Island Pond Vermont in the fallSave the Date: May 4

The Northern Forest Center will launch phase one of its new Northern Forest Rural Tourism Academy with an open webinar on emerging national and global tourism and recreation trends on Tuesday, May 4 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. 

Led by the global consulting firm Future iQ, the May 4 event will explore emerging trends and drivers that will shape the Northern Forest’s tourism industry in the years to come, and feature case studies and guest presentations on sustainable tourism from around the world. 

This new initiative is modeled on the successful Community Destination Academy program developed jointly by the Center and the Maine Office of Tourism. The program is built on a recognition that there can be trade-offs -- both good and not-so-good – among tourism and recreation-based economic development, natural resource management, and local community culture.  

To effectively manage this tension, successful destinations require a unique level of cooperation among business, non-profit, and municipal stakeholders and a common set of skills, knowledge, and language to enable effective community-based project implementation. 

The new Rural Tourism Academy will focus on northern New Hampshire and Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, and the May 4 kick-off webinar is open to anyone who registers. This opening session will include details about the full program which will include a series of professionally led workshops and training sessions combined with a technical and financial to support destination development projects in high potential Rural Destination Areas. Participation in the full Rural Tourism Academy will be limited.  

Mark your calendar for the May 4 Rural Tourism Academy kick-off and follow the Center on Facebook @NorthernForestCenter for additional details and registration information.