Thursday, March 14, 2013

Agritourism and Ecotourism

After seven months of planning, co-worker Twyla Herrington and myself just completed our first "Coastal Ecotourism Workshop." It was a huge success with 44 persons in attendance. Our host, Stella Plantation Director Chalyn Perez, allowed us to use the plantation to show the many possibilities for ecotourism and agritourism.

The  one-day workshop provided current and prospective businesses with information on supplemental income opportunities from natural resource tourism. Targeted participants included coastal landowners, farmers, charter and guide fishermen, marina owners and swamp tour operators.

With more and more people headed outdoors for enjoyment, Louisiana has an opportunity to grow ecotourism and agritourism. For a report of the workshop, click here. At this link is also an interview with Chalyn Perez.

Shown above is Daryl Jones, Director of Mississippi State Natural Resource Enterprise Program.

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