Ten veteran industry experts can help clients individually or in customized groups. Rolled out in a soft opening during the waning days of the third quarter of 2020, the Tourism Expert Network (TEN) is gradually making its/their presence known in the consultancy branch of the travel and tourism industry with what comprises a group of individual industry experts who can help a client in today’s environment of limited budgets. One can retain one, two, three or the entire roster of TEN, if necessary, to work on the multiple charges for which U.S. travel suppliers and DMOs must do every day.
Where did the notion for this approach kick off? Terry Selk, known widely in the tourism industry, especially on the west coast, for his work at the Sacramento CVB and the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau, told INBOUND what motivated him: “I created the group in September as some key colleagues were being furloughed and laid off and I saw the opportunity to help give them an arena to determine their next career steps by collaborating with others.”
What criteria did he use for selecting the nine partners that he chose? Selk said that he “hand-picked the group based on professional integrity, work ethic, skill set and similar mind set. Most have been key supporters of mine throughout the years so this was my way of giving back.”
Who are they? If you’re a part of the U.S. travel and tourism industry and you take a look at the roster that follows, chances are you know at least three or four people listed.
Alfredo Gonzalez / AG Global Hospitality Group (Aviation-International Sales–Multilingual)
Ashlee Ciora / Ciora Global, LLC (Global Marketing-Luxury Strategy-Trade Development)
David Ryan, / CTC (Destination Expert-Sales-Product Development)
Faith Alchorn-Selk (Product Training-Social Media–Writing)
Jennifer Bartlett-Henriques /Colorado Marketing Connections (Trade Development-International Sales and Media – Market Analysis)
Jennifer Munn-Olson/Olson Marketing (Retail Tourism Marketing – Program Development-Event Management)
Mike Fullerton (Public Policy-Stakeholder Engagement & Outreach-Grassroots Training)
Rafael Villanueva (Event Planning-Leisure and MICE Sales-Trade Show Management)
Robert Kaufman / Picture Parfect (Content Development-Photography-Golf Marketing)
Terry Selk /Tasmark Enterprises (Rural Tourism Management-Event Development and Execution – Business Matchmaking)
For more information, visit: www.tourismexpertnetwork.com