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Tourism Extension Sustainable Tourism Seminars in Robeson County

Farming Agritourism: Doing What? For Who?

On May 29, 2014, Dr. Carla Barbieri delivered a presentation on agritourism to farmers, marketing specialists and small business consultants in Robeson County. The two-hour program focused on understanding the basics of agritourism, including what it entails and the different benefits this activity brings to farmers, visitors and local communities. The presentation also focused on issues that farmers need to take into consideration when planning and offering agritourism. This event was hosted by Casey Hancock in the Robeson County Extension Office.

Enhancing Cultural and Nature-based Tourism Development through Partnerships

Dr. Erin Seekamp presented information on cultural and nature-based tourism and existing
Tourism Extension partnership programs at the Robeson County Extension Office on April 24, 2014. This was part of a series of Sustainable Tourism Seminars for farmers, small business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs coordinated by Casey Hancock. This presentation highlighted the differences between cultural, nature-based and eco-tourism, the importance of interpreting natural and cultural resources, and the ways in which partnerships can enhance tourism development.

Social Media Seminars in Robeson County

Duarte Morais spoke about Social Media for Marketing on Thursday March 27, 2014 in Robeson County.


2014 Southeast Recreation Research (SERR) Conference

Erin Seekamp accompanied a group of PRTM graduate students to the 2014 Southeast Recreation Research (SERR) Conference in Asheville. This was an opportunity for students from Southeastern Universities to share their current research. NC State was well represented, and a number of presentations tied directly to current Tourism Extension projects. Jennifer Iyengar’s presentation on differing county needs demonstrated the path Tourism Extension will need to walk in order to provide the most relevant materials for agents. Ginger Deason presented Tourism Extension’s latest findings on birders needs and expectations, which will help in in the redevelopment of the Birder Friendly Business program. Finally Yuchen Mao’s poster “Spatial Analysis of Tourism Micro-entrepreneurship, Amenities, and Poverty in North Carolina” was awarded best poster in the doctoral student category. His research looks at the spatial relationships between tourism amenities, micro-tourism businesses, and poverty, and ties in very closely with the work People-first Tourism is doing. We look forward to the next stages of each of these research projects which will ultimately enhance tourism development in NC. For proceedings of this conference, please click HERE.

Duarte Morais was a guest on WCOM-FM Radio

Extension Specialist Duarte Morais was a guest on the Chapel-Hill-Carrboro Public Radio station, WCOM-FM 103.5 on March 26, 2014. Dr. Morais and two micro-entrepreneurs in the People First Tourism program discussed this innovative program. People First Tourism uses web to cell technology to empower entrepreneurs to shape their future and creates dignified and sustainable livelihoods Glocally. Listen to a podcast of the interview HERE .


Workshops, Seminars and News from the Past:

Recreation Resources Service Teleconference

(December 1, 2010; November 3, 2010)

Connecting Parks and Recreation Departments with Tourism (Recreation Resources Service Teleconference)

December 1, 2010—Tourism Extension partnered with Recreation Resources Service to provide this teleconference focused on making the connection between Parks and Recreation Departments and tourism in local communities.  The teleconference featured six topics.  Click HERE for more information.

Customer Service 101 for Front Line Supervisors (Recreation Resources Service Teleconference)

November 3, 2010—Tourism Extension partnered with Recreation Resources Service to provide this teleconference focused on customer service strategies for front-line employees. Click HERE for more information.


College of Natural Resources Extension Agent Training
(August 31, 2010 – September 2, 2010)

Extension specialists from the College of Natural Resources (CNR) offered an Extension agent training in Raleigh, NC at the Brownstone Inn from August 31, 2010 to September 2, 2010.  The overall purpose of the workshop was to share recent and current research related to CNR and of interest to Extension agents.  In addition to an active round table discussion, the multi-day workshop covered a variety of topics related to forestry, landowners, and tourism.  For more information, click HERE to view the workshop agenda. The workshop covered the following topics:

  • Nature-Based Tourism
  • Promoting Economic Development in Your County Through Renewable Energy
  • Internet Mapping Service and GPS for Landowners
  • Forest Certification
  • North Carolina’s Forest Products Industry
  • Developing Programming in Response to Climate Change
  • Present Use Value Tax Changes and Conservation Planning Efforts


East Coast Agritourism Webinar Series
(March 2, 2010 - April 6, 2010)

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NC State University Tourism Extension teamed with colleagues from Rutgers University to offer a FREE webinar series on agritourism. The East Coast Agritourism Webinar Series included five different sessions designed to provide an overview of important information related to agritourism. The free webinar series began in March 2010 with a different topic offered each Tuesday from March 2-April 6 at two convenient times, noon--1pm and 7-8pm. Click HERE for detailed information about the sessions and to view recorded webinars.



The Business Side of Agritourism II - NC Extension Agent Training
(March 10, 2010)

The Business Side of Agritourism II Workshop  was held on March 10, 2010 at the Harnett County Extension Office.  This day-long workshop offered informative sessions on website development, compliance issues (insurance, taxes and labor), using social media, other rural opportunities (fee hunting, cabin rentals, weddings, and paintball), and a panel discussion with seasoned extension agents working on agritourism.   Tourism Extension is proud to be a collaborator in this training initiative.

This training is offered to all interested NC extension field faculty.  Pre-registration is required.  The $25 registration fee will be reimbursed along with mileage for the first 40 agents who register.  For more information and to view the complete agenda, click HERE.


The Business Side of Agritourism Workshop
(April 27 - April 29, 2010)

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A Multi-State Training for Extension Agents and Other Professionals

On April 27 - 29 The Business Side of Agritourism Workshop was held in Fletcher, NC. The workshop was sponsored by the University of Georgia's Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service. Funding for this workshop was provided by a Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant. The principle investigators were Kent Wolfe, Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and Gary Bullen, North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service. Over 60 extension agents and other professionals engaged in agritourism endeavors attended the workshop. Participating states included North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.