Tourism Academy 2020 Will Be Postponed

An update on Tourism Academy.

After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone this year's Tourism Academy to the week of March 29th, 2021. Thank you for being patient with us as we worked out the details and made a final decision.

Registered attendees will have the option to:

  • Credit to next year
  • Refund
  • Credit to any other Tempest product or service

Next Steps

A member of our team will be reaching out to connect with you over the phone this week and discuss how you would like to proceed.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please direct them via email to

We want to thank our partners at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Philadelphia Marriott Old City, and The Museum of The American Revolution in working with us to make this change as seamless as possible.

Looking Ahead

We considered postponing to a later date in 2020, but based on dozens of conversations with clients and community members, it would prove too difficult for many to attend. Our clients make Tourism Academy great, and choosing a date that many of us can’t attend does not seem right.

We have been asked if we are considering a “Virtual Tourism Academy” and the answer is no. The magic of Tourism Academy is in the face-to-face, in-person interactions, the spontaneous introductions, the exchanging of ideas, and of course, the nightly entertainment. We feel very strongly that virtual events can’t replace the power of in-person meetings and events. Face-to-face events provide the best experience and the best return on investment for our delegates, and we look forward to the day we can spend time together again.

That being said, while we don’t believe virtual events can replace face-to-face, virtual events and webinars still provide a very valuable communication channel, and for the current time, it is what we have to work with.

Upcoming Webinars

Gaining from the momentum of our last two community webinars, we will be hosting a series of weekly webinars for the foreseeable future. We hope you will join us Wednesdays at 1:00 pm EST for an upcoming conversation. We are open to ideas, topics, and panelists, so please reach out.

iDSS Resources & New Features

In addition to the community webinars, and because Tourism Academy will now be held in March of 2021, we will be releasing and sharing a wide variety of helpful new iDSS features over the next few months.

New iDSS Extranet Available Now

The first is our new iDSS Extranet application. iDSS Extranet will now be included for free as part of your iDSS CRM subscription and is ready today. Simply sign up here to activate the new Extranet in your instance of iDSS. You can also email with any questions or to schedule a walk-through of the new Extranet feature.

Get An Overview of iDSS Publish

The second feature is iDSS Publish. On Wednesday April 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm EST, join us for a community webinar that will provide an overview of iDSS Publish and show you how you can use this new tool to be prepared for the reemergence of travel. Learn more about iDSS Publish on this upcoming webinar or contact to learn more.

We look forward to connecting with you digitally over the next few weeks and seeing everyone again in-person soon!

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