Marcia Dorr

Artist and curator Marcia Stegath Dorr traveled to Oman and discovered timeless culture, art, and craft virtually unknown to rest of the world. She has worked ever since to preserve Oman’s past and lift up its 21st Century artisans as the Consultant to the Ministry of Tourism of the Sultanate of Oman. Hear about Marcia’s journey on this edition of "creative:impact" with co-hosts Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw and WEMU’s David Fair.

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As tourism continues to decrease in Ann Arbor because of COVID-19, Destination Ann Arbor says local residents will play a bigger role in helping keep the economy moving forward.  

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Roughly half of the workers in Michigan's tourism industry have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Dave Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan, creators of the "Pure Michigan" campaign.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with Lorenz about the immediate impact of the health crisis, who says it will likely take some time, but pent-up demand for travel will benefit the state down the road.

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As concerns over the coronavirus continue to grow, so too does its impact on the local economy.

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In just over two weeks, recreational use of marijuana could be legal in Michigan.  Then what happens?  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry explores the possible impact on local communities, law enforcement, businesses, and the tourism industry, should the adult personal use of marijuana be legalized by Michigan voters.

Destination Ann Arbor
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The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has changed its name and is rebranding itself.

Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Nearly 4 million people visited Washtenaw County in 2016, according to data collected for that year by a Michigan-based research and consulting firm.  That translates into $1.1 billion dollars in total economic output and nearly 9,000 jobs.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke with the marketing director for the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Laura Berarducci, about the economic impact of tourism on the county.

Elizabeth Riggs
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The Huron River is one of the area’s greatest natural resources.  A new study shows it also provides an economic boon to the region.  Find out how and what is still to come as WEMU’s David Fair talks with the Deputy Director of the Huron River Watershed Council, Elizabeth Riggs, on this week’s edition of “Issues of the Environment.” 

The Governor Heads To China For Seventh Time

Jul 31, 2017
Rick Snyder
State of Michigan /

The governor is in China today.  He left the country Sunday and is expected to return a week from Tuesday. 

Pure Michigan
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A federal lawsuit is challenging the right of regional tourism bureaus to charge room fees for travel campaigns, such as Pure Michigan.  

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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate remains unchanged at 4.8%. 

Ann Arbor Film Festival Helps Local Economy

Mar 15, 2016
Ann Arbor Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest running independent and experimental film festival in North America.  In its 54th year, it continues to impact the local economy.