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Tourism Partnership Forum to Focus on Regional Partnerships

The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center invites hoteliers, innkeepers, outfitters and other tourism related businesses in the far western counties of North Carolina to attend the Tourism Partnership Forum, a free event, to be held at the Center on Wednesday, March 7 from 2 to 4pm. The focus of this year’s Forum will be the value of regional partnerships.

“Regional tourism can be compared to a cruise ship on land,” said Kate Parkerson, Program Director. “We will explore how can we ‘keep them (visitors to the region) on our boat’ so to speak.” The purpose of this forum is to continue preparation for the 2013 World Kayaking Championships in the Nantahala Gorge by collectively creating an inventory of activities in the region. “Regional itineraries will keep guests in the area and encourage them to make reservations for their next visit before they leave,” Parkerson continued.

The Forum will include representatives from Jackson, Swain, Graham, Clay and Cherokee Counties as well as the Qualla Boundary. “Participants will come away with a better understanding of the many unique and authentic experiences the region has to offer to visitors, an understanding that will help us be better hosts,” Parkerson concluded.

Please contact Parkerson at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center at 828-479-3364 or kate@stecoahvalleycenter.com with any questions or to register to attend. Registrations need to be received by March 1.

The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is located off Hwy 28 in Graham County, about halfway between Bryson City and Fontana Dam. More information is available at stecoahvalleycenter.com or by calling 828-479-3364.