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MSU Extension Programs in Tourism Developement  (Conferences / Seminars / Lectures)

MSU Extension's tourism team works statewide addressing community needs and interests in leveraging assets and resources for tourism development. In this seminar, Andy Northrop will discuss the Tourism Development Programs and how they have helped rural and urban communities identify assets, leverage first-time visitors' perspectives to strengthen communities and spawn regional collaborations. He will also discuss forms of agritourism, nature-based tourism and cultural tourism and the importance of those types of tourism in MI and globally too. Attendees will have an opportunity to share tourism examples in their countries as well.

Andy Northrop serves as a statewide educator for Michigan State University Extension.  Northrop centers his expertise on creating communities where people want to live, work and play via leadership, tourism and sustainability. He has focused on international development and education for more than ten years. Northrop has worked in New Zealand, South Korea, St. Eustatius, Thailand and conducted research in Costa Rica and Guatemala.  He holds an M.A. in sustainable development from SIT Graduate Institute, and is a Michigan State University alum with bachelor's degree in psychology. Northrop has certifications in sustainability leadership from the University of Oregon and citizen planner and facilitation leadership from Michigan State University Extension.

Location: 203 E Bessey Hall
Price: Free
Sponsor: VIPP