Take a look at the speaker line-up for almost any tourism conference.
How many of them are working staff members at a Tourist Board, CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau) or other destination marketing organization, and how many of the people who are presenting information are vendors TO the tourism industry?
I know; it’s kinda crazy to call attention to this since I am a vendor myself with Tourism Currents and do a lot of speaking in that role, but I have to tell you, I love to see presentations by people OTHER than vendors like me. It is a sign of a healthy, confident community.
Yes, OK, I know some useful information and I certainly love to teach it to others, but I will never have the same sort of credibility as a full-time CVB/DMO/hotel staff person who is down in the trenches doing the work every day.
Full-time tourism practitioners should be heard from at industry conferences a lot more often, but sometimes they are so busy “doing the work” that they don’t know about opportunities to speak.
Here is one event that they shouldn’t miss ….
The call for speakers is open right now for SoMeT (Symposium on Social Media in Tourism) in Huntsville, Alabama this November. The doors are open for imaginative proposals until May 24, 2013.
Sure, I’m going to pitch a presentation idea myself, but if I’m bumped for a speaker from a DMO, I won’t pout too much. Their voices need to be heard!
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