CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM IN THE NEWS.... CURRENT NEWS
August 1 - 31, 2009
National Recognition Could Be Coming to Gig Harbor and WA State
Gig Harbor Life
The Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation is working on a feasibility study as part of an application to designate the Washington coastline from the Canadian border to Gray’s Harbor as a National Maritime Heritage Area.
Clearwater groups align for arts
The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRCC) and the Clearwater Arts Foundation in Florida are forming an alliance to host symposiums for artists on marketing and strategic planning. The CRCC will also create a new cultural tourism committee as part of this effort.
Park Service says visits to national parks are up
The Associated Press
Visits to National Parks are up almost 4% from last year. 127.7 million visits were made to national parks in the first six months of the year, an increase of about 4.5 million over the same period in 2008.
Cherokee Nation Launches Tourism Campaign
News On 6
Oklahoma’s Cherokee Nation has launched four new historically authentic tours to provide insights into the Cherokee people.
Tourism Dept. launches culinary trails program
The New Mexico Tourism Department is creating culinary trails to highlight restaurants, farmers markets, wineries and microbreweries. The first trail to be launched is the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail. Nominations are currently being accepted, and the top 20 nominations will become part of the trail.
Poll: Wildwoods New Jersey's favorite heritage tourism site
An online survey conducted by Preservation New Jersey (PNJ) has announced that Wildwoods-by-th-Sea is the winner of the 2009 Best of New Jersey Heritage Tourism contest
Mercer CVB Unveils State's First Interactive Tourism Map
The Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau in West Virginia has launched a new interactive tourism map that includes the Coal Heritage Trail at visitmercercounty.com.
Unity goal as modern South marks Civil War's 150th
The Associated Press
Plans in Alabama to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War include diverse and multicultural events.
National designation would benefit WL
West Linn Tidings
Oregon City and West Linn are two Oregon communities that are part of the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition. The coalition is working with the Oregon Parks Department and National Park Service towards the creation of a State Heritage Area that could qualify for federal designation as a National Heritage Area.
Oregon City debates tying future to heritage
Hillsboro Argus - OregonLive.com
Oregon City, Oregon weighs the pros and cons of placing greater emphasis on heritage tourism.
Holyoke unveils new tourism brochure
A group of Holyoke, Massachusetts based organizations has joined forces to promote their cultural, recreational and educational events together under the title of PassportHolyoke.
THE MUSEUM BUBBLE by Ben Davis
This article explores potential causes for the financial hard times facing museums in today’s economy
Governor Kaine Highlights Heartwood Groundbreaking; $16 million facility...
Virginia Governor Kaine highlighted today the groundbreaking of Heartwood, a $16 million, 28,000 square foot facility that will serve as the gateway to Southwest Virginia and as a one-of-a-kind tourism destination for travelers exploring the rich cultural, musical and artisan culture distinctive of the region. The facility is projected to draw 270,000 visitors and generate more than $10 million in revenue for the region each year
New State Law Will Protect Heritage Area
Litchfield County Times, Connecticut
Connecticut Governor Jodi M. Rell signed a bill recognizing the Quinebaug & Shetucket Corridor and the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area as Connecticut Heritage Areas. The new law means that the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management will need to consider the protection and conservation of these areas in future planning efforts.
Gig Harbor guide: Monday's open house to cover National Maritime Heritage Areas
Gig Harbor, Washington is a community in the proposed National Maritime Heritage Area in Washington state.
Michigan senator wants to keep cultural assets intact
Chicago Tribune - United States
Hundreds of people gathered at the Michigan state Capitol to protest a proposal by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to break up the genealogical collections at the Michigan Historical Center.
New law may add Franklin landfill hurdle
Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has signed a bill designating the Quinebaug and Shetucket River Valley Heritage Corridor as a Connecticut Heritage Area.
CEO spotlight: Revenue is up for Flying Heritage Collection
Despite tough economic times, revenue and total number of visitors are up for local cultural attractions such as the Flying Heritage Collection, Paul Allen's collection of World War II planes at Paine Field in Everett, Washington.
Kentucky sites seeking Heritage Area designation
Abraham Lincoln heritage sites in Kentucky are exploring the possibility of designating part of Kentucky as a National Heritage Area.
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