Keynote Reviews

“Doug did a phenomenal job presenting to our audience of 1,000 members and community leaders. He connected and kept everyone engaged throughout the presentation. Doug was willing to adapt his presentation to our audience making it relevant and timely which resulted in high ratings from our attendees.”

Kristen Darby, Visit Orlando


“I could say some nice things, but proof is always better. I have arranged about 50 conferences in the last 10 years. And there are typically about 30 speakers at each one, if you include breakout sessions. Of those approximately 1500 speakers, none of them has ever scored as high on our review survey as Doug Lansky.

Björn Anderberg, Editor at Bonnier Business Sustainability, Stockholm, Sweden


“Doug took the time to get to know our delegates and our industry, and customized his presentation so it was timely, relevant and entertaining for our delegates. He was our highest rated Keynote speaker at over 97% satisfaction. Doug’s authentic presentation style kept our delegates engaged and made us, as conference planners, shine! Doug was seamless to work with and was a highlight of our event.”

Colleen Reed, Travel Alberta Team Member Director, Industry Events and Marketplaces


“It was a pleasure and an honor to have you as an experienced travel writer and speaker with us at our annual event. Your elaboration was of great interest and was highly appreciated by our participants. Your speech provided our touristic partners with valuable inputs and displayed scenarios for our future in tourism.”

Martin Nydegger, Director of Switzerland Tourism


“Doug Lansky was one of 16 speakers at Days of Slovenian Tourism 2018 in Portorož, the biggest tourism conference in Slovenia. Listeners who participated in the event’s satisfaction survey gave Doug the highest review of the conference. 85 % were very satisfied and 13% satisfied, so he received 4,83 points out of 5. He is professional and knows how to engage his audience. I highly recommend Doug Lansky as a Keynote speaker.”

Morana Polovič, Project Manager Business Communication at Slovenian Tourist Board


“Doug Lansky spoke at our annual Austrian hotel association conference with 600 participating hoteliers, tourism experts and representatives from industry, politics and the media plus 250 tourism students from 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.”

Barbara DialloStrobl, Austria Hotel Association


“Doug Lansky is definitely a relevant and outstanding speaker about Tourism. He inspired our audience with an innovative way of introducing and reflecting about sustainable tourism and ways of travel, and provided an informative and thought provoking session with humor. He challenged the audience to think about the things that we seek when we travel, and the ones that make us want to return. Lansky not only reminded our industry of the importance of selling the experience of the travel journey, with humor and insight, as also of the importance for the destinations to be continuously original and truthful. Doug’s outstanding message has promoted relationships and inspired the audience with interesting concepts, reminding also of what truly does matter when making your destination stand out.”

Isabel Ribas, Green Project Awards, Sustainable Tourism Conference, Lisbon


“From the eyes of a meeting planner, Doug and his team were great to work with before our educational conference kicked off. Not only did Doug want to learn more about our audience so that he could tailor his presentation appropriately, but he also inquired about topics on our wish list so that he could dive into additional research about those before the live keynote. He received exceptional feedback from our attendees, one sharing that he brought “great insights into the realm of global travel and the creativity that essential to redirect tourism” and another stating that he had “excellent speaker presence.” Whether it be for another keynote or an intimate workshop, we would definitely invite Doug back again and highly recommend him to anyone looking for an inspirational speaker or travel expert.”

Brittany Brady, Education and Learning Services, Vacation Rental Management Association


“Doug not only inspired and enlightened us – he also addressed our weak points. He is fun, he is smart and he is right.

Martin Nydegger, Director Business Development, Switzerland Tourism


Doug hit a Grand Slam with his presentation at our annual conference.  He engaged with our folks and participated in our sessions. his closing talk encapsulated two days of sessions and speakers and wrapped up our conference perfectly.”

Bill Lupfer, President, CEO, Florida Attractions Association


“Doug’s keynote at our annual tourism conference wasn’t just a success. He received the highest review scores we’ve ever recorded.  Not only did Doug come prepared with some customized advice, we have since used it, and it works! He helped us solve some of our difficult congestion issues regarding the Outer Banks and improve the visitor experience.”

Heidi Walters, Visit NC, Director, Partner & Industry Relations


“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.”

Paul Nelson, WTM Portfolio Press & PR Manager, WTM London


Doug Lansky was a hit at our annual conference.  He is a very engaging speaker and did a great job in tailoring the presentation to apply to a diverse audience.  Doug’s keynote on the Next Big Ideas in Travel also provided tremendous value to the attendees and got them thinking outside the box.”

