TrainingAid is hosting an event during the upcoming Social Media Week in Hamburg – Social Media Skills for Social Travel Entrepreneurs (18 Feb 2014) – and we’ll be sharing tips, ideas, and resources for travel and social media professionals before and during the event, with the tag #SMWSocTravel. As a quick ‘preview’ of our event, here are some of our favorite networks and communities on social media for travel professionals.
Responsible Tourism Networking (Facebook)
The 3000+ strong Facebook Group Responsible Tourism Networking is a great platform for finding and sharing responsible travel inspirations, and for engaging in discussions on responsible tourism practices, and many related social, environmental and ethical issues. The group, active since 2007, is also the host of various on- and offline networking events, including the networking function hosted annually during ITB Berlin.
#TTOT Travel Talk on Twitter (Twitter)
#TTOT is both a weekly chat on Twitter every Tuesday (one of the most active and engaging of its kind), and an open online community for travel-related stories throughout the week. The weekly chat (twice every Tuesday, at 9:30am and 9:30pm GMT) features conversations around crowd-sourced questions on a variety of themes, from sustainable travel to travel apps. The community is organized and supported by people who have made travel their life’s work, and has a passionate following of travelers from all walks of life.
Travel Coffee Break (Google Plus)
Travel Coffee Break is a weekly Hangouts on Air (#tcbhoa) for travel media, PRs and destination marketing organizations, hosted at 17:00 GMT on Wednesdays, and is organized by Alastair McKenzie. All the past Coffee Break conversations, many of which with a strong focus on travel media, blogging, travel destination stories, and socially conscious travel, are available on the YouTube channel, and the audience tuning in to listen to the Hangout live can also participate by posting questions online.
Social Media in Travel (LinkedIn)
With its stated goal of promoting “the profitable application of user-generated content and social networking in the travel industry“, the LinkedIn group Social Media in Travel, with over 18,000 members, is a place for social media marketing tips and recommendations, social media-related opportunities in the tourism industry, and professional resources such as job posts and career advice.
Which social media communities do you recommend for travel professionals? Share your suggestions in comments or share with the tag #SMWSocTravel.