The Call for Presentations for the PRSA 2016 Travel and Tourism Conference will be available until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sept. 13, 2015.


PRSA 2016 Travel and Tourism Conference

May 22–25 | Houston

Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

Conference Overview

The PRSA Travel and Tourism Conference will be held May 22–25, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston. Presented by the PRSA Travel and Tourism Section and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), our annual conference brings together key media and professional development experts to address the evolving changes in the media and public relations landscape. Submit your innovative and compelling presentation proposal online here.

Application Timeline

Please submit all information through our online form no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. Applicants will be notified of final selections via email by Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.

Application Instructions and Rules

Proposals should outline 45–50-minute breakout sessions (which can be presented by an individual or panel of experts) or keynote speeches that focus on the hottest topics in travel and tourism communications.

The focus should be on new approaches to PR classics such as PR strategy, integrated marcomm campaigns, working with media and digital influencers, as well as leveraging PESO (paid, earned, owned and shared) media and the latest and greatest tools.

Proposals should be targeted to one of three distinct tracks: entry-level, mid-level or senior-level practitioners. Topics should provide valuable content for attendees with sizable or small budgets, single-person departments, in-house staff or teams with agency support. Presentations must be detailed, thoughtful and offer knowledge and tools that attendees can implement in their practice.

Presentations from vendors will be considered only if they are unbiased, educational, informative and innovative. Speakers must refrain from any content that could be considered a sales pitch. Pitches for a specific commercial service or product will not be considered.

Please provide complete contact details for references. Failure to do so may result in the disqualification of your speaker proposal.

Accepted Speakers and Proposals: Potential Actions

The Travel and Tourism Section Conference Committee reserves the right to request potential speakers’ participation in general panel sessions in lieu of their proposed session. Some sessions may be recorded.

Presented Sessions Following Conference

Speaker presentations will be collected and made available to conference attendees and Travel and Tourism Section members after the conference. Handouts are appreciated and will be posted online.

Speaker Expenses and Compensation

PRSA does not pay for expenses, such as hotel and airfare, nor offer speaker stipends. Speakers will receive a complimentary conference registration, which includes access to all general sessions and basic meal functions — a $950 value.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have several targeted sponsorship opportunities available. Prospective sponsors should connect with Don Bill, PRSA senior manager of special events and programs, via email/(212) 460-1456, or Richard Spector, PRSA director of corporate development and industry partnerships, via email/(212) 460-0301.


Contact Don Bill, PRSA senior manager of special events and programs, via email/(212) 460-1456, or Lauren Jarrell, PRSA 2016 Travel and Tourism Section chair, via email/(404) 593-5268.

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