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Call for Presentations

PRSA 2021 Travel and Tourism Conference
June 13-16, 2021 | Spokane

Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

Conference Overview
The PRSA Travel and Tourism Conference will be held June 13-16, 2021, at the Davenport Grand Hotel and Spokane Convention Center in Spokane, Washington. Presented by the PRSA Travel and Tourism Section, the annual conference brings together key media and professional development experts to address the evolving changes in the media and public relations landscape. The 2021 conference will be particularly vital to the nation’s communicators as the practitioners seek timely strategies, resources and diverse perspectives to support travel’s recovery. Submit your innovative and compelling presentation proposal online here.  PRSA Travel & Tourism is committed to creating an enriching and safe in-person meeting in 2021. However, in the event that global pandemic travel restrictions are extended into summer 2021, selected presenters may be given the opportunity to host panels virtually.  

Application Timeline
Please submit all information through our online form no later than 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Applicants will be notified of final selections via email in February. 

Application Instructions and Rules
Proposals should outline 45- to 50-minute breakout sessions or keynote speeches that focus on timely and relevant topics in travel and tourism communications. Presentations may be conducted by an individual, a panel of experts and/or as an interactive session. 

The focus should be on fresh approaches to public relations topics including strategic planning, working with media and digital influencers, measurement, integrated communications/marcomm campaigns, crisis communications, diversity, research, legal, emerging trends, PR tactic refinement, productivity, management, as well as leveraging PESO media (paid, earned, owned and shared), SEO and the latest tools and technologies. 

When possible, proposals should highlight presentation elements or speaker experience that aligns PRSA's mission of advancing the profession through diversity, advocacy, ethics or the global reach of PR and communications.

Proposals should be targeted to one of two distinct tracks: mid-level or senior-level practitioners. Topics should provide valuable content for attendees with sizable or small budgets, single-person departments, in-house staff, agencies and/or teams with agency support. Presentations must be detailed, thoughtful and offer knowledge and tools for attendees to 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 along with your submission. Failing 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 $795 value.

Sponsorship Opportunities
A number of targeted sponsorship and member engagement opportunities are available. Prospective sponsors should connect with Tarran Street, 2021 sponsorship chair, via email or at (503) 504-9683; Amy Moore, PRSA events manager, via email or at (212) 460-0302, or Richard Spector, PRSA director, corporate development and industry partnerships, via email or at (917) 837-1670.

Questions? 
Contact Amy Moore, PRSA events manager, via email or at (212) 460-0302, or Dodie Stephens, PRSA 2021 Travel and Tourism Section chair, via email or at (828) 257-4959.