When someone asks me where I do for a living, I always say I work for a tourism development organization. Because that's what we really do here. What were once tourism marketing organizations are now economic development entities that spend a lot of time working with communities, businesses and attractions to help shape the visitor product. But no matter how much emphasis we put on the visitor, it's really about helping support community. We have a saying here: Great places to live are great places to visit. And that's what the Responsible Tourism Congress came about. The Association of Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureaus is joining with the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau and a number of other organizations to host a conversation on how we as communities can embrace authentic, sustainable, green tourism. And tourism that's sensitive to the communities we promote. On October 8 & 9, Indiana tourism organizations, Main Street representatives, historic preservationists and community development specialists will join in conversation about responsible tourism at a congress being held at The Renaissance Hotel in Carmel. Anyone interested in building communities around tourism and tourism around communities is encouraged to attend. Day One is all about how we define what is responsible and how we embrace that responsibility in Indiana. Day Two is a toolkit for building responsible tourism communities. If you're interested in learning more, visit our web site at 8GreatTowns.com/responsibletourism. We talk about this as a conversation because that's what it is.
Indiana Responsible Tourism Congress
Monday, September 21, 2009 by Karalee Smith