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  • What do the best destination marketers have in common?

    Sheila's Guide
    Sheila
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Social media tools like hashtags are available to anyone. (2014 Nebraska state tourism conference hashtag, photo by Sheila Scarborough) When it comes to social media excellence, the best tourism marketers and DMOs (Destination Marketing Organizations) do certain things that are not necessarily driven by their size or budget. Destinations like Pure Michigan, Experience Columbus (Ohio,) Visit Philadelphia, Travel Oregon, etc. all have a few things in common…. **  A very complete strategic plan that they don’t shove in a drawer, but actually use. **  Specific marketing goals and a…
  • Travel search and shopping: Is the industry hitting the mark?

    Tnooz
    Kevin May
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:48 am
    A recent survey conducted by Amadeus and Tnooz highlighted that overall the industry and online travel companies in general are doing a fine job with travel search and shopping efforts, but there is still a way to go. Industry respondents said: travel sites may be focused on things not as important to many users as originally thought consumers are becoming more loyal to a handful of sites than perhaps they were in the past In this round-table webinar, industry leaders will discuss: The value of creating an experience which will result in site stickiness and loyalty Opportunities that lay…
  • Establishing Consistency

    Resort Marketing
    Eric Hoffman
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    I’ve written before that this blog is a tool that I like to use as my personal sandbox, to test (and share) ideas, tools and more in the digital space. I haven’t been the most consistent in posting to this blog, but in the six plus years that I’ve written, I’ve published 318 (including this one) posts which works out to an average of 53 posts per year, or just over one post per week. The posts have been a bit less consistent in the past two years, but starting back on August 8, 2014, I’ve made it a goal to publish one post per week (and on Mondays) to see what…
  • Continuing to Tweak a Classic

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    21 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
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  • Live Blog from the Rosewall #Nashville #SoMeT14US

    Canadian and World Tourism
    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    First say of my first (hopefully not last) SoMeT (Social Media Tourism Symposium).I'm live blogging from Nashville's Rosewall venue, a beautiful place, perfect for listening to amazing musicians and songwriters - quintessential Nashville activity.The day was vey good. There were excellent presentations by BrainJuicer (on the psychology of influence and the need to think faster in marketing)? Tourism British Columbia (turning travelers/visitors into advocates and increase engagement which way more important than "Likes."), Skift (a good presentation on current data in social media) and…
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    Sheila's Guide

  • What do the best destination marketers have in common?

    Sheila
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Social media tools like hashtags are available to anyone. (2014 Nebraska state tourism conference hashtag, photo by Sheila Scarborough) When it comes to social media excellence, the best tourism marketers and DMOs (Destination Marketing Organizations) do certain things that are not necessarily driven by their size or budget. Destinations like Pure Michigan, Experience Columbus (Ohio,) Visit Philadelphia, Travel Oregon, etc. all have a few things in common…. **  A very complete strategic plan that they don’t shove in a drawer, but actually use. **  Specific marketing goals and a…
  • What am I doing here? Why I write.

    Sheila
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Taking notes at BlogHer 2007 conference (courtesy Elizabeth from Table4Five at Flickr CC) A fun blog theme/blog tour request came in from a friend in Australia – a reminder of blogging’s younger days before people started turning off comments and worrying quite so much about where they showed up in Facebook’s News Feed. Des Walsh, a business coach and LinkedIn expert, tagged me as someone he’d like to hear from on the topic of writing, specifically why I write, so here are some quick thoughts to fold into the theme that was originally started by Susan Foster. 1)…
  • Best times to post on social media

    Sheila
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Time is fleeting (courtesy Stephan Geyer on Flickr CC) (Part of my “Better Online Content” series of posts: quick tips on creating more effective content that takes advantage of the social web’s unique publishing environment.) There are a lot of blog posts and articles telling people about the “best” times to post content on social networks for maximum response, shares, click-throughs, or whatever it is that you are measuring to decide that your social communications are successful. What I do not see nearly often enough is this caveat – a lot of the suggested posting…
  • Social media for tour operators

    Sheila
    13 May 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Stepping out to look at bighorns with SunDog Tours near Jasper, Alberta, Canada (photo by Sheila Scarborough) Some of the best advice we’ve gotten from the SOBCon business conference was to think about the response email that is automatically sent when someone signs up for our Tourism Currents newsletter. Rather than the default “Thanks, you’re all set,” we were encouraged to think about crafting a more personal message, so we edited ours on MailChimp and added an invitation for new subscribers to tell us a bit about themselves. What’s cool is that sometimes,…
  • Travel Post Friday: the closer to the ocean, the better. For the ions, you know.

