Meet 2 Tourism Professionals Now Working with Oregon Coast Businesses

Introduction to David Lacey, South Coast Destination Coordinator
by Marcus Hinz, Executive Director, Oregon Coast Visitors Association

David brings with him a cumulative record of accomplishments gained through the coordination of several past region-wide projects and campaigns on the South Coast; in addition to his hard-earned experience as a tourism business owner.

The South Coast Destination Coordinator position will play an essential collaborative role for much of the work which is already in motion. This position is intended to increase South Coast capacity, to identify and prioritize tourism community needs, convene relevant stakeholders and facilitate collaborative processes in determining the best courses of action. The resulting tourism products will then be carried forth by David as content for The People’s Coast and Travel Oregon marketing networks, in addition to other marketing channels.

This new position was designed in partnership with the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance and stems from the Rural Tourism Studio conducted by Travel Oregon just a few short years ago.

I extend much gratitude to all of you for your passionate commitment to building a sustainable tourism industry on the South Coast.

Miles Phillips joins Oregon State University Extension

“We are thrilled to have Miles Phillips join Oregon State University Extension in the newly created Associate Professor of Tourism and Business Development. He will work coast-wide, but primarily on the south coast, with businesses, local governments, and citizens to provide regional coordination, applied research, and expert training around sustainable tourism development,” said Eric Dunker, regional administrator for the OSU Extension Division of Outreach and Engagement.

Miles Phillips initiated the Extension Nature Tourism Program at Texas A&M University and has more than 15 years of experience as an Extension Program Specialist developing high-quality, impactful nature tourism programs that meet the needs of local people, businesses and agencies. He has secured over $2 million dollars in external funding support for Extension programs and has been the chair of the National Extension Tourism Design Team for the last four years. He also has seven years of experience working in project management and consulting in the private business sector.

Miles embraces new technologies in developing, delivering, and evaluating his programs and has accepted invitations to collaborate and extend his nature programming in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Miles generated
a $1.1 million dollar contract to develop the Long Acres Ranch Nature Tourism Center for Research and Demonstration near Richmond, TX. This center has already resulted in unique collaborations between many university departments and programs, including international programs in Canada and Antigua, other groups such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4-H, and other agencies such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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Read about the Rural Tourism Studio program in your March 2014 newsletter.