Leave No Trace - Innovative Partnerships are Improving the Outdoors | Big Tourism

October 12, 2022

There's more to it than you might think!

Talking trash, inclusivity, partnerships, and successful outdoor pooping comes second nature to host Arica Sears and her guest Andrew Leary. As the Director of Sustainable Tourism and Partnerships, Andrew has the unique perspective of working with tribal nations, land managers, and tourism organizations to make the outdoors a better place. Join this destination management duo as they chat about social media shaming, changing visitor behavior and successful tourism partnerships happening around the US. 

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Arica Sears

Arica Sears is a fourth generation resident of a one stoplight town on the Oregon Coast. She was raised in the hand-me-down wetsuits, life jackets, and rubber boots of her two brothers and the waters of the Nestucca River. Her International Studies degree paved the way for her to research the effects of globalization in Peru on indigenous communities, count by-catch on the Ecuadorian coast, teach English in Spain & France, guide scuba diving in Mallorca, and document timber industry practices on the Oregon Coast. Arica currently works for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association as the Destination Management Coordinator for all 363 miles of Oregon coastline. She works with land management agencies, local businesses, nonprofits, government entities, and citizens to inspire travel and strengthen collaboration to create and steward a sustainable coastal economy.