Preliminary Project Schedule

The project is implemented across 3 main phases, targeting the spring and fall periods to help ensure participation by local tourism industry and operators. The spring 2021 Phase 1 was conducted virtually, and Phase 2 and Phase 3 are planned to be in-person. The process aims to allow plenty of time and opportunity for input from the community and industry stakeholders.

MODULE #1 – FUTURE TRENDS - Tuesday May 4, 2021, 8:30 – 10:30am

Module 1 will be an interactive exploration of future trends and best practices in destination development. You’ll get to meet and interact with people working in similar rural and regional destinations in US and beyond and learn directly from their work and experience. Topics for exploration will include:

  • Emerging trends in outdoor recreation including what travel patterns may look like in a post-pandemic reality and what trends are here to stay?
  • How similar rural outdoor recreation destinations are managing tourism as travel returns at even higher levels than before?What innovative approaches are working to manage visitation impact and improve the visitor and resident experience?
  • How could we translate best practices from other destinations to help find the critical balance between local community livability and embracing the positive benefits of an outdoor recreation economy?

MODULE #2 – REGIONAL PLANNING - Tuesday May 18, 2021, 8:30 – 12:00pm

Module #2 will be a deep dive into scenario planning – exploring future possible iterations of the regional tourism economy. You will get to roll up your sleeves and work with your regional partners to undertake thoughtful foresight orientated future planning.

For an example of what you will be working, explore the Future of Tourism work done in the Maine Woods  (

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable Sometimes it hurts; it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

– Anthony Bourdain, American Celebrity Chef and Author


For more information about the Northern Forest Rural Tourism Academy, please contact:

Joe Short, Vice President
Northern Forest Center
phone: 603-229-0679 ext. 104
cell: 603-491-2651

Northern Forest Center,
18 N Main St., Ste. 204
Concord, NH 03301-4926