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TELEPHONE TECHNOLOGY AND RURAL TOURISM DEVELOPMENT: ROMANCING THE METRO TOURIST

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
20959
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
20959
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Associated Enterprises Inc.
120 Admiral Cochrane Dr Annapolis, MD 21401
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: TELEPHONE TECHNOLOGY AND RURAL TOURISM DEVELOPMENT: ROMANCING THE METRO TOURIST
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $210,000.00
 

Abstract:

NATIONAL ATTENTION HAS REFOCUSED ON FINDING NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES TO HELP RURAL ECONOMIES. RURAL TOURISM CAN REVITALIZE THESE ECONOMIES BUT IS HINDERED BY POOR RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE, ISOLATION, POOR ACCESS TO RESOURCE INFORMATION, AND INSUFFICIENT PROMOTION FUNDS. TELESONIC PROPOSES TO DEVELOP AND TEST THE FEASIBILITY OF INTRODUCING A UNIQUE MULTIMEDIA TELEPHONE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM TO HELP OVERCOME THESE CHALLENGES BY SUPPORTING RURAL TOURISM DEVELOPMENT. OUR HYPOTHESIS: SUCH A PROGRAM CAN FIND ACCEPTANCE AS A USEFUL TOURISM DEVELOPMENT TOOL IF USER-FRIENDLY, COST EFFECTIVE, AND TAILORED TO LOCAL NEEDS. TECHNICAL INNOVATION COMES FROM APPLYING AND COMBING NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN NEW WAYS. OBJECTIVES INCLUDE IDENTIFYING A RURAL TOURISM PROGRAM AND A METRO AREA IN WHICH TO PROMOTE THE PROGRAM; BUILDING A TEAM FROM DIVERSE RESOURCES; AND CREATING, TESTING, AND EVALUATING THE PROTOTYPE. THE OUTCOME WILL BE AN AUTOMATED TELEPHONE PROGRAM THAT HELPS RURAL COMMUNITIES DEVELOP TOURISM AND GIVES METRO TOURISTS A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR PLANNING TRIPS TO RURAL DESTINATIONS. COMMERCIALIZATION INCLUDES SELLING THE "PACKAGE" TO RURAL GOVERNMENTS, COMMUNITY GROUPS AND CONSORTIA, STATE TOURISM ASSOCIATIONS, AND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS. THE PACKAGE ALSO CAN SUPPORT NATIONAL RURAL TOURISM PROGRAMS BY PROVIDING EASY, INEXPENSIVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND RESOURCES.

Principal Investigator:

Mr Leonard A Blackshear
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Aei/telesonic
120 Admiral Cochrane Dr Annapolis, MD 21401

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No