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.

Fall 2010

In this issue
Tourism 20 years later
Legacy connections
Events abound
An Emmy winner!?
Ag-tourism webinar
Quick Links
Tourism Fact
95% of MN residents
think tourism is
important to 
state economy 
We hope this note finds you reflecting on a successful summer and preparing for an even better fall season!
Our summer was full of workshops, writing and watching the changing market. We hope you'll benefit from what we've learned and are sharing in our new products and reports. This fall our work continues with exciting projects focused on byways, quality of life and sustainable tourism.
We hope you'll consider applying the Carlson Chair for Travel, Tourism & Hospitality to support your education or research needs (applications are due October 1).  For nearly 25 years this fund has enhanced tourism education and research: consider applying for funds or supporting the fund yourself or through your company.
In the meantime, please let us know how we can make your fall bountiful with our research, education, or training.  
Ingrid Schneider, Director
Tourism 20 years later: Case studies film
This unique film documents tourism development in 4 U.S. communities from 1990 to 2010.  Using 5 core tourism development values, these case studies provide valuable lessons regarding how communities have dealt with the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism.  Order Weaving Tourism Into Communities:  four stories over time ($24.95 plus shipping;  University of Minnesota Extension product # 08662).  
An accompanying Tourism Development Manual is also available. Order the manual (University of Minnesota Extension product # 08624) or preview a sample chapter.  Look for this in Spanish soon!
Legacy connections
The Center has connected to the Legacy Amendment planning efforts both in two areas: 1) water and 2) parks and trails. Working with the Water Resource Center, Tourism Center staffed a working group that produced a white paper paper on recreational, cultural & spiritual values of water.  Keep current about the project by signing up for monthly emails.
Similarly, the Tourism Center is working with the Center for Changing Landscapes to create an experience inventory of parks and trails.  Coupled with a physical inventory, this work will inform planning efforts for the next several decades. Learn more about the project and look for full reports winter 2011.
Events abound
Despite the economy, event attendance remains strong and festivals remain an important part of community fabric.  The Festival & Event Management program is ongoing and an improved online offering is on the way!  If special events are of interest, there's limited room in the Event Managment 3 workshop, Saturday, October 2 from 1 to 4 pm on the St Paul Campus: register!
 Tourism Center staff worked with the Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA) to complete an evaluation of TC Pride. Look for the final report soon and use our other festival research to inform your marketing and planning.
Emmy congratulations to UMN & TPT for 'Tourism in Minnesota: Ideas at Play' 
'Tourism in Minnesota: Ideas at Play' won an Emmy!  The 30 minute film features stories and discussion about tourism initiatives across Minnesota. The U of MN Extension co-produced the film with Twin Cities Public Television. The 30 minute show aired on the Minnesota Channel in 2009 and is available on the Tourism Center's website. Congratulations to the entire team and cast, particularly TPT producer Steve Spencer and UMN liason Joyce Hoelting! See event details at the Midwest Regional Emmy site. 
Ag-tourism webinar Sept. 28
Our colleagues at the Horizons program are hosting a webinar focused on Agri-Tourism/Green Tourism with NDSU Extension, 7:30pm Central time, Tuesday, September 28. Learn about strategies to connect agriculture operations to alternative enterprises through tourism. This is the first in a webinar series on a variety of topics designed to assist rural communities move from poverty to prosperity. You may want to review the Center's agri-tourism resources prior to the webinar. 
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