Current Issues Impacting Tourism Webinar Series

Every Thursday
April 23 - May 14, 2020
3 -  4:30 p.m.

Offered via web using Zoom

The COVID-19 pandemic is evolving quickly and impacting tourism in a number of unprecedented ways. While macro-level impacts on the tourism industry are becoming rather obvious, innovative ideas and data are developing out of this pandemic that can assist small town businesses and tourism economies as we progress through this and aim for recovery.

Hosted by Michigan State University Extension Tourism field and campus faculty, this webinar series will include weekly national tourism reports and impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, dive deeper into specialized topics as they relate to tourism, present a variety of strategies available to small towns, and allow for extensive community discussion. During this webinar series participants will also have the opportunity to share their own strategies and potential opportunities with one another.

Webinars Topics:

  • April 23, 3-4:30 p.m. - COVID19 Impacts on Tourism and Strategies for Small Town Tourism (Please note this webinar registration link is different from the webinar series link. Register here for April 23 webinar.)
    • Presenter: Andy Northrop, MA - MSU Extension Community Vitality and Tourism Educator
  • April 30, 3-4:30 p.m. - What might tourism look like after COVID-19?
    • Presenter: Dan McCole, PhD -MSU Associate Professor
  • May 7, 3-4:30 p.m.- Food Systems, Agri-tourism, and Sustainability
    • Presenter: Garrett Zieger, MS - MSU Extension Food Systems and Tourism Educator
  • May 14, 3-4:30 p.m. - Global Lessons in COVID-19 from United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
    • Presenter: Will Cronin, MPA - MSU Etension Community Vitality and Tourism Educator –

Each week the webinar/program will run 3:00-4:30 p.m. with the last 30-45 minutes for group discussion. Please note that registration is required. Participants will receive a reminder one day before the webinar begins with the same connection information below. Participants are asked to have an adequate internet connection and sound. It will not be necessary to have a webcam. Password is required to join the webinar.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, contact Andy Northrop, Statewide Extension Educator for Sustainable Tourism, at