NET STOR 2019 Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals now open!

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The call for proposals is scheduled to close March 8th, 2019 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Proposal will be reviewed and applicants notified by the end of March. Presenters will need to register to attend the conference as part of the final acceptance.

The 2019 Sustainable Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Conference, organized by National Extension Tourism Design Team (NET), will be held in Astoria, Oregon, October 8-11, 2019. This is an outstanding opportunity for Extension professionals, academic faculty, and others working in the broad area of tourism and recreation, including tourism service providers and businesses, to share programs, initiatives, research, and success stories, and network with other professionals.

The mission of the National Extension Tourism (NET) Design Team is to enhance Extension tourism programs nationally by providing relevant information, useful resources, and networking opportunities for Extension professionals and others working in the broad area of tourism and recreation.

The 2019 Conference on Sustainable Tourism & Outdoor Recreation focuses on the key pillars of sustainable tourism:  environment, socio-cultural and economic as the themes of this conference. Sustainable Tourism is defined by the United Nations World Tourism Organization as, “Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities”

Sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation strive to:

1) Make use of environmental resources as a key element in tourism development, while maintaining essential ecological processes and helping to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity.

2) Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, conserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance.

3) Ensure viable, long-term economic operations, provide socio-economic benefits to stakeholders that are fairly distributed, including stable employment and income-earning opportunities.

It requires:

  1. the informed participation of all relevant stakeholders
  2. strong political leadership
  3. constant monitoring of impacts, and preventive and/or corrective measures as necessary
  4. a meaningful experience for tourists

Reference:  Making Tourism More Sustainable – A Guide for Policy Makers, UNEP and UNWTO, 2005, p.11-12.

Presentations are invited that address one or more of these pillars through research, practice, programming or policy.  Presentations can share applications, case examples or programs across a breadth of areas including agritourism, coastal tourism, community tourism, outdoor recreation, tourism leadership, emerging trends or other topics related to tourism and outdoor recreation.

Specific Topical Areas include, but are not limited to:

1. Nature-Based Tourism: Ecotourism, Wildlifewatching, and Adventure Tourism
2.   Agritourism—Local Foods, Farmers Markets, Culinary Tourism, Farm Stays
3.   Cultural-Heritage Tourism
4.   Marketing and Promotion—the Digital Revolution
5.   The Shared Economy
6.   Placemaking and Capacity-Building for Community-driven Tourism
7.   Community and Regional Planning and Development
8.   Economic, Environmental, and Social Impacts of Tourism and Recreation
9.   Tourism Education, Training, and Certification Programs
10. Tourism Research and Evaluation 11CaseStudies on Innovative and Promising Practices in Sustainable and Tourism. 12Recreation Economy

Presentation Types:

  • Oral Presentation (20 minute presentation plus 5 minutes for Q&A)
  • Poster Presentation
  • Workshop Presentation (60 minutes) – Workshops should not just be extended oral presentations, as these should include an interactive component providing hands-on experiential opportunities for professional development. A limited number of workshops will be accepted.

Click here to submit a proposal.

Additional Details:

  • Presenters are encouraged to submit more than one presentation proposal, if interested.
  • Specific questions or inquiries regarding proposal submissions may be addressed to Doug Arbogast, 2019 Conference Program Chair;; (304) 293-8686.

For more information, visit the 2019 Sustainable Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Conference website at


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