Travel Massive launches an industry marketplaceNews / OnlineBy Sean O'Neil | February 1, 2016Share This article was originally published on Travel Massive is perhaps best known for its online travel industry meet-ups in dozens of cities worldwide.But the organization has its hand in many projects, and this week it launched an online marketplace as a resource for the industry.The Travel Massive Marketplace lets members list business and partnership opportunities for things like freelance and full-time jobs (including for IT and marketing).For example, this week Flight Centre was looking for a part-time video editor in Vancouver, while hotel distribution professionals could find professional development and networking events like the No Vacancy conference in Sydney in a couple of months' time.The organization promises to vet each listing to make sure it is legitimately of value to the industry before allowing it to be posted. That vetting may prove a critical factor in determining the marketplace's success.Unlike job listing services such as Indeed, which tend to swamp job posters with poorly qualified candidates, this industry-selected, vetted approach might turn up better results.It's not just a job board. There are multiple categories of information trade, including for travel affiliate programs and partnerships, travel blogging resources, destination marketing services, conference listings, consulting services, professional education programs, industry mentorship programs, and co-working spaces.One of the problems that a global organization faces is how to price things fairly, given the wide disparity in incomes, cost-of-living, and currency power globally. To its credit, Travel Massive is charging for services in local currencies, using an economic index based on the cost-of-living for each market. As the company says: "A marketplace listing in the USA is priced at $99 USD whereas in the Philippines a local listing is only P2299 (approximately $48 USD)."Share this quote About a fifth of the revenue generated by the fees will be directed to a as-yet-unstarted fund that is slated to support selected local projects and initiatives by community members as a way of keeping true to the organization's grass-roots vibe.RELATED INDUSTRY PROJECTS:New online course for social media marketing for hospitality, via ITB Berlin.The Introduction to Global Hospitality Management, presented by the esteemed School of Hotel Administration at Cornell.Similarly: Tourism Tribe aims to help operators swap tips on marketing and distribution. It combines 65 tutorials on aspects of marketing and distribution with peer education.Year-round, Travel Academy -- by Travel+SocialGood has a goal of helping to redefine education and professional development and generate purpose-fueled, impact-driven travel professionals. It is creating hub networks in cities worldwide.