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Latest News

UVA Wise students help create first eco-tourism guide

April, 2022

SOAR is hosting an Entrepreneurship summit in Hazard,KY

June 23-24, 2022

WV Senate committee advances resolution

requiring study of outdoor  recreational impacts on state lands

March 2022

Increased Tourism Investments in West Virginia

Feb, 2022

Best of the Blue Ridge: 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards

New year-long monthly webinar series "Sustainable Rural Tourism"

(West Virginia 2022)

Secretary Ruby: West Virginia tourism growing in 'all areas'

Jan, 2022

2022 National Outdoor Recreation ConferenceMay 2-5

Knoxville, Tennessee"Outdoor Recreation: Solutions for Transformation"

Historic Investments in North Carolina Outdoor Recreation

Fall 2021

Outdoor Recreation Act could benefit West Virginia tourism

Fall 2021

West Virginia Was Just Named A Top 10 World Travel Destination For 2022

Fall 2021

West Virginia Department of Tourism is launching a new Chef Ambassador Program

Summer of 2021

Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Tourism

Resources

How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur with a Disability

Ablefutures.org

Outdoor Education Tips

How to Offer Classes and Trainings at Your Outfitter

@ASTC_LLC Twitter List:  

Management Consulting

Tourism Consulting

Entrepreneur Incubator

Global Travel Networking

Sustainable Tourism

Regional Guides

Travel Specialists

See our General  Consulting page.

See our Large Stakeholder Events Calendar 

See our Blogs on Entrepreneurship

     Primer on Commercial Guide Permit on USFS Land

Networking/Advice/Training

Society of Outdoor Recreational Professionals

2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference
May 2-5, 2022
Knoxville, Tennessee
"Outdoor Recreation: Solutions for Transformation"

The Black Travel Alliance

Travel Professionals of Color

Mountain Ideal

Destination Planning

Do Good Brands, LLC (Pikeville)

Outdoor Sport Connection

Outdoor Guide Association

Viristar

consulting and training company that provides world-class services to outdoor, environmental and other organizations world-wide. 

 

Insurance

West Virginia Outdoor Recreation Insurance (KY, OH, WV)

Construction

CLIMBWorks Design (Creates Commercial Experiences)

Applied Trails Research

Potesta & Associates, Inc.

River Access (boat ramps and more)  

Rails to Trails System:

The Trail Mat (Patent Pending) system fits the top of the existing rail contour and dimension.

For more information contact Brad Van Meter.  Please see the Tourism Grant and Loan page to see details for funding.
CBRE | Advisory & Transaction Services | Industrial brad.vanmeter@cbre.com 

Marketing

Outfitter Marketing Pros  (Owner is located in Kingsport)

The Ultimate Outfitter & Tour Operator Free Checklist

Trove Tourism Development Advisors

Mountain Ideal

Do Good Brands, LLC (Pikeville)

Urban Outdoors 

Advantage Valley

Spectrum Reach

Kim Wade

Experienced communications professional with a demonstrated history directing and executing strategic marketing on behalf of corporations and small businesses, healthcare facilities, universities and senior service businesses. Skilled at partnering with clients to help them with traditional and digital media; advertising production for print, electronic and digital; social media; website development; media relations; sales; fundraising; and, event planning.

Photography

caseSensitive Photos (Kingsport)

Chris Radcliffe Photography (Richmond, KY)

Website Production

William Alexander 

WordPress Theme Developer for Agencies
& Web Consultant for Small Businesses

Travel Agents

Travel Agency Software:  Choosing Tools for Booking, Accounting, Marketing, and Tour Building

TripCreator

Gifted Travel Network 

To guide serious travel entrepreneurs to sustainable success by supporting their visions, their brands, and their unique gifts.

International Inbound Travel Association

IITA members include U.S. inbound operators, DMOs and suppliers (lodging companies, transportation, attractions, restaurants, etc.) from across the country.

Parks & Recreation

Green Play LLC 

Travel Agent Training (WVU Parkersburg)

Travel Agent Training (Eastern KY University)

Education/Training/Certifications

Do Good Brands, LLC (Pikeville)

Coalition for Outdoor Access

Wilderness Education Association

Vehicle

Bridge Bound Campers (Fayetteville)

Bridge Bound Campers caters to the core outdoor recreation community, converting vans and other small vehicles into adventure travel dream rigs.

The AAM Group D

The AAM Group (AAM USA, Inc.) is the automotive aftermarket’s leading program distribution group and specialty marketing firm dedicated to the growth and success of its partners, from warehouse distributors and manufacturers to local retailers and installers.

Land Management and Easements 

“Growing Smart On High Knob: A Sustainable Recreation Blueprint For Virginia’s High Knob Region.” 

Competition

Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Tourism

Foundations

Roanoke Outside Foundation

Guides

The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides & Programs

Coalition for Outdoor Access

Licence

GENERAL OUTFITTER AND GUIDE LICENSE (WV)

Accounting

Newsome Accounting Solutions LLC (Clintwood)

small/medium business or farm

Goods

Big Adventures LLC (Fletcher, NC)

Almost Heaven Saunas  (Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia)

History/Culture

Steven Cody Straley

The Folkway

We're a film production studio based in the heart of the New River Gorge National Park in southern West Virginia. We're dedicated to telling stories the folk way, capturing culture and reshaping the narrative of West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian Region.

Search & Rescue.  Tramua Care

See our page on our Tourism site

Property Management

How to Become An Airbnb Property Manager

 

Eastern KY

SOAR is hosting an Entrepreneurship summit in Hazard,KY

June 23-24, 2022

The Kentucky Wildlands

     Partners (list of email contacts) 

How to become a Trail Town

List of Trail Towns

Kentucky’s 24 Trail Towns Setting the Pace for Adventure Tourism (March 2021)

Chris Radcliffe Photography (Richmond)

 

Western NC

Historic Investments in North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Fall 2021

Outdoor Gear Builders

North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Coalition

Northeastern TN

Outfitter Marketing Pros  (Owner is located in Kingsport)

The Ultimate Outfitter & Tour Operator Free Checklist

Appalachian RC&D Council  (Market Garnders)

TN Farm Link

caseSensitive Photos (Kingsport)

Virginia

Southern Hospitality Training Services of Virginia

Roanoke Outside Foundation (Locate your business here)

William Alexander 

WordPress Theme Developer for Agencies
& Web Consultant for Small Businesses

High Knob Regional Initiative

“Growing Smart On High Knob: A Sustainable Recreation Blueprint For Virginia’s High Knob Region.” 

 

Southern WV

Southern West Virginia Tourism Initiative

The West Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association (WVHTA) is the official voice of the food service, lodging, convention and visitors bureaus, and travel industries in the state. The WVHTA represents the hospitality and travel industry's interests to both governmental and private sectors. WVHTA serves as the connection between all those involved with the development of tourism in West Virginia. 

New year-long monthly webinar series "Sustainable Rural Tourism"(2022)  See dates below

Chris Zeto works as a community and economic development agent in Logan County, a partnership between WVSU Extension Service and the Hatfield-McCoy Trails.

Christine Kinder  WVSU Extension Service
Raleigh County Extension Agent

Almost Heaven Sauna (Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia)

West Virginia Was Just Named A Top 10 World Travel Destination For 2022

West Virginia Department of Tourism is launching a new Chef Ambassador Program

2022 Webinar Series Details

January 31, 11 a.m.

Intro to Sustainable Rural Tourism Development

 

February 28, 11 a.m.

Sustainable Rural Tourism & West Virginia: Lessons Learned

 

March 28, 11 a.m.

Marketing vs. Management

 

April 25, 11 a.m.

What is a Destination Management Organization?

 

May 23, 11 a.m.

Leadership and Capacity

 

June 27, 11 a.m.

The Role of Extension and Non-traditional Stakeholders

 

July 25, 11 a.m.

Making Informed Decisions – Community Assessments & Inventory of Attractions & Services

 

August 29, 11 a.m.

Making Informed Decisions – Understanding Secondary Data

 

September 26, 11 a.m.

Making Informed Decisions – Collecting & Interpreting Primary Data: Understanding Visitor Preferences and Resident Attitudes Toward Tourism

 

October 31, 11 a.m.

Product Development: Intro to Participatory Planning & Action

 

November 28, 11 a.m.

Product Development: Funding Tourism Development

 

December 19, 11 a.m.

Sustainable Rural Tourism: Implementing & Evaluating a Destination Management Plan

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