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Congratulations to @profbruce Firestone who will be the headline speaker for the Growing Rural Tourism Conference, in Camrose AB
December 3rd, 2014

Congratulations to @profbruce Firestone who will be the headline speaker for the Growing Rural Tourism Conference, in Camrose AB

The Growing Rural Tourism Conference is an initiative of the Camrose Regional Exhibition, in partnership with Alberta Tourism & Culture, Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Tourism Camrose and Travel Alberta. The 15th annual conference will be hosted by the Camrose Regional Exhibition on February 23 – 25, 2015.

www.growingruraltourism.ca

Tourism is BIG in Alberta! Tourism is Alberta’s third largest industry, ranking behind the Petro-Chemical Industry, Forestry and Agriculture. It is estimated that there are currently 150,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs in this industry.  While this is a very positive position for the industry, the benefits generated by the industry have been traditionally accrued by locations on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, and by the major cities of Alberta. Few of these benefits have been realized by the rural communities that populate the rest of Alberta – until now!

What is this conference about?

Rural communities in Alberta and across Canada have begun looking towards tourism as a viable industry to diversify their local economies. The Growing Rural Tourism Conference brings together groups who have embraced innovative Tourism strategies and partnerships, and those looking at how they might bring new sources of revenue and employment to their own communities.

Renowned Rural Tourism experts and participants from a broad cross-section will share successes, challenges, and ideas for future growth. Comments from last year’s participants indicated that the conference was a powerful tool in initiating strategic tourism planning.

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