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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.

October 2012

Teaching Resources
Festival Management course online
Case Study FILM
Community Tourism Development guide
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

As you begin planning for Spring semester classes, are you looking for new teaching resources?   

Do you teach a class that looks at tourism development and planning in communities?  Do you engage your students with real-life case examples, applied research or experiential projects to develop your students' understanding of tourism at the local level?   The Tourism Center's research-based materials can help energize your students' learning.  Click on the links below to check them out and place an order for your Spring class.    

Cynthia Messer
Extension Professor
612-624-4947, cmesser@umn.edu
Do you teach Festival & Event Management?


Offer your students the opportunity for a certificate in Festival & Event Management through the U of Minnesota's Tourism Center.  The Tourism Center's revised Festival & Event Management certificate program is now online.  Let's talk about collaborating to bring this certificate opportunity to your students.  Contact
 us at

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


A powerful classroom tool to help students appreciate how tourism works in community!   The film is divided into 4 individual community case studies to eWeaving Tourism Into Communitynable discussion and use throughout the semester.


In each case community leaders describe the changes, benefits and challenges their communities have experienced from tourism development over nearly two decades.  The four communities are Dahlonega, GA, Sandpoint, ID, San Luis, CO  and the Villages of Van Buren County, IA.      


The case studies stress five core values for tourism development:

1) maintaining authenticity and sense of place;  

2) delivering quality service and products;  

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Award-winner 2012 NACDEP Educational Piece 

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  Each community case is approximately 15 minutes.   Extension Store item # 08662       

To View a sample  or to order    


Price:  $24.95 (+S&H)    

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 on an included CD!  Use these for course projects and field work.    


Great for applied learning, 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    

Recent Research:  

Economic Contribution of Museums in Minnesota.
(2012) View
Do families vacation more in the summer when school starts after Labor Day?
Transportation and Quality of Life:  an Annotated Bibliography. (2010) 
Interesting Resources

U.S. Travel Association research on the economic value of tourism  View

The Cultural Data Projectis an online management tool gathering  longitudinal data in multiple U.S. states. view

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future is an online resource offered by UNESCO.

Caseplace.org is a library of teaching resources run by the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education to help faculty incorporate sustainability issues into coursework.

European Heritage Days  Each September, member countries put new cultural assets on view and open up historical buildings normally closed to the public. 


Additional Resources

The University of Minnesota Tourism Center has been providing research and educational programs on community tourism, sustainable tourism, customer service, and festival and event management for 25 years.  Visit our website at www.tourism.umn.edu