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Tourism Program Director: Miles Phillips, Oregon Sea Grant/Oregon State University Extension

Tourism Program Description: The Oregon Sea Grant program for Sustainable Coastal Tourism & Outdoor Recreation provides applied research for communities and businesses, direct business training, and advising/consultations with community organizations, businesses and individuals. Generally, these services are free or low cost. We work with Convention and Visitor Bureaus, Hotels, Tour Operators, Fishing Guides, Conservation Organizations, Agencies, non-profits etc. 

He also works with national and international projects for sustainable tourism and community development through nature-based tourism. His works integrates elements of the tourism, agriculture, forestry, natural resources, adventure and outdoor recreation industries to create a cohesive, sustainable tourism program.

Miles Phillips came to Oregon Sea Grant from Texas A&M University Extension, where he was the Associate Department Head for Extension in the Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences Department. He led a team of Extension faculty working to serve all 254 counties in Texas. Before Texas, he was with Sea Grant in Coastal South Carolina.

He developed and provided professional training and educational programs in support of tourism and outdoor recreation. He specialized in working with private landowners and partnerships with public land agencies. This included work for rural agricultural landowners, rural communities, cities and outdoor skills for the public. Some examples of enterprises encompass such diverse activities as hunting, fishing, visiting pumpkin patches, photography, stargazing, landscape painting and kayaking, birding etc. He’ll use a similar approach in Oregon.

Key projects include online Extension courses for professional guide training and certification, customer service etc. (

Learn more about Miles’s work in coastal sustainable tourism online at


Sustainable Tourism:

The UNWTO (2013) defines sustainable tourism as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities” . The UNWTO (2013) concluded that sustainable tourism guidelines and management practices are applicable to all forms of tourism in all types of destinations.

The United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO, 2017) concluded that, as one of the fastest growing global economic sectors, tourism can “help preserve natural and cultural assets,… empower host communities, generate trade opportunities and foster peace”.  However, in order to realize these goals, the tourism sector must be well designed and managed (UNWTO, 2017).


How Extension Works –Services

OSU Extension faculty work with business people, growers, foresters, youth, and community leaders. They see first-hand what’s working, and what’s not working, in Oregon communities. Extension educators consult with scientists at Oregon State University, where they focus their research on the real issues important to real people. Results from that research circle back to the community through Extension programs. Knowledge grows from this cycle of reaching out and engaging the people who use it. 

Although the tourism program is relatively new in terms of staffing, from the beginning, OSU Extension’s mission has been to convey research-based knowledge in a way that is useful for people to improve their lives, their homes, and their communities. View our locations across the state.

OSU Extension Service is part of the Division of University Outreach and Engagement. Other units in this division include Ecampus, Professional Noncredit Education and Summer Session.

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