National Extension Tourism Conference: Tourism in the 21st Century

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:

  1. Nature‐Based Tourism: Ecotourism, Wildlife‐watching, and Adventure Tourism
  2. Agritourism – Local Foods, Farmers Markets, Culinary Tourism, and Farm Stays
  3. Cultural-Heritage Tourism
  4. Marketing and Promotion – the Digital Revolution
  5. The Shared Economy
  6. Placemaking
  7. Community and Regional Planning and Development
  8. Economic, Environmental, and Social Impacts of Tourism and Recreation
  9. Tourism Education, Training, and Certification Programs
  10. Tourism Research and Evaluation

Call for Proposals

We invite you to submit a proposal for presentation at the conference!

Presentation Types

  • 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

“Tourism in the 21st Century:
Connecting Communities, Places and People”

Nassau Inn, Princeton, NJ
August 8 – 10, 2017

Shore Acres State Park
Shore Acres State Park

Travel Oregon, in partnership with a local steering committee, will host a series of workshops focused on local economic development through tourism in the Southern Oregon Coast region — including Reedsport, Winchester Bay, North Bend, Coos Bay, Charleston, Bandon and the communities of the Coquille River Valley. OSU Sea Grant Extension is participating in this program and will be available to offer communities and businesses assistance as they go through the program and in the future.

Click here to register

Southern Oregon Coast Rural Tourism Studio Events:

Community Tourism Visioning Event
Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. | North Bend

Community Tourism Planning Workshop
Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | North Bend

Adventure Travel & Outdoor Recreation Networking Event
Tuesday, Feb. 21 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Charleston

Adventure Travel & Outdoor Recreation Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Charleston

Culinary & Agritourism Networking Event
Tuesday, Mar. 21 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Bandon

Culinary & Agritourism Workshop
Wednesday, Mar. 22 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Bandon

Tourism Marketing and Communications Workshop
Tuesday, Apr. 18 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | North Bend

Teaming for Impact & Action Planning Workshop
Wednesday, Apr. 19 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | North Bend

Community Celebration
Wednesday, Apr. 19 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Coos Bay

Western hemlock

Western hemlock thrives in humid areas of the Pacific coast. It is commonly found in temperate rain forests, usually within 100 miles of the coast. This large conifer can grow up to 200 feet tall and 9 feet in diameter. It is also long-lived, with the oldest known hemlock coming in at 1200 years!

In addition to being well known for its gorgeous wood, hemlock is used for a variety of other purposes. Western hemlock tolerates shade and grows abundantly underneath mature trees, where it provides an important source of food for deer and elk. Older trees are prone to rot, which makes them excellent sources of cavities for birds. Native Americans on the Pacific coast carved hemlock wood into spoons, combs, roasting spits, and other implements. Hemlock bark is rich in a substance useful for tanning hides. Hemlock is also a source of different kinds of food. In addition to offering edible candium (the spongy cork interior of the bark), a hemlock forest is the preferred place for chanterelles and other edible fungi to grow. The needles can also be chewed or made into tea.