Complaint Review: Travel Media Showcase
Travel Media Showcase ,Joanne Vero, J. Vero & Associates, Business-to-Business Expo, Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce, Kim Ernst Bad experience, Freehold, New Jersey
*General Comment: Sour Grapes
Believing that I would attain several leads for stories that would be of interest to magazine editors, I attended TMS 2012 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It was a complete waste of my time and money. Instead of speaking to reps from international destinations, I found myself meeting with reps from domestic destinations that wouldn't generate marketable articles, such as Mankato, Minnesota and Alton, Illinois. The reps from the international destinations were never actually scheduled to attend! When I asked the convention planner, Joanne Vero, about their absence, she claimed that the international destinations listed on the website were "from last year. [continued below]....
The tour of the host city, Sioux Falls, was also disappointing. The hosts took us to a research facility, Sanford Laboratories. This was completely irrelevant to travel writers, and it got worse: the keynote speaker cheerfully explained that just behind the wall, they were testing on lab animals! Several writers were obviously disturbed by this. We were perplexed as to why this was on our itinerary, other than the fact the family who owned it practically is highly influential in Sioux Falls and had a financial arrangement with J. Vero & Associates.
I will definitely not attend TMS again, and I recommend that other journalists consider skipping it.
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