Now You Can Take Us Seriously

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking to Laura Bly from the USA Today to contribute to her recent story, ‘Blogs start a dialog between travelers, those serving them‘ (See next post). Needless to say I was quite humbled to speak with Laura, the idea behind the blog was simply to inform and provide insight to our peers…let alone become some sort of an expert.

We spoke at length about blogs, challenges in consumer relationship building, the recent Southwest news, the difficulty in starting a blog and why more tourism agencies don’t have them.

To which, Laura pulled my singular quote from the piece:

But official forays into the blogosphere remain scarce — with good reason, says Troy Thompson of the Arizona Office of Tourism and the blog Travel 2.0. “We talk about all these new technologies, but maintaining a blog takes a good chunk of time,” he says. “And you have to be open and honest … a lot of people haven’t gotten past the idea that there can be negative comments.”

Those experienced readers know that Mo and I would have said a lot more than that quote, but alas, you can only fit so many words into a printed piece. Which is also why our concise blog name, Travel 2.0: Interactive Trend Report, was left on the cutting room floor.

I will have to request that ahead of time for the next interview.

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