The Blackstone Valley Tourism council (BVTC) announced the
Blackstone Valley Heritage Environmental Trust Fund, which will
be formally introduced during the BVTC 30th Anniversary Dinner
and Awards, slated for Thursday evening, October 1st, 2015, at
the Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI.
“Today, our Blackstone River Valley is considered one of
Rhode Island 's most improved visitor destinations. Our
turnaround can be attributed by focusing on revitalizing our
natural resources, protecting and conserving our local
environment and open spaces and making the Blackstone American
Heritage River the centerpiece of our new National Historical
Park,” said Dr. Robert D. Billington, BVTC President, in
announcing the new fund.
Dr Billington noted that the future mission of BVTC will be on
the significance of Blackstone River Valley ’s natural
infrastructure that integral to the National Historical Park,
local communities, and visitor destinations with special
emphasis on educating future generations on how our environment
affects our overall quality of life.
For 2016, the new Blackstone Valley Heritage Environmental Trust
Fund will use proceeds to benefit ongoing river education on its
popular 40 passenger river tour boat Blackstone Valley Explorer.
The Explorer is only riverboat of its kind that has provided
seasonal tours on portions of the Blackstone River, along with school science and education tours, and
environmental awareness tours since 1993, to over 360 thousand
people locally, nationally and internationally.
Also, the Trust Fund will expand BVTC’s groundbreaking role in
public awareness and education of sustainable tourism
development, for which BVTC has won world awards in being one of
the few organizations around the globe for adopting world class
sustainable tourism standards.
“Since BVTC’s inception in 1985, our agency has been the
hallmark of developing and implementing destination stewardship
efforts for the Blackstone River Valley. Our main focus is to
continuously enhance and sustain our destination for the
greatest economic return without compromising the standard and
quality of life of our residents,” Dr. Billington added.
The long term goals for the Trust Fund will center on
educational community outreach to develop responsible,
enlightened, wisely managed tourism that sustains and enhances
the geographical character, environment, culture, aesthetics,
heritage and integrity in the Blackstone River Valley based on:
- Balancing economic benefits of tourism
with preservation of the environmental, historical and
- Creating high-quality, high-powered educational and
recreational experiences for visitors
- Encouraging the philosophies of whole-community planning
to achieve sustainable tourism
- Adhering to United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Sustainable Tourism Principles
- Embedding National Geographic Society Geotourism
- Implementing Responsible Tourism activities that
synchronize with the Community's Values
- Using Civic Tourism Guidelines in community planning
BVTC is taking ongoing donations for the new Blackstone Valley
Heritage Environmental Trust Fund.