    Sheila
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:35 am
    Ocean view from the San Luis Resort and Conference Center Galveston Texas (photo by Sheila Scarborough) If I can walk out onto a balcony, hear waves crashing and smell that salty smell, I’m a happy hotel/house guest. Really, what else would you expect from a formerly seagoing Navy woman? My husband Chris Fancher told me when we were dating (in the seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island) that “negative ions” from the sea act as a mood-booster. Since I was always in a good mood around him and we were often near the beach, it must be true, right? During a recent trip to do some…
 
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  • Travel search and shopping: Is the industry hitting the mark?

    Kevin May
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:48 am
    A recent survey conducted by Amadeus and Tnooz highlighted that overall the industry and online travel companies in general are doing a fine job with travel search and shopping efforts, but there is still a way to go. Industry respondents said: travel sites may be focused on things not as important to many users as originally thought consumers are becoming more loyal to a handful of sites than perhaps they were in the past In this round-table webinar, industry leaders will discuss: The value of creating an experience which will result in site stickiness and loyalty Opportunities that lay…
  • What travelers hate the most about their travel apps during holidays

    Nick Vivion
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Testing specialists Soasta have delivered another Holiday Traveler Behavior Study, outlining the areas of peak frustration for mobile travelers. The survey was deployed in partnership with Switchfly, and logged 2,022 adult responses in North America. Mobile apps continue to have a growing impact on the travel experience, as 41% of those surveyed planning to book travel during the holiday season. Of those folks, an underperforming website or app is a deal-breaker when it comes to selecting where and how to book travel. The percentage of respondents booking travel on a website was 34% and the…
  • Points as cash: How to do a better job protecting loyalty accounts

    Special Nodes
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    The early November hack of an unknown number of members’ rewards in Hilton’s HHonors™ program was a wake-up call to the travel industry about the looming threat of online hackers, who are now turning their attention to a valuable digital currency: the points, miles and rewards stored digitally in members’ loyalty programs. NB: This is a viewpoint from Kristian Gjerding, CEO of digital payments and security firm CellPoint Mobile, and was the result of a conversation after our reporting on the HHilton program hacks. In the Hilton instance of what’s known as “loyalty program…
  • The two sides of ground transportation disruption

    Special Nodes
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Legacy ground transportation has truly been disrupted in just the past few years. Companies like Uber, Lyft, Hailo, Sidecar and Gett, alongside Indian startup Olacabs and Didi Dache in China and dozens of others are competing head-on with traditional taxi and limo business. NB: This is an analysis by Jens Wohltorf, co-founder and CEO at Blacklane. These companies are almost exclusively going after the highly lucrative on-demand market, taking care of customers who need a ride, and need it now. The ease of use of well-designed apps, ubiquity of smart phones and highly competitive…
  • THack Barcelona – the ultimate quick-fire hack

    Linda Fox
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    When you lock a bunch of creative people in a room for a day, it’s difficult to predict what might come out at the end. THack Barcelona was no exception. In many ways the brief was wide open – address at least one of four challenges: mobile wearables multi-modal personalisation. In others however, it was quite specific. The mobile challenge, for example, involved creating an application for travel in Barcelona or Catalunya – to dovetail nicely into the Digital Tourism Innovation Campus, kicking off the next day. The time constraint (about nine hours, rather than the usual…
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    Resort Marketing

  • Establishing Consistency

    Eric Hoffman
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    I’ve written before that this blog is a tool that I like to use as my personal sandbox, to test (and share) ideas, tools and more in the digital space. I haven’t been the most consistent in posting to this blog, but in the six plus years that I’ve written, I’ve published 318 (including this one) posts which works out to an average of 53 posts per year, or just over one post per week. The posts have been a bit less consistent in the past two years, but starting back on August 8, 2014, I’ve made it a goal to publish one post per week (and on Mondays) to see what…
  • Design and How to Do It

    Eric Hoffman
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I’m not a designer, but as an online marketer I find myself often looking at the how content can best be presented to visitors. It’s clear that there are now many devices and ways that users can interact with content and that there needs to ways to have it look and act consistently across these devices and interaction methods. A new and rapidly evolving option to accomplish this is Google’s Material Design which they call “…a visual language for our users that synthesizes the classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of…
  • Favorite Ski Songs

    Eric Hoffman
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Several years ago, I wrote a post about whether or not to ski/ride with music, I figured it’s time to write one about my favorite songs to ski with. Here’s my playlist to ski to: Even Flow // Alive – Pearl Jam Blue Sky – Big Head Todd and the Monsters But Anyway – Blues Traveller I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – Michael Franti & Spearhead On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons Ickey Thump – The White Stripes Tighten Up -The Black Keys Everylong // Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters Sunday Bloody Sunday // Beautiful Day – U2 Life…
  • Use Your Full Quiver

