Vermont tourism seeks help with Great Britain, Ireland & Australia
Steve’s breakdown: An account like this is perfect for a smaller agency looking to go international. Email me for the RFP documents.
MONTPELIER, VT: The State of Vermont, Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM), is seeking bids for a two-year contract for promotion of Vermont as a travel destination to the press and travel industry in Great Britain, Ireland, and Australia. VDTM is also seeking sales mission support for Discover New England in France and Germany. Services are to start on or about August 1, 2016 and will be provided through July 31, 2018. The completion and submission of the attached documents shall constitute your bid for these services. Bidders will be evaluated on the following criteria: • Demonstration of an intimate knowledge of Vermont and its specific offerings to ensure differentiation from its New England neighbors, having visited at least three times; • At least five years’ experience in the representation of the United States; • Availability to represent Vermont as part of the Discover New England booth for four days annually at the World Travel Market in London each year of contract; • Availability of a Senior team member to attend US Travel Association’s annual International Pow Wow (IPW) held in the United States for the duration of contract. Bidders must provide the background of key individuals, including resumes, who would be assigned to the contract if chosen. VDTM may request an interview with any or all of the bidders, prior to awarding the contract.
All interested bidders must submit notice of their intent to bid for these services via e-mail no later than 4 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time, May 20, 2016 to VDTM, attention: Megan.Smith@vermont.gov and Jerri.Lamson@vermont.gov. Only proposals from bidders submitting such notice will be considered by VDTM. Written Questions Due by: May 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time Questions concerning this request for proposals must be in writing (via mail or e-mail) and received by Megan Smith and Jerri Lamson by May 27, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Email addresses for Megan and Jerri are: Megan.Smith@Vermont.gov and Jerri.Lamson@Vermont.gov and the postal address for questions to be sent via post is below. The State will respond to written questions by June 3, 2016. Any responses will be in writing and posted on the State’s website at www.vermontbidsystem.com. The State reserves the right to select which questions it will answer. Accepted Bids will include: Proposal Price Quotation Form – Attachment A Vermont Tax Certificate – Attachment B Signed and Dated Acknowledgement of Attachment C Offshore Outsourcing Questionnaire The State reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. A selection committee consisting of assigned State staff will evaluate the proposals. If a person or firm is selected, a representative will be invited to negotiate a contract.