Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Stimulating Economic Vitality and Resource Conservation in Gateway and Tribal Communities


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AIANTA

On September 15, 2009, The Western States Tourism Policy Council (WSTPC), Southeast Tourism Society (STS), the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and key Federal agencies participated in a one-day Policy Forum on Gateway and Tribal Communities in Washington, D.C., held at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

WSTPC

The forum “Stimulating Economic Vitality and Resource Conservation in Gateway and Tribal Communities” focused on how gateway and tribal communities, which serve millions of visitors to the Federal public lands, can balance their need for growth and vitality with the conservation and protection of natural resources during a time of severe economic challenges.

Speakers included Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Attendees included top leaders from gateways and tribes, state and local governments, the tourism and recreation industry and major Federal land and other agencies whose policies have a significant impact.

The economic and ecological condition of gateways and tribes were reviewed and participants had an opportunity to consider future policies, strategies and partnerships.


We welcome your comments.



> Forum Summary Notes (Draft)

> Comments from the Gateway & Tribal Communities Forum

> Interagency Forum Team of Travel and Tourism

> Glossary of Terms from Forum

> Read the Western States Tourism Policy Council Memorandum of Understanding

> Read the Southeast Tourism Policy Council Memorandum of Understanding