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BlogWorld Announces Tourism Workshop & Networking Event


The Announcements just keep coming. First we told you about the monetization super panel, and then we announced a special ProBlogger track. Today, we’re happy to tell you about a two day tourism workshop and networking event that will take place at BlogWorld on Thursday, October 14th and 15th.

The tourism workshop is being put together by the Tourism Currents team of Becky McCray and Sheila Scarborough and will feature a full day of training for tourism professionals who are interested in learning about social media.

I asked Becky and Sheila to provide a blurb for the blog, and they don’t do anything halfway. Here’s the description:

Bringing Tourism and Social Media Together.
Two days to change your destination online:
  • One full day on social media for tourism specifically about connecting with your online audience. Thursday Oct. 14
  • Another full day of interaction and networking with bloggers, podcasters and content creators – the people who can help get word out about your destination. Friday Oct. 15

Tourism is all about reaching out to people nationally and globally, perfect for blogging and new media. To really understand what’s going on with tech and social media, you have to ‘go where the geeks are’ and be immersed in their world.

Avoid drowning: don’t be overwhelmed by diving straight into BlogWorld Expo. The one-day workshop Thursday is your introduction to the world of online content creators. Learn how to connect with travel bloggers, then look beyond travel to the world of food bloggers, parenting, sports, and more. Understand the multi-media content creation of podcasters, video bloggers, and micro-bloggers. These are the people who can help spread the word about your destination online. Then you’ll be ready to make the most of networking meetings, tweetups, and informal events to connect with the people who can provide you with important online coverage.

Who can best benefit from this workshop? Staff members, volunteers or board members at:
  • Convention and Visitor’s Bureaus, Destination Marketing Organizations
  • Chambers of Commerce, Main Street and Downtown Development Associations
  • State and city governments that do marketing and outreach related to tourism
  • Conference and convention centers, trade shows, festival and event planners
  • Marketing and Public Relations professionals who do tourism work
  • Historic preservation, heritage trails, historic highways and scenic byways
  • Tourism and hospitality professors and students at colleges and universities
  • Attractions, museums, parks, agritourism, gardens, nature preserves, etc.
  • Niches like culinary, arts, culture, sports, adventure and educational travel
  • Bed and breakfasts, inns, lodges, hotels and motels
If you’re a tourism professional wishing to learn more about social media, consider attending BlogWorld this year where you’ll learn from the best in the business. Hurry though! Early bird pricing ends in two days.
Deb Ng is the Conference Director for BlogWorld and blogs about blogging and social media at Kommein. Feel free to follow her on Twitter @debng.


  • Gem Webb


    This sounds like a fantastic event. We have been working on our social media accounts (heading for 5000 each currently) for the past year and have had some major break throughs and have strategies and processes which are realy beginning to work for us. Seems like a slow haul in the beginning, yet after a while it exponentially gets more exposure and easier to manage. It is about choosing the things that work for you and making small changes a long the way. Start with joining our facebook & twitter accounts to see what we are up to: http://www.facebook.com/explorethebruce & http://twitter.com/explorethebruce My advice: Hire a few people to manage all of it. One person will get overwhelmed 🙂

  • Joel Libava

    Way to go, Becky! See you in Vegas!

    The Franchise King®

  • Becky McCray

    Gem, thanks for sharing your own experiences. You’ve learned some key points about starting small, and also about hiring. I’m checking out your Facebook and Twitter streams now. 🙂

    Thanks, Joel. Look forward to seeing you again, too.

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