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February 16, 2007

America Outdoors E-News

 
Visit the New America Outdoors.org Site for New Member Resources International Travel Rebounds
Recreation Forums to Set Strategies for Public Lands AO's Marketing & Management Conference Set for '07 & '08
Illegal Outfitting Bill Under Consideration in Montana    
Visit the New America Outdoors.org Site for New Member Resources
  The AO trade site, www.americaoutdoors.org, has been updated with a sleek new home page and easy access to government affairs, Confluence, and professional management information. Check it out at www.americaoutdoors.org.
Along with the updated graphics and information there are some new features Such as: AO members have access to The Business Library online. This consists of Resource Reports on personal and business financial topics. These how-to, comprehensive reports provide answers to your big-dollar questions, concerns, and opportunities. They include illustrations, examples, and checklists for use today and to save for future reference. They cover the important subjects to help you, your family, and your business better manage your present and plan your future, including your retirement, investments, compensation, financings, insurance, cash flow, taxes, assets, company valuation, and business succession

Your personal password to the Member Resources area is AO. Password updates will be sent in subsequent bulletins.
   
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 2000.
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 international travel.
  • 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:
  1. 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;
  2. identify key needs and challenges to meeting the recreation needs of the nation;
  3. 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 America.

Up-to-date information on the forums, including information on locations and schedules, will be provided upon request and is posted at www.funoutdoors.com/recreationforums. To receive updated information, contact the American Recreation Coalition 202-682-9530.

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

   
Illegal Outfitting 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.

One 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.
   
Confluence, America Outdoors' Marketing and Management Conference, Set for 2007 and 2008
  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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