Doug has written 10 books, sold several hundred thousand copies, and even won an award or two
What conference organizers say
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!
Explore Minnesota 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.
Director of Operations and Events, Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism
Doug was a joy to work with throughout the year. He was full of ideas, understood the audiences and objectives of the sessions. Doug produced a number of engaging and thought-provoking sessions, which proved highly popular with WTM London’s participants. He has also proved very helpful in giving ideas to shape future events.
Press & PR Manager, WTM London
Doug Lansky spoke at our annual Austrian hotel association conference with 600 participating hoteliers, tourism experts and representatives from the industry, politics and the media, plus 250 tourism students from all over Austria. Not only was Doug easy to work with during the lead-up to our event, but our post-conference review results showed that Doug’s presentation received the highest score out of all 15 speakers! We are happy to say that he exceeded our high expectations and really inspired our participants.
Project and Event Manager, Austrian Hotel Assoc
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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, Huffington Post and Tnooz. 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 from Google Travel to Amadeus, and filled the largest halls at ITB Berlin for five years in a row, introducing audiences to new insights and smart tourism concepts.