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NTA, Edelman Reschedule Alabama, Florida Gulf Coast Seminars Due to Tropical Storm Bonnie

July 23, 2010


For Immediate Release

Madeline Vied                                                                                       

July 23, 2010

 NTA, Edelman Reschedule Alabama, Florida Gulf Coast Seminars Due to Tropical Storm Bonnie

LEXINGTON, Ky.– NTA, North America’s premier association of travel professionals, and Edelman , the world’s largest independent public relations firm, are rescheduling next week’s oil spill crisis and media relations seminars due to the steady approach of Tropical Storm Bonnie, based on the advice and request of Gulf Coast contacts. These free seminars, titled “Practical Skills for the Oil Spill Crisis: Managing Media Relations and Building Business through a Crisis,” have been rescheduled for:

  • August 10; 9 a.m.-noon CT in Gulf Shores, Alabama at the Kaiser Realty Ballroom 
  • August 11; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. CT in Pensacola, Florida at the Sanders Beach Center in the Corinne Jones Community Center Ballroom

NTA apologizes for any inconvenience, but asks all current registrants to take a moment to re-register for the new dates and spread the word among associates and colleagues.

The seminars will provide participants with skills needed for not only managing media relations, but also tips for maintaining and building tourism business through the oil spill crisis. Specific topics include:

  • The Crisis Perspective – Leaders of the Edelman Crisis Practice will focus on understanding the public’s fears and perceptions of a crisis, addressing misperceptions through accurate messaging and finally, some of the best practices in crisis management.
  • Media Relations – Edelman media specialists will review how the media is covering the oil spill, how it differs from other crises and offer pointers for keeping the media accurately informed.
  • Digital Relations in a Crisis – Edelman Digital’s media specialist will review methods for monitoring the digital newscape, analyzing how digital coverage can affect a business and engaging an audience using various social media platforms.

Registration is open for both seminars at Please contact NTA Public Relations Specialist Madeline Vied at with any questions. This event is partly sponsored by, an interactive tool devised by travel social network to help Gulf Coast business owners get their message out.

Edelman has one of the largest tourism PR practices in the world, and the firm’s crisis and issues management practice has helped counsel Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized organizations, non-profits, government entities and high-profile individuals respond to a range of communications and reputational challenges. The firm has 3,200 employees in 52 offices worldwide and has been named Advertising Age’s top-ranked PR firm of the decade; Adweek’s “2009 Agency of the Year”; and PRWeek’s “2009 Agency of the Year.” Visit for more information.

NTA is the leading association for professionals serving travelers to, from and within North America. Since its founding in 1951, the association has served a broad and diverse membership and helped them expand market reach with innovative business tools, strategic relationships and collaboration within the industry. NTA membership represents more than 40 countries. To learn more about NTA, please visit  


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