The Northern Forest Rural Tourism Academy consists of professionally led workshops and training sessions. They combine with a package of direct financial and technical assistance to support destination development projects in high potential Rural Destination Areas across the region. The program is built on a recognition that successful destinations require a unique level of cooperation among business, non-profit, and municipal stakeholders and a common set of skills, knowledge, and language to enable effective team-based project implementation.
Outdoor adventure in the Northern Forest region has long been a cornerstone of the region’s economy. Today, recreation is central to many Northern Forest communities as a local economic development strategy for attracting both visitors and new residents. Destination development is an approach to community and economic revitalization that builds a wide variety of assets – not just traditional tourism elements – to attract visitors and improve quality of life for residents.