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STS E-Flash

Good incentives boost the return rate of leads and their conversion to sales. How do we get the power of incentives without discounting away the profit? View examples of what’s working now.

Recipients of SMITH's conversion study for November:
Franklin County Commerce & Leisure Services
Rocky Mount, Va., and
Sarasota CVB
Sarasota, Fla.

Complete the survey to be eligible for next month's drawing.

I am STS

This lady learned the business from the ground-up. Read her fascinating story.


The latest news about STS members.

Have industry news? Let STS know.

Top 20 Events

Need to get out of town for a couple of days? Use the Top 20 Events list as your guide. Nomination form.

Fall 2009
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STS Job Listings

More positions are coming into the STS job bank. Learn about them on the jobs Web page and learn about new job opportunities.

Do you have an opening? Let us know about your job opportunities.

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Lean On Me...

Now is the time to lean on your associations. When employment goes does down, membership in industry and professional associations generally goes up (source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jan. 2009). Organizations such as STS are more relevant and important than ever as they help members weather the tough times and help employers find new, aspiring employees. An association serves as the voice of an industry, which means it gets listened to on stages big and small.

Know that in these uncertain times, Southeast Tourism Society is your resource for networking, support and ideas. Maintaining your travel industry connections is more vital than ever. We look forward to being of service in 2010 and beyond.

What's on tap in 2010

March 13 - ITB Berlin - Let STS put your destination in front of the German-language media using resources you already have.

March 22-24 - STS Spring Meeting - “Refresh, Renew, Recharge” is our theme in Nashville. Join your friends to learn new marketing methods.

March 23 - SE TTRA Symposium - This one-day seminar in Nashville explores research methods and tourism.

July 25 - 30 - STS Marketing College - The grand-daddy of all tourism education programs. One week of education will have you energized to tackle new projects.

Give Your Organization Added Visibility

Help keep STS members and our industry on top by sponsoring the next STS Webinar. A sponsorship puts your organization in front of up to 300 tourism professionals and demonstrates your leadership in the industry. Contact Chuck Bonelli at 404-364-9847.

Federal Forum

STS participated in a federal forum on “Stimulating Economic Vitality and Resource Conservation in Gateway and Tribal Communities” in September. STS President and CEO Bill Hardman spoke, and many STS members gave presentations or attended. Among them were Florida Seminole Tourism's Tina Osceola and Ridgetop Association's Betty Huskins. Read the proceedings here.

Reach more consumers — at no cost

STS has a quick and easy was for you to make special travel or business offers to all STS members—and it doesn’t cost you a dime. It’s a Web site for promotions geared strictly for the STS family of almost 1,000 members. Send questions—or your offer and artwork—to Chuck Bonelli (chuck@southeasttourism.org) and CC: Jack Younger (jyounger@usdm.net).
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STS Pictures

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>> Fall Meeting - Atlanta, Ga.
>> Congressional Summit - Washington, D.C.
>> Federal Forum on Gateway and Tribal Lands - Washington, D.C.

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Please send a welcome note to:

*Debbie Gagliolo, Executive Director, Alpine Helen • White County CVB, Helen, GA

*Amanda Hildebrand, Sales & Group Manager, Capital City Lake Murray Country, Irmo, SC

Miriam Atria, President & CEO, Capital City Lake Murray Country, Irmo, SC

*John Mucklow, Senior VP, Sales, Dunhill Vacation News, Plantation, FL

*Lynn Seldon, , Lynn Seldon Inc., Oak Island, NC

Mary Allyn Roulhac, Tourism Coordinator, Oxford CVB, Oxford, MS

Frank Maduro, Director of Sales Southeast US and Caribbean, Performance Media Group, Miami, FL

*New member organizations

Southeast Tourism Society
3400 Peachtree Rd., Suite 725, Atlanta, GA 30326
t: 404.364.9847 e: Neville@southeasttourism.org

Southeast Tourism Society Corporate Partners
AMTRAK     Days Inn    Madden Media    SMITH Advertising    Southern Living     Streeter Printing & Graphics     Tripinfo.com    USDM.net

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