Sustainable Tourism Assessment for Small Communities

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This project helps communities in the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) regions of Minnesota discover opportunities to develop their community's sustainable tourism using the Tourism Center's Tourism Assessment Program (TAP).

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Sustainable Tourism Assessment for Small Communities

  1. 1. Sustainable Tourism Assessmentfor Small CommunitiesUniversity of Minnesota Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer.This project helps five small communitiesin the Regional Sustainable DevelopmentPartnerships (RSDP) regions acrossMinnesota discover opportunities todevelop their community’s assets forsustainable tourism.Why? Expanding regional assets canattract more visitors or keep them longerin the region.This project is a collaboration of the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships,University of Minnesota Tourism Center, and University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality.©Explore Minnesota TourismThe project utilizes the Tourism Center’sTourism Assessment Program (TAP) to provide: A community inventory for identifying andassessing local tourism assets Community visits and on-site consultationwith a team of tourism experts A facilitated community meeting to solicitinput from residents related to strengths,weaknesses, opportunities and threats forlocal tourism Community teams visit another communityin the project Written reports for each community withanalysis, observations, and recommendationsto address identified opportunities in asustainable manner, and Comprehensive evaluation of the programoutcomes and impact using Ripple EffectMapping and other evaluation strategies.April –May 2013 Recruit communities.June 2013 Community team training & project launch.June –August 2013 Data collectionJuly-September 2013 Community teams visit another community inproject.August-October 2013 Tourism expert team visits communities.October 2013-February 2014Reports drafted and presented to communityJanuary –April 2014 Extension Educators facilitate action planningwith each community.April – December2014Communities implement action steps.October 2014 Statewide CelebrationProject Coordinator: Cynthia Messer, University of Minnesota Tourism CenterRSDP Regions

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