Thursday, October 16, 2008

Join me at a Sustainable Tourism Seminar

My job, at this point in my life, is as Director of Tourism Development for the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor & Convention Bureau. My business is my photography and that fits into this subject as well.

Working in tourism is a dream "retirement" job. I am certainly not retired, but it does follow more lucrative corporate positions and it is totally a job of choice - working where I live and something that I enjoy and do well.

Every now and then I have a slight conflict. I love the part about showing travel writers around our area, writing newsletters with all the wonderful events our communities host, maintaining a website that draws thousands of visits a day and interacting with our members. But I often get that feeling that I really don't want more people to come and discover this area I have made my home. A bit of a NIMBY comment, but true.

Enter the concept of Sustainable Tourism. Wikipedia says that "sustainable tourism in its purest sense, is an industry committed to making a low impact on the natural environment and local culture, while helping to generate income and employment for locals."

I've heard the term and I've understood the meaning, but a speaker at a recent conference made it real for me, or gave me a bigger picture and showed more of the practical side, not just the "wouldn't it be nice" side.

I am very excited that through a cooperative effort with some of the other Visitor and Convention Bureaus in the state, we are going to bring Andy Dumaine back out to Washington and this time to the Kitsap Peninsula.

The seminar is aimed at those involved in tourism in any way and especially those who make decisions; goverment officials, business owners and managers. If you fit any of those categories you should attend. If it is an area you are passionate about, you should attend.

The seminar takes place November 13, 2008 at Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, Washington. Check here for all the details and a link to the registration. Hope to see you there.

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