Betsy A. Decillis Consulting, LLC

The 100 Most Influential Tourism Professionals on Twitter – December 2015

The 100 Most Influential Tourism Professionals on TwitterIt’s time for a brand new list of some of the best minds in tourism and social media, and we have some great tourism professionals on this list. Yet like all good things, someone’s reign at the top had to come to an end. But that only means we have someone new to congratulate!

Enough of my blabbering. Let’s get to the list:

Twitter Account Number of Pros Following Klout Score
1. @SheilaS
146
63
2. @DaveSerino
147
60
3. @katiecook
136
62
4. @TomMartin
137
58
5. @WhosYourAnnie
142
49
6. @wilhelmus
130
59
7. @troydthompson
136
50
8. @mandicoxsc
124
62
9. @theresaoverby
125
58
10. @Beaumartian
134
46
11. @pagetx
128
52
12. @jeremyawilliams
119
61
13. @BVMatson
123
53*
14. @andrewghayes
110
62
TIE-15. @decillis
108
60
TIE-15. @scullyano
108
60
17. @oregonkat
110
56
18. @wittyclevername
106
60
19. @Joe_ExpCols
114
51
20. @Banff_Squirrel
93
71
21. @mobethann
116
47
TIE-22. @Andrea_VisitGR
109
54
TIE-22. @AshleyTravels
109
54
24. @EverywhereTrip
80
83
25. @jeremy_harvey
118
43
26. @mosherifdeen
114
46
27. @ToshaTD
104
56
28. @GathanDBorden
101
58
29. @AEylon
96
62
30. @LeslieMcLellan
95
63
31. @theplanetd
77
81
32. @CygnetUpdates
108
49
33. @Wiebesick
90
67
34. @MJManzanares
85
72
35. @JoyLinDMAI
107
49
36. @robertpatterson
103
52
37. @DCtravelgirl
95
60
38. @earthXplorer
87
67
39. @elliottdotorg
74
80
40. @billgeist
112
41
41. @chris2x
81
72
42. @TroutLine
89
62
43. @PeterSGreenberg
80
70
44. @Ted_Sullivan
106
42
45. @SandiMcKenna
85
63
46. @TravelBlggr
77
70
47. @traveldudes
83
62
48. @emilyforsha
94
50
49. @LauraJean325
92
52
50. @JoeGiessler
87
57
51. @Marilyn_Res
85
59
52. @RickGriffin
70
74
53. @AnnTran_
64
79
54. @TravelingMurphy
92
50
55. @BeckyMcCray
83
59
56. @DaveDTC
77
65
57. @karasw
73
69
58. @konupka
84
57
59. @CajunMama
76
65
60. @LandLopers
61
79
61. @bob_vstpgh
92
47
62. @wendyperrin
76
63
63. @MeileeAnderson
75
63
64. @ckjchambers
74
64
65. @BethBlair
73
65
66. @giopalatucci
85
52
67. @kristaparry
74
63
68. @jccjhiggins
75
61
69. @barbdelollis
70
65
70. @anthony_haag
84
50
71. @johnpricher
75
59
72. @MommyMusings
65
69
73. @RickRodriguezTN
88
45
74. @claudiabia
76
57
75. @theslynch
83
48
76. @chrissydani
84
46
77. @tonylyle
75
55*
78. @LauraMEdge
98
31
79. @rodneyp
81
48
80. @smartwomentrav
62
67
81. @stephenjoyce
73
55
82. @Travelogged
65
63
83. @KellyDeanOttawa
81
46
84. @jesslaw
75
52
85. @SeattleMaven
61
66
86. @JeremyFairley
75
52*
87. @melissayaohille
66
60
TIE-88. @LanoraMueller
60
66
TIE-88. @spencerspellman
60
66
90. @nomadicmatt
59
66
91. @manncatian
69
55
92. @victoriaisley
58
66
93. @benvadasz
87
36
94. @thePRguy
76
47
TIE-95. @ChatterBachs
68
55
TIE-95. @laurably
68
55
97. @HollyGalbraith
68
54
98. @gonzogonzo
54
66
99. @lizmabe
68
51
100. @cwkessle
64
53

METHODOLOGY: I took the top ten from the June list and looked up who they followed. I then determined who was followed by six or more of the ten and was also an account possessed by an individual in tourism. I looked up who those accounts followed and then from that determined the 162 top followed accounts by an individual in tourism. From there I looked up Klout scores. The combination of the number of tourism pros following and Klout score gave rank. Due to the closeness of the tourism community on Twitter now, there were a lot of ties, so I had to come up with a deciding factor. To me, the best result came when I broke ties by who had the most tourism professionals following. Those marked with an asterisk (*) did not have a Klout profile, so they received an estimated Klout score based on other influence measuring tools.

As per usual, the list is full of great tourism professionals. Like I said, some of the best minds in social media and tourism are on here, and many of them are more than willing to give you a hand when you need it. Take the time to follow them and get to know them as human beings. They will honestly bring wonderful things into your life beyond social media and tourism.

On another note, I just can’t do this list without mentioning someone that isn’t on it.

Caroline Bean is amazing. Her work has always been inspiring, and she’s always been willing to connect and help others. Most of the tourism professionals on this list can honestly say that they’re only where they are because of Caroline’s smarts and generosity.

But unfortunately for all of us, the time has come for Caroline to move onto another industry. It’s a huge loss for all of us, but I’m pretty sure we won’t truly lose her.

However, it just didn’t feel right to publish this list again without saying this one thing: Thank you, Caroline. We can’t wait to see what you do next.

A tourism professional Twitter list is available for easy following.

2 comments
sheilas
sheilas

Thanks for compiling this list, Betsy; I know it's a TON of work! I'm super-honored.