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In November, Christine Vogt, Kathleen Andereck and Lana Olsen joined Tourism Cares, an annual event to give back to the communities that support the tourism industry. This year, the Grand Canyon was one of the locations chosen.
The event sparked a research paper on volunteerism--looking at industry partners contributing time and money to causes.
The paper was one of 33 chosen for presentation at the annual International Travel and Tourism Association Conference held in June. It was also selected as one of three finalist papers.
Paintbrushes to Pruners -- Tourism Professionals with a Purpose looks at why tourism professionals volunteer for a tourism-centered philanthropic organization, and how they and the community benefit from events like Tourism Cares.