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Schneider appointed to state tourism council

Media contacts: Catherine Dehdashti, U of M Extension, (612) 625-0237, ced@umn.edu; Preston Smith, University News Service, smith@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552

ST. PAUL, Minn. (6/29/2011) —Ingrid Schneider, director of the University of Minnesota Tourism Center, has been reappointed to the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council by Governor Mark Dayton.

The council was created by the 2004 Legislature to promote activities that support and expand the state's domestic and international travel market.

The University's Tourism Center, which provides education and research to strengthen tourism in Minnesota, is a partnership between University of Minnesota Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). The Tourism Center's educational programs and pioneering research meet tourism industry needs in customer service, festival and event management and tourism development.

Schneider is also a faculty member in the U of M Forest Resources Department and coordinates the University's International Ecotourism Certificate.

Schneider is honored for this opportunity to serve. "The University has an exciting role to play in this important area of Minnesota's economic development. We offer pertinent education and research to inform and serve the industry. Council membership accelerates the transfer of that information. We value the opportunity to be on the council among such an esteemed group of tourism leaders."

"The council serves a critical role to guide our $11 million dollar industry," Explore Minnesota Tourism Director John Edman said. "This dynamic group of individuals represents a wide range of the tourism industry and I look forward to continue working with them."

The Explore Minnesota Tourism Council consists of 28 members, including 23 appointed by the governor. The director of Explore Minnesota Tourism chairs the council.

Established in 1987, the Tourism Center taps the research and engagement capacity of Extension and CFANS. The center's focus is to prepare and support the tourism industry for success and sustainability. Center staff and its affiliates research subjects that directly and indirectly enlighten decision making for individuals, communities and businesses.

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