Tourism (NET) Conference
August 6-9, 2013
Tourism ~ Building Lasting Relationships
Dear Extension Colleagues and Partners
On behalf National Extension Tourism Team and Conference Committee – Welcome! We are excited to have you as a participant in the 2013 National Extension Tourism Conference. This year’s conference theme is “Building Lasting Relationships” and will feature examples of relationships that exist in current programming as well as highlight opportunities for new partnerships moving forward.
The mission of the National Extension Tourism (NET) Design Team is to enhance Extension tourism programs nationally by providing relevant in-formation, useful resources, an networking opportunities for Extension pro-fessionals and others working in the broad area of tourism and recreation.
Tourism is an $800 billion dollar industry in the United States employing seven and a half million people (Travel Industry Association of America). It is arguably one of the largest export industries and it shows consistent returns year after year. Our small towns and rural communities are able to tap into the 56 million international and domestic travelers by using the technical assistance and market intelligence that they receive from the land grant and tribal universities. This in turn helps sustain our country’s rural heritage, tradition, and way of life for hundreds of thousands of Americans.
As this is a tourism conference we hope you will take some time to enjoy the surrounding area. You can easily get around the downtown area by walking or taking the people mover. If you drove or rented a car, there is much you can get to within a short drive of the hotel. Stop by the Visit Detroit information station Wednesday morning during registration to get more information on local attractions.
Lastly, please take time to network with other participants at the confer-ence and see what new partnerships you can develop!
Michelle Walk Miles Phillips
Conference Chair Chair, National Extension Tourism Team