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Sustainable Tourism Mini Summit

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Sustainable Tourism Mini-Summit

Eastern North Carolina
February 11, 2009
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.



8:15 a.m.         Continental Breakfast, Slide Show and North Carolina Music


9:00 a.m.         Welcome and Presentations by:

  • Ms. Linda Staunch New Bern/Craven County Convention and Visitors Center
  • Mr. Al Delia, NC Eastern Region
  • Mr. Vann Rogerson, NC Northeast Commission


9:30 a.m.         Sustainability and Tourism--Potential Benefits to the Region.

  •  Pat Long, Director, Center for Sustainable Tourism, ECU.


9:50 a.m.         State of Eastern North Carolina’s Tourism Economy.


10:30 a.m.       Break


10:40 a.m.       Current Practices and Resources in Sustainable Tourism—Why and How.


11:30 a.m.       Hospitality Industry and Sustainability—Trends and Practices.


11:50 a.m.       Resources, Partners and Collaborators in Tourism

  • Alex Naar, Coordinator, Sustainable Tourism Initiatives.  Alex represents a cooperative effort of ECU’s Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development and the Center for Sustainable Tourism in partnership with the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development.


12:10 a.m.       Ask the Panelists: Wrap-up and Next Steps


12:30 p.m.      Speakers available to meet with attendees.


Sponsors included the New Bern/Craven County Convention and Visitors Bureau, NC Northeast Commission, the NC Eastern Region and the Center for Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University.

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