Texas Forest Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Forest Trail Summit

Lights! Camera! Community! Destination Tourism in the Digital Age

April 28 & 29, 2015 - Nacogdoches, TX

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The Texas Forest Trail Region is pleased to announce, market research guru Ben Smithee, will be the Keynote Speaker at this year's annual membership summit sponsored by the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau. Ben is the Chief Strategy Officer for the inovative experiential events group RELEVENTS, and Co-founder and Strategic Advisor for Spych Market Analytics.





Opening the Door to On-location Filming: In this workshop, Alicia Downard, Production & Community Relations Specialist for the Texas Film Commission will guide our group through the ins and outs of on-location filming.

Ben Smithee





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Tuesday night, the Forest Trail will host a special screening of Tomato Republic, a documentary featurette filmed in Jacksonville, Texas and winner of the 2014 Special Judges Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival.

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  • Destination Training
  • Public Art & Tourism
  • Hotel Motel Taxes



  • Downtown Nacogdoches, Texas


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  • $75 Members ***
  • $85 Nonmembers ***
  • $35 Keynote Dinner & Film Screening
  • $25 Student (April 29 Only)*

***Includes:Keynote Dinner, Continental Breakfast & Lunch.

* Includes Continental Breakfast & Lunch



  1. Rate: $109  Holiday Inn Express
    200 Holiday Ln, Nacogdoches, TX 75964 
    (936) 564-0100


    Rate: $55  Quality Inn
    3400 South St, Nacogdoches, TX 75964
    (936) 564-2800









The Texas Forest Trail Region is pleased to welcome friends and special guests from throughout its 35-county region for learning, networking, and partnership building at its 2013 Annual Meeting.

The highlight of the meeting is the summary report; "Planning Strategically with a Tourism Impact Study" presented by Stephen F. Austin State University faculty. The year-and-a-half long study was commissioned by the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitor Bureau and it explores the economic and cultural aspect of Tourism in East Texas.

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