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January 7, 2021

Let's go to Palau: Destination management and much more

Join Big Tourism host Arica Sears and her guest, Emma Sloan, as they revisit a 2019 trip to the pristine island nation of Palau. Hear first hand what it’s like diving in the mecca of all dive locations, why Palau is the rockstar country of destination management? and meet a few friends they made along the way. Reflect with Arica and Emma as they try to appreciate a modern day trip to a destination that has a complicated history with our own country and as always prepare for some destination management comments from the tourism nerd herself. Only on ASPN.

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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.