February 16, 2007
America Outdoors E-News
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||International Travel Rebounds
||The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a record
$107.4 billion in international travel receipts - travel-related tourism
spending, including passenger fares - for the United States in 2006. This
spending represents a recovery in the value of foreign travel to the U.S. since
Sept. 11, 2001, and surpasses the previous record of $103.1 billion set in
Here are some highlights:
- Purchases of travel
and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors totaled $85.8
billion for the year, an increase of 5 percent over 2005. These goods and
services include food, lodging, recreation, gifts, entertainment, local
transportation in the United States, and other items incidental to
- Passenger fares
received by U.S. carriers and U.S. vessel operators from international visitors
increased more than 3 percent over 2005 to $21.6 billion for the year.
- For the eighteenth
consecutive year, the United States enjoyed a travel trade surplus, reaching
$7.3 billion in 2006.
- Travel and tourism
supported 8.3 million American jobs in 2006.
- More people are
employed by travel and tourism-related industries than are employed in the
construction industry, the business and financial industries, agriculture,
education or health care.
||Recreation Forums to Set
Strategies for Public Lands
||Regional forums will be held in Colorado, Georgia,
California, Oregon and Illinois, convened by the American Recreation Coalition
and the National Forest Foundation. The Forest Service and other federal
agencies will play an active role in the series of meetings. The goal of the
forums is develop new ideas and strategies on how public lands can play a role
in meeting the recreational needs of society.
The single-day forums are free, open to all and will seek to:
- document the
importance of recreation to important societal goals ranging from improved
physical, mental and spiritual health to improved educational systems, from
local and regional economic vitality to deterrence of crime;
- identify key needs and
challenges to meeting the recreation needs of the nation;
- identify local and
regional successes in increasing the quality and quantity of recreation
opportunities which deserve consideration for expansion and replication.
In addition to invited
presentations, each forum will provide for public comments on general
recreation issues and on identified topics ranging from access to public lands
and waters to the challenge of providing outdoor recreation opportunities for
today's youth. Reports on each forum will be prepared and used at the national
forum. The national Recreation Forum will be held in April in Washington, DC.
The national forum is expected to generate discussions among national leaders
in the public and private sectors that will unify public policy efforts by
those seeking to sustain recreation's positive contributions to life in
Up-to-date information on
the forums, including information on locations and schedules, will be provided
upon request and is posted at
To receive updated information, contact the American Recreation Coalition
Forum --- Location ---
Date --- Special Topics
Golden, CO - American
Mountaineering Center - March 1 - Volunteers
Marietta, GA - East Cobb
Multi-Purpose Center - March 9 - Tourism, wildlife
Los Angeles, CA - LA
County Arboretum - March 12 - Kids, technology and the outdoors
Portland OR (TBD ) -
March 15 - Kids, health, tourism
Chicago, IL - South Shore
Cultural Center - March 22 - Urban partnerships, education, public waters
Bill Under Consideration in Montana
||A bill to increase fines for illegal outfitting to
$50,000 from the current misdemeanor fine of $1,000 is under consideration by
the Montana legislature.
illegal outfitter recently caught running illegal trips thought he had the
perfect scam. He did not ask his clients for payment, although he may have
collected tips, but instead had them send him gift certificates to Cabella's on
his birthday. He was busted nonetheless, but under the current law was only
fined $1,000 and got to keep all his equipment. Some illegal outfitters were
caught issuing fraudulent hunting licenses to guests.
SB 100 will revise the fine for outfitting without a
license to make it a felony with fines up to $50,000 and five year in prison.
The State Game and Fish Commission has already voted to support the measure.
The bill is part of a package of legislation designed to improve wildlife
management in the state.
Outdoors' Marketing and Management Conference, Set for 2007 and
||Get ready for another informative conference in 2007 as
America Outdoors returns to Reno, Nevada for its Marketing and Management
Conference, December 5-8 at the Silver Legacy Resort. Make plans now to be with
us in Reno for Confluence 2007.
Knoxville, Tennessee's new
state-of-the-art convention center will host the America Outdoors conference in
2008 from December 3 to 6, 2008.
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