Nearly 10 books, several hundred thousand copies sold, an award or two, and one “International #1 Bestseller” (in New Zealand).
What conference organizers say
Gayle Junnila Explore Minnesota Tourism
Before we tallied the survey results, we knew Doug’s keynote had gone over well. We heard the applause and frequent laughter ourselves. Even as we collected the survey, we noticed handwritten comments like “Doug Lansky was an amazing speaker, very engaging!” and “Doug Lansky was fabulous!” Now, having gone through all the surveys, we can tell you his presentation was extremely popular. In fact, the surveys show it was the most popular (and useful) we’ve had since I started planning the conference!
Kylie Olanowski Director of Operations and Events, Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism
Multiple attendees quoted Doug as being the best keynote they can remember. With over a 1,000 attendees this is something to be said with people coming back year after year.
Wendy van der Byl Destination Marketing Manager, Cape Town, South Africa
Lansky had the audience in stitches as he delivered a much-needed lesson to the City’s travel and tourism industry. Feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, with some describing his talk as the highlight of the conference.
Rich Grant Communications Director, Visit Denver
Doug Lansky’s keynote presentation is the best in the travel industry. Funny, insightful, and full of tips to help make people more successful travel marketers.
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Visits to Disney World decreased last year, but the more important metric – revenue – increased by 4%. With a smart spending strategy, destinations can improve the bottom line even when there aren't more visitors. Doug explains how.
Doug Lansky has been living abroad and traveling for the last 20 years in over 120 countries. He is the author of 10 books, including 3 for Lonely Planet and 3 for Rough Guides. Doug had a weekly syndicated travel column in over 40 newspapers for five years, hosted a Travel Channel show, served as a correspondent for Public Radio’s Savvy Traveler show, served as travel editor for Scandinavian Airlines inflight magazine for three years and, more recently, as Destinations Editor and columnist for Skift. He has contributed to publications such as National Geographic Traveler, Reader’s Digest, Esquire, Men’s Journal, The Guardian, National Geographic Adventure, and Huffington Post. On the speaking circuit, Doug has given acclaimed lectures at nearly 100 universities, spoken to a sold-out audience at National Geographic Headquarters, for the United Nations World’s Tourism Organization, as an after-dinner speaker at corporate events, and filled the largest halls at ITB Berlin for four years in a row.