Social Media Tourism Symposium Seen As Economic Boost For Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Department of Defense employees and government contractors are feeling a bit of uncertainty these days in light of sequestration. While leaders with the Huntsville-Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau say several conferences planned for Huntsville have also been lost.

Now Huntsville leaders are exploring new territory. The Social Media Tourism Symposium is seen as a highly coveted economic boost for the Rocket City.

Huntsville is one of 13 cities nationwide in the running to host the conference.

About 300 people are expected to attend and it would rake in $180,000 dollars directly to the city.

If you're thinking social media and tourism don't affect you, consider this, at last year's symposium in El Paso, TX, 700 people were reached through Instagram, 7,000 through Twitter, and over a million people were reached through social media.

It's invaluable exposure for the Huntsville-Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"If we can get the word out for folks that your restaurants will be supported and your attractions will be out there for the world to see, [they'll see] this is an amazing group for us and a great opportunity," said Leslie Walker, Convention Sales Manager with the Visitor's Bureau.

It may be a great opportunity, that's in your hands.

Huntsville could land the symposium if you vote. Round one voting closes Friday March 15th at 11 a.m.

You can cast your vote for Huntsville here on the symposium's Facebook page.