Inaugural Michigan AgriTourism Summit announced for May '24 in Traverse City

What’s happening: The inaugural Michigan AgriTourism Summit has been announced for May 2024 in Traverse City. The one-day event aims to draw together Michigan farmers, municipal officials, and rural community stakeholders in an attempt to foster growth in the state’s agritourism industry.

What’s planned: Details are still coming together for the first-time event, but organizers promise educational sessions and networking opportunities as pillars of the summit in an attempt to attract those community leaders interested in rural entrepreneurship and economic development throughout the state. A list of session topics and speakers is expected to be released in early 2024.

Why it’s happening: Summit organizers cite the economic power of Michigan’s agriculture and tourism industries but attest that there is still plenty of room to grow for both, and especially if and when they overlap. The sharing of best practices among Summit attendees will be at the forefront of the inaugural event.

[Related: Read “Agritourism is flourishing in rural Michigan” on Rural Innovation Exchange.]

When and where: The Michigan AgriTourism Summit is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City. Registration for the event is expected to open in 2024, more information of which will be announced online.

Who’s behind it: Michigan State University Extension, Traverse City Tourism, Northern Michigan College, 9/10 News, and Promote Michigan are so far partnered in presenting the event. There is currently an open call for partnerships and sponsorships available to Michigan businesses and organizations, more information of which is available online.

[Related: Read “New edition of Farm Fun Directory offers hundreds of agritourism destinations throughout Michigan” on Rural Innovation Exchange.]

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