    Eric Hoffman
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Looks like it was a busy week for searches about Park City Mountain Resort over Labor Day weekend, could there possibly have been some other reason for the big jump in searches but perhaps it was simply the great work of the marketing team?! Goes to show, don’t forget to set up subscriptions for Google Trends reporting for your favorite, or just interesting, web searches, so you can tell what searches might be ramping up without looking into Google Webmaster tools reports: Google Trends: Google Webmaster Tools: Note that there wasn’t much increase in the clicks to the site for…
  • Two Unique Videos (One About Skiing) from TV Manufacturers

    Eric Hoffman
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    If you haven’t seen Sweetgrass Productions AFTERGLOW video, take a look now, and marvel at the effort that went into shooting this film: Then take a look at this video that Samsung sponsored about five years ago (excuses the low quality of the clip): Then take a step back, think about the videos that you’ve posted for your brand and step of the box like these two groups did. The results might just surprise you! Two Unique Videos (One About Skiing) from TV Manufacturers is a post from: The Resort Marketing written by Eric Hoffman.
 
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  • Continuing to Tweak a Classic

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    21 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
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  • Stand and Deliver…Better Meetings

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
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  • Re-appropriating Content Under any Other Name...

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
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  • What Travel Marketers in the '30s Knew that Some of Us Forgot

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
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    14 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
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    Canadian and World Tourism

  • Live Blog from the Rosewall #Nashville #SoMeT14US

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    First say of my first (hopefully not last) SoMeT (Social Media Tourism Symposium).I'm live blogging from Nashville's Rosewall venue, a beautiful place, perfect for listening to amazing musicians and songwriters - quintessential Nashville activity.The day was vey good. There were excellent presentations by BrainJuicer (on the psychology of influence and the need to think faster in marketing)? Tourism British Columbia (turning travelers/visitors into advocates and increase engagement which way more important than "Likes."), Skift (a good presentation on current data in social media) and…
  • Destination Think's Social Media Tourism Symposium #Nashville #SoMeT14US

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    My first time attending Destination Think's (formerly Think Social Media) Social Media Symposium. Had to come to this edition in Nashville where I could combine tourism, social media and music - 3 of my day to day passions. I hope to learn about new best practices in Social Media and Tourism and get insights into how Nashville has leveraged it's reputation as a quintessential musical town into it's great brand as Music City. Hope to make lots of contacts with US destinations as well. Looking forward to hearing from Ireland, Brtish Columbia, Nashville, KLM, San Francisco travel and…
  • Dear Expedia, I love you. But please stop stalking me.

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Dear Expedia, we've been in a relationship for over a decade now. Sometimes, I haven't been very affectionate, but I have never booked any travel on any other OTA. When you first opened in Canada, I must have been one of your first customers. I've always liked how you keep improving yourself, and although I have booked hotels and airline tickets directly with some hotels and some airlines, that was usually because you parted ways with some hotel chains. In the case of airlines, it was probably because I was booking on points. One time for a trip to Spain, I did not book with you because I…
  • Ontario well positioned for Tourism Growth. Ontario Tourism Summit. #OTS14

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Ontario Tourism Awards 2014Coming back from the Ontario Tourism Summit at the Blue Mountains Resort north of Toronto, I was caught in a blizzard. Not fun driving in wintery conditions, let me tell you. But this is Canada and we can't have the rainbows without the rain. No winter, no hockey, no skiing at Blue Mountains, Whistler, Mont-Tremblant or Lake Louise, no skating in the Rideau Canal, no hot chocolate, no hot apple cider, no Raptors season.  I hope to visit Ottawa this winter to finally skate the Rideau Canal, by the way. I'm also spending a couple of weeks in Mexico this…
 
 
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  • Egypt's beleaguered tourism industry bounces back - Tribune-Review

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Egypt's beleaguered tourism industry bounces backTribune-ReviewGIZA, Egypt — In front of the Giza Plateau's Great Pyramids and Sphinx, tourists ride colorfully decorated camels or horses led by Egyptian boys. Tour buses lumber by on a dusty road lined with souvenir shops selling gold and silver cartouches
  • Cruise industry booming as tourists flock to Oman - Times of Oman

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    eTurboNewsCruise industry booming as tourists flock to OmanTimes of OmanMuscat: A tidal wave of tourists has seen Oman's cruise industry grow 9900 per cent in a decade, and in the coming season alone it's expected to grow another 50 per cent on last year with up to 450,000 visitors predicted to sail into the Sultanate.Cruise industry in Oman - impressive!eTurboNewsall 2 news articles »
  • Tourism industry leaders demand jet-ski cowboys be reigned in - Phuket Gazette

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:25 am
    Tourism industry leaders demand jet-ski cowboys be reigned inPhuket GazetteThe issue of jet-ski scams has grown to the point that the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced a plan in August to work with the Department of Tourism, under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, to resolve the issue of tourists being scammed and more »
  • Ali seeking concessions for tourism industry - Stabroek News

