2017 National Extension Tourism Conference
“Tourism in the 21st Century:
Connecting Communities, Places and People”
Nassau Inn, Princeton, NJ
August 8 – 10, 2017
Experience tourism in the 21st century in New Jersey and engage with current research, program models, and business development in tourism.
Registration Fee for Full Conference: $425
Registration Fee for One Day Only: $225 (Choose Aug. 9 or 10)
Registration Fee for Students: $250 (must present ID to be admitted)
If you are attending the full conference, please select your desired Mobile Workshop for August 8 when you register. Additional fees apply for some workshops. Mobile workshop descriptions can be found in the Agenda.
About the 2017 NET Conference
This conference is an outstanding opportunity for Extension professionals and others working in the broad area of tourism and recreation – including tourism service providers and businesses – to share programs, initiatives, research, and success stories, and to network with other professionals.
This year’s theme, “Tourism in the 21st Century: Connecting Communities, Places, and People,” focuses on the important role that tourism plays in many aspects of communities, places, and people.
Topical areas include:
- Nature‐Based Tourism: Ecotourism, Wildlife‐watching, and Adventure Tourism
- Agritourism – Local Foods, Farmers Markets, Culinary Tourism, and Farm Stays
- Cultural-Heritage Tourism
- Marketing and Promotion – the Digital Revolution
- The Shared Economy
- Community and Regional Planning and Development
- Economic, Environmental, and Social Impacts of Tourism and Recreation
- Tourism Education, Training, and Certification Programs
- Tourism Research and Evaluation
Call for Proposals
We invite you to submit a proposal for presentation at the conference!
- Oral Presentation (20 minute presentation with 5-10 minutes for Q&A)
- Poster Presentation – The standard poster size is 36 x 48.
- Workshop Presentation (60 minutes) – Workshops should not just be extended oral presentations, as these should include an interactive component providing hands-on experiential opportunities for professional development. A limited number of workshops will be accepted.
Potential presenters are encouraged to submit more than one presentation proposal, if interested.
Visit the Call for Proposals webpage to submit your proposal(s).
The deadline for submission is March 13, 2017, and presenters will be notified in mid-April if accepted.
Specific questions or inquiries regarding proposal submissions may be addressed to:
Dr. Steve Burr, 2017 NET Conference Program Chair
Phone: (435) 797-5120
Keynote Speaker: Brent Hales, Ph.D.
Brent D. Hales, Ph.D. serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Extension at the University of Minnesota. His primary area of research is the adoption innovation-based community and economic development and entrepreneurship. He is the founder the Southern Entrepreneurship Program, which teaches entrepreneurship skills to high school and community college students, and to displaced workers throughout the U.S.
The agenda for this conference is currently being developed, and more information will be added as details are finalized. The information below is subject to change.
Monday, August 7
4:00-8:00 pm: Registration Open
Tuesday, August 8
8:00-5:00pm: Registration Open
8:30-5:30pm: Choose one of the following Mobile Workshops! Click on the workshop titles to view the full descriptions.
Mobile Workshop One: Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Princeton
Fee: None (however, some attractions may charge admission fees)
Don’t feel like an organized tour? Enjoy a day spent exploring historic Princeton at your own pace. Notables like Albert Einstein, T.S. Eliot and Presidents Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson have all called Princeton home. Princeton was founded before the American Revolution and is best known as the location of Princeton University, located in the community since 1756. Palmer Square is near the NET Convention hotel. This area has evolved into the primary dining and shopping destination in downtown Princeton. The Princeton University Art Museum, founded in 1882, houses over 92,000 works of art that range from antiquity to the contemporary period. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm weekdays. Within the town you will also find many churches, historical buildings and greenspaces to spend the day.
Mobile Workshop Two: Historic New Jersey
Join us as we take a step back in time to the days before our country was founded. Learn the unique history of New Jersey, originally home of the Delaware Indians, later claimed by the Dutch and named “New Netherlands.” Experience the important role that New Jersey played in the Revolutionary War and get a taste of what life was like for residents in the eighteenth century. New Jersey was the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and the first state to sign the Bill of Rights. Its geographic location played an important role in the birth of our great nation. If shopping is on your to-do list, enjoy lunch in one of “America’s Favorite Towns” as rated by Travel + Leisure magazine. Finish with a visit to the historic Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead museum featuring everything from a 1700 post-office, to an impressive collection of early American artifacts.
Mobile Workshop Three: Agritourism: Bringing Agriculture to the People by Bringing People to the Farm
New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country. It is also home to a rich and diverse agricultural industry with many farms existing since before the Revolutionary War. Agriculture is the state’s third largest industry. As the state has changed, so has agriculture. Today, many of the Garden State’s farmers have incorporated agritourism activities to increase profit. These innovative entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the large population base and have opened their farms to create a unique visitor experience. This tour will demonstrate how farmers are incorporating agritourism activities on their farm to promote economic diversity for both operators, communities and the tourism industry in New Jersey.
Mobile Workshop Four: Nature-based Tourism in the Most Densely Populated State in the Country
*Limited to 13 Participants*
Travel aboard a 30-foot pontoon boat on tidal waters of the Hackensack River. You will find that even in a part of New Jersey famous for smoke-stacks and refineries, there can be beautiful, vibrant wildlife, with the skyline of New York City as a backdrop. In the afternoon, we will head to Duke Farms to tour the sprawling estate founded by James Buchanan Duke. Doris Duke, the daughter of the wealthy tobacco tycoon, socialite, horticulturalist, art collector, and philanthropist spent much of her time on the estate. She created many elaborately-themed gardens, furnished with artifacts acquired on her world travels, including one of America’s largest indoor botanical displays. Duke Farms serves as a leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability, while inspiring visitors to become informed stewards of the land.
6:30-9:00pm: Opening Reception/Rutgers Leadership/Poster Session
Wednesday, August 9
7:30-12:00pm: Registration Open
8:30-8:45am: Welcoming Remarks
8:45-9:45am: Keynote Address by Brent Hales (includes 15-minute Q&A)
10:00-10:45am: Plenary Session 1 – New Jersey Tourism
11:00-12:30pm: Concurrent Session 1 (Choice of three tracks)
1:30-2:00pm: Poster Session
2:15-3:00pm: Plenary Session 2 – TBD
3:15-4:45pm: Concurrent Session 2 (Choice of three tracks)
5:00pm: Dinner (on your own)
Thursday, August 10
7:30-12:00pm: Registration Open
8:30-10:00am: Concurrent Session 3 (Choice of three tracks)
10:10-11:40am: Concurrent Session 4 (Choice of three tracks)
11:50-12:30pm: Plenary Session 3 – Federal Partners
1:30-2:00pm: Poster Session
2:15-3:15pm: Plenary Session 4 – Action Planning for NET: Looking to Oregon 2019
3:30-4:50pm: Concurrent Session 5 (Choice of three tracks)
6:00-8:30pm: Dinner and Closing Remarks
Past NET Conferences
For information from previous NET Conferences, click here.
Comments from past conferences:
“Great programs with applied/case studies; networking to better share Extension programs/materials”
“Great Networking—learning what’s happening across America”
“Able to explore other work and learn from successful experiences/projects – Contacts with others”
“Better understanding research methods being used in tourism development”
“Helpful for finding people as resources for future needs; finding work that has already been done and shareable”
“The wide variety of topics covered and programs/models featured; each session had something that would be helpful regardless of your area of focus”