Ethnic Cultural Tourism Destinations Conference - Inaugural Event Background

July 13, 2011 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Black Bear Crossings on the Lake, 1360 North Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN 55103

The Potential is Exponential

Minnesota is home to dozens of ethnic cultures representing common and distinctive group characteristics like traditions, nationality, religion, and language. The Ethnic Cultural Tourism Destinations Collaborative fosters stronger communities by celebrating and sharing their unique cultures and histories. Through the promotion of cultural tourism as an economic development opportunity, the conference will give people the tools needed to capitalize on these assets while expanding their economies through new visitors to their neighborhoods.

Conference Goals

  • Advance ethnic cultural tourism development as an attractive economic & community development strategy
  • Identify for practitioners and stakeholders the benefits and outcomes of ethnic cultural tourism
  • Establish common language and understanding for Minnesota’s ethnic cultural tourism initiatives
  • Identify issues impacting communities of color as they seek to leverage their own cultural capital
  • Provide access to information, funding and research sources.


Business owners, community developers, tourism industry members, cultural organizations, ethnic community groups, government agencies, politicians and anyone interested in creating inclusive places of opportunity.

Activities & Outcomes

Learning about the benefits and sustainable practices of ethnic cultural heritage tourism. Attendees can explore the rich opportunities offered by cultural tourism destinations. With increased awareness of the growing heritage/cultural tourism market, decision makers will want to support the development of multicultural tourism destinations. Through this exposure, community and economic development groups can promote the implementation of ethnic destinations.

Hearing from national experts and tourism planners discussing cultural tourism destinations planning and development. It is expected that the participation in the conference by community and economic development groups will encourage implementation of future ethnic destinations. An expected local outcome is the implementing and upkeep of the ethnic destinations in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Networking and building cross-sector coalitions. The conference will help agents and planners meet new colleagues, connect with their peers, and network across industries to discover some interesting synergies.

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