Benitez to discuss Colorado recreation

Luis Benitez
Luis Benitez, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

Luis Benitez, director of the newly formed Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, will speak on campus Feb. 23, from 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.

Colorado is the second state to have an office dedicated to the rapidly developing outdoor recreation industry. Benitez, described as a “natural fit” to lead the new effort, has extensive experience in the industry as a mountain guide (summiting Everest 6 times), former leader of Colorado Outward and Outward Bound Professionals, successful outdoor industry consultant, and former talent development manger for Vail Resorts.

Benitez will discuss the goals for the newly-formed office, including enhancing the industry’s economic development, conservation, stewardship and access, industry anchors in the state, and improving workforce training and education.

The CSU Tourism Association, a new student organization in the Warner College of Natural Resource’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources is sponsoring Benitez’s visit.