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  • 14 Tourism Trends That Will Change The Way You Think About Your Career

    Tourism Exposed
    Kimberly Ramsawak
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    While no one can predict the future with 100% certainty, a careful observer of travel, tourism and hospitality is able to notice various trends that are taking place throughout the industry in general. In the past decade the industry has gone through a major segmenting on a global basis. This segmentation has allowed for the industry to grow into a number of unique markets in order to assist industry professionals in developing targeted products and services and help travelers understand their offerings. These unique market segments can include the type of traveler such as women or students,…
  • 5 Yoga Poses to Help You Live in the Moment

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    A Guest Writer
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Rushing through the grocery store, I mentally checked off the items on my list: done, done, and done. I checked the time and realized again that it was much later than I wanted it to be. Now to get home and get dinner started. Except when I got to the front of the store, the check-out lines were backed up into the aisles. This was going to take awhile. I started to grumble, “Why did I stop at this store? They are always so slow, this is going to take forever. Now I’ll never get everything done! I almost let myself completely give in to the frustrating feelings that were welling up.
  • Travel Post Friday: the closer to the ocean, the better. For the ions, you know.

    Sheila's Guide
    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…
  • Google Travel’s Grand Plan?

    Effective Digital Marketing Solutions
    Joe Buhler
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Here is my comment on today’s Skift article about Google Travel: The main reason Google might well succeed in the long term is that they seem to approach travel without the preconceived notions and even terminology of the travel insiders. None of these major players have over nearly twenty years of trying truly been able to offer an innovative and integrated overall experience for travelers. Everyone has more or less stayed in their silos and the user is still chasing all over the web trying to put all the elements together that are necessary for a trip. Being customer centric has been…
  • 10 Influential Weddings That Never Really Happened

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    Janice Bear
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Romances and trends are everywhere and can come from absolutely anywhere. Some start between the cover of a book, others are designed for the silver screen, and many sail into our consciousness afloat the digital stream of an original series. Suddenly, what was “once upon a time” is once upon a wedding! Check out our selection of influential weddings that never really happened. Once Upon a Time Jane Austen (1775-1817) wrote books, movies were made, and Regency style reigned at weddings. Think: garden settings, traditional English garden flowers such as roses and lavender, empire…
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    Sheila's Guide

  • 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…
  • The most important feature of my new phone

    Sheila
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:51 pm
    I’ve been limping along on a very old smartphone for a few years (a mid-range version of Gingerbread, for you Android OS geeks) but it was finally time to go into my T-Mobile store and retire the old gal. After reading lots of reviews and having several good models in mind, I went with an HTC One primarily because of its excellent camera. My old phone was an HTC, and its camera was better than my point-and-shoot in low light and especially in the close-up Macro setting (I’m a big fan of finding unique photo opportunities using Macro.) The camera software that came with the phone…
  • Carnival of Cities for 16 March 2014

    Sheila
    16 Mar 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Welcome to the Carnival of Cities blog carnival, where we tour the world in a single post, via submissions from a variety of different blogs, all about any aspect of one, single city or fair-sized town. Submissions have been rather thin lately, plus my own business workload is increasing, so we’re shifting to publishing the Carnival once a month, normally on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. The next edition will be hosted on the Perceptive Travel blog. You do need to register on the carnival administration website (it’s easy and free) to submit to this or any blog carnival. If you…
  • 4 tips to improve your CVB or DMO LinkedIn Company Page

    Sheila
    4 Mar 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Why the Fredericksburg, Texas CVB LinkedIn Company Page rocks! It is your organization’s public storefront on the oldest and biggest social network for business, with over 277 million people in 200+ countries. It’s a LinkedIn Company Page, and too many of them are sad, pathetic, ignored bits of online real estate. In tourism and hospitality, marketers fall all over themselves to build up Facebook Pages, but its B2B and sales equivalent – the LinkedIn Company Page – is usually ignored. This is a major missed opportunity; meeting and event planners are quite active on…
  • Everyday bravery for everyone

    Sheila
    6 Feb 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Sheila Scarborough speaks at Creative Mornings Austin on Everyday Bravery (photo courtesy Stacie Andrews for Creative Mornings Austin on Flickr) This was one of those presentations that becomes a turning point in one’s speaking career. It was different from almost anything else I’d done before, I enjoyed the experience even more than I thought I would, and it gave me confidence to make my book The Elastic Waist Entrepreneur more personal and motivational rather than simply a how-to. I spoke on the topic of bravery, for Austin’s version of the worldwide “breakfast…
 
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    Effective Digital Marketing Solutions

  • Google Travel’s Grand Plan?

