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Abstract

The Minnesota Extension Service, University of Minnesota, has been providing tourism and travel research and adult education for the past 30 years. Due to the rapid growth of the travel and tourism industry, the University has created a Tourism Center in order to coordinate the many disciplines that can assist this large industry and provide industry representatives better access to University resources. While the Center concept is widely used within the University setting, it is relatively new in the tourism and travel field. Developing stable funding for the Center, broadening the constituency served, improving working relationships with industry groups and legitimizing tourism and travel as an activity of the University are the Center's high priorities.

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