… “that actually sounds almost professional”, I recently wrote in a happy manner on my Facebook page. “Our workshop with you was booked out in no time”, Karin Drda-Kühn who is in charge of the KIRATOUR Culture Tourism network in the province of Heilbronn in Germany tells me, ” … especially because lots of tourism professionals and local stakeholders came to register for your talk in advance. There is a great interest in learning more about cultural tourism & travel blogging.”
Working as project manager of the international Creative Tourism Network in Austria as well as developing many international cultural tourism projects, I am indeed happy about receiving so much feedback and interaction during my workshop. Even the mayor takes his time to welcome me to the beautiful Taubertal valley as well as the local city of Wertheim … nice 😉
PS: The Taubertal valley as well as the cities of Wertheim & Bad Mergentheim are beautiful travel destinations, as I have come to realise during my short business trip … thank you Karin Drda-Kühn for our happy road trip and your warm welcome to “your neck of the woods”, Bad Mergentheim and its famous Tauber Schwarz wine!
“What are travel blogs, and how can stakeholders in the tourism and cultural industry work together with them even better?”
On the website Kiratour.de, the website of the cultural tourism network representing the area of Heilbronn-Franken, I have received my own tag: “http://kiratour.de/tag/elena-paschinger/“. The interest I am met with as a young travel writer & travel blogger, including details and know-how on professional cooperation in the field, such as my recent trip travelling to various UNESCO World Heritage sites with the German Tourist Board, is tremendous(ly high): “Ms Paschinger, when are you able to come back!?”
During the 5th KIRATOUR networking event on 25 July 2013, almost 30 different stakeholders from the tourism, PR & cultural industries as well as administrative institutions meet in order to focus on the central question above: How can we as cultural people or tourism professionals work successfully with new media travel writers?
More than two hours were not enough to explore all the questions and concerns that were brought to the table during this expert meeting: I love to talk about what we do as travel writers & travel bloggers, explaining the dynamics behind a young (and growing) online travel PR industry. All of our recommendations about “blogging & cultural tourism” can be found here on the Kiratour website.