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Priorities Identified for Partners, CHT Community

A system for sharing information, domestic marketing, and development toolkit are the top activities for Partners in Tourism to address, accomplish before the 2016 CHT Exchange.

During a final session at the CHT Exchange last month, participants also learned of priorities for states, tribal nations, rural areas, regions, and urban destinations. The facilitated discussion sessions on Thursday identified three important actions – usable research, hospitality training, and expanded partnerships, specifically with planners and economic development agencies – to advance and sustain cultural heritage tourism. Participants recognized the significance of the National Preservation Fund to cultural heritage tourism and strongly support reauthorization at $150 million next year.

 At their meeting next month, Partners in Tourism will discuss strategies to address these activities and begin outlining implementation steps to achieve the desired outcomes before the 2016 CHT Exchange.