App State professor to host Interactions + Attractions, a podcast about rural tourism in North Carolina

North Carolina’s rural tourism initiative, UPLIFT, has launched a podcast series, Interactions + Attractions, hosted by Dr. Carol Kline, Appalachian State University professor and director of the university's Hospitality & Tourism Management program. 

Corresponding with the United Nations' World Tourism Day, the first episode of Interactions + Attractions is set to air Monday, September 25 at 10 AM EST. Future episodes will be released twice a week, every Monday and Friday.

“The podcast is a great way for UPLIFT to provide deeper insights into the processes and people strengthening rural tourism in North Carolina,” said Simon Jones, UPLIFT program lead.

“The podcast is a great way for UPLIFT to provide deeper insights into the processes and people strengthening rural tourism in North Carolina."

The series features guest speakers who will share their insights into tourism, announce upcoming events, and discuss ways to support rural communities. Listeners will learn about exciting opportunities to tour North Carolina as well as the work that goes into creating the attractions and locations. Upcoming guests include Chris Cavanaugh with Magellan Strategy Group, Kofi Boone, a Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture and Design at NC State, and Russ Haddad from the NC Craft Brewers Guild. These industry experts will share valuable insights and experiences that will enrich our understanding of rural tourism.

Kline, Jones and the UPLIFT team work to support local leaders as they shape the future of their towns.

Related: App State and UPLIFT partners will work through Smithsonian Institute to develop festivals and tourism experiences

Who should listen

Interactions + Attractions is for industry practitioners, students, community leaders, travelers, locals, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in learning more about tourism.

How to listen

Interactions + Attractions is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and iHeartRadio


The UPLIFT program is a community-driven initiative supported by the American Rescue Plan Act, designed to strengthen rural tourism in North Carolina. By working across county borders, UPLIFT supports local tourism leaders and practitioners in realizing their vision for tourism in their communities. The program aims to address the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality, tourism, and outdoor recreation industries. Follow UPLIFT @upliftnorthcarolina and @nc.uplift.

About App State's BSBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management may be obtained by completion of the Walker College of Business core courses, core required HOS courses and internship. The HOS major is intended for students who plan to seek careers in the hospitality or tourism industry. Learn more about the Hospitality & Tourism Management program.

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Published: Sep 19, 2023 10:53am