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:07 am
    Ali seeking concessions for tourism industryStabroek NewsThe Tourism Ministry has moved to secure tax concessions and other incentives for businesses focused on growing the tourism industry, Minister Irfaan Ali announced on Tuesday, while lauding the private sector for investing over $23 billion in the
  • Azam Khan out of his mind, say tourism industry leaders - Times of India

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    indiatvnews.com (press release) (blog)Azam Khan out of his mind, say tourism industry leadersTimes of IndiaAGRA: The tourism industry has reacted with anger as UP minister Azam Khan declared that the Taj Mahal should be handed over to the Waqf Board, since it was a mausoleum, after all. Tourism industry leaders have said the minister was biased, and ...Taj Mahal sees 15% drop in tourist visitsindiatvnews.com (press release) (blog)all 96 news articles »
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  • 4 Reasons Why Everybody Loves Las Vegas

    admin
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:01 am
    Las Vegas is famous for a lot of things, like parties, casinos, and all kinds of adult fun. Everybody loves Vegas for different things. Tourists, in particular, love it for these reasons: Up All Night By day, Vegas is a welcoming place filled with resorts and hotels and wholesome fun for the whole family. By […](Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)
  • More Tourists to visit Davao City this August for Kadayawan Festival 2014

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    The city government of Davao is expecting an increase of visitors for the month of August when people from nearby and outside the region flock to this city for the Kadayawan Festival. City Tourism Officer Lisette Marquez said they expect 14 percent increase in visitor arrival this month with 180,000 guests compared to last year’s […](Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)
  • Ascott’s Properties Wins Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence Award For Second Consecutive Year

    admin
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Ascott’s properties in Thailand once again earn the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. The properties are Ascott Sathorn, Citadines Sukhumvit 8, Citadines Sukhumvit 11, Citadines Sukhumvit 16, Somerset Lake Point and Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor. Ascott’s Properties Wins Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence Award For Second Consecutive Year Each year, this award is given in recognition of […](Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)
  • Montenegro becomes a popular superyacht destination despite remote access for suppliers

    admin
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:02 am
    The remoteness of Montenegro in South-eastern Europe makes it a challenging destination to deliver superyacht supplies to, however more and more yachts are choosing to cruise there. Montenegro has become a popular base for charter activity in the Adriatic, particularly for superyachts cruising in Dalmatia. Lake in Durmitor National Park by Wikipedia Mike Shore, executive […](Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)
  • Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Welcomes First Guests

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort celebrated its very first guests to check-in today, March 31. The Hicks family of St. Petersburg, Fla. received a grand welcome and VIP experiences including a complimentary hotel stay, a special tour of the property with Adnan Bizri, managing director of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and Russ Dagon, vice […](Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)
 
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  • Create or Consume...it's a matter of choice

    [Your Name Here]
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Generally speaking I tend to busy myself with creating stuff or experiencing new things. And I actively limit consumption, particularly of the media sort. In that vein I only pay attention to those I trust and care about. So the chances of me tuning-in to the morning news is highly unlikely (here's a better explanation of this effect). Technology makes it easier than ever to fall into this trap...to consume vs. create. Technology also makes it possible to connect with anyone, anywhere at virtually anytime. It's a remarkable point in history. You can learn anything from whomever you want. You…
  • The Investment in Feedback

    [Your Name Here]
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Assuming you’re interested in what people notice about you and/or your business. And assuming you’re interested in thanking people for taking the time to let you know, I offer the following guide to the business of customer feedback. Make it easy…No arduous processes (multiple layer menus or long lists of questions or multi page comment forms). Make it genuine (human) and brief. Best to get it in person upon departure. But if you can’t a brief follow-up soon after will do. Make it heard…act like you’re listening and that you care. The request should be…
  • You.com

    [Your Name Here]
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    I interview people for jobs almost every day. And almost as often as I interview I’m disappointed in the lack of preparation. Not the kind of preparation you’re probably thinking of…a resume with no typo’s, a conservative look, a memorized list of their skill set and a forced smile. But a way to show me why I can’t possible ignore them. Before computers and the internet you relied heavily on testimonials (former bosses, co-workers and anyone else who would sing your praises) to instill confidence that you were the right choice. Smartly, some people figured out…
  • What Are You in Business For?

    [Your Name Here]
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    In other words…what’s your purpose? Why are you doing what you’re doing? And no the answer shouldn't be “for money”. If it is…you plan to sell-out at some point. So surely your exit plan has already been developed. Would you share that with your employees? Your customers? More often the money part is about sustainability…how can someone keep their dream alive, live comfortable and pay their bills along the way. Just don’t confuse purpose with sustainability. Many people do…and the result is a disappointingly (for both you and your…
  • Sometimes it's Better to be Lucky than Good

    [Your Name Here]
    12 May 2014 | 7:56 am
    Lucky to be healthy.Lucky to train with some very inspirational people.Lucky to be able to participate.Even more lucky to do it with people you love.And lucky that someone faster didn't show up!I'll take lucky over good any day...especially this one. 
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    Marketing Times for the Hotel & Travel Industry from Net Affinity | Hotel Marketing News

  • #Top30 Hotels Irish Hotels on Twitter #Top30IEHotels

    William
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:15 am
    Hi everyone, Thank you for your interest in this week’s Top 30 Irish Hotels on Twitter list! Well done to Europa Hotel Belfast, Ashford Castle and Dylan Hotel for moving up this week’s list. Congrats Clontarf Castle this week’s new entry to the Top 30 Irish Hotels on Twitter list. Download the list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Jurys Inns Hotels Nationwide 23,700 2nd Cliff House Hotel Co. Waterford 13,900 3rd Mount Juliet Co. Kilkenny 13,600 4th The Merchant Hotel Belfast, Northern Ireland 13,600 5th Ballymaloe Co. Cork 13,400 6th Ireland Blue Book…
  • TripAdvisor Instant Booking ‘changing every week,’ hopes to win major OTA participation

    William
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    At last week’s PhoCusWright conference in Los Angeles, TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer remained hopeful that major OTAs will decide to participate with its Instant Book service. Kaufer said, Instant Booking is changing every week, and as some changes happen maybe some big OTAs will say it looks a bit more like what we want to participate in. The world’s largest travel review site has started offering users the opportunity to make a booking without leaving TripAdvisor, in addition to its price comparison service. However, the larger online agencies, including the two biggest; Expedia…
  • Project management is essential for SEO success

    William
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    Search engine optimization (SEO) has proved to be a valuable tool for companies that use it to highlight their business among search results provided by various search engines. A business or a brand that ranks in the top results will be viewed by innumerable visitors. Also if a business appears a number of times in the search results, it will be accessed by more people. Consequently its sales will increase, its revenue will be boosted and its return on investment will also grow. A business is able to rank higher than competitors in the search results thanks to the efforts made by its own SEO…
  • #Top30 Hotels UK Hotels on Twitter #Top30UKHotels

    William
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 UK Hotels on Twitter list. Congratulations to Beech Hill Hotel and Jurys Inn Hotel for moving up this week’s Top 30 list. Download this list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Fairmont Hotels Nationwide 108,000 2nd Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair, London 74,600 3rd The Savoy London 41,200 4th Beech Hill Hotel Windermere 40,200 5th Premier Inn Nationwide 40,000 6th Celtic Manor Resort Newport South Wales 38,300 7th Claridge’s London 36,000 8th Fallowfields Oxfordshire 28,600 9th The Dorchester London 28,200 10th Le manoir…
  • #Top30 Hotels UK Hotels on Twitter #Top30UKHotels

    William
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:54 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 UK Hotels on Twitter list. Congratulations to Celtic Manor Resort and Brown’s Hotel for moving up this week’s Top30 list. Download this list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Fairmont Hotels Nationwide 107,000 2nd Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair, London 76,100 3rd The Savoy London 40,800 4th Premier Inn Nationwide 39,500 5th Celtic Manor Resort Newport South Wales 38,100 6th Claridge’s London 35,600 7th Beech Hill Hotel Windermere 35,300 8th Fallowfields Oxfordshire 28,500 9th The Dorchester London 27,900 10th Le manoir…
 
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  • What Can Times Square Teach Us About Destination Development?

    Bill Baker
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Over the past forty years I have visited the Times Square District many, many times. I was recently there with my family and was amazed by the never-ending transformation of the district.  Of course the sleazy side of the area was cleaned up decades ago, but the transformation continues. I was struck by the innovative ways in which the area has become like no other as a destination development. I was interested to again review the work of Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and how they went about the research and planning for the precinct. While there is only one Times Square, there are salient…
  • Portland Airport Food Carts Embrace the City Brand

    Bill Baker
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    A few months ago I posted about the positive role airports can play in city branding and unfortunately how most airports fall short. At that time I mentioned that Portland International Airport (PDX), in my home city, is very much an exception. It constantly works at being a welcoming gateway to Portland and Oregon through local merchandise, food, wine, culture and art, and displays. Their latest initiative is to roll out a series of local food carts, giving travelers a taste of the city’s active food cart scene – one of the top in the nation. There are over 600 food carts in the city and…
  • Wise City Branding Advice from Vizag, India

    Bill Baker
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    There are so many misperceptions surrounding the branding of cities and there is barely a week goes by where we don’t see a place make a mess of their attempted branding efforts. Let’s face it, branding places can be tricky because of the myriad stakeholders, city dynamics, competitors, politics and the strength of the strengths. Too many places enter the process with rose colored glasses and with too much focus on design and not enough on strategy. I found this article by Sohan Hatangadi (a heritage and environmental activist) in The Times of India in regard to the branding of the Indian…
  • When is the Right Time to Rebrand a City?

