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REDTT looks to further develop rural tourism in New Mexico

REDTT, a New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension project, is looking to help rural communities in New Mexico strengthen their economies through tourism during REDTT's 2007 Conference.

This year the conference will be held in Eddy County, April 26 and 27, at the Pecos River Village Conference Center in Carlsbad. The event, hosted annually by the REDTT Project, is expected to attract more than 180 conference attendees.

REDTT stands for Rural Economic Development Through Tourism. Agritourism and nature tourism, as an alternative business for farmers and ranchers will highlight the conference schedule. Star gazing, downtown revitalization, cultural tourism and how to market rural tourism resources are a few of the workshops set for those attending the conference.

Dora Dominguez, REDTT project director, said she is excited about the number of people participating in this year's event. She 120 registrations and with several weeks still to go before the conference raises the expectation the event will reach the target cap of 200.

"The amount of conference sponsor support is very reflective of the support tourism, the REDTT Project and NMSU Extension have in the southeastern part of the state," Dominguez said.

The two-day conference will include tours of Eddy County, including a cruise on the Pecos River, a unique oilfield tour unavailable to the general public, visits of historic buildings, wine tasting, art galleries and southeastern New Mexico's only microbrewery.

"We are very pleased authors and agriculture extension agents Holly George and Ellie Rilla, national experts on agritourism, will present an overview of their publication, 'Agritourism and Nature Tourism in California,'" Dominguez said.
This event is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of those throughout New Mexico.

For more information call the REDTT project at (505) 646-5994, toll free (866) 648-5017 or visit www.redtt.org.