Daniel L. Erkkila

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Extension Professor

Education

University of Minnesota 
Ph.D. (Forest Management), 1991

University of Minnesota 
M.S. (Forest Management), 1982

University of Minnesota 
B.S. (Forest Science), 1977

Research Interests

Area of specialization is tourism economics and community tourism development and planning. His research and outreach interests include:

  • Regional economic impacts from tourism and travel
  • Nature-based tourism
  • The identification of linkages between natural resource management processes and tourism

He has been with the University of Minnesota's Tourism Center since 1991 and had years of service as both associate and interim director.

Current Research

Currently a co-principal investigator on a project entitled "Recreational Homes, Gateway Communities and Rural Development" sponsored by North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. 

Affiliated Organizations

  • International Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA)
    • Dan has served as a Past-President and Chairman for the Board and is currently serving another term as Chairman of the Board of CenStates Chapter of TTRA.
    • TTRA is the premier research association representing travel marketing and research professionals, promoting the development and use of quality research in the travel and tourism industry worldwide.
    • It is the sponsor of one of the travel industries oldest and most well known academic journals, the Journal of Travel Research.
    • The organization has 800 members worldwide, representing 41 countries.

Publications

Erkkila, D.L. 2010. Economic Impacts from the Minnesota Zoo 2009. Special research report for the Minnesota Zoological Gardens. University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. North Central Research and Outreach Center. January 28, 2010. 8p.

Erkkila, D.L. 2007. Economic Impacts from the Minnesota Zoo. Special research report for the Minnesota Zoological Gardens. University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. North Central Research and Outreach Center. October 22, 2007. 7p.

Erkkila, D.L. 2006. Local Considerations in Marketing and Developing Lake Destination Areas. In: Lake Tourism - An Integrated Approach to Lacustrine Tourism Systems. Edited by Tuija Härkönen and C. Michael Hall. Channel View Publications. Clevedon UK.

Gartner, W.C., D.L. Erkkila and J. Hyunkuk. 2005. Development of an Airport Economic Impact Calculator. Final report to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics. Department of Applied Economics. St. Paul, MN.

Erkkila. D.L. 2004. Becker County Tourism Business Retention & Expansion Program (Research and Summary Reports). University of Minnesota Tourism Center.

Gartner, W. C. and D. L. Erkkila. 2004. Attributes and Amenities of Highway Systems Important to Tourists. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Board. Number 1890.

Erkkila, D. L., 2000. Trends in tourism economic impact estimation methods. In: Gartner, W. and Lime, D.W. (eds.) Trends in Outdoor Recreation, Leisure and Tourism. CAB International, Wallingford, UK.

Green, G. P,. D. W. Marcoullier, S. C. Deler, N. R. Sumathi, and D. L. Erkkila, 1996. "Local Dependency, Land Use Attitudes, and Economic Development: Comparisons Between Seasonal and Permanent Residents", Rural Sociology: 61, 3:427-445.

Erkkila, D.L. 2004. Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises in Regional Development. Invited keynote paper presented at the 54th Congress of the Association Internationale D'Experts Scientifiques Du Tourisme, Petra Jordan.

Erkkila, D.L. 2003. Local Considerations in Marketing and Developing Lake Destination Areas. Invited keynote paper presented at the International Lake Tourism Conference. University of Joensuu, Savonlinna Finland.

Erkkila, D.L. 2001. The University's Role In Working With The Tourism Industry. Invited paper presented at "Tourism Performance Strategies: A Leadership Approach" First Annual Hospitality & Tourism Management Conference. Lebanese American University, Beirut.

Erkkila, D. and T. Smith, 1998. Strengthening Community Economic Development Potential Through Tourism Business Retention & Expansion Programs. Paper presented at the National Tourism Extension Conference, Hershey, PA, May 19, 1998.

Erkkila, D. L., 1995. "Enhancing Competitiveness Through Tourism Business Retention and Expansion Programs" In Innovation, Technology and Information Management for Global Development and Competitiveness, Eds. E. Kaynak and T. Erem, International Management Development Association. (Peer-Reviewed paper presented at the Fourth Annual World Business Congress, July 13-16, 1995, Istanbul, Turkey).