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Tourism & U: 
teaching resources 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.

April 2012

Teaching Resources
Community Tourism Development guide
Case Study FILM
Additional Resources
Here's what Educators say about our products

"Community Tourism Development provides our advanced undergraduates in Parks, Recreation, Tourism with high quality information, tools, community spotlights and case studies which inform their academic learning and have relevant application."   

Roger Merchant,

Associate Extension Professor 

University of Maine


Quick Links


Do you teach a class that looks at tourism planning or  development in communities?   Are you looking for research-based teaching materials and tools?    


If you use real-life case examples, applied research or experiential projects to develop your students' understanding of tourism at the local level, we offer several resources to help energize your students' learning.  I invite you to check them out below, then place your order for Fall.   

Enjoy your summer!



Cynthia Messer
Extension Professor
612-624-4947, cmesser@umn.edu

Community Tourism Development  (3rd edition)  

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This guide presents the the essentials of planning, developing and managing tourist destinations from a community standpoint.  It includes real-world community examples and case studies of how communities have found success with tourism.     


Guide includes 30+ worksheets and assessments.   


Great for applied learning, student projects and fieldwork.  It is an applied tool that is affordable and practical.    


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


Price:  $ 69 (+S&H)  Volume pricing available. Have your bookstore order today!  


ISBN #  9781888440515       Extension Store item # 08665    

CASE STUDY FILM:  Weaving Tourism into Community:  four stories over time (2010) 


Weaving Tourism Into CommunityA powerful view of how tourism really works in community!  

Community leaders describe the changes, benefits and challenges their communities have experienced from tourism development over nearly two decades.  Communities explored are Dahlonega, GA, Sandpoint, ID, San Luis, CO  and the Villages of Van Buren County, IA.      


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)    

Economic Contribution of Museums in Minnesota.  View
Transportation and Quality of Life:  an Annotated Bibliography. 

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 www.tourism.umn.edu