    Joe Buhler
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Here is my comment on today’s Skift article about Google Travel: The main reason Google might well succeed in the long term is that they seem to approach travel without the preconceived notions and even terminology of the travel insiders. None of these major players have over nearly twenty years of trying truly been able to offer an innovative and integrated overall experience for travelers. Everyone has more or less stayed in their silos and the user is still chasing all over the web trying to put all the elements together that are necessary for a trip. Being customer centric has been…
  • How to measure Social Media ROI

    Joe Buhler
    11 Jul 2012 | 9:18 am
    Here is a very informative Infographic dealing with the perennial topic of Social Media ROI For the complete article click here
  • 15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly | Copyblogger

    Joe Buhler
    9 Mar 2012 | 6:29 am
    via copyblogger.com Yes! It’s about time that grammar is given its due, people. Posted via email from JEBstream
  • How to measure ROI

    Joe Buhler
    22 Feb 2012 | 8:28 am
    There has been an ongoing discussion about the ever present ROI of social web engagement. Like many others, I disagree with those who claim there is none, or no way to measure it. This short video shows how to tackle the issue. It is definitely possible to actually measure return based on defined objectives and tracked with Key Performance Indicators.
  • Here is my Google+ ID card

    Joe Buhler
    25 Dec 2011 | 4:04 pm
    This is a cool little feature showing the profile information as a small badge. Posted via email from JEBstream
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    Plum Deluxe

  • 10 Influential Weddings That Never Really Happened

    Janice Bear
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Romances and trends are everywhere and can come from absolutely anywhere. Some start between the cover of a book, others are designed for the silver screen, and many sail into our consciousness afloat the digital stream of an original series. Suddenly, what was “once upon a time” is once upon a wedding! Check out our selection of influential weddings that never really happened. Once Upon a Time Jane Austen (1775-1817) wrote books, movies were made, and Regency style reigned at weddings. Think: garden settings, traditional English garden flowers such as roses and lavender, empire…
  • 5 Yoga Poses to Help You Live in the Moment

    A Guest Writer
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Rushing through the grocery store, I mentally checked off the items on my list: done, done, and done. I checked the time and realized again that it was much later than I wanted it to be. Now to get home and get dinner started. Except when I got to the front of the store, the check-out lines were backed up into the aisles. This was going to take awhile. I started to grumble, “Why did I stop at this store? They are always so slow, this is going to take forever. Now I’ll never get everything done! I almost let myself completely give in to the frustrating feelings that were welling up.
  • Relax, Baby: The Best Brunch Cocktail Recipes (with a Twist)

    Sandy Smith
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why is brunch the best meal of the week? Because you can’t get it wrong. You can wear pajamas or pearls. Want dessert with your eggs? You got it! Want a cocktail or two with your French toast? Super! Brunch understands. Brunch just wants you to be happy. And that’s why brunch rules. Spiked and Spicy Sweet Tea Sweet tea is a pretty girl in a sundress sitting in a porch swing on a hot Southern evening. This spiked and spicy version is the same girl with tattoos and stilettos. Yield: 10 to 12 servings Ingredients: 2 quarts water, divided 6 black tea bags 6 cinnamon sticks 2 inches fresh…
  • 6 of the Best Indie Teamakers in the US

    Carrie Keplinger
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you haven’t yet figured it out, we here at Plum Deluxe are crazy passionate about our tea. We’re constantly seeking out the best teamakers and tea blenders in our quest for the perfect cup. What have we found so far? We’re about to share our top 6 independent US teamakers with you. Pureblend Tea Kari Dandrea of West Chester, PA rivals yours truly in her love of the leaf (which is a difficult feat because I have opinions — just ask my fellow staff members). She started Pureblend because she wanted a fresh, pure cup of tea that nourished her body and soul. All of her teas and…
  • From Zero to Hostess: How to Make Last Minute Parties Look Easy

    Janice Bear
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Parties happen. In fact, some of the best parties are ones that spring up unexpectedly. Like that time an afternoon of poolside lounging turned into an impromptu garden party. And remember when your favorite couple stopped over to drop off that thing they borrowed and ended up staying for dinner, then coffee followed by a hilarious game of charades? Sure, you managed to scrape together a festive scene on those two occasions, but what if, instead of scraping (and stressing), you could effortlessly produce a party on the fly? Read on to find a few deluxe tips for doing just that. Always Have a…
 
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    Tnooz

  • Allegiant Air arms crew with iPads, Vegas.com tries same-day booking, and more devices news…

    Tnooz
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DEVICES in tourism and hospitality for April 2014. Wednesday 16 April 2014: Allegiant Air arms cabin crew with iPads The FlyDesk Cabin project will see devices provided to all 700 flight attendants on the carrier. Each iPad will include cabin reports, manuals and messaging apps. All crew are expected to receive their device before the end of April this year. Vegas.com tries the same-day hotel booking trend The casino city-focused brand’s latest mobile feature claims it gives travelers the lowest room rate for booking a…
  • Peek at Starwood’s Google Glass app, in beta [IMAGES]

