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About miles.phillips

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist with Texas Agrilife Extension Service. Assisting and Consulting with Landowners, Tourism Businesses, and Communities on Utilization, Growth Marketing, Conservation and Training related to natural resource based tourism.

New Team Member!

We are pleased to announce that the nature tourism program has a new team member. Dan Beckendorf was hired to assist with the Texas MarketMaker program for coastal fishing guides and support other nature tourism program elements. He is based in Sinton and the Welder Wildlife Refuge. Welcome!

Texas Parks and Wildlife Wants Your Input

Texas Parks and Wildlife is seeking input form the public. This news release explains the effort and includes a link to a survey you can use to provide your input until Sept 26 AUSTIN – What do citizens think of the park systems in Texas? What kinds of outdoor recreational opportunities do they want? The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking input from local stakeholders about the future of park systems in the state. “We want to know more about Texans’ recreational habits, what’s working and areas… Read More →

Send Texas Parks and Wildlife Your Input and Support

Texas Parks and Wildlife is seeking input form the public. This news release explains the effort and includes a link to a survey you can use to provide your input until Sept 26 AUSTIN – What do citizens think of the park systems in Texas? What kinds of outdoor recreational opportunities do they want? The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking input from local stakeholders about the future of park systems in the state. “We want to know more about Texans’ recreational habits, what’s working and areas… Read More →

Urban Nature Tourism

When thinking of nature tourism sites many people think first of places far from a big city. More and more this is changing as cities large and small enhance and develop more and better nature and wildlife park properties and work with private companies to provide services to resident recreationists and traveling tourists. This week I am in El Paso to help local business owners and officials enhance thier nature tourism operations. El Paso CVB recently launched a great Nature Tourism web site helping visitors find a great… Read More →

Nature Tourism Program Receives Grant

Agrilife Extension Nature Tourism Program https://naturetourism.tamu.edu Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University News Brief: Miles Phillips and colleagues have been awarded the $387,000 grant “MarketMaker Adoption and Implementation in Texas For the Gulf Seafood Industry”. The grant was funded by the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission to provide tools and increased opportunities for direct and other marketing opportunities for Texas seafood producers by providing online resources to better link seafood producers with potential buyers, consumers and other businesses throughout the food marketing chain.  The investigators are… Read More →

Nature Tourism Program Recieves Grant

Agrilife Extension Nature Tourism Program https://naturetourism.tamu.edu Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University News Brief: Miles Phillips and colleagues have been awarded the $387,000 grant “MarketMaker Adoption and Implementation in Texas For the Gulf Seafood Industry”. The grant was funded by the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission to provide tools and increased opportunities for direct and other marketing opportunities for Texas seafood producers by providing online resources to better link seafood producers with potential buyers, consumers and other businesses throughout the food marketing chain.  The investigators are… Read More →

National Conference NET March 9-11

Hello, Next week March 9-11, 2011 marks the National Extension Tourism Conference in Charleston, SC Participants and Speakers from across North America will gather to share examples, techniques, ideas and data on the development of tourism and how both communities and individuals, agricultural landowners and others can succeed with tourism. See http://extensiontourism.net for more information

Hunt & Fish Event

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to join a wonderful group of outdoor enthusiasts in the Rockport/Corpus Christi area.  Don & Petra Schultz of Green Hornet Guide Services helped host the event which promoted the dove hunting and fishing opportunities in the coastal bend. There were numerous writers and many sponsors and supporters. It is clear the Texas Coastal Bend has a variety of great outdoor experiences and quality fishing and other guides to enhance ones experience. This was a nice example of nature tourism providers getting… Read More →