Going Global With A Local

Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires, where Evita gave her famous balcony speech

David Landis, president of Landis CommunicationsBy David Landis, President, LCI

I just returned from my first-ever trip to Argentina: we visited Buenos Aires, Salta and Bariloche. Besides the sheer beauty, the delicious food, top-quality wines and the friendliness of the residents, one important aspect impressed me as a professional communicator.

How a local can make all the difference.

If, like me, you love to travel, you often visit a place but don’t really get to know it because you’re experiencing it as a tourist. This trip was different. We started in Buenos Aires, where our PR affiliate, the indomitable Dominique Biquard, Agustin Stellatelli and Santiago Peixoto from Identia PR, welcomed us with open arms. We visited Dominique’s beautiful home in the Retiro district and it was like being transported to either a pre-War apartment on New York’s upper East Side or the 7th arondissement in Paris. Besides the eye-popping floor-to-ceiling Argentinian art, there was so much more to make it special: the food, the company and the conversations made us all feel as if we were invited to an intimate soiree. Here’s the funniest thing for a (North) American: Argentinians start eating around 9 pm; at 11 pm, we thought we’d overstayed our welcome – but for the locals, the party was just getting started!

San Franciscans from LCI meet the Portenos from Identia PR in Buenos Aires: at the home of Dominique Biquard.

San Franciscans from LCI meet the Portenos from Identia PR in Buenos Aires: at the home of Dominique Biquard. Note that fabulous art!

 

From Buenos Aires, we flew to Salta, a colonial city in the North where we met up with Gareth and Ian, our consummate tour guides from Five Senses Traveller. These accomplished professionals showed us a side to Argentina we had no idea existed: colonial architecture in Salta, five-star wineries in Cafayate that rival the Napa Valley, canyons that can hold their own with the American Southwest and phenomenal Inca ruins. Throughout our five-day tour, Gareth and Ian again made us feel like a local and imparted wisdom that a visitor would never know. For instance, who could have predicted that Argentinian roads are – shall we say – a bit challenging to navigate? Or that police stops along those roads are ubiquitous and you have to know what to do when stopped and how to show deference to the officials?

The hills near Salta, Argentina

The hills near Salta, Argentina

 

What I learned is this: locals communicate something special that makes you understand and appreciate the place you’re visiting more.

It also helps you conduct business more effectively. That’s why LCI is a member of the worldwide Public Relations Global Network. This network has more than 50 agency affiliates globally. As a result, LCI is able to provide on-the-ground communications service and local knowledge with agencies that not only are rooted in their communities, but that also understand the local business market.

Members of the Public Relations Global Network celebrate its 25th anniversary in Kyoto.

Members of the Public Relations Global Network celebrate its 25th anniversary in Kyoto.

 

It gives new meaning to the words “going global with a local.”

What’s your favorite local tip in your community? Please comment below or tweet me @david_landis.

David Landis is President/CEO of Landis Communications Inc. (LCI). He’s proud to have visited six continents and at last count, 27 countries worldwide.

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7 Comments

  1. Scott Hanson Reply

    There are not many agencies in the world that have the resources available to the members of the Public Relations Global Network. How many can actually say, “Yes, I have an agency there and I know the leadership personally. They will do a good job for you.”

  2. Anne Buchanan Reply

    A strong endorsement for being a global citizen and a tribute to the amazing benefits of PRGN. Thanks, David.

  3. Ashley Boarman Reply

    I agree completely. Having just been to Charleston, it made all the difference in experiencing the city through the eyes of a someone who lives there. We didn’t waste our time on doing things that were overly touristy. Plus, locals always know the best food & drink places. Glad you and Sean had a fantastic trip and were able to squeeze in time with our PRGN partners.

  4. Gus Nodal Reply

    Great blog, David. Definitely adding Argentina to my list of countries to visit.

  5. David Cumpston Reply

    Hi David, I agree 100% – having boots-on-the-ground advice and support from people you know and trust is the key to success. I’m always excited for the opportunity to show first-time visitors around San Francisco. Watching their eyes light up when they first see such landmarks as the Golden Gate Bridge lets me re-live my own feelings from that very first time.

    Regards,
    David

  6. Aaron Blank Reply

    I think that LOCAL is much more important today than ever before. Welcome home, David. Good post!

  7. Agustín Stellatelli Reply

    Dear David it was agreat pleasure having you in Buenos Aires ! Really we enjoy your presence and specially your thoughts from the places you visited. In fact you knew places ( in the north part of our country) hard for us to get… You are nor tourists, you are good observers, very true PR guys with strategic view of what it is going on. Yes, nothing better than being in a place with local expertise as PRGN offers all over the world. We had a wonderful time with you and Sean.Good food, good wine & good friends.