Cheryl Hargrove is President of HTC Partners, the consulting division of Hargrove International, Inc. With an emphasis on arts, culture and heritage tourism, Cheryl has worked with a diverse collection of clients over the last three decades. Cheryl utilizes her international network and broad industry experience to offer clients added value and access. A native Georgian, Cheryl has consulted on cultural heritage tourism projects in all 50 states and more than 10 countries.
A recent contractor as Associate Director for National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations, Cheryl is perhaps best known as the first Director of Heritage Tourism for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She developed the key steps and principles for sustainable tourism focusing on history and culture and produced the publication Getting Started: How to Succeed in Heritage Tourism and companion video, Preserving the Past … Building the Future. In partnership with the National Trust, she also helped develop content for www.culturalheritagetourism.org. She frequently speaks on cultural heritage tourism trends, development and marketing strategies at state, national and international conferences, and contributes to several blogs. She currently works with the Georgia Department of Economic Development as Tourism Project Manager for the Coast.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Tourism Administration from The George Washington University (GWU). She is author and instructor for a course on Cultural Tourism for the University of British Columbia; adjunct professor at College of Coastal Georgia; former instructor at the George Washington University; and currently writing a book on Cultural Heritage Tourism for Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.