide planning through the end of 2012.

Where can and will you find our work?!

Tourism Center staff continue to be on the move within the state, nation and world!

Perhaps you've recently seen our work at the 

...Riverland Conference in Thief River Falls, MN?

...UMN's Center for Transportation Research Conference in St. Paul, MN?

...International Association of Society & Natural Resources in Madison, WI?

...National Extension Tourism Conference in Charleston, SC?


Look for us at the upcoming

...Travel & Tourism Research Association in London, Ontario

...International Association of Community Development Professionals in Lisbon, Portugal, and

...Ethnic Cultural Tourism Destinations Conference in St. Paul, MN!


Check out our educational offerings and research to spark your interests and expand your horizons. Contact us for presentations or projects!

Recently read: Good boss, bad boss: How to be the best and learn from the worst

Got a boss or are you the boss? Either way, you'll benefit from Robert Sutton's latest contribution to the leadership literature: Good Boss, Bad Boss. An insightful and straightforward compilation of research and experience, Sutton shares the best advice from the best bosses.  For example, the best bosses share five beliefs: 1) don't crush the bird--find ways to be there when you are needed, 2) grit gets you there, 3) small wins are the path, 4) power can be toxic, and 5) have your employee's backs.  Sutton's honesty about the challenge of great leadership is refreshing and insightful. Enjoy!