Presenter Bios

Carol Kline is an Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Appalachian State University. Her interests focus on tourism development including how to create a supportive environment for tourism entrepreneurs, the role of sustainable food systems in tourism, the impacts of tourism on various community ‘capitals’, and early tourist markets in burgeoning and rural destinations.

Whitney Knollenberg is a Ph.D. candidate in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include political leadership in tourism, tourism planning, and the role of policy, power, and partnerships in tourism development.

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Spiraling Up: Framing Rural Tourism Development within Community Capitals