FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2008
Shelly Angers, NH Department of Cultural Resources
Tourism professionals will gather in May to discuss industry’s future
Professionals from all aspects of New Hampshire’s tourism industry will gather on May 7 at the Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH for the Commissioner's Roundtable onCultural & Heritage Tourism.
Coming on the heels of months of record-breaking snows and heading into the busy spring and summer travel seasons, the Roundtable will address upcoming challenges and opportunities, many of which go hand-in-hand. While rising gas prices could result in fewer visitors traveling from other parts of the country, they might also mean that more New England residents will be staying closer to home and taking advantage of attractions close by. Similarly, the weakening of the U.S. dollar might actually create an increase in tourists coming to New Hampshire, as fewer Americans travel overseas and international travel to the state increases.
New Hampshire’s culture and heritage are major drivers for the state’s tourism industry. People from all over the world come here each year to experience not only outdoor recreational opportunities in all seasons, but also museums, festivals, art galleries, concerts, performances, lectures, historic downtowns and villages, authentic architecture, and a myriad of other cultural attractions.
This Roundtable is the latest in a series that addresses culture and heritage. The free-form discussion will be facilitated by New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources Commissioner Van McLeod.
“Because this Roundtable takes place directly after the Governor’s Conference on Tourism, we expect a lively, informative discussion,” said McLeod. “The energy in the room will be terrific.”
There is no cost to participate in the Roundtable, which takes place from 1-3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Shelly Angers, Department of Cultural Resources, [email protected], 603-271-3136.
New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the American Canadian French Cultural Exchange Commission. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at www.nh.gov/nhculture/.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Media is invited to attend the Roundtable on Tourism as observers only but may conduct interviews with participants after the discussion has ended. Please contact Shelly Angers, 603-271-3136, [email protected] for more information.