What started as an April Fool’s joke, quickly turned into something real and the next thing you know there’s going to be a Travel Massive conference in Ios Greece! It is an experimental Travel Massive concept to bring a cross section of our global community together to meet, collaborate and share ideas on how to re brand and market a Greek Island for the future.
Ios is a world famous Greek Island close to Mykonos and Santorini. It is known as a party island but has a lot more to offer – and we want you to help us expose the island and its secrets. You can easily get to the Island by ferry from airports in Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros-Crete, Ιkaria or Milos.
Travel Massive Island will start on 18th July and finish on 26th July after a party featuring international DJ’s. However, the official program will be held from Tuesday, 21st to Saturday, 25th of July (see details below).
Are you a CEO? Founder? Start-up? Tour operator? Video Creator? A Blogger? Journalist? DMO? Consulting company? PR agency? Anybody who is up for a week hanging out on Travel Massive Island IOS learning and sharing ideas is welcome.
The aim of the event is to bring experts, innovators adventurous travel professionals together to learn, create ideas and share knowledge about how we can make a positive impact in travel for the island of Ios, and explore its (sustainable) future.
Our hosts are LuxurIOS Island Experience, a local brand that wants to show a different part of the island away from the famous party scene.
– Meet and connect with travel insiders, leaders, and innovators in the travel industry.
– Join collaborative workshops & informative sessions created through the Unconference.
– Enjoy a creative environment to work and collaborate with content creators.
– An island. And yes, you’ll be living on it!
FORMAT & THEME:
3 days of a self-organising, participant-driven “Unconference” (see:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference). In order for the event to be successful everyone should be willing to share their knowledge and ideas and be ready to help out.
The Unconference will focus on three key themes:
1. Video and creative content
Hailed as the future of content, how can emerging video platforms document and share the visitor experience? Calling presenters, filmmakers, YouTubers and aspiring actors. Let’s create something inspiring.
We make an impact everywhere we go. What sustainability practices can we learn from an island with two thousand inhabitants and how can we improve the communities we visit? Calling responsible tourism experts, advocates, leaders and innovators.
3. Local tours
How can “living like a local” provide a more valuable and authentic experience of a destination and change its perception to a visitor? Calling tour operators, tour startups, and local guides.
This event is part of a project by www.luxurios.com and there rebranding strategy. As a result of the event, we expect to get both creative content and great ideas on the destination marketing and branding. However, the outcome of this collaborative experiment is up to YOU. We count on your ideas and inputs! On the last day of the Unconference we will host a wrap-up report from each workshop, and a content and video screening evening.
July 18 – 21 – Arrival and welcome to Island / Island Explorations
July 21, Tuesday – Unconference Day 0, Opening session.
July 22, Wednesday – Unconference Day 1, Collaboration sessions.
July 23, Thursday – Unconference Day: 2: Project work
July 24, Friday – Unconference Day: 3 Presentations, travel film screening
July 25, Saturday – Closing party with international DJs
– The Unconference is FREE to attend, but you’ll need to cover all the other costs including transport and accommodation.
– Travel Massive is negotiating deals with sponsors, so we might have access to some discounted accommodation and we are in contact with other transport partners.
– The Island hosts a great party at the 25th of July with international DJs including David Morales. The public entrance cost 50EUR but all Travel Massive members can enter for free.
*Travel Massive is not making money out of this event.
The whole event will be run in an open and collaborative style. If you have any inputs or something you’d like to contribute (from a great idea, workshop to giveaways) – let us know by sending an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an experiment. Consider this is a BETA product, use at your own risk! We hope to take away a lot of learning from this event and will be relying on your help and input to make this a success.