One of Civic Tourism's
premises is that citizens - the people who live in, know
about, and care for the community - should have a say in
if and how "place" is positioned as
a tourism attraction.
Traditionally, the tourism discussion has been a narrow one, convened by a chamber of commerce or tourism bureau, for example. At its best, this means residents have no idea who is responsible for tourism, and they see the industry as little more than gift shops and motels.
At its worst, a disengaged approach can erect barriers between residents and the industry, which certainly will not help tourism officials when they advocate for public funding.
Pride in Place
While traditional tourism voices are and will remain essential to the process, Civic Tourism believes
the travel industry and the community at large
will benefit by engaging citizens to help set the tourism
Doing so means the entire community is moving forward together, saying to visitors, "This is what we love about our town; this is what we are proud of."
a half- or full-day workshop
about "Connect to the Public."