    Bill Baker
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    A month ago, I received a phone call from the convention & visitors bureau of a city we worked for about ten years ago. The Executive Director called to ask about the appropriate time to consider rebranding or repositioning his destination. My first response was to clarify the difference between rebranding and repositioning. Rebranding involves a process where an outdated or irrelevant brand identity is modified and re-launched with a new focus. In the context of places the term “refresh” might be more appropriate. It’s sort of like a facelift and for consumer goods may include a…
  • Is This the Year’s Worst Tourism Logo?

    Bill Baker
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    From time to time we see so-called destination branding strategies that are far less than stellar. Actually, many are just logos or taglines and are not even a component of brand strategies. But the recent logo design efforts of Haywood County Tourism Development Authority (HCTDA) is the worst we have seen in a while and provides a stark warning for all places thinking about developing  a brand strategy. The Haywood County NC efforts provide a sobering example of what NOT to do on so many fronts that I don’t have space to cover them all here. As reported by Smoky Mountains News , a robust…
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  • 4 Ways Hotel Marketers Can Target Adventure Travelers

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Not all of your hotel guests are there to swim in the pool, play golf, hold meetings, or be a passive tourist. Some are visiting your destination for adventure. Adventure travel is a fast growing sector of the travel industry, especially as part of the trend for sustainable travel. What you are doing to target […] The post 4 Ways Hotel Marketers Can Target Adventure Travelers appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • Be Human When Responding to Negative Hotel Reviews

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Have you received a bad review from a former hotel guest? Ignoring it isn’t going to make it go away, so you might as well deal with it. Your hotel or B&B’s online reputation is at stake! This online marketing tip also applies equally to tour operators, tourist attractions, and even restaurants frequented by tourists. […] The post Be Human When Responding to Negative Hotel Reviews appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • Get More Direct Hotel Bookings By Offering Incentives

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    We always promote ways to not just get more bookings, but get more direct bookings. Incentives (extras you offer to motivate a potential booker) are a proven technique to make that happen. So how can you choose the optimal hotel giveaway that will drive more direct booking conversions?  Who wants to pay 10-25% OTA commission fees when […] The post Get More Direct Hotel Bookings By Offering Incentives appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • Learn Book Now Travel Website Optimization – 10 Week Free Email Training Course

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    You’ve heard of search engine optimization (SEO), but what does “Book Now Optimization” do for my travel business? SEO helps your website get found online while booking optimization helps you convert visitors to customers. There are so many quick and easy ways to tweak your website to encourage people to book now and later. Until […] The post Learn Book Now Travel Website Optimization – 10 Week Free Email Training Course appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • Why Hotel and Travel Marketers are Worried About Canada’s New Anti-Spam Law

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    You may have seen the headlines about the strict new anti-spam law that goes into effect in Canada on July 1, 2014. With fines of up to $10 million (yes, that’s million) Canadian dollars per violation (yes, that’s per violation) for businesses, all travel email marketers should pay attention. If you have past travelers, former […] The post Why Hotel and Travel Marketers are Worried About Canada’s New Anti-Spam Law appeared first on BookingCounts.
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    Tourism Management Education

  • 7 Places Worth Visit In South Carolina

    Tourism Management
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:47 pm
    South Carolina and especially its city of Charleston are considered a top tourist destination in the United States of America because of its culture, foods and ancient structures. Charleston is ranked 8th among the smartest cities in the entire world. Visiting South Carolina with family or friends offers immense attractions for you in the visit. […]
  • Five of the best British traditions

    Tourism Management
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Britain is steeped in tradition and there is no better place to absorb the country’s culture and customs than its capital, London. To help you experience some of the most distinctive traditions in and around the city, we have compiled a list of five of the very best. Take afternoon tea Image source A quintessentially […]
  • Surprising facts about the history of language

    Tourism Management
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    As the great Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstien once quipped: “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” Never a truer word was spoken, for language is the thing that connects us, it’s our way of communicating and expressing ourselves. But where did language come from and what are some of the more […]
  • Visit the Beautiful Land of India to Enjoy an Enthralling Vacation

    Tourism Management
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:54 pm
    India is the seventh largest country in the world. The beauty of India can be witnessed in the high mountains of Himalayas to the tropical Greenland of Kerala. The country has around 200 billion inhabitants, which is divided into two thousand ethical groups. People here speak over 200 different languages and follow a variety of […]
  • Marmaris Turkey Attractions

    Tourism Management
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:32 am
    This New Year Experience the Beauty and Attractions of Marmaris. Marmaris brings in the best ways of exploring Turkey this New Year. This is considered to be one of the best ways to explore the country. Your holiday in Marmaris could to be loaded with remarkably beautiful memories with them. What does Marmaris Turkey have […]
 
