Engage Tourism is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to collaborate with, engage, and educate travel entrepreneurs, hospitality professionals, and the public. Our primary focus is to maintain sustainability in tourism both locally and abroad. Our motivation is to provide a platform where veteran professionals can collaborate with new members to pass on knowledge in growing our industry for years to come.
Our mission is founded on the premise that our industry does not have the proper career development opportunities to bring the newer generations into the field alongside existing travel professionals. With the rise of the internet and new apps, widgets and other technologies, many people question the viability of a career as a travel professional. Aside from that, a common misconception of travel agents is that they are no longer needed.
With the growth and implementation strategies set forth by national associations like ASTA, the rise of host agencies, the sustainability of store-front travel agencies, and all of the independent travel professionals, Tourism is on the rise. We've decided to develop a new strategy with Engage Tourism founded on engaging, educating, and experiencing.
Whether working part-time or full-time as a career travel professional, it is our job to enlighten the public that the travel industry is making a comeback. Come join us at one of our local events or reach out to discuss chapter development in your local area.
After the deconstruction of the Young Travel Professionals (YTP) located in New York City, several members of the YTP Tampa Chapter voiced the opinion that another similar networking group needed to be established. YTP was originally created for travel professionals under the age of 40 to collaborate and meet in social settings to expand their network. After seeing the disconnect and generational differences between the veteran professionals in the tourism industry and those who were part of YTP, Steven Gould, founder of Engage Tourism, came up with the idea for an Educational Networking Group. Taking this idea, he created Engage Tourism which was built on the premise of education to provide sustainability within the tourism industry.
Engage Tourism was founded in 2019 due to an innate need for education and engagement within the hospitality and tourism industry. While there may be many similar organizations crafted to a specific niche in the industry, none focused on the collaboration of the veteran professionals and the younger generation of travel & tourism professionals. Engage Tourism was developed to bridge the gap for those who are willing to share their industry knowledge and those seeking it.
WHAT WE DO
Engage. Educate. Experience.
Our goal is to provide tourism sustainability through Engagement, Education, and Experiences to allow our members the opportunity to increase tourism sustainability throughout the world. We will coordinate events such as:
-Familiarization (FAM) Trips
-Forums / Conferences
-Educational Seminars at Universities/Colleges/Schools
-Local Chapters for Engagement of Membership
-Charitable Donations to Like-Minded Businesses