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.

March 2011

NEW Teaching Resources
3rd edition of Community Tourism Development guide
Case Study film provides valuable lessons
Additional Resources
Quick Links
Tourism Fact

1 out of 9:

U.S. jobs that depend on travel & tourism  

(U.S. Travel Association, 2011)


We hope this note finds you enjoying a successful spring term!  Like us, you are probably also beginning to think about textbooks and resources for your fall classes.  

The Tourism Center has several NEW resources available to help.  Our popular Community Tourism Development is now in its 3rd edition.  In a new paperback format, it is a great resource for tourism and community development classes. 

Looking for case examples? Check out our new film Weaving Tourism into Community:  four stories over time.

Read below for more information on these and other helpful resources as you prepare for your fall classes. 

Cynthia Messer
Extension Professor

Community Tourism Development  (3rd edition)  


  • NEW Stories!
  • NEW Format! 
  • NEW Technology!  CTD 3rd edition cover

This guide applies theory to real life -- delivering the essentials of planning, developing and managing tourist destinations from a community standpoint.  Based on extensive research, this comprehensive, 250-page manual provides a step-by-step process of developing local tourism.  Community examples drive home the concepts and share how communities have found success with tourism.   Case studies of four communities - Dahlonega, Georgia; Sandpoint, Idaho; San Luis, Colorado and the Villages of Van Buren, Iowa take a deeper look at tourism development in a variety of community settings.      

Guide ncludes a CD-Rom of 30+ worksheet and assessment forms presented in an interactive format.  

Great for applied learning, student projects and fieldwork.  Using this as a required reading gives students a practical, research-based tool that is affordable.   

To View the Table of Contents and sampler, or to order 


Price:  $ 69 (+S&H)   Volume pricing available.


ISBN #  9781888440515         Extension Store item # 08665 

New Film:  Weaving Tourism into Community:  four stories over time (2010)


  • Who was involved?
  • What was accomplished?Weaving Tourism Into Community
  • How did they do it?
  • What challenges do they still face? 

A unique longitudinal case study of the four communities featured in the Community Tourism Development guide.   University researchers returned to the four communities first profiled in 1991 to learn how these communities have dealt with tourism.  In their own words, community leaders describe the changes, benefits and challenges their communities have experienced from tourism development over the years.      

These case studies stress five core values for tourism development: 1) maintaining authenticity and sense of place; 2) delivering quality service and products; 3) using tourism as a diversification strategy; 4) encouraging local control; and 5) assessing the true benefits and costs of tourism.    

DVD format / 65 minutes long and divided into segments on each community.   Extension Store item # 08662    To View a sample  or to order    


Price:  $24.95 (+S&H) 

SAVE by purchasing the manual and video together!

These two great tourism development resources have been packaged for cost savings.   Order the Community Tourism Development guide and the film Weaving Tourism into Community:  four stories over time  at a reduced price when you purchase as a package.     

Visit the Extension Store. Item 08670     

Price:  $85.00 (+S&H) when purchased together. Volume discount available. 

Ask your bookstore to order item 08670

Additional Resources

The University of Minnesota Tourism Center offers additional research and educational programs on community tourism, sustainable tourism, customer service, and festival and event management.  Visit our website at