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    Fairplex Insider

  • L.A. Weekender: Teeth, art and ice

    Heather
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Happy Friday! We hope you’re as excited for the upcoming holidays as much as we are. Family, food and relaxing fun sounds just about right to us. We have one more L.A. Weekender for you this month with suggestions for … Continue reading →
  • AXC recognized at SEMA Banquet

    Heather
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    The Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC) students have had quite an exciting November! We blogged about how some of our students attended the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and their contributions to the SEMA Cares auction. They … Continue reading →
  • A farm-fresh Thanksgiving at McKinley’s Grille

    Heather
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    McKinley’s Grille is whipping up a delicious feast for Thanksgiving dinner. We can’t wait for the smells of roasted turkey, candied yams and house baked pumpkin pie to come wafting through the air. www.mckinleysgrille.com Many of our dishes will be … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Weekend Recap: NHRA Finals

    Heather
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Drag racing history was made this weekend at Fairplex as Erica Enders-Stevens became the first woman to win an NHRA Pro Stock world championship title in the final round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Photo taken from NHRA Facebook … Continue reading →
  • JFB supports #GivingTuesday

    Heather
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    A few weeks ago we shared a little about the National Day of Giving, or #GivingTuesday as the movement is being called on social media. After the consumerism mania of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday encourages you to give … Continue reading →
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    Tourism Exposed

  • Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry News: How to Stay Up to Date and Take Ownership of Your Career by Using Online Resources

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:57 pm
    How can you make yourself stand out and be valuable to travel, tourism and hospitality hiring managers and organizations you’re interested in working for? Travel, tourism and hospitality is a dynamic industry where it can sometimes feel as if change is the only constant. And in this industry, it can be overwhelming for you to... [Continue Reading]Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry News: How to Stay Up to Date and Take Ownership of Your Career by Using Online Resources was first posted on November 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm.©2013 "TourismExposed".
  • What to Say (And Not Say) in an Informational Interview

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    As a travel, tourism and hospitality job seeker, it can be challenging to make yourself known to the right people, people who can help you gain exposure or visibility and break into the industry. One of the best ways to get access to these types of important people in the industry is to conduct informational... [Continue Reading]What to Say (And Not Say) in an Informational Interview was first posted on October 20, 2014 at 9:49 am.©2013 "TourismExposed".
  • Don’t Get Used to Settling

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Who here has settled for something throughout their career? We have all settled for something at some point in our professional lives. When you were 22 and just out of school, would you have imagined you’d be working where you are today? What did you dream your job would be 10, 15 or 20 years... [Continue Reading]Don’t Get Used to Settling was first posted on September 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm.©2013 "TourismExposed".
  • Don’t Let Bad Career Choices Affect Your Future Career Success

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    Most people don’t believe that they have control over their careers. After all, 90% of people are currently looking to change their current jobs or entire careers, but despite being miserable on the job and wanting to get away from our horrible workplace, annoying co-workers or abusive managers, many of us are reluctant to quit.... [Continue Reading]Don’t Let Bad Career Choices Affect Your Future Career Success was first posted on September 20, 2014 at 8:32 am.©2013 "TourismExposed".
  • How to Target and Research Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Companies in Your Job Search

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Are you sending out your resume right now in the hopes that you’ll get a travel, tourism or hospitality job? Let’s assume that you’ve just spent a lot of time preparing your resume. Now, you’re finally ready to get into action. What’s the first thing you’re likely to do? Of course! You go online and... [Continue Reading]How to Target and Research Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Companies in Your Job Search was first posted on September 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm.©2013 "TourismExposed".
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    Travel Tourism News Nepal

  • Nepal Trekking Expedition Helps Raise Donation For Hospital

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Trekkers from Manorlands who had pledged to raise at least £3000 for Oxenhope Sue Ryder Hospice after an experience of a life time in the legendary Himalayas in Northern Nepal. The 26 member team trekked along the rigorus but beautiful terrain of Nepali mountains over 3000 meters and collected at least 50000 pounds for the hospital. While trekking through the vast Rhododendron forests and through friendly local villages the visitors got to see the world famous Annapurna Mountain Range and other peaks. Waking up to a dawn dominated by the red and orange shadows of the Himalayas was truly…
  • Dolakha Mahotsav From Dec 5

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    Dolakha district, famous for its religious affiliation, the Dolakha Bhimsen Temple is getting colored this December as a tourism promotion fair dubbed DolakhaMahotsav is going to be held in the district headquarters. The nine day fair, organized by the Regional Hotel Entrepreneurs’ Association will include mountain flight, paragliding and horse riding.“The district with an immense potentiality for tourism is going to get a tourism boost from such an event” the organizers said. On Friday, the organizers successfully conducted a paragliding pre-test at Bhootpokhari in Bhimeshwor…
  • Coffee firm in Dhading attracting tourists

