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Travel & Tourism Program Goals


Partnerships with tourism industry are essential components of USDA Forest Service mission delivery in sustainable use, community development and visitor management.  Our policy is to work with our interagency federal tourism partners, state tourism offices and the Departments of Commence (DOC) and Transportation to promote sustainable natural areas development and visitor use through agreements such as; Federal DOC Tourism Policy Council; Western States Tourism Policy Council and Southeast Tourism Policy Council.  Our agency is also a member of Travel Industry of America (TIA) to assist coordination with industry-wide sustainable "best practices" initiatives.

Key Contact for National Tourism and Byways Programs:  Floyd Thompson, (fthompson02@fs.fed.us) (202) 205-1423; FAX (202)-205-1145

Current Forest Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Program Delivery (this is a very large file)

**Other key program areas for travel, tourism and marketing our federal places are: Naturewatch (http://www.fs.fed.us/outdoors/naturewatch/), Heritage Expeditions/Passport in Time (PIT) and the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) (www.recreation.gov)

**Tourism research and marketing information is available at Forest Service Research (NSRE) (www.srs.fs.usda.gov/trends/) and visitor use and economic  monitoring data (www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum/)

**Forest Service and BLM Recreation Report - "Meeting the Challenge of Recreation and Tourism in the West.  Background data from presentation compiled for the WSTPC forum held in Reno NV May 15-17, 2005.

Listed below are key program resources and partner links.

Travel, Byways, & Tourism Guides

Tourism Planning & Marketing Models

Travel & Tourism Resources (external sites)

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Last modified March 28, 2013

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