In addition to these presenters, the meeting
featured regional practitioners who work in place-based tourism
and economic development: rural projects, American Indian initiatives,
urban activities, and other models. Complete speaker biographies
from the conference program can be found here
(large pdf file that may take a minute to download).
- A pioneer of place-based tourism, Becky's North Carolina program,
"HandMade in America,"
has received international attention for the multiple ways it sustains
cultures and economies.
- Mr. Anzalone is Director of Preservation Initiatives for the Advisory
Council on Historic Preservation. An archeologist, Ron has worked
on Federal stewardship of historic resources, and helped develop
- Ms. Barrett is the director of the Heritage
Areas Program for the National Park Service. Using community
alliances to develop tourism programs is central to Brenda's work.
- Dr. Beatley teaches urbanism at the Univ. of Virginia. A leading
scholar of "place" as both an economic and quality-of-life
attribute, Tim has written several important books on the topic,
Ecology of Place.
Lattie Coor - Dr.
Coor is Chairman and CEO of the Center
for the Future of Arizona. Previously Lattie served as President
of Arizona State Univ. and President of the Univ. of Vermont.
Cheryl Cothran -
Dr. Cothran directs the Arizona
Hospitality Research and Resource Center at Northern Arizona
Univ. Cheryl researches the relationship between tourism and policymaking.
David Donath - Mr.
Donath is President of the Vermont-based Woodstock
Foundation, which recently completed a statewide assessment
on cultural heritage tourism.
Peter Forbes - Mr.
Forbes is co-founder of the Center
for Whole Communities, which is devoted to deepening the connections
between land, people, and community. Previously, Peter served 18
years as Vice President of the Trust for Public Lands.
Bruce Fraser - Dr.
Fraser is director of the Connecticut
Humanities Council, where he manages one of the finest cultural
heritage tourism funding programs in the nation.
Cheryl Hargrove -
A travel industry veteran, and a long-time expert on cultural tourism,
Cheryl is Principle of the HTC
Group, which focuses on heritage, tourism, and marketing.
Karl Hoerig - Dr.
Hoerig has worked with Native people engaged in tourism for more
than a decade. Karl currently serves as museum director for the
White Mountain Apache
Tribe at Fort Apache.
Peter Iverson - An
award-winning author, Dr. Iverson is Regents
Professor of History at Arizona State Univ. Few writers have
done more to advance our understanding of place in the West.
Daniel Kemmis - Mr.
Kemmis is director of the Center
for the Rocky Mountain West in Missoula, Montana. Author of
three books on place and citizenship, Dan is a former state legislator
and two-term mayor of Missoula.
Alan Lew - Chair
of the geography department at Northern Arizona Univ., Dr. Lew is
an authority on tourism in Asia. In addition to books like Seductions
of Place, Alan edits the journal Tourism
Lucy Lippard - Ms.
Lippard is one of the premier art
critics and social observers in America. Among her many publications,
Lucy writes about place and its relationship to tourism in books
like The Lure of the Local and On the Beaten Path.
Mark McDermott - Mr. McDermott previously served as Director of the Arizona Office of Tourism. During his 30-year tourism career, he has also held executive roles in Florida and New York, and has served many national associations.
Robert McNulty -
Dr. McNulty is President of Partners
for Livable Communities, a national organization working to
restore and renew our cities and towns. Since the late 1970s, Bob
has used cultural tourism as a community development tool.
Nora Mitchell - Director
of the Conservation Study
Institute for the National Park Service, Dr. Mitchell develops
citizen-directed programs for Gateway Communities and similar tourism
Montesinos - Dr. Gonzales Montesinos is a professor of
social sciences at the Univ. of Sonora. With a tri-national team
he originated La Ruta de Sonora,
an eco-heritage experience in Arizona and Mexico.
Murrieta-Saldivar – Dr. Murrieta-Saldivar directs
the People, Culture and Conservation program for the Sonoran
Institute. Joaquin has helped shape the La Ruta de Sonora
Ecotourism Association and similar programs along the Sonoran
Paul Nabhan - Recipient of a MacArthur Prize, Dr. Nabhan
is the author of many books on place and culture. A world-renown
scholar, Gary is Director of Sustainable
Environments at Northern Arizona Univ.
Gyan P. Nyaupane
- Dr. Nyaupane is a professor of tourism at Arizona State
Univ., where he teaches courses on nature-based tourism,
international tourism, and tourism management. He has studied tourism
practices in Nepal while working for Mt. Everest National Park.
- Dr. Pitcaithley teaches history at New Mexico State Univ.
and serves many national organizations. A prolific author, Dwight
was Chief Historian for the National Park Service.
Donovan Rypkema -
Principal of Place
Economics, Mr. Rypkema is the author of The Economics of
Historic Preservation. Many towns use his valuable work to make
an economic and touristic case for saving old buildings.
Scott Russell Sanders
- Dr. Sanders teaches English at Indiana
Univ. Scott is perhaps best known for more than two dozen books
that deal with place, community, the land, and other quality-of-life
Guha Shankar - Dr.
Shankar works at the American
Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. Guha consults around
the country, helping communities preserve and celebrate their folkways.
Dan Shilling - Dr. Shilling is director of the Civic Tourism project. For nearly 15 years, Dan was director of the Arizona Humanities Council, where he wrote extensively on heritage tourism.
Neal Shoemaker -
Mr. Shoemaker is president of Harlem
Heritage Tours, which provides an authentic experience of the
community, while using tourism as a tool to preserve Harlem's history
and strengthen the economy.
- A member of the Laguna Pueblo, Mr. Solimon is CEO of the Indian
Pueblo Cultural Center & Indian Pueblos Marketing. Ron is
also chairman of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise
- Ms. Steinfeld is Director of Tourism Development for the Portland
Oregon Visitors Assoc. Barbara also chairs the Cultural &
Heritage Tourism Alliance, a national group.
- Mr. Talton's business columns in The Arizona Republic
often challenge communities to development sustainable economic
development models. Jon
has also authored seven novels.
- Mr. Tourtellot is Director for Sustainable
Destinations at National Geographic Society. Jonathan is also
the geotourism editor for National Geographic Traveler
Timothy Tyrrell -
Professor of Tourism Development at Arizona
State Univ., Dr. Tyrell studies tourism's economic analysis
techniques. A recent transplant from Rhode Island, Tim received
that state's highest tourism award.
Patti Van Tuyl -
Dr. Van Tuyl is a program officer with the National
Endowment for the Humanities. Since the mid-90s, Patti has been
the NEH liaison for cultural tourism nationwide.
Judy Walden - Ms.
Walden is a proponent of "Community Tourism," an approach
generally practiced outside the U.S. Judy is working with ten western
towns to assess this fairly new strategy.
David Weaver - Author of
eight books on ecotourism, including a new 2005 title, Sustainable
Tourism, Dr. Weaver teaches at the Univ. of South Carolina.
Dave and his colleague Dave Fennelli of Brock Univ., Canada, created
the "Ecotourium," a new comprehensive approach to tourism.