Rural Tourism Symposium, Beyond the Fires: Wildfire Recovery and Industry Development

April 13 – 15, 2018
Kelsey Boule, Carmen Massey and Dominique Hazel joined associate professor, Dr. Rob Hood, at the 2018 Rural Tourism Symposium in Williams Lake over the weekend of April 13–15, 2018. The symposium, Beyond the Fires: Wildfire Recovery and Industry Development, was an industry based conference that included presentations from Dr. Rob Hood, Destination BC, and other industry experts around tourism resilience and recovery in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region. The group represented Thompson Rivers University while engaging in stimulating discussions, offering an academic viewpoint to tourism issues and action planning. The students connected with both industry professionals and members of the community to speak about their master’s research objectives and results. Students Kelsey Boule and Dominique Hazel also presented research posters. The weekend was a great step towards creating new connections and advocating for the potential of student project research and collaborations with industry professionals to support both student learning, business organization, and community support.