Partners in Tourism is hosting the second “Cultural Heritage Tourism Exchange” as an opportunity for practitioners from across the country to meet with representatives from the 29 federal agencies and national organizations engaged in cultural heritage tourism. The CHT Exchange is planned for May 3-4, 2012 at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. Registration is open to all practitioners engaged in cultural heritage tourism. A discounted fee of $149 is currently available until March 1, with a special rate offered to second delegates. Space is limited and confirmed on a first come basis, so register today.
Given recent developments – including the designation of culture as one of the four pillars for the new Brand USA international marketing campaign and the creation of a National Travel & Tourism Strategy – this Exchange provides a timely opportunity to identify ways of showcasing culture and heritage experiences to domestic and international travelers, sharing best practices, and discussing additional needs of the community.
Building off last year’s inaugural event, the Exchange has been expanded to a day and a half program for maximum networking and dialogue among cultural heritage tourism leaders. Presentations by major federal and national entities – including the Travel & Tourism Advisory Board and Brand USA – along with updates on advocacy for the arts, historic preservation and tourism are planned. You can help define the rest of the agenda – specifically the discussion topics and breakout sessions – by completing a short 20-question survey (www.surveymonkey.com/chtexchange2012) before April 1. Visit www.chtexchange2012.com for the proposed agenda, along with special hotel information and trip planning information.
If you have questions or want more information about the 2012 Cultural Heritage Tourism Exchange, please contact Cheryl Hargrove at Cheryl@htcpartners.com or call 202-547-0959. The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities chairs Partners in Tourism, which represents 29 federal agencies and corresponding national organizations. Partners continues to advance the role of culture and heritage in international, national, state and local tourism policies and practices.