Q: What is the Southeast Tourism Society?
A: A non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of tourism throughout the Southeast United States.
Q: What defines the southeast region?
A: It is comprised of twelve states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Q: What types of businesses and organizations belong?
A: Travel and Tourism for Consumers (B2C) and Industry-Related Service Providers (B2B)
Q: What are the primary areas of interest for STS?
A: Our Four Pillars include: Education, Advocacy, Recognition and Networking (EARN)
A: STS meets every spring and fall. (STS Spring Symposium and STS Fall Forum) These meetings feature a professional development component with top-flight tourism experts, workshops and presentations. In addition, STS conducts its annual STS Marketing College in the summer. This is a highly-lauded, one-week intensive course of study that explores many facets of the travel and tourism industry. Marketing College is a three-year curriculum that leads to certification as a Travel Marketing Professional (TMP). In 2010 a Festivals and Events program was also added to the curriculum.
Q: How does STS work within advocacy?
A: Advocacy is an important part of Southeast Tourism Society. We develop an annual legislative agenda, produce useful guides (Federal Directory & Success Stories), monitor federal legislation and keep members informed about important policy issues that impact tourism. STS is known and respected in Washington, and has been called on for congressional testimony.
Q: What is the STS Top 20 Festivals & Events Award Program?
A: In 1985, STS, in recognition of the unique, diverse and unparalleled events in the region, began the Top 20 Events award program. A Top 20 Award seeks to bring more publicity and recognition to the best events in the Southeast, whether it be media, attendees or both! STS selects the Top 20 events, per month, and publishes them on a quarterly basis.
Q: What is the STS Shining Example Award Program?
A: Recognizing Outstanding Contributions in Tourism in the Southeast United States. The Shining Example Awards Program, an industry fixture since 1985, is comprised of 15 awards within 13 categories; 11 of these categories are open for nomination. The Awards highlight some of the best work in travel and tourism, and winners truly set examples that others in the industry can follow. These are awarded annually at the STS Fall Forum and nominations are open to STS members and non-members.