    Sean O'Neill
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Google Glass isn’t going away, despite the wishes of some travel companies. And Starwood, a chain of 1,150 hotels worldwide, is the latest hospitality brand to embrace the wearable technology. Google Glass — which apparently sold out its inventory in this week’s one-day, no-invite-required sale — famously lets users surf the Internet, take photos, and do other smartphone-like tasks. Starwood has become the first hotel brand to begin testing an app for Google Glass. The SPG app will enable travelers to find a hotel, get directions, check out room images, make a…
  • Ad watch: Where ad dollars are going and consumer sentiment related to local search

    Nick Vivion
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Marketers: here’s a bit of data that pegs consumer sentiment and marketing spend as we head into the second quarter of the year. Local search Consumers are sensitive when it comes to local search – especially when a listing has erroneous business information. The report, available here from Placeable, focuses on location-based marketing and ensuring that the relevant information is delivered to the consumer – and demonstrates how other brands can poach business simply by being more accurate or available via search: 61% say they would go to a competitor if served an offer…
  • Travelport renews with Kulula, Amadeus extends United agreement, and more

    Tnooz
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DISTRIBUTION in tourism and hospitality for April 2014. Wednesday 16 April 2014: Travelport renews Comair content agreement The South Africa-based company, which operates the Kulula low cost carrier and has a license agreement with British Airways, will distribute content to all Travelport-connected agencies in the country and elsewhere around the world.  Tuesday 15 April 2014: Amadeus extends distribution deal with United The new multi-year agreement covers all Amadeus-connected travel agencies and gives them access to…
  • Mapquest beefs up data with various partnerships that improve utility of maps

    Nick Vivion
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    The original mappers at Mapquest have continued iterating the map product, eyeing a return to relevance in the mobile and information-rich world. The website, which maintains its ranking as one of the top 200 websites in the United States, recently added local discovery and sharing alongside a new mobile mapping product. This month the company has doubled down on data, delivering linkups with a variety of partners to enhance the quality of listings on its core map product. Of particular interest is the brand’s integration with both the MLB and Hampton Inn. Users will be able to see all…
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    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist

  • The Price of Freedom

    Bill Geist
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    I often wonder about the founders of this country; men that were willing to put their life on the line for an unproven concept of freedom. The relevancy of those stirring words of Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence, urging future generations that, "when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." Of course, rebellion then and rebellion now are two completely…
  • Just One Thing

    Bill Geist
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    That's all it would take for approval ratings of Congress and the President to skyrocket. Just one thing. And, it's not strengthen or eliminate the Affordable Care Act. It's not get the debt under control. It's not even reduce taxation. It's FIXING this country's Tax Code and process. I really don't mind paying taxes all that much, though it's frustrating to see how the money is so cavalierly wasted. What burns my butt is that I have to pay a pile of money in fees and forfeit days of my time for the right to give the government my hard-earned money.
  • The Reauthorization of Brand USA

    Bill Geist
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    The newest Republican Budget bill passed last week 219-205, but not without 12 party faithful jumping ship and voting "no" on the hamhanded attempt to reduce the nation's debt. There are few who don't believe the debt needs to be addressed...but slashing programs that actually serve to reduce our trade deficit (like Brand USA) makes absolutely no sense (unless you're a hopeless ideologue). In the shadow of that bill, Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) and Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-Florida) are pushing for the government to reauthorize Brand USA for five…
  • It's Louie Louie Day

    Bill Geist
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Yes, friends...it's a Music Friday for which we've all been waiting. It's "Louie, Louie" Day... Richard Berry's original version, years before it was a hit. The Kingsmen's Mega Hit and, a few you might not have heard: The Troggs The Sonics The Ventures Julie London Otis Redding Paul Revere & the Raiders The Angels The Kinks The Clash Iggy Pop Motorhead Black Flag George Duke & Stanley Clarke Tina Turner John Belushi Toots & the Maytalls The Grateful Dead Kiss And there are hundreds more... What's your fave?
  • It's All About Intent

    Bill Geist
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    There are those who say it don't mean squat unless Marketing produces a Sale; the Conversion of a Prospect. There are Destination Marketers who say it's all about Leads, Bookings and Room Nights. But, what it's really all about is intent. To move someone from ambivalent to interested; from a peripheral awareness to intrigue. Brand USA has increased international intent to visit America by 22%. And, Congressman Ryan? That's all the math you need to know. Everyone else? Please remind the Representative from Wisconsin that a 22% swing in consumer (voter) attitude is…
 
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    Canadian and World Tourism

  • JAUNT. Will Virtual Reality help or hinder tourism growth.

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Virtual Reality start-up Jaunt, may revolutionize how certain destinations and tourism attractions are marketed in the future.The idea (I have not seen Jaunt in action myself) is to create a totally immersive experience via the Jaunt VR device wherein the user will be able to see and hear in all directions. The pursuit of true virtual reality has been around for decades now, but the technology to create truly realistic environments was not there. Until now, perhaps. As the Jaunt website says "You Have to Experience it to Believe it!Assuming Jaunt does create the ultimate VR experience device…
  • Hawaii Celebrates the Ukulele

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    As Hawaii considers making the Ukulele, its official instrument, a symbol of the state, Honolulu prepares to host the 6th annual Ukulele Picnic, a 3 day celebration of all things Ukulele. What a fabulous way to celebrate Spring and usher in the Summer. If you've never been to Hawaii ("havaai"), youo owe it to yourself to put it on your bucket list. And to get a great taste of Hawaiian culture, you might consider attending a Ukulele Picnic. Interestingly enough, the Ukulele Picnic started in Japan, where the Uke has a substantial following. However, what better place to enjoy Ukulele music…
  • Canada's Via Rail offers great options for traveling students on a budget

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    With the Spring and Summer season approaching, a lot of students are looking forward to explore the world. Many students around the world take up to a year off to travel and see the world. You may be familiar with the various European rail passes, but did you know that Canada's national rail company also offers great options for young people traveling in Canada?  VIA Rail Canada offers several options for students looking to travel on a budget.  Most of the time, traveling the world can be expensive, especially for students taking a year off during or after college. To alleviate…
  • Facebook's Organic Reach to keep declining. Big surprise!

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Those of us who have spend countless hours and thousands of dollars building our Facebook presence are disappointed that Facebook continues to tinker with its algorithm (formerly called EdgeRank) to make it more difficult for Pages'content to reach fans. Facebook wants/needs to make more money. I get that. But squeezing businesses to the point of having to pay to promote each post in order to reach the fan base we've worked so hard to get may not be good business. It's particularly hard on small businesses. Brands and artists will need to rethink their Facebook strategies or shift more…
 
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    Awesome Alpharetta

  • FREE Family Reunion Workshop hosted by the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    Join the expert staff at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for a free Family Reunion Workshop on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Alpharetta- Windward, 12505 Cingular Way.
  • Paint the Town in Artsy Alpharetta! Three Great Artsy Events, One Awesome Weekend in Alpharetta, Ga. April 26 and 27, 2014

    18 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Art lovers rejoice! Alpharetta will be packed with three colorful (AND FREE!) events on the weekend of April 26 and 27, 2014. What better way to spend a beautiful spring weekend than exploring Alpharetta’s art scene. You’ll find it all the last weekend in April: hundreds of creative artists, colorful exhibits and cultural arts performances.
  • Alpharetta Historical Society Presents Is Georgia the New Hollywood?

    10 Mar 2014 | 5:44 am
    In recent years, Georgia has become a very popular place to film movies. It is not unusual to spot A-list actors and actresses all around the state. It is also not uncommon to recognize familiar places in Georgia while watching a new film. The upcoming program from the Alpharetta Historical Society will highlight the movies that used the state as a back drop to tell their stories beginning in the days of silent film.
  • Alpharetta Hosts Major Lacrosse Tournament

    5 Mar 2014 | 8:47 am
    Elite high school lacrosse teams from across the U.S. will go head-to-head at the 7th annual Legacy Lacrosse Cup in Alpharetta, GA from Friday, April 25 through Saturday April 26, 2014. The featured game showcases Mercer University Men’s NCAA Division I team vs. Bellarmine University at 3 p.m. at the Milton High School stadium.
  • Win Four Tickets to Alpharetta’s Biggest Party, ShamRockin’ for a Cure

    24 Feb 2014 | 9:56 am
    The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to announce that it is giving one lucky winner four tickets to ShamRockin’ for a Cure on March 8, 2014! The winner will receive four tickets that will get them entry into the event which includes a night of eating, drinking and dancing. The winner will also receive a hotel package complete with hotel accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Northpoint, shuttle service to and from the event, and breakfast the next morning. Must be 21 or older and must enter by February 27, 2014 to qualify.
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    Travel and Tourism Industry News

  • 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 6 times, 1 visits today)
  • Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival 2014

    admin
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Comedy and culture network Maximum Fun is launching the Second Annual Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival themed cruise. After the success of the sold-out 2013 inaugural cruise, Maximum Fun will be expanding the 2014 cruise to include new performers, exclusive attendee activities, and an upgraded vessel. Tickets are currently on sale at www.boatparty.biz. Atlantic […](Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)
  • Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival 2014 to end with a bash

    admin
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:57 am
    Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival, the first international music and arts festival in the Asia-Pacific region, caps another successful year on its 3rd installment Monday, March 3, on the foothills of Mt. Malasimbo in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival The festival’s five-day affair which started on February 27 ends Monday evening […](Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)
  • Great Places To Hunt Deer In The USA

    admin
    15 Jan 2014 | 11:32 am
    If you are a deer hunter, you know the excitement of tracking down a big buck and the adrenaline rush that comes when you actually take it down. Despite being less accepted than it was in the past, deer hunting is still an incredibly popular sport. In fact, in rural areas hunting white-tail is an […](Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)
  • Australia’s Top Festivals!

    admin
    10 Jan 2014 | 8:43 am
    Australia is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and millions of tourists travel down under to make the most of the beautiful weather, excellent food and fantastic culture. One thing the Australians aren’t well known for however, are their music festivals, but actually they hold some of the best on the planet. […](Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)
 
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    Softscribe Inc.

  • What Tech Stories Do Your Customers Read?

    Julie Squires
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Headlines with Brand Names, Clear Benefits. Recently, we compiled a list of our top 70+ most-read press releases, customer stories and viewpoints during the past 4 quarters, based on clicks back to each client’s website. I was amazed to see how the power of name recognition, and a clear technology benefit solution that solves business challenges, delivered results for our clients.  Business people want to know what their peers are thinking, and what’s working for them. Here’s an example: Headlines for our top 10 press releases and stories highlighted at least one of these four…
  • How to Set Up Your 2014 PR + Marketing for Max Success

    Julie Squires
    1 Feb 2014 | 2:00 am
    Special thanks to Maisha McKinney, Operations Manager, for her excellent research and analysis for this post; and to Emma Loggins, Director of Social Media, for her invaluable input. “Stay the Course” for a successful 2014, says one financial pundit.  That’s good advice for marketers, too, especially if you are focused on achieving established sales goals. Have you already prioritized your marketing resources around Content Search, and Social Media …in that order? If you still need to do this, please click here for tips to get started. Or give us a call. 2014 is the year business…
  • How to Build Your PR + Sales Conversations for Hummingbird

    Julie Squires
    7 Nov 2013 | 6:53 am
    Special thanks to Maisha McKinney, Operations Manager, for her research contributions to this post. When I sail into the Search Engine Optimization ocean as an experienced PR professional, I often find myself looking to a North Star for guidance. That’s why I value my fellow Atlantian and colleague Stacy Williams, CEO of PPI, strategic search marketing company. She makes the SEO world seem as simple as sunlight. This is especially true in Stacy’s recent blog post about Google’s newest algorithm update, called Hummingbird. This – the most major update since 2001 – is a boon…
  • Top 10 Quotes from Hotel Industry Leaders at Hotel Data Conference 2013

    Julie Squires
    1 Oct 2013 | 6:11 am
    In my opinion, Smith Travel Research has a genuine tradeshow on their hands with the 5th Annual Hotel Data Conference in Nashville last month. The highest ever attendance, with 355+ top hoteliers, was impressive. Even better, I was amazed at the increase in A-list technology suppliers – more than 25 companies with tabletop displays – that crowded the corridor outside our plenary sessions.  The word is out. Are you curious about what else was said?  Here are my Top 10 quotes: “The U.S. energy boom will drive growth 5.5% through 2016. We have unprecedented corporate growth. Household…
  • How to Create a Successful Blog that Builds Engagement & Drives Leads

    Jennifer Mehaffey
    3 Sep 2013 | 2:00 am
    Blogs can be a great marketing tool for companies – allowing them to share ideas and insights via a relaxed online journal. According to a recent webinar by QuartSoft, companies that blog have 55% more visitors to their websites and B2B companies that blog generate up to 67% more leads per month. And in a competitive environment, companies are constantly seeking any and all avenues to get their messaging and value proposition heard. A good blog can be worth its weight in gold. While it’s fairly easy to grasp the benefits of blogging (i.e. lead generation, brand building, and SEO just to…
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    Marketing Times for the Hotel & Travel Industry from Net Affinity | Hotel Marketing News

  • Top 30 UK Hotels on Twitter #Top30UKHotels

    William
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:22 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 UK Hotels on Twitter list. Congratulations to Fairmont Hotels on achieving first place on this week’s list! Well done to The Langham Hotel and The Berkeley Hotel for moving up the list. Download this list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Fairmont Hotels Nationwide 80,584 2nd Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair, London 80,202 3rd Premier Inn Nationwide 33,997 4th Celtic Manor Resort Newport South Wales 31,342 5th The Savoy London 30,009 6th Claridge’s London 28,887 7th Fallowfields Oxfordshire 28,164 8th Le manoir Oxfordshire…
  • Top 30 Irish Hotel Pages on Facebook #Top30IEHotels

    William
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 Irish Hotels on Facebook list. Congratulations to this week’s #1 The Glenside Hotel! Download list as PDF here Rank Hotel/Group Location Fans 1 The Glenside Hotel Louth, Leinster, Ireland 58355 2 Bewleys Hotels Dublin, Leinster, Ireland 52287 3 The G Hotel Galway, Connacht, Ireland 45246 4 Slieve Russell Hotel Cavan, Ulster, Ireland 43306 5 Galgorm Resort & Spa Antrim, Ulster, Ireland 43085 6 Irish Country Hotels Dublin, Leinster, Ireland 33983 7 Fota Island Resort Cork, Munster, Ireland 32705 8 Carlton Hotel Group Dublin, Leinster,…
  • Complimentary Breakfast & Free Wi-Fi Most Valuable Hotel Amenities

    William
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    While free Wi-Fi remains the most desirable in-room amenity, more travelers are looking for complimentary breakfasts according to the latest Hotels.com Amenities Survey. Amont the top 10 hotel amenities are also Parking, 24 hours front desk service, and smook free hotel. Not surprisingly, hotel guests preferred Wi-Fi over any other in-room feature as the need for constant connectivity remains at an all-time high. Travelers also identified the bathroom shower and room size among the most important in-room features. However, the survey found that food is becoming more of a factor when it comes…
  • Why Google+ Really Matters

    William
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Google+ has grown massively since 2011, the year it was created and it is already the second biggest social network after Facebook, counting 300 million active users. Despite its growth those last three years, many users find it difficult to use, others are not even aware of its presence, and some believe that other social networks available are more adequate for their needs, as they don?t know of its full potential. There are many social networks available, used either for similar or entirely different purposes. The most popular social network by far is Facebook followed by Twitter,…
  • Top 30 UK Hotels on Twitter #Top30UKHotels

    William
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 UK Hotels on Twitter list. Congratulations to Fairmont Hotels on achieving first place on this week’s list! Well done to new entrant The Berkley. Download this list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Fairmont Hotels Nationwide 79,964 2nd Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair, London 79,838 3rd Premier Inn Nationwide 33,894 4th Celtic Manor Resort Newport South Wales 31,280 5th The Savoy London 29,755 6th Claridge’s London 28,700 7th Fallowfields Oxfordshire 28,127 8th Le manoir Oxfordshire 25,151 9th Beech Hill Hotel Windermere 24,770…
 
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    The Travel Word

  • Broke Fordwich – Winemaking the Local Way in the Hunter Valley, Australia

    editor
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Air-conditioned coaches come and go, kicking up the gravel. Signs advertise celebrated wines and best-value lunch deals. Tourists beam as the contents of their bags revealingly clink together. Cartons of what can’t be carried is ready to be shipped via international carriers. All around, people are laughing and chatting, slightly merrier than when they started out the morning. Then they pile back on to the bus and head home to Sydney, Australia. The tranquility is palpable in Broke Fordwich in the Hunter Valley of Australia. Photo courtesy of the Broke Fordwich Wine & Tourism…
  • Hiking in Guatemala’s Mountains of the Ixil Region

    laurel
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Central America’s steep and often volcanic terrain abounds with hiking opportunities, but the higher-elevation scenery of the Ixil region in Guatemala offers an exciting chance to escape from the usual lowland tourist trails. Departing from Nebaj, the main city in the Guatemalan department of El Quiché, hikers can hire a guide or, if equipped with good maps, strike out on their own for treks in the country’s Cuchamantan Mountains, a rural highlands where locals still adhere to traditional ways of life. The town of Nebaj, Guatemala, boasts a great many food and clothing markets, and…
  • Responsible Travel Week 2014. It’s On Right Now, So You’re Not Too Late

    editor
    12 Feb 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Better late than never, this is a belated reminder to everyone that this week, from February 10 to 16, 2014, is Responsible Travel Week, the sixth annual online unconference focusing on responsible travel. It’s free to take part, and there’s no jet lag, as all events occur online and around the world through local events organized by participants. Online, just look for (and use!) the #rtweek14 hashtag. Responsible Travel Week now coincides with Valentine’s Day to link ‘responsible travel’ with mutual and shared love. Image courtesy of Planeta.com Responsible…
  • Zip Lines in Costa Rica: A Sustainable Alternative to Deforestation

    editor
    3 Feb 2014 | 11:55 am
    This is the next in a series of portraits, long and short, of some of the people I met and places I visited during a recent trip to Costa Rica. The subjects were chosen as noteworthy examples of Costa Rica’s distinct pura vida. Return to the main page for more background information. Rainforests deserve all the positive notice they can get, even including when seen from zip lines in Costa Rica suspended between towering first-growth trees. At the Rainforest Adventures Atlantic park, one zip line spans the Corinto River, Costa Rica. The nearer platform is anchored to a large campano tree…
  • Petrópolis, Brazil: Strong on History and Nature

    editor
    14 Jan 2014 | 4:30 am
    While Brazil’s mega-cities gear up for heavy tourist influx during this year’s FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, other cities remain largely unaffected, even those with strong historic and cultural qualities. This is exactly the case for Petrópolis, a city seemingly hidden in the mountains where adventures and eye-catching delights await thrill seekers and history buffs. Waldyr Neto has published two guide books (in Portugese) for the trails around Petrópolis and the Serra dos Órgãos in Brazil. Photo courtesy of Flávio Varricchio Lacking the aggressive tourism…
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    Small City Branding Around the World

  • What if Basil Fawlty Ran Italian Tourism?

    Bill Baker
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    There was a time when I would visit Rome and Milan every few weeks for business meetings. I always looked forward to those visits and the wonderful, warm encounters with my Italian colleagues. But despite the great hospitality, I would frequently leave wondering whether anything would actually happen from our hours of discussions. Memories of those days  always bring a smile to my face. A colleague from those days just sent me a link to a thought provoking and sadly, humorous article in the New York Times, “Why No One Goes to Naples” by Beppe Severgnini, a columnist at Corriere della…
  • Has Putin Destroyed Brand Russia?

    Bill Baker
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    A few weeks ago I blogged about whether the Winter Olympics in Sochi would be a bust for Russia. Since then we have witnessed the downward spiral of Russia’s international image and reputation – not from terrorism, corruption or incompetency, but from the actions of its leader and his nationalistic supporters. With the decline of the Cold War, some of the terms that have been in common use in international circles have been soft power, public diplomacy, and nation branding. But, so far Russia has fumbled its attempts at nation branding and soft diplomacy while trying to reshape its…
  • New Book for the Food and Drink Tourism Industry

    Bill Baker
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Over the past decade I have really admired the work that Erik Wolf has done in establishing and expanding the World Food Travel Association which now engages over 18,000 professionals in 135 countries. That respect peaked again last week when I received a copy of his latest book, Have Fork Will Travel which is designed primarily for the food, drink, travel and hospitality industries, although other professionals will surely find its content of interest. The book blends strategic issues, history, commentary with hands-on advice and addresses a number of subjects in food tourism that have not…
  • What Can Places Learn About Branding From Disney and Playboy?

    Bill Baker
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I recently came across an article by Dan S. Kennedy in Entrepreneur that highlighted some of the amazing similarities between Walt Disney and Hugh Heffner in how they went about building the brands for their iconic empires. On the surface, you probably wouldn’t think of including the two in the same sentence, but the reality is that many of their simple branding principles have a lot in common.They both created worlds, places and destinations of their own. Some of the points of commonality include the use of: - Aspirational benefits- Celebrity endorsements- Emotional benefits- Experiential…
  • MH370 Brings Crisis Communications to the Fore for Brand Malaysia

    Bill Baker
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:12 pm
    During the past week the prolonged tragedy involving the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has resulted in polls, articles and commentaries pointing to the mishandled response by Malaysian Airlines and government officials and the overall impact on tourism and the image of Malaysia. Will their brand embodied by the tagline “Malaysia Truly Asia” be sustainable in the face of the anger, suspicion and charges of incompetence now prevalent in the headlines? It seems that the tagline has already been dropped. Will “Visit Malaysia 2014” be a bust? The question is to what extent is…
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  • Does the Heartbleed Bug Affect Your Booking Engine?

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    Online booking security is a scary topic. Recent security lapses and hacks across the Web continue to bring this issue to the front page of the news. The latest worry is the Heartbleed Bug, discovered in a commonly used encryption package called OpenSSL. What is Heartbleed? It is open source encryption software that is used […] The post Does the Heartbleed Bug Affect Your Booking Engine? appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • Urgent! Book Now To Avoid Disappointment

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:59 am
    Your “Book Now” button is just waiting to be clicked! So what can you do to create a sense of booking urgency? When people purchase airline tickets and especially tickets to an event, they are well aware that seats are limited. No one wants to make a decision to buy or book now and be […] The post Urgent! Book Now To Avoid Disappointment appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • FAQ Answers Booking Questions Before They Are Asked

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    17 Feb 2014 | 10:59 am
    How confident are you that when a booking question comes up, that person will contact you to get it answered? 75% of the time? 50%? 33%? It is impossible to know how many of your travel bookings are lost to unanswered questions. Making yes or no decisions about vacation choices happens very quickly on the […] The post FAQ Answers Booking Questions Before They Are Asked appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • 6 Hotel Website Mistakes That May Cost You Bookings

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    27 Jan 2014 | 9:29 am
    Your hotel website is the key to being found and the most profitable pathway for room bookings. So why do so many hospitality websites make the same mistakes and turn away booking leads? There are dozens of small issues that appear again and again, but for this article I will focus on these six issues. […] The post 6 Hotel Website Mistakes That May Cost You Bookings appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • Top 4 Travel Marketing Trends to Take Action in 2014

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    6 Jan 2014 | 11:34 am
    What are the best ways for hotels, tour operators, and travel agencies to get more bookings in 2014? 2013 saw the introduction and trending of many new optimization, social, and online marketing techniques and technologies. So where should you put your (always limited) marketing time and effort in the New Year? Whether you market a […] The post Top 4 Travel Marketing Trends to Take Action in 2014 appeared first on BookingCounts.
 
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  • 5 Survival Tips for Semana Santa Roatan:

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    It´s that time of year again! For those who don’t know, this upcoming weekend marks Semana Santa or Holy week. Far from the somber religious celebration intended for Easter, Semana Santa turns Roatan into a hedonistic playground. Roughly 15,000 people from all over Central America, mostly the mainland of Honduras come to play on the beach and party all night. 1) Parade West Bay Beach: There will be no shortage of beautiful people this weekend (perhaps a shortage of sober people). Pack on the sunscreen, get a bucket of bear and let the people watching begin.  If crowds are not your…
  • Roatan Island Tour Video

    13 Feb 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Hey All, Created a little slideshow video to see different parts of Roatan. Covers some of the nice lookouts, mangrove tunnels, Oak Ridge boat trip and West Bay.  A little cheesy but enjoy!
  • Where Is The Best Shopping in Roatan?

    20 Nov 2013 | 3:06 pm
    The Best Shopping In Roatan: Souvenirs:   If you are looking for medium range prices, good selection, small little shops with locally made goods go to the West End. If you are looking for high quality souvenirs at a bit higher of a price go to Mahogany Bay Cruise Ship Port which has a ton of nice shops. You would have to go on a cruise ship day. They carry mostly foreign brands. Anthony's Key also has a great gift shop for t-shirts and flip flops. If you are looking for cheaper souvenirs go to Coxen Hole, better to go with a guide on this one as prices will vary wildly. There is a really…
  • Shore Diving in Roatan:

    16 Nov 2013 | 3:04 pm
    Can I do a shore dive in Roatan?EVERYONE KNOWS ROATAN IS THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD FOR DIVING! What makes Roatan incredible is the whole island is surrounded by a wall of reef otherwise known as barrier reef. this means you can pretty much snorkel and dive anywhere and find incredible reef, big drop offs and all kinda of cool marine life. Most of the area before the barrier reef is shallow turtle grass or shallow coral. There are a few deep water bays but for the most part you cant throw a rock and not hit coral. All this being said, you can do a Roatan shore dive from most places. It is a…
  • What Is The Climate Like In Roatan:

    13 Nov 2013 | 2:33 pm
    Weather in Roatan:Most of the year the temperature in Roatan ranges from 21 C to 32 C (70-90°F). The hottest months are July-September. It can get very hot and humid this time of year so make sure to hydrate! Hurricane season runs from June- October but typically the island is so far south that hurricanes don't hit. Rainy season in Roatan runs from September to December with it raining about 50% of the time October and November. The seas around Roatan are typically very calm. If it is rough on one side (wave height over 1 M and wind over 15 Knots) then typically it is calm on the other…
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    Fairplex Insider

  • Event Industry News: Coachella, Twitter changes and the Amazon smartphone

    Heather
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    Coachella thanks their fans for coming to weekend 1 of their festival. Coachella Weekend 1: A staple of the entertainment industry and a true salute to the Southern California lifestyle, Coachella has long been the envied mecca of music lovers … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: Taste of Claremont, Toyota Grand Prix and the Festival of Books

    Heather
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    If you couldn’t make it to Coachella with your fellow Angelenos don’t worry. There are plenty of other fun things to do in LA. It might not include an amazing musical lineup, or a desert wasteland of dance and celebration, … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Snapshot: Ambassador Appreciation Day

    Heather
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Today we are hosting an ice cream social for all of our wonderful Fairplex ambassadors! These folks selflessly donate their time and talents to our year-round events including the L.A. County Fair (LACF), ArtReach and Cheers. We truly appreciate all … Continue reading →
  • 5 Reasons to Love Lemons

    Heather
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    We have been seeing yellow and breathing citrus lately, what with the Upland Lemon Festival* just three weeks away and we don’t mind! There are many benefits to loving lemons (even beyond lemonade and lemon-meringue pie!) and we thought we … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: Pomona Beautification Day

    Heather
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The first weekend of April is looking to be a bit chilly, but promises to warm up in time for a proper Sunday Funday. There is a lot going on in Los Angeles this weekend, but we want to take … Continue reading →
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    ReadyClickAndGo'S Blog

  • Photo Essay: Impressions West Lake show, Hangzhou

    Tara Goldsmith
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:14 am
    A really wonderful way to spend your evening in Hangzhou is to visit the fantastic Impressions West Lake show by Mr Zhang Yimou. You might have heard of this excellent film director and I am sure you... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • The Hagia Sofia of the Balkans

    Tara Goldsmith
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:16 am
    The photographic icon of Belgrade is St Sava Temple which is still a "work in progress.” Its position, on the grounds of Vracar where the relics of Serbia's first Archbishop, St Sava, were burned by... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • The Road Less Traveled – The Marble Road in Serbia

    Tara Goldsmith
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    Do you know what the White House in Washington, the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in New York, the obelisk in the centre of Buenos Aires, the facades of the airport and museums in Cairo and Tokyo... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • History and Volleyball in Arandjelovac, Serbia

    Tara Goldsmith
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:02 am
    The First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire took place in a small village near Arandjelovac called Orasac on the 15th February 1804. On that date a local man, Karadjordje, was chosen to... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • The