Call for Tourism Case Studies

Innovative and Promising Practices in Sustainable Tourism

Call for Case Studies

 Editors: Nicole Vaugeois, Miles Phillips, Doug Arbogast and Patrick Brouder

Case studies are a valuable way to synthesize and share lessons learned to create new knowledge and enhanced applications in practice.  The National Extension Tourism (NET) Design Team is inviting submissions of case studies that highlight innovative and promising practices in sustainable tourism. The intent of the volume is to provide an opportunity for academics, extension professionals, industry stakeholders and community practitioners to reflect, discuss and share the innovative approaches that they have taken to develop sustainable tourism in a variety of different contexts. Innovative and promising practices are defined as any unique, modern approaches, strategies or techniques that have been used to address current issues, opportunities or trends in tourism.

The intended audiences for these case studies include faculty and students in tourism related academic programs who will benefit from having access to current case studies that highlight how various stakeholders are approaching common issues, opportunities and trends in tourism.  The second audience includes extension agents and practitioners who will benefit from having a platform to either share their own innovative practices or gain insight from the lessons learned in other case study contexts.

The volume will be shared widely via the National Extension Tourism website as a free, downloadable resource for faculty, students and practitioners.  The volume is expected to be released by March 2019 and will be shared at the 2019 National Extension Tourism Conference to be held in Oregon in 2019. This is a peer reviewed publication opportunity which will published by VIU Press as an open access publication.

If you are interested in being a reviewer for this publication, please contact one of the members of the editorial team.

Case study criteria:

  • Be related to the design, development or management of tourism with a focus on sustainability (linked to economic, environment, equity or education principles of sustainability);
  • Identify an issue, opportunity or trend in tourism and factors that have contributed to its existence;
  • Provide background information on the innovators – the organization(s) or stakeholders involved;
  •  Identify an innovation in tourism such as new practices, models, paradigms, processes, projects or partnerships that were used to address an issue, capitalize or mitigate a trend, or opportunity;
  • Demonstrate how research or evidence was used in practice;
  • Discuss the impact, implications and lessons learned in the case;
  • Be between 3,000 to 5,000 words, not including support materials such as tables, pictures, etc.

Expressions of interest should:

  • Include the names, institutional affiliation, contact information, bios (max 200 words) and photos of all authors;
  • Address the case study criteria in an 800-1000 word proposal and describe the value of the case study for academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Be submitted by May 30th, 2018 via email to the Editorial Team via Nicole Vaugeois at

 Editorial Team
Nicole L. Vaugeois
Associate Vice-President, Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity
Vancouver Island University

Miles Phillips
Associate Professor
Oregon State University Extension

Doug Arbogast
Rural Tourism Specialist
West Virginia University Extension Service

Patrick Brouder
Simon Fraser University



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UNWTO Hosts First Meeting on Measuring Sustainable Tourism

With the support of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), UNWTO has launched the initiative Towards a Statistical Framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST). The aim is to develop an international statistical framework for measuring tourism’s role in sustainable development, including economic, environmental and social dimensions. The framework aims to provide a common language and organizing structure for exploiting the richness of data already available and for more effective data production, management and integration. To learn more, click here:

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CRD Webinar Series | SRDC

Igniting the Spark for Community Development: Developing Community Readiness
November 15th, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. CT/ 1:00 p.m. ET

Often communities struggle with getting their citizenry involved in community betterment. In this session, we will explore the concept of community readiness, and discuss programs and methods that encourage public engagement.

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Call for Proposals: 2017 CDS/NACDEP Conference

Big Skies/Bold Partnerships: Moving Mountains Together
CDS/NACDEP Joint Conference
June 11-14, 2017
Big Sky, Montana

The Community Development Society (CDS) and the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) are requesting proposals for refereed presentations and posters relating to community development.  Submissions relating to the joint conference theme, “Big Skies: Bold Partnerships-Moving Mountains Together” are encouraged, but all submissions will be given full consideration.

Call for Proposals-October 17-November 18, 2016 (no late abstracts will be accepted).  For full details click here  

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National Co-op Month: Rural Business-Cooperative Service webinar series

October is National Cooperative Month! As part of this month’s celebration, USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is holding a series of training and informational webinars to showcase the many important ways cooperatives empower our daily lives.

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UM Extension Hiring: Tourism Extension Educator

profile-photo-umntourism-96x96-jpgUniversity of Minnesota Tourism Center seeks an 80% time educator to work with Minnesota communities and the tourism industry to develop tourism opportunities through education and community development programs. The educator will have statewide responsibility to support programs, applied research and outreach for the center. The educator will be based in the Tourism Center on the St Paul campus or at a regional center to be determined. The detailed job posting is found online at: or via the Community Vitality listing at

Tourism Center educators use research-based programs and scholarly/scientific research to help communities and the tourism industry make informed decisions that strengthen and sustain tourism efforts. The educator will develop, deliver, teach and evaluate Tourism Center programs such as customer service, festival and event management and tourism development.  Candidates need a master’s degree and two years of related work experience.

Review of applications begins on October 18, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.  For more information, contact Cynthia Messer, Director, University of Minnesota Tourism Center, at 612-624-6236 or


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9/13 – 9/29/16: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Webinar Series

September is Rural Development Month at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is holding a series of informational webinars to share success stories and best practices on how customers and partner organizations have used RBS programs and resources to support businesses in rural and Tribal communities. Customers and stakeholders interested in learning more about RBS programs—and how customers have used our financing tools to support entrepreneurship—are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to engage with diverse partner organizations, ask questions, and learn more. For additional information, or to request special accommodations, please contact: rdced@wdc.usda.govClick here for the webinar series schedule (PDF download).

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10/17/16: Regional Rural Development Centers Webinar Series

Social Network Analysis for the Uninitiated: What is it and what is it good for?

October 17th, 2016; 1 pm CT/2:00 pm ET, free registration

Extension programs have a long history of building relationships toward increasing social capital…and an equally long history of inadequately sharing this news with key stakeholders. Social Network Analysis (SNA) is one tool that can help tell the story of the effectiveness of relationship building efforts. SNA is a method that visualizes, as well as quantifies, the depth and breadth of relationships within or among people, groups, or organizations. It can even be used to measure changes in connectivity over time, in groups that are working together towards the same goals. This webinar will provide an introduction to the theory underlying SNA, the uses of SNA, and the methods, tools, and skills needed to conduct SNA projects.

Click here to register and join this free webinar. The webinar is sponsored by the Regional Rural Development Centers.

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10/5 – 10/6: Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference

2016 Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference; Oct. 5 – 6, 2016, Port Huron, MI. Sponsored by Michigan State University Extension. Registration: $85

CEC_LogoThe objective of the Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) Conference is to empower community teams to be more entrepreneur-friendly and provide tips, tools, best practices and success stories to support entrepreneurial growth in their community.

The 2016 Conference will feature three keynote speakers and a record-breaking 26 breakout sessions to choose from. With sessions embedded in shops and venues throughout the downtown, the conference offers the unique opportunity to not only learn about, but experience an entrepreneurial community. Plus, these venues are great networking opportunities for sharing best practices and learning what other communities are doing to support entrepreneurs. Join other like-minded community leaders to grow Michigan’s economy (and yours) through local entrepreneurs. The conference costs only $85 and registration is open! Visit the CEC webpage for more information, and you can check us out on Facebook as well. For more info and to register, click here.

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8/16/16: Southern CRD Webinar Series

Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age and Rural Communities

Mississippi State University Extension
August 16, 2016; 1 pm EST, free registration

The digital age is upon us. Its exponential, digital, combinatorial, and disruptive characteristics are ushering in revolutionary changes to our economic and social landscape. While serious privacy and security concerns abound, applications such as e-commerce, telehealth, telework, precision agriculture, and artificial intelligence have the potential to level the playing field between urban and rural communities. A four-step process in which the state Extension Service plays a critical role in helping rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age is showcased.

Click here to register and join this free webinar. The webinar is sponsored by the Southern Rural Development Center.

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