Tourism workshop to be in Tucumcari

Dave Gragg

A program designed to help rural communities add to their local economies by increasing tourism will have its first Quay County event since adding the county to its list earlier this year.
Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. reception will be a chance for hospitality and tourism workers and the rest of Quay County to meet members of the Rural Economic Development Through Tourism project and find out how REDTT can help promote tourism.
The program can help provide technical assistance with festivals, furnish seed money to get one started or help publicize an event, said Program Coordinator Ken Sweetser.
Technical assistance could by showing local organizers how to attract more people, expand an existing festival or add a new feature to a county, he said.
They could also promote an attraction with a brochure or a listing on the REDTT website, he said.
REDTT helped Roswell start its annual Chili Cheese Festival, he said.
REDTT began in 1992 as a three-year pilot project to help promote tourism in five New Mexico counties.
It now serves 17 counties including Quay and operates on a year-to-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“We never approach something as though REDTT is always going to be involved,” Sweetser said.
Quay County became the 17th county this year on the recommendation of Bruce Hinrichs, the director of the eastern district of New Mexico State University’s cooperative extension service, Sweetser said.

REDTT reception
5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn in Tucumcari