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Apr 26, 2013 7:13 AM by Jeff Langan

Colorado hopes agritourism will help rural economies

DENVER (AP) - Colorado is looking to agritourism to boost rural economies.

A statewide strategic plan to be released Friday by the Colorado Tourism Office and the Colorado Department of Agriculture provides a three-year road map for the development of the state's agritourism industry.

The strategic plan emphasizes industry education and public awareness. A report compiled with help from the tourism firm Walden Mills Group recommends the Colorado Tourism Office develop a peer mentor program and host regional roadshows to spotlight successful agritourism and offer on-the-spot training.

The report also suggests developing better online resources for the industry and promoting agritourism through social media.

The agritourism plan will be presented at the Southwest Tourism Summit in Durango.

Agritourism can include farmers markets, corn mazes, farm-to-table dinners and farm-stay holidays.

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