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  • Community Sense of Place Community Sense of Place Tourism Impacts and Second Home Development: A Sustainable Approach
  • Climate, Weather, and Tourism Climate, Weather, and Tourism Tourism destinations and their individual tourism businesses are all vying for tourists at their respective locations.
  • Engagement and Community Engagement and Community In partnership with the Office of Engagement, Innovation, and Economic Development.
  • Rural Tourism Rural Tourism Sustaining rural America is one of today's pressing issues.
  • RESET RESET Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism
  • US Travel Care Code US Travel Care Code The United States Travel Care Code has been developed and is managed by the Center for Sustainable Tourism.
  • RETI RETI The Renewable Energy in Tourism Initiative
  • Tourism and Entrepreneurship Tourism and Entrepreneurship Developing the local tourism industry as part of an economic development strategy.

Engagement and Community Outreach: Visitor Profile Study

This program is a collaborative research program designated by ECU's Center for Sustainable Tourism to assist rural North Carolina communities collect and analyze information about current visitor markets. The project will provide benefits to both the DMO and the community. The DMO will procure useful information that can be incorporated in future educational and marketing programs. Additionally they will have access to applicable market intelligence at a low cost. Tourism sites and businesses within each participating county will gain information for product development.

Each county DMO will be asked to select attractions, businesses and other sites within their community to collect email addresses of visitors so that an online survey, containing approximately 20 questions, might be sent to them. Employees from the various sites will mail the email addresses to the Center for Sustainable Tourism. Researchers at the Center will email the survey to willing participants. One week after initial contact with the visitors, a second email will be sent out to remind respondents to take the survey. The center will compile quarterly reports for the DMO containing comprehensive results of the visitor data. At the end of the study period, one cumulative report will be generated for each DMO, and the DMO will have access to all of their raw data.

For more information you may download our flyer or view a short video about the study.

If interested in participating, please download out interest form, and email to Dr. Carol Kline or Alex Naar.

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