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Cultural & Heritage Tourism Alliance
Held in Atlanta, November 2006
The Cultural & Heritage Tourism Alliance presented its eighth annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia November 8-10, 2006. More than 100 people from across the United States and Canada attended the conference, hosted by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The conference is a unique forum for practitioners working in cultural and heritage tourism at the local, state and national level to network with their peers, hear new ideas, and discuss trends and challenges impacting the field.
Atlanta, with its strong cultural scene and Southern heritage, served as the perfect backdrop for the conference. Receptions held at the new Georgia Aquarium and High Museum of Art were conference highlights, as well as the mobile workshop on the Civil Rights Era which took conferees to the Martin Luther King National Historic Site and Jimmy Carter Center, where keynote speaker Ambassador Andrew Young addressed the group.
Other conference highlights included insightful presentations on cultural tourism trends and the new media revolution by Berkeley Young and Shel Holtz respectively. Panel sessions also provided a rich perspective and in-depth discussion. Presentations from the leaders of the National Black Arts Festival, Swamp Gravy: Georgia’s Official State Folk-life Play, and Harlem’s heritage tours, and many more provided a rich perspective and stimulated new creative ideas for participants to take home.
Watch for details on the next Cultural & Heritage Tourism Alliance Conference, November 2007 in Seattle, Washington by visiting www.chtalliance.com.
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