How time has flown since last summer. IGENO attended the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI)â€™s 97th Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. This Convention offers the opportunity for over 1,000 destination marketing professionals to connect through knowledge sessions, discussion forums, and a tradeshow.
While in New Orleans, I spent time volunteering with the St. Bernard Project to help in rebuilding homes affected by 2005â€™s Hurricane Katrina. Katrina caused more than $80 billion in property damages, the loss of 400,000 jobs, and overall affected 15 million people, making it the worst hurricane to hit the US in over two decades. Relief efforts for such disasters come in the form of monetary donations, donations of supplies (medical, canned food, bottle waterâ€¦), and volunteering for search and rescue, debris removal, water treatment, and other vital activities.