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:57 pm
    The hills of Nalang, Dhading which was barren before some years ago has now become greener with the plantation of coffee. Coffee has been planted in around 3 hundred ropani of land. Named as Himalayan Ontop Organic Coffee Estate, this is the highest place of coffee plantation in Nepal. Situated only at 88 km drive, this estate also promotes agro-tourism in Nepal. This organic coffee estate is situated at 1,268 meter at the top of the hill. To promote this coffee estate as a spot for agro-tourism, a resort has been opened inside the firm. Fifty-one thousand coffee plants have already been…
  • NAC to Resume Mountain Flights after an 18 year hiatus

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:18 am
    The first test flight of the 56-seater Modern Ark (MA) 60, was concluded on Saturday successfullyfor the planned re launch of the mountain flights the corporation  had  stopped in 1997. The national flag carrier plans to resume mountain flights with the Chinese-made MA60 plane and Harbin Y 12e once we receive the remaining aircraft from China. The 56-seater plane was boarded by Chief  Secretary Lila Mani Paudyal, NAC Officials and journalists who were taken on a roundabout trip to watch Mt. Everest and other Himalayan wonders.NAC Secretary told the press later that the technical team had…
  • Loluphera : A New Trekking Route In Nepal

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Western Nepal is bestowed with many beautiful places and religious sites yet to be reached and travelled. There is a huge potential of tourism in western Nepal. Along with natural beauty, western region is rich in historical sites, mountains and diverse art and culture. Annapurna trekking circuit is the greatly sought after trekking route in Nepal.      In an attempt of finding alternative and new trekking routes, ‘Loluphera’, a new trekking route has been discovered in the western Nepal. Loluphera trekking route passes through major tourist destinations Lomanthang, Lumbini, Fewa and…
 
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    Easy Expo 2015

  • Top 5 panoramic spots in Milan

    Francesca Binfarè
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals Milan is a flat city that loves heights and terraces from which to admire the underlying view. In the city there are plenty of panoramic viewpoints (unfortunately some of them aren’t open to the public), with an unmatchable view of the roofs, of the new skyscrapers and, in the sunny days, even of the surrounding mountains. The Top 5 panoramic spots in Milan are: For its height, the UNICREDIT TOWER (piazza Gae Aulenti, Porta Nuova-Garibaldi district) – Recenlty built, it has become the symbol of the new Milan that will host Expo…
  • Milan-Inter Derby, 23rd November 2014

    Easy Expo Team
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals Sunday 23rd of November AC Milan and Internazionale FC will face each other in one of the most classic matches in the world of soccer. Milan’s world-renowned derby will kickoff at 20.45 local hour, gathering thousands of supporters at the San Siro stadium and millions of soccer addicted in front of the tv. Il Derby di Milano. Or Il Derby della Madonnina, from the Madonna statue on top of the Milan Cathedral. That’s how the match between AC Milan and Internazionale FC is called in Italy. Currently, the two teams are respectively…
  • Guide to Milan eBook

    Easy Expo Team
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals DOWNLOAD THE SURVIVAL GUIDE TO MILAN EBOOK (ePub format) DOWNLOAD THE SURVIVAL GUIDE TO MILAN EBOOK  (PDF format)   Our Survival Guide to Milan wants to offer some quick and helpful tips to all the tourists that will visit the city of Expo 2015, in order to know what to visit, where to eat & drink, what to do and also what to avoid during their stay. Everything thanks to the suggestions by the locals. Now, all of these advices are part of a Survival Guide to Milan eBook that you can download for free from this page. The Survival…
  • Best Pizza in Milan

    Easy Expo Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals Yeah, we know: you’re here in Italy to visit Milan and maybe to explore Expo 2015. But (of course) you’re also here for pizza! In Milan, as in the rest of Italy, it’s quite easy to find a decent pizza. However, finding the best pizza in Milan is another thing: that’s why, thanks to the suggestions by the locals, we compiled our Top 5 Pizza in Milan chart. But let’s face it: top 5 is not enough. That’s why we decided to find THE best pizza in Milan. In order to do so, we’re asking the locals, people…
  • Top 5 Pizza in Milan

    Easy Expo Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals VOTE FOR THE BEST PIZZA IN MILAN You simply can’t come to Italy without eating at least a slice of pizza (or, even better, an entire pizza). That’s why it could be useful, for you visit to Expo 2015, to know where to find the best pizza in Milan. And that’s exactly what we tried to do. It wasn’t easy, because there are a lot of great pizzerie in town. However, thanks to the suggestions by the locals, we compiled our Top 5 Pizza in Milan chart. Thin pizza, fat pizza, pizza al trancio, Neapolitan pizza……
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