"We must connect as I'm trying to write a travel book so any help in that arena would be wonderful. Yeah, the weather has been really cold, I liked it for a day or two then it was enough. Yes, let's find the time to network and keep me posted on what…"
"Just a quick question. When visiting a property do VJ's (visiting journalists) prefer one-offs as opposed to press trips. As a pr-pro with several decades of experience I've always done one-offs. I know I don't have all the answers so your insights…"
"Check out this new, retro, themed property The Palms Retro -- www.palmsretro.com. This is what one of the rooms looks like, and it's on Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Fl. The great thing is the new owner restored this iconic 50's hotel into a…"
"Wow, really nice to make your acquaintance via go-lo. Hopefully we can work together in the future. I'm in the BVI's right now at Peter Island Resort & Spa its really wonderful. Just got back from snorkeling saw two Barracuda's and an octapuss. How…"
"This is an innovative site, one I'm sure I'll use a lot not only to tout my client activities but as a place to learn and grow. I've already tweeted it and posted it on my Linkedin page. Very cool and thanks David for the invite."
I just wanted to answer your question about VJ's preferences in more detail. I cover travel and lifestyle for a number of print and online publications, and my regular gigs include a print story every two weeks and an online story once a month. You understand it's a busy schedule and I'm constantly in search of destinations. While I like and do one-offs (two-offs with my photograher/husband), my preference is always group press trips. I am experienced and creative enough to bring out a story (or three) from any kind of trip. I do inspect hotels and resorts aplenty, and my readers came to trust me, since all my recommendations are based on personal experiences. I don't know what I would do without generous PR collaborators who plan and implement mostly very informative group trips. So, the answer is: for a busy writer with a regular gig group trips are the best. Please put my contact info on your active media list - who knows, your clients might be my next subject matter!
Thanks very much for your contact. I just joined tripatini yesterday...so you're my first "friend!"
And, actually, I do know about the freezing weather in Orlando...because I was there two weeks ago. My younger daughter and I are dyed-in-the-wool fans of the U. of Miami Hurricanes, so we went up there for the Champs Bowl (unfortunately, we lost!). But it's actually been freezing here, too (not sure why when I write my home town - which is actually Coral Springs - websites sometimes change it to Pompano Beach). It was actually 40 degrees in my car one day last week!
I, too, am involved in PR...although I've also been an internationally-published travel writer for many years. In fact, just signed a contract for a book...the 14th that I will have either written or contributed to. Certainly, it would be good to network. Let's talk soon!
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