Phase 1 Overview

The Phase 1 was focused on EXPLORING FUTURE TRAJECTORY and consisted of two virtual modules.

  • Exploring emerging trends shaping the tourism industry
  • Learning from sustainable tourism case studies
  • Investigating potential futures and implications
  • Create preferred regional future scenario for managing tourism impact

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

Module #1 was an interactive exploration and panel discussions. Topics included:

  • Latest in emerging trends in rural and outdoor recreation, and who are the emerging outdoor travelers, and what are they looking for now?
  • How are rural outdoor recreation destinations managing tourism as travel returns at even higher levels than before? How do we find the right balance and create sustainable tourism? What are other regions doing in creative destination development and management approaches?
  • What are creative ways to use tourism as a force for good – from uplifting local food systems to preserving local economies and traditions.

MODULE #2 – REGIONAL PLANNING - Tuesday May 18, 2021, 8:30 – 10:30am

Module #2 was a deep dive into future scenario planning – exploring future possible iterations of the regional tourism economy.

“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