Editor's Note: Inspiration is the Antidote to the Economy
These days, I find the best antidote to the economic blues is surrounding myself with things that inspire me. Last month, it was U.S. Travel Rally Day. That was the day the U.S. Travel Association designated for people to show their support of the industry, as part of National Travel and Tourism Week. On May 12, CVBs across the country organized rallies and events to highlight our impact on businesses, communities and the economy as a whole.
I had the extreme good fortune of a bird’s eye view, as I tweeted about all the amazing things taking place for Keep America Meeting, a non-partisan campaign to underscore the value of meetings, events and incentive travel. I was one of many who found ways to spread the message about our value.
Event pros truly made Travel Rally Day their own. You started discussion groups about it online. You created impromptu rallies. People who weren’t even following KAM (@KeepMeeting) on Twitter joined the conversation with the #rallyday hashtag. You sent pictures, launched Facebook pages, blogged, created Twitterfountains (shout out to Plan Your Meetings), and tweeted Oprah to ask what she was doing for Rally Day. And you came out in droves at rallies from Pittsburgh to Palm Springs.
Today’s times aren’t the brightest. But one thing we can do is reconnect with the passions that drive us and surround ourselves with people who are making a difference.
Whether it’s participating in KAM’s ongoing efforts, calling up your favorite creative, preternaturally positive friend to catch up (@sparklegem, you’ll be hearing from me), or something else, refresh and recharge yourself with a dose of inspiration. You may be just the inspiration someone else needs.