Tourism Industries

     The Tourism Industries Program encompasses the social, cultural, economic, and psychological motivators that move people to work in the recreation and tourism industry. Students in this program will discover leadership, management, and social relationship skills that will lead them to a full-time career in the recreation and tourism industry. Students completing this program will have the skillsets through hands-on experiences to become guides, instructors, interpreters, managers, program directors, park rangers, and tourism operators. Program participants will also be able to earn college credit through the EDGE program and articulation agreements. The course is open to all junior and senior students. 

Instructor David "Tug" Chamberlin

     Mr. Chamberlin has over thirty years of experience in the tourism industry with a significant emphasis in commercial outdoor recreation. 

     His vision is to change the perception of the hospitality and tourism industry in Fayette County from that of a dead-end profession to one that supports families, creates lifelong employment opportunities, and improves the quality of life, not only to those in the industry but also the community that surrounds and embraces that industry.

Education & Experience:

  • B.A. Recreation, Management, & Tourism, Davis & Elkins College
  • M.S. Parks, Recreation, & Tourism, University of Utah
  • Worked in the Commercial Recreation Industry in Fayette County since 1990
  • Worked for multiple ski resorts since 1993, including Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Timberline, and Winterplace


Travel West Virginia & Tourism Development

Parks & Facility Design

Leisure Behavior

Recreation Programming Management

Outdoor Education

National & Cultural Interpretation

Senior Internship with Local Agencies

Hands-On Learning

Program Certifications

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute - Hospitality & Tourism Specialist

Center for Outdoor Ethics— Leave No Trace

OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certification

National Restaurant Association - ServSafe Food Handlers Certificate

WV Hospitality Education and Training/WVDE - WV Welcome Certificate

American Red Cross - Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED