Tourism Boards, Chamber & Visitors Bureau and Public Relations people have a very clear agenda; they want to promote their part of the world. I work with Tourism people to find out where our interests match. For instance, Tourism Florida presented a great opportunity to kayak the Suwannee River and I had the contacts with magazines that might like stories about that kind of experience. This, as they say, was an instant win-win situation. The Tourism people provide me with a hosted experience. I in turn, worked hard to ensure they would get some great exposure. I am very careful to commit only to places/experiences that I know I’ll love.
“Ms. Friesen was on a media familiarization trip to Malaysia, and has since written several great articles on Malaysia. She is results oriented, and had those articles out and published not long after her trip. She was flexible, and ready to experience everything the trip had to offer, and we would not hesitate to host her again.”
Sandra Ngoh-Fonseka Marketing Executive, Tourism Malaysia Canada
“Pleine de debrouillardise et d’energie positive, Colleen fait du tres bon travail et il est tres facile de voyager avec elle” Translation: “Colleen is a great sport, does very good work and is easy to travel with.”
Bard Nordby Media Relations – Tourism Quebec
“It has been my experience that Colleen is the consummate professional. She wants to experience your destination in a hands-on manner, whether that is roughing it in a sleeping bag on the banks of historic Suwannee River or seeking out that unusual angle or story that helps make the destination unique. Without a doubt, Colleen Friesen is top notch.”
Harvey Campbell Executive Director – Columbia County, Florida Tourism
“Colleen Friesen is professional and gets great coverage for my clients. Colleen adds value to a press trip with her infectious enthusiasm and great sense of humour. She makes my job as a media relations person easy.”
Andrea Wickham-Foxwell Media Relations – Spectacular Ink Marketing & PR
“Colleen stands out from the thousands of journalists we at Immedia and Media Kitty work with each year for straight-shooting style and savvy reporting. From working with her for the past four years, it is clear that she has a nose for news, can look ahead to spot trends and handles her stories with acumen and care. Colleen is responsive, balanced and thoughtful … making for a great read, every time.”
Heather Kirk and Laura Serena Partners – Immedia Inc.
“We are pleased to inform that Ms. Colleen Friesen was our guest on a recent trip to India. She had no letters of assignment before she left but has produced a substantial amount of great press for India Tourism since her return. I would not hesitate to recommend her to other Tourism boards.”
D.K. Baruah Director – IndiaTourism, Toronto
“Not only was Colleen a real pleasure to work with, but she was also extremely thorough in her planning and research for her press trip with Ecoventura to the Galapagos Islands. Colleen even took the time to meet and interview the owner of our company and tour boats. She is working on not one but several articles for varied publications. I would not hesitate to recommend her for future press trips.”
Doris J. Welsh – Director of Sales & Marketing – Galapagos Network