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NC State Tourism
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NC State’s Tourism Extension team is committed to enhancing tourism across the state. Our specialists and graduate students conduct research on a variety of tourism topics that provide equitable and sustainable solutions to today’s economic, social and environmental challenges. Findings from our research are the basis for a variety of programs delivered throughout rural NC, specializing in agritourism, sustainable tourism development, micro-entrepreneurship, and partnerships and collaboration. These programs assist entrepreneurs, business owners, communities, and other tourism-related organizations to improve their tourism offerings and make informed decisions based on sound research.

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NC State Tourism
Extension

NC State’s Tourism Extension team is committed to enhancing tourism across the state. Our specialists and graduate students conduct research on a variety of tourism topics that provide equitable and sustainable solutions to today’s economic, social and environmental challenges. Findings from our research are the basis for a variety of programs delivered throughout rural NC, specializing in agritourism, sustainable tourism development, micro-entrepreneurship, and partnerships and collaboration. These programs assist entrepreneurs, business owners, communities, and other tourism-related organizations to improve their tourism offerings and make informed decisions based on sound research.

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Tourism Extension
Specialists Visit the NC Legislature

Dr. Carla Barbieri and Dr. Duarte Morais visited the N.C. Legislature on March 20, 2014 to speak about the importance of Agritourism in North Carolina.

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Outstanding Extension
Service Award

Duarte Morais was selected as one of the four winners of the Outstanding Extension Service Award and was elected to the Academy of Outstanding Faculty in Extension and Engagement. He was honored at the annual Outreach and Extension Awards Luncheon on April 14, 2014 at the McKimmon Center.

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What to Expect from
Tourism Extension in the Coming Years

The NC State University Tourism Extension (TE) office completed an assessment of NC Cooperative Extension Service (CES) personnel’s needs for tourism-related programs and materials in July 2013. This project was initiated to reconcile on-the-ground extension needs with the expertise of the new TE specialists appointed during the summer of 2012. Study results, which will guide TE office efforts, highlight a need for increasing awareness of tourism resources, events, economic impacts, and benefits within county CES offices. Study results also indicate a desire for the continued delivery of existing programs with updated materials. See a the full report HERE.

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People-First Tourism
travels to South Africa

People-First Tourism members of the South African Active Disabled People Association. They now welcome visitors to learn about their craft-making and farming activities, and to learn about their lives and communities.[/caption] Snapshots of fieldwork this May in communities outside of South Africa's Kruger National Park. Kruger is a world renowned wildlife tourism destination that provides numerous jobs to nearby rural communities. Now, with the leadership of Wits Rural Facility and their local community organizations, People-First Tourism (P1T) is creating opportunities for aspiring micro-entrepreneurs to also earn income from tourism. You can check out more information Here.

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Festival and Event Management course

The Tourism Center at University of Minnesota offers an online Festival and Event Management course. The fall 2014 offering will begin on September 15 and last until November 7. For detailed information about the course, please MORE »

Tourism Extension Programs

The NC State University Tourism Extension Office completed an assessment of NC Cooperative Extension Service (CES) personnel’s needs for tourism-related programs: What to Expect from Tourism Extension in the Coming MORE »

Outstanding Extension Service Award

Duarte Morais was selected as one of the four winners of the Outstanding Extension Service Award and was elected to the Academy of Outstanding Faculty in Extension and Engagement. He was honored at MORE »

People-First Tourism is subject of WCOM radio program

NC State Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management professor Duarte Morais and two of People-First Tourism’s (P1T) micro-entrepreneurs were guests on WCOM-FM 103.5  (Chapel-Hill-Carboro Public Radio). In the interview, broadcast on March 26, 2014, the guests MORE »

Southeast Recreation Research Conference

Jennifer Iyengar will be presenting Voices from the Field at the Southeast Recreation Research Conference in Asheville on Monday, March 31, 2014. Her presentation will address new findings from the Tourism Extension Needs MORE »

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