Our nation’s natural water systems continue to emerge as iconic destinations for nature based and heritage tourism. These new tourism focused economies are helping water based cities and communities diversify their economic base while building a richer sense of place for residents. In many cases, tourism provides the financial safety net for communities losing their industrial/manufacturing ways of life.
This webinar will highlight efforts currently underway to establish tourism centered on water-based destinations, as well as the potential economic impacts of such efforts. The panel will explore the role that federal and state government can have to better assist local communities in marketing their waterside communities within a consolidated, regional approach.
Brett Stawar, President/CEO Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau & Chairman of the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway
Ron Erdmann, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Travel & Tourism Industries
Jan Kostner, Deputy Director of Tourism, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Office of Tourism