ORR worked closely with the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to release the fifth consecutive year of
data from the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account showcasing the size and impact of our sector at the
national and state levels. The new numbers – the largest ever – show that in 2021, the outdoor recreation
economy grew three times the rate of the national economy. ORR’s webinar releasing the data featured
White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory, as well as industry CEOs, Department of Commerce officials, state Office of Outdoor Recreation directors, and more. See full OOR Report at https://recreationroundtable.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/ORR020_2022AnnualRpt_Rd6.pdf

STAKEHOLDER ANNOUNCEMENT USDA to Create Plan to Expand Recreation Economies and Help People Thrive Across Rural America Rural Development, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and U.S. Forest Service Partner to Create New Tools and Resources WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2023

– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it will create a plan to expand recreation economies to help people thrive across rural America. 

Through a Memorandum of Understanding, USDA Rural Development, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the U.S. Forest Service will partner to develop an annual plan to expand economic opportunities related to recreation in communities surrounding America’s national forests.

The annual plan will outline the ways the agencies will partner to conduct program outreach, host informational sessions and workshops, and develop toolkits to help people access the resources they need to thrive in recreation economies. To learn more, read the full Stakeholder Announcement

The intent of this volume is to provide an opportunity for academics, extension professionals, industry stakeholders and community practitioners to reflect, discuss and share the innovative approaches that they have taken to develop sustainable tourism in a variety of different contexts. Faculty and students will benefit from having access to current examples where researchers and practitioners are approaching common issues, opportunities and trends. Practitioners, volunteers, board members and leaders of community organizations will benefit from having a platform to share their own innovative practices or to gain insights from those in other contexts. Each case incorporates some learning outcomes and discussion questions to guide readers and learners in case exploration. This volume includes four cases from North and Central America and Europe.


Preface — The GNAR Initiative: Empowering gateway communities through collaboration / Jake Powell, Danya Rumore, & Jordan Smith — Social innovation as a tool to create a more sustainable tourism: The example of the platform Socialbnb / Alexander Haufschild & Dirk Reiser — Embracing change: The Cayuga Collection’s way of building resilience in the tourism industry / Carolin Seiferth — Finding their way through the weeds: How festivals navigated legalized cannabis / Kiri Shafto & Christine Van Winkle.

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