Recognizing the importance and value of agritourism to the state of Michigan, we are excited to announce the inaugural Michigan Agritourism Summit will be held on Wednesday, May 8 at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.
Agriculture and Tourism are major industries for the state of Michigan – generating $105 billion and $3.1 billion respectively – and blending the two provides significant economic opportunities for both the farmer and the municipality. Yet, there are often conflicts between local residents, governmental entities and farm-based enterprises in agricultural districts that need to be addressed and resolved.
This collaborative one-day event aims to plant seeds for future growth, which can create a resilient, sustainable and more viable agritourism industry for generations to come. The event will feature educational sessions and networking opportunities, including the sharing of information and best practices from a variety of sectors – farmers, municipal officials, agritourism businesses and other community leaders with an interest in rural entrepreneurship and economic development – while cultivating ongoing communication for the benefit of all.
Current sponsors of the Michigan Agritourism Summit include Michigan State University Extension, Traverse City Tourism, Northern Michigan College, 9/10 News and Promote Michigan. Businesses and organizations interested in partnerships and/or sponsorships can email email@example.com.
The list of session topics and speakers will be released in early 2024. Registration will open in February at MiAgriTourism.com.