What's the idea?
The village where I live has all the necessary facilities to be able to offer a boutique venue for conferences and conventions. I figure if Mahone Bay does then probably lots of other places do too. That seems to me like an opportunity to leverage assets we already have and bring some extra business and people into the village - good for everyone.
How would it work?
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I don't think Mahone Bay is suddenly going to turn into a major conference destination - that wold be unrealistic and not really that great for the village. I do think we could host 3-4 conferences a year on the shoulders of the tourist season and see how it goes. As the idea spreads to other villages in the region and other parts of the world, each place will have different timings and seasons that work for them. This will have to build around local capacity.
What happens now?
Innovation is not having an idea, it is the implementation of an idea
How can you get involved?
Please drop me an email ...
- If you live locally and would like to help with or participate in the market research and business model development
- If you live in a village (anywhere in the world) and love this idea and want to get involved
We are planning an 3 day event in spring of 2015 in Mahone Bay to bring together villages from all over the world who would like to explore the concept. My friend and colleague Chris Corrigan is helping me organise and lead the event. It would be super to see you there! Contact me for more info or to get involved in helping make it happen.