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Comment by Ed Wetschler on October 8, 2013 at 5:55pm

Trevor, I was just rereading your comments, and it occurs to me that you did find it worthwhile to attend one of these events. I gather the tourist board helped out with hotels, intra-island transportation, and some meals; was the board also able to help with your flight? 

Comment by Ed Wetschler on October 8, 2013 at 5:51pm

No doubt, Trevor, things are pretty disorganized on this side of the pond. "U.S. Department of Tourism" remains a fleeting wish. (Of course, this week a U.S. department of anything is a little dicey.)

Still, I doubt a cocktail reception would induce any travel writer to drop everything and get on a plane. I can't claim to be on the press list from previous stories, either; for better or for worse, I have never written about Iceland. 

Lisa, you make good points (and while we're talking, Lisa, would you believe I'm just back from a symposium about destination weddings?!). Not sure how I'm expected to get there; maybe by commuter train. Allan, I like your tickets query, and I suspect there's wisdom in what you say about the drinks.  

Comment by Trevor Claringbold on October 8, 2013 at 4:01pm

Ed, it may just be that it's an international get together. I had a similar one from Iceland last year, but being in the UK it's only a couple of hours flight on a budget airline. Many, like me, took the opportunity to stay a few days and see some of the country. Icelandic tourist board are very helpful in this respect.


I might also turn your comment around, as I have had a good number of press invites from the US - which again expect us to make our own way there!


Comment by Allan Lynch on October 8, 2013 at 1:50pm

I get invitations all the time for events in New York, Montreal and Toronto. Those are two-hours, one-hour and 1.5-hours by air away. 

For Reykjavik I'd ask if they planned to provide an e-ticket or will they courier a paper one to the office? Given how much drinks costs in Reykjavik, if it's an open bar I'd consider it. :-)

Comment by Lisa Barr on October 8, 2013 at 1:36pm

Seriously Ed?  Are you in Iceland?? How do they expect you to get there?  More likely...they are trying to bulk up their list of sent list....knowing darn well, most won't be able to attend. It's also the lack of qualified PR people who actually know where writers are. NOW...if they are going to fly you out...that's a different story.


Comment by Ed Wetschler on October 8, 2013 at 1:30pm

Question about an invitation to a cocktail reception:

I just got invited to a press event that's this Friday. Short notice, but that's not the deal-breaker. What strikes me is that the cocktail reception is in Reykjavik. Somebody please de-confuse me: How does this happen? 

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