About 26 tourism and economic development professionals attended, including Jeremy Turner and Larry Zermeno of the City of Goliad.
The group saw a presentation given by the ranch’s natural resources manager, Wilfred Korth, on “Best Practices in Eco-Tourism – Costa Rican Style,” based on an eco-tourism trip he and his wife, Claire Barnhart, made earlier this year.
The overall message was that tourism is economic development and the Costa Rican government has invested in it and it is the country’s economic driver.
A discussion followed after the presentation on how members could apply the different ideas presented to improve nature tourism within the region and within their communities.
The mission of the 16-county Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism Council is to promote tourism in the South Texas Coastal Bend region. Its membership is diverse and includes small business owners, economic development and tourism professionals from all over the coastal bend area.
For more information, visit www.txcoastalbend.org.