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Tourism and its impact on communities

A young person holding a dog looking at a tourism map in the historical area of a town.

(Air date: August 18, 2022)

The tourism industry can be a critical catalyst to help communities develop economically and demographically. While the impact of COVID-19 will linger for years to come, businesses and community organizations across Minnesota have proven resilient in the face of fluctuating demand, workforce shortages, climate changes, and other issues.

During this conversation, our panelists discuss examples of how they have responded to these challenges and much more.

Episode host

  • Xinyi Qian, director
    University of Minnesota Tourism Center


  • Dan Hartman, Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC)
  • Bryan Anderson, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Justin Otsea, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC)


  • The University of Minnesota Tourism Center provides research, education, and engagement to strengthen the tourism industry across the state.
  • Read Director Qian’s interview with Extension’s Source magazine about her vision and priorities for the UMN Tourism Center.


Read this episode's conversation below.


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