NTA, Edelman to Offer Free Crisis Workshops to Gulf Coast

To help the Gulf Coast cope with the effects of the BP oil spill, the National Tour Association (NTA) and Edelman Public Relations are presenting a series of free seminars titled, "Practical Skills for the Oil Spill Crisis: Managing Media Relations and Building Business Through a Crisis," the U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) announced last week.

Open to all members of the travel and tourism industry, the seminars currently are scheduled for July 13 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss., and July 14 at the Municipal Auditorium in Houma, La., with not-yet-scheduled seminars to follow later this month in Alabama and Florida.

"So many businesses and destinations throughout the Gulf Coast region are being tragically hurt by incomplete information about tourism in this area," NTA President Lisa Simon, CTP, said in a statement. "Through these seminars, NTA and Edelman will help people in the impacted destinations proactively manage this crisis and use the media as partners to help communicate the facts."

During the half-day seminars, attendees will learn crisis communications skills, news tracking techniques and social media skills to help them open a dialog with media, meeting planners and travelers.

For more information, or to register for a seminar, visit NTAOnline.com/gulfcoast.