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U of M Tourism Center film wins regional Emmy

Media Contact: Catherine Dehdashti, U of M Extension, (612) 625-0237,

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (9/27/2010) --"Tourism in Minnesota, Ideas at Play," a half-hour special made in collaboration with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) highlighting the role of tourism in Minnesota's economy, won a regional Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was announced Sept. 25, 2010, at the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Awards Gala at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis.

The University of Minnesota Tourism Center video production features the stories of five regional tourism initiatives, highlighting how collaboration among businesses and individuals creates commendable, sustainable contributions to local economies. The program also features the university's role of research and education in supporting community tourism efforts.

"This award is a testament to the collaborative nature of Minnesota tourism," said Ingrid Schneider, director of the Tourism Center. "The film celebrates University and community partnerships, and the film itself was a collaborative effort among our partners."

The program won the Emmy for Outstanding Business and Consumer Program Special. The TPT production team of Steve Spencer (producer), Tom Trow (executive in charge), Joseph Demko, John Kendall, Jim Kron and Valerie Mondor share the award.

"Tourism in Minnesota, Ideas at Play" can be viewed regularly on Twin Cities Public Television stations and online at

The University of Minnesota Tourism Center is a collaboration of University of Minnesota Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. For more information on the Tourism Center, visit

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