Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Calling all travel bloggers to join Blog4NZ

Christchurch, New Zealand's third largest city and my hometown may have been rocked by a massive earthquake that has caused major damage to the central city and outlying suburbs, but the rest of New Zealand remains in one piece and is still one of the most fun and beautiful places in the world to visit.

Hence Blog4NZ...a grassroots action created by NZ travel bloggers who want to get the word out that New Zealand is still one of the premiere travel destinations.

All travel bloggers, in fact all bloggers, are encouraged to participate no matter where you live and whether or not you have ever visited New Zealand.

According to the Blog4NZ press release, here's how it will work...

"March 21, 22, and 23 has been set aside by travel bloggers throughout the world as 72 hours of content generation about travelling to New Zealand. #Blog4NZ is the brain-child of New Zealand travel bloggers Jim McIntosh and John Reese. John himself living in Christchurch. “We want a total black-out of travel content across the world, we want Twitter dominated by Tweets about travelling to New Zealand, we hope that all travel bloggers rally behind this cause and publish as many articles as possible throughout this period about travelling to New Zealand” said event organiser Craig Martin of Indie Travel Media.

“New Zealand is one of the world’s greatest travel destinations and has been a great source for many travel bloggers and travel entrepreneurs. For many northern hemisphere countries it is the furthest most spot they can travel. It has been the place where so much innovation has come with regard to travel – the home of Bungy, the birth place of hop-on hop-off backpacker travel, NZ led the way in independent hostels throughout the eighties and nineties. It is also a country where tourism is the number one contributor to GDP, where the Minister of Tourism is the PM – that is how important tourism is. This is the travel community saying hey go to NZ – if there is one place that should be on your travel list this year it is NZ” said Dan Roberts of Travel Generation. “This is something that as the travel community we can do to support not only all the businesses in Christchurch but everyone in New Zealand.”

Over the next few days event organisers will be working with the whole New Zealand tourism industry to gather resources, images and content that travel bloggers from all over the world will be able to access to generate their stories during the 72 hours of blog4NZ. At the same time the call is going out to all travel bloggers, travel experts, photographers and social media users to show the power of the Internet to make a real long term difference to those travel businesses suffering in New Zealand not just now but over the next 12 months in New Zealand as a result of the earthquake."

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Jackie D said...

awesome! I will definitely do this, and I'll tweet about it to spread the word. Thanks for the info!

Liz Lewis (aka 'kiwiwriter') said...

Hi Jackie,

That would be great. Am looking forward to seeing Blog4NZ evolve during the three day blitz

Cheers from a shaky city,


Bluegreen Kirk said...

great idea however i am not a traveling blogger i just end up reading most of them to enjoy the post and the photos. Good luck with the event.

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