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Guidelines for Community Tourism Development. Brought to you by the. Guidelines for Community Tourism Development. Introduction. Check out our website at: www.dced.state.ak.us/tourism/guideline.htm Tourism development guidelines are designed to help you decide:

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Guidelines for

Community Tourism

Development

Brought to you by the


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Guidelines for Community Tourism Development

Introduction

  • Check out our website at: www.dced.state.ak.us/tourism/guideline.htm

  • Tourism development guidelines are designed to help you decide:

  • whether tourism could work in your community

  • how to start making tourism work for you

  • Also on the website are:

  • names and addresses of groups to contact for financial of technical help

  • sample tourism development plans

  • checklist for tourism development


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Guidelines for Community Tourism Development

  • Is Tourism for You?

  • The entire community must be willing to work together to make tourism a success

  • Don’t expect miracles

    • Lack of restrooms or places to eat and sleep for example,may become major problems

  • Weigh the good and the bad

  • Involve the whole community!

    • Conduct survey or holdtown meetings


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  • Pros

  • • New jobs

  • • Expanded economy

  • • Clean industry

  • • Investment opportunities

  • • Community pride

  • • New public facilities

  • • Boosts local businesses

  • • Promotes variety

  • • May preserve heritage/culture

  • Education and training


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  • Cons

  • Seasonal jobs, timing

  • • Congestion

  • • Disruptions or noise

  • • No guarantees

  • • Lifestyle changes

  • • Higher taxes/fees

  • • Seasonal markets

  • • Social change

  • • Maintenance costs


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Guidelines for Community Tourism Development

Community Guidelines

ECONOMIC

Tourism should create jobs and income for local residents and maximize the income that remains in the community to benefit residents;

SUBSISTENCE

Tourism should not conflict with residents’use of subsistence resources;

SOCIAL

Tourism should be controlled tominimize impact on the presentway of life;

CULTURAL

Tourism should emphasize respectfor culture and history;

ENVIRONMENTAL

Tourism should maintain or enhanceenvironmental quality.


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The Community Must be Supportive

  • Establish clear guidelines to help insure full support of the tourism effort.

  • Guidelines can be so strict that no tourism development is possible.

  • Tourism development may not be possible.

  • Proceed with the process when you are sure the community sincerely wants to be a part of the effort.


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Rural Tourism

Tourism may represent an opportunity to broaden a community’s economic base, not by replacing other businesses, but by adding to the number of businesses and jobs.


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Who Should be Involved?

  • Willing and interested people, and

  • People with some experience, interest, or knowledge of tourism.

  • Tourism development needs leadership.

  • Leadership needs support.


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Five A’s of Successful Tourism Development

1. Attitude

2. Access

3. Accommodations

4. Attractions

5. Advertising


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Attitude

Make Visitors Feel Welcome

Provide Visitor Information

Invite Visitors Back


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Access

Frequency of access is less important than dependability.Visitors will come if they are sure about the schedule

Use traditional access.Don’t assume that visitors are not interested in traditional access, such as riverboat or small plane

Include people with disabilities in your access decisions.


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Accommodations

Visitors need a place to sleepEven boats have been used for visitor accommodations. In the more remote locations, visitors will be satisfied, and in many instances expect, rustic settings as long as they are clean and well-managed.

Visitors need a place to eatCafé, restaurant, school, B&B, highlight local or Alaska specialties.

Visitors need restrooms

If possible, provide restrooms, bathing facilities, and accommodations that are accessible to people with disabilities.

Visitors need local transportationTo and from airport, ferry terminal, or dock, between lodging and shopping, and from one attraction to another.

All means of transport are acceptable as long as they are safe, dependable, and reasonably priced.


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Attractions

  • The most successful attractions are rooted in local history, geography and lore; they are authentic

    • Scenic Beauty

    • Recreation

    • Wildlife

    • Natural Phenomena

    • Historical Interest

    • Cultural Interest

    • Special Events

    • Community Character


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Improve Your Local Attractions

  • Provide Better Access

  • Include Visitor Information

  • Put Up Signs

  • Allow Guided Tours

  • Add Interpretation


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Advertising

Promote Your Community Identity

There are Many Ways to AdvertiseBrochures, Magazines, Newspapers, Television, Travel Agents, Airlines, and Cruise and Tour Companies

Business AdvertisingCooperative marketing withlocal businesses

Bundle your CommunityAttraction as Part of aLarger Tour or Package


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What Kind of People Visit Alaska?

  • Summer visitors to Alaska (80% of the annual visitors) are, for the most part, well-educated, married, have high-income managerial or professional careers, are slightly under 50 years old, and are most likely to come from the:

    • west coast,

    • southeast and,

    • midwest areas of the United States.

  • They will stay for about a week and a half, over half will be independent travelers while the others will be traveling on an organized tour or cruise ship.


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Package Tour

  • A prearranged and prepaid trip that includes transportation, t lodging, and other services necessary for visitor enjoyment.

  • Can Your Community be Included in a Package Tour?

    • Airlines

    • Ferry

    • Camping

    • Camper/RV/Personal Vehicle

    • Fishing/Hunting

    • Winter Visitors

    • Miscellaneous Outdoors

    • Business Travelers

    • Cultural or other Events


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How theOrganizedTourIndustryWorks


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The Industry in Alaska

In Alaska, tourism marketing has traditionally been directed towards visitors from other states and countries. However, as the state’s population grows, people who live in one area of the state have begun to travel to other parts of the state for business, recreation and vacation travel. Today, anycommunity wishing to promotetourism should seriouslyconsider marketing to theirAlaska neighbors, who areeager to see otherareas of the state.


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Hospitality is the Key

•Good directional signs

• Literature printed in an easy to read format and foreign languages, if needed

• Clean restrooms

• Handicap accessibility

• Convenient hours of local stores and shops

• A visitor information center

• Developed local attractions that are easy to find

• Public telephones, park benches, flower beds, and planters

• Walking tours and signs on buildings and other attractions


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Assistance

ALASKA DIVISION OF TOURISM

P.O. Box 110801Juneau, AK 99811-0801

(907) 465-2012(907) 465-3767 FAX

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.dced.state.ak.us/tourism/

There are a number of organizations and agencies who can provide assistance for rural tourism development. Contact the Division of Tourism for more information.


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