Jennifer Roush, Sr Director of Operations, Texas Travel Industry Association


“Doug Lansky’s keynote speech at the annual tourism conference aligned perfectly with Aruba Tourism Authority’s new direction as a Destination Marketing and Management Organization. Doug emphasized the importance of the shift, as well as provided valuable insights for stakeholders and staff. We are thrilled to continue to fine-tune our strategies on destination development and management and appreciate Doug’s energy and enthusiasm for Aruba Tourism Authority’s new orientation as we continue to drive markets to experience our award-winning beaches and authentic culture.”

Ronella Tjin Asjoe – Croes, CEO, Aruba Tourism Authority


Doug Lansky was wonderful throughout the whole planning process. From pre-conference, at the conference and after his presentation, Doug was there to be assistance to our attendees making sure he was delivering above expectations! 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.

Kylie Olanowski, Director of Operations and Events, Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism


Doug was able to connect, inspire, and educate our diverse industry. The outstanding message not only cultivated relationships and inspired all of us with interesting concepts, it reminded us what truly does matter when making your destination shine. I would recommend Doug to deliver an outstanding keynote—your attendees will be inspired!

Carrie Koelker, Executive Director Eastern Iowa Tourism Association


Doug Lansky’s presentation is the best in the travel industry.  Funny, insightful, and full of tips to help make people more successful travel marketers.

Rich Grant, Communications Director, Visit Denver


Doug was the closing keynote speaker at the Travel Alberta Industry Conference held in Banff Alberta October 2013. I was so impressed that he actually attended the entire conference and made a point of speaking to many of the attendees. He reflected this is his keynote and provided a humorous, informative and thought provoking session that was perfect for our conference.
Nancy Smith, Travel Alberta

Official tally results from Travel Alberta’s attendee review cards

97% rated Doug’s performance either “very good” or “excellent” (40% Very Good, 57% Excellent)


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 in 2006!

Gayle Junnila, Explore Minnesota Tourism

Doug Lansky not only reminds our industry of the importance of selling the experience of the travel journey, he does it with humor and insight. Mr. Lansky opened my eyes and reminded me it’s not about us… it’s about our guests and what they experience while visiting which makes them return.

Ted Sullivan, MMGY Global

Informative and entertaining Doug Lansky was great. He brought our conference up to a higher level.

Jane Bostic, West Virginia Tourism


Doug Lansky recently served as keynote speaker during Maine’s 2013 Governor’s Conference on Tourism. His presentation, “Creating the World’s Best Destination—How to Avoid the Biggest Mistakes in the Travel Industry,” engaged more than 400 members of Maine’s tourism industry and set a positive, enthusiastic tone for the remainder of the day.

From research, we knew Doug was well respected as a freelance writer, author and television host, as well as his energetic style and humor. We found that to accurately describe his presentation style, which was informative and entertaining.

The feedback we received from attendees was very positive. Attendees cited his presentation as a highlight of the conference and praised him for encouraging the audience to think differently and for challenging them.
Doug Lansky is an engaging and dynamic speaker whom I would recommend to travel and tourism organizations looking to bring energy and a unique outlook to their event or conference.

Carolann Ouellette, Director, Maine Office of Tourism


The enthusiasm and energy that Doug brought to the Yukon was evident both in the way that he spoke to the crowd during his presentation and the way that he spoke to individuals one-on-one. His love of learning was also apparent – he was as eager to listen to his audience and learn from them as he was to
speak about the multitude of things that he has experienced during his travels over the years.

As a presenter, Doug is well spoken, informative and engaging. He is a gifted story teller, with many a story to share. He had the audience laughing, thinking, participating in activities and asking questions – and this was at the end of a long day of consecutive info sessions!

Doug’s knowledge of travel marketing, including best practices (and worst practices!) that he has seen firsthand, was invaluable information for all those who attended his presentation. He was able to draw
comparisons with other regions, to show that the message relayed through travel marketing is every bit as important as the product being marketed. By the end of Doug’s visit to the Yukon, he already had a number ideas that he was willing to share as to how to market the Yukon more effectively.

I would highly recommend Doug to any organization such as ours, which is looking for a talented speaker with years of world travel experience. If you are looking to engage a crowd and to teach them about how to best promote their region of the world, look no further than Doug Lansky.

Blake Rogers, Executive Director, Tourism Industry Association-Yukon  


Dear Doug,

It was such a pleasure having you in Yakima – thank you! You delighted our audience with your humor, and they may have even learned a few things too, in between laughs. Our next speaker will be on a much more serious topic so your light hearted and hilarious presentation is just what we were looking for to round out the mix of this season.

And the board really loved getting to know you and appreciated your approachable, non-diva style. You made both the dinner and the day of the event fun for us by being yourself.

We all wish you the very best in your future travels and with your family in Sweden. Thank you again for making our event fun.


Gail Myllenbeck, Yakima Town Hall