The story notes that one applicant pulled their name from consideration when notified that their name would go public. I'm stunned that it was only one...because most of the aspiring DMO pros are gainfully employed. And, in this internet world, word will clearly get back to their current employers that one of their employees is looking.
But, even with one...what if that was THE person that could have turned Union County around? What if this reporter had, in their zeal to prove their investigative chops or fill space, inhibited the County's ability to grow their economy, create jobs and new business start-ups?
The world doesn't care about applicants for a DMO gig. So why write a story that could limit the community's choices? Just because you can?
If this kinda stuff continues (and I'm seeing it more and more), the best and the brightest will stop applying for jobs.
When will anyone in the media understand the word consequence?
AZ Boycotts is an online initiative launched by the Greater Phoenix Economic
Council and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to bring real
messages from real people to
demonstrate that the boycotts are missing their mark. The videos from community and industry leadership are good...but the videos from Jacque, Susan and Jason say it all.
But, is anybody listening over the insane din of the agenda of a small few?
On the heels of our story about Savannah comes word that the Arizona Hospitality Industry is saying, "enough is enough" and urging its members to stand up and fight against the backlash stemming from its recently imposed immigration law.
At most State Tourism Conferences, the agenda is fairly tame when it comes to the endorsement of candidates. Not in Arizona. Not this time.
One of the reasons that the tourism industry is so disrespected by elected officials is because we don't vote as a block. Thus, politicians risk very little (other than their region's economy and constituents' jobs) by cutting funding for tourism promotion and development.
It's fairly easy for special interest groups to get their members to vote as a block. Unions are especially proficient at mobilizing the vote. But Tourism? Our industry spans so many sectors that it's hard to coordinate the breadth of voters that depend on a vibrant visitor economy.