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Contact: Laurie McConnell
Idaho Commerce-Tourism Development
208.287.0781
laurie.mcconnell@tourism.idaho.gov

Governor Little Appoints New Member to Idaho Travel Council
Idaho Travel Council advises Idaho Commerce on tourism policy and grant awards

BOISE, Idaho (March 12, 2019) — Governor Brad Little appointed Arthur McIntosh to the Idaho Travel Council (ITC) representing Region 2 for a three-year term.

McIntosh, a lifelong Idaho resident, has an extensive background in agriculture as a wheat and organic farmer with a current focus on the marketing and operations of Lindsay Creek Vineyards in Lewiston.  Recognizing the growth in culinary tourism, he sees this vineyard and wine tasting room overlooking the Clearwater River Valley, and others in the area, as key attractions for visitors to Idaho. McIntosh has a Certificate in Enology from Washington State University and is active in the tourism community, supporting the marketing efforts of Visit Lewis Clark Valley, North Central Idaho Travel Association and the Idaho Wine Commission.

McIntosh is a member of the Clearwater Economic Development Association’s Economic and Community Development Council and serves on the Lewis-Clark Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee. He is a board member for Winter Spirit, an Advisory Board Member of the Agriculture Economics and Rural Sociology Department at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho and the Nez Perce County Chairman of the Idaho Grain Producers Association. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Idaho Agriculture program.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. McIntosh to the Idaho Travel Council,” said Idaho Commerce Director Tom Kealey. “His rural perspective and experience with the wine industry will offer unique insight, complementing our ongoing efforts to position the state as an exceptional travel and recreation destination.”

The Idaho Travel Council’s primary purpose is to advise the Idaho Department of Commerce-Tourism Development activities and programs. The council also awards grants to applicants of the Idaho Regional Travel and Convention Grant Program. Additionally, council members work closely with tourism organizations and businesses in Idaho on viable marketing opportunities and ways to represent their interests to state government.

The Idaho Travel Council consists of eight Governor-appointed members: seven members each representing one of Idaho’s development regions, and one member appointed at-large.

For a full list of council members, please visit: http://commerce.idaho.gov/tourism-resources/idaho-travel-council

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