CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM IN THE NEWS.... CURRENT NEWS
APRIL 1 - 15, 2009
National Geographic Launches Yellowstone National Park Geotourism MapGuide
National Geographic’s new Geotourism MapGuide to the Greater Yellowstone region and a companion website at www.yellowstonegeotourism.org are now available. Points on the map were culled from nearly 1,000 map point nominations submitted by the region’s residents.
Act could elevate 3 Kansas trails to national status
Kansas.com – Kansas
The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 authorizes the National Park Service to study 64 trails for possible designation as National Historic Trails and possible inclusion in the National Trails system. Three of these trails (the Cherokee Trail, Chisolm Trail and Western Trail) are in Kansas.
A new visitor and education center serves as a gateway to what ...
Baltimore Sun - United States
A $43 million Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center will serve as a 21st century gateway to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. The 42,000 square foot facility includes a 125-seat theater, a café, gift shop, restrooms, a discovery room for children, classrooms and a ticket office
New Research Study to Segment the Cultural/Heritage Traveler Market
PR Newswire (press release) - New York, NY
The first segmentation study of U.S. cultural and heritage travelers will be conducted by Mandela Research & Consulting. The study will identify the range of cultural and heritage travel in the United States, profile segments, and provide insights into the economic value of cultural and heritage travel. Sponsorships are still available through May 10, 2009 and the study should be completed by June 2009.
Barbara Patton: Law passed in DC will benefit Chattahoochee region
Opelika Auburn News - Opelika, AL
The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 which was signed into law by President Obama on March 30, 2009 included legislation authorizing the Chattahoochee Trace National Heritage Corridor study Act. This law authorizes a study which will be overseen by the National Park Service. This study is a prerequisite for designation as a National Heritage Area. Additional funding is being sought to cover the cost of completing the study.
The Cultural Traveler Pavilion will Showcase Cultural Tourism at AAM Expo
PRLog.Org (press release) – Texas
The Museum Store Association (MSA) is a partner in the Cultural Traveler Pavilion, an innovative exhibit at the American Association of Museum’s 2009 Museum Expo, May 1-3, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Presentations and exhibits at the expo are designed to educated museum directors about cultural tourism and the role that stores play in building museum attendance. One part of MSA’s cultural tourism initiative is a Cultural Traveler Guidebook that showcases a number of museum stores.
ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGHWAY 67 : Legislator sees road as 'seed' for tourism
Arkansas Democrat Gazette – Arkansas
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe signed legislation on March 20, 2009 designating U.S. 67 from Pocohantas to Newport as the “Rock “N’ Roll Highway 67. The bill was sponsored by Rep. J.R. Rogers D-Walnut Ridge. Rogers envisions signs along the road to highlight the live music venues that once stood there.
Cultural Tourism Symposium
Snohomish Times - Snohomish, WA
A 2-day Historic Preservation and Cultural Tourism Symposium will be held in Snohomish, Washington on May 28-29, 2009.
Tourism boost to be studied
Northern Neck News - Warsaw, Virginia
A study to consider the Northern Neck in Virginia as a possible National Heritage Area has been approved and will be completed in the next year.
Corzine insulting; arts spur economy
Press of Atlantic City - Atlantic City, New Jersey
New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine is proposing state budget cuts for the arts. According to ArtPride New Jersey, the culture and heritage industries in New Jersey contribute $2 billion to the state's economy annually. There are more than 17,000 arts-related businesses that employ more than 80,000 New Jersey residents.
Arts Council chief decries cuts
2TheAdvocate - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Louisiana Governor Jindal proposed state budget cuts for the arts are contested by Derek Gordon, chief executive of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
Fishing for tourists in the new Chattahoochee National Heritage Corridor
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer - Columbus, Georgia
The newly designated Chattahoochee National Heritage Corridor hopes that the designation will help to attract more visitors to the region.
A conversation with Leslie Bensley, Executive Director,
Morris County Tourism Bureau
Dailyrecord.com - Parsippany, New Jersey
Leslie Bensley talks about the importance of cultural and heritage tourism for Morris County.
Louisiana culture means big business
Daily News - Sulphur, Louisiana
Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu spoke at the 2009 Gulf Coast World Trade Conference about the importance of the cultural industry to Louisiana’s economy.
Sustainable travel is more than ecological
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Q&A about sustainable travel.
Birding festival, golf courses, rich history seen as draws for tourism
Yuma Sun - Yuma, Arizona
History is one of the tourism draws for Yuma, Arizona.
Budget cuts arts funding
Natchez Democrat - Natchez, MS
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposed budget includes cuts for the arts, state parks and historic sites.
Virginia Leadership Conference for Creating Arts and Cultural Districts
Rockbridge Weekly - Lexington, VA
The Arts & Cultural Council of the Rappahannock is hosting a statewide conference for creating arts and cultural districts in Virginia on May 15, 2009 in Fredericksburg, Virginia
Jindal budget cuts arts funding
WXVT - Greenville, MS
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal’s budget proposes substantial cuts for the arts. Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu had alternatively proposed closing half the state parks and state historic sites and limiting hours of operation.
Denison Earns Statewide Designation for Cultural District Pilot Program
KTEN - Denison, TX
The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has selected seven locations for the Cultural District Designation (CDD) pilot program. Locations include Lubbock (Lubbock Arts Alliance), San Angelo (San Angelo Museum of Fine Art), Denison (Denison Arts Council), McAllen (McAllen Creative Arts Incubator & McAllen Chamber of Commerce), Austin (Pro Arts Collective), Huntsville (Huntsville Arts Commission and Huntsville Main Street Commission), and Winnsboro (Winnsboro Main Street and Trails Country Art Center).
CULTURAL CRISIS FEARED: Arts supporters march on state Capitol
The Daily Advertiser - Lafayette, LA
The governor of Louisiana has proposed an 83 percent cut to the state's Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) program, reducing funding from $3 million to $515,120. Arts supporters marched in downtown Baton Rouge to protest the cut. The DAF program has returned $6 to the Louisiana economy for every $1 invested in the program.
Tahlequah Daily Press - Tahlequah, OK
Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is working to develop cultural tourism in Tahlequah and Cherokee County, Oklahoma.
New options for tourism
Daily Triplicate - Crescent City, CA
The Del Norte County Visitors Bureau is looking at four different ways to attract more travelers to the region: a National Geographic geotourism map, seeking Heritage Area designation, hosting an annual film festival and working with the Humboldt County Film Commission
Song part of initiative to promote Kansas' small towns
Kansas.com - Kansas
A new pilot project, Explore Rural Kansas, has been launched by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Sampler Foundation. The $50,000 project features a theme song “Come and Get It (Feed your Heart)” as part of an effort to build awareness of Kansas’ rural lifestyle.
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