Chesapeake Connections: Training for Impactful Visitor Experiences
A Workshop for Museum Professionals in Virginia
Virginia Tourism Corporation and the National Park Service are teaming up to help small local museums create engaging and meaningful visitor experiences. Participants will learn basic interpretive techniques, how to incorporate hands-on techniques, where to look for potential funding sources, and how to marketing museums and programs.
The workshop will also explore ways for new programs to connect to the themes of the upcoming Virginia commemorations, the USA 250 initiative, and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Feature speakers will include local tourism directors, representative from Virginia Tourism Corporation, and representatives from the National Park Service.
Workshops will be 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with sign-in starting at 9:30 a.m.
October 26, 2017 Comfort Suites, Chincoteague, Virginia
Registration Link for Chincoteague: http://ow.ly/EJcw30eN6fL
November 8, 2017 – Planning District Commission, Warsaw
Registration Link for Warsaw http://ow.ly/a9UA30fpH3E
There is no cost for the workshop. Advance registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided.
Adventure Tourism Workshops
The Adventure Tourism workshop is targeted to anyone interested in starting and expanding an adventure tourism business in Southwest Virginia. This workshop outlines the opportunities within the region, best practices and steps required to launch a successful adventure tourism business.
October 26, 2017
Crooked Road Technology Center, Duffield
November 28, 2017
Southwest Virginia Technology Center, Lebanon
November 30, 2017
Southwest Virginia Community College, Richlands
2017 Virginia Tourism Orientation Program
Virginia is for Lovers is one of the most highly recognized tourism slogans in the world. Find out how the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) promotes its brand and Virginia as a tourism destination. Join us for a one-and-a-half-day interactive event where you will learn about VTC’s marketing techniques and practices that can help increase visitation to your events, attractions, destinations or region. Learn More
Visitor Centers Seminar
The local/regional visitor center seminar is a once-a-year opportunity for managers and employees of visitor centers across Virginia to network with their colleagues, learn new tactics for visitor center operations, receive motivational messages from experts in the customer service field, and tour different regions of the state for a first-hand look at the tourism product. Learn More
Adventure Tourism Outdoor & Recreation Program and Course Information
The Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation program at Southwest Virginia Community College will provide training to develop a workforce for the outdoor recreation industry and to stimulate economic development. The Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation programs, activities and events at Southwest Virginia Community College are a unique blend of entrepreneurship, tourism, and recreation. Whether you are interested in starting your own adventure tourism businesses, work for an outdoor based business, become a guide or outfitter, work in a local, state or national park, gain knowledge to keep yourself safe or just have fun, we have the program, activity or event for you. In addition, we have non-credit courses in specific subject area, many of which prepare students for national certifications.
Entrepreneur Express Workshops – Moving Your Business Forward
The Entrepreneur Express Workshops are designed to provide information on available business resources and deliver practical, hands-on training covering key elements of business practice. Workshop segments include information on how to start and operate a business, grow an existing business, marketing strategies, financing and locating available resources. Entrepreneur Express events are scheduled around the state in the coming weeks. For a complete schedule of dates and locations – as well as other business assistance workshops and events – click here: http://www.vastartup.org/
University of the Potomac Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management
The University of the Potomac (UOTP) offers a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management (BS-HTM) degree that prepares students for managerial positions in the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as for the development of human resources in this field.
The UOTP is seeking to initiate Strategic Partnerships with organizations and businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry. Located in Northern Virginia and in Washington DC, classes are offered totally online.
- The partnership would include:
- Discounted educational opportunities group participation at the AS, BS and Masters level
- Work Study programs for students in the BS-HTM program
- Adjunct Faculty appointments for qualified industry participants
To arrange a conference call or meeting with university officials please contact Professor David Kimble, Director of Business Development:
David A. Kimble, MS, PMP