Don’t be jealous of Tourism Queensland active engagement in the blogosphere
Well, the title of this blog post is meant for me … But anyway, stay with me as you may either be jealous too, or you may be brave enough to run for that competition. Who knows, you may be one of the 10 blogger who’ll get an almost fully-covered trip to Queensland-Australia. Read on.
Tourism Queensland did it again. And I have to admit I’m a bit jealous of the innovative initiatives people behind Tourism Queensland has initiated.
Remember that “Best Job in the world” campaign that Tourism Queensland initiated in 2009 that Ben Southall won? I’m sure you couldn’t have missed it: they did a campaign to “hire” a blogger who’ll be living in Queensland while reporting about all the wonderful things that could be done there. The result? Check out the blog that Ben Southall put together: blog posts, photos, videos in an almost paradise place-it’s just amazing- and the guy seems to have enjoyed it a lot Congrats again … ok, I’m sure Madagascar also have a lot to show off to the “outside world” and will surely beat Tourism Queensland in terms of offerings (a bit provocative? duh? …) … But anyway, I have to admit it, that 2009 campaign was a great initiative …
Now, on June 2012, Tourism Queensland does it again …. And, man, I’m jealous …. grmbl, niark niark, niark …Not only do they plan to bring 10 of the best bloggers of the world in Queensland from June 5 – June 10, 2012 – but you’ve got almost everything covered during your stay (well, this probably doesn’t include the pina colada you’d take while writing your blog post, but you can get the details of what is covered, and what’s not here). As if that weren’t enough, the stay include workshops with problogger Darren Rowse himself (he’s even quite happy to endorse this initiative- it’s just not one of those “paid” endorsment that some bloggers do as Mr Problogger actually loves having some vacation in Queensland)
Anyway, although I’m jealous (I wish such initiatives can also be implemented for my island: Madagascar), I think this competition deserves a round of applause- and it falls into those innovative initiatives that tourism boards can implement. After all, for the case of Madagascar, they are already organizing some eductours for journalists so as to showcase Madagascar’s tourism offers.
So Tourism Queensland and Darren Rowse, I’ll run for that Tourism Queensland and ProBlogger Great barrier reef competition and see how far I can go: having been the winner for the 2010 WeBlogTravels.com winner, and being chosen as a Lonelyplanet.com favorite blogger for Madagascar, I think I’ve got my chance, and this experience can definitely be a great one that can eventually be replicated for Madagascar too when we flash forward few years from now (we still have got a lot of education to do over here on this matter of blogging and social media that is used for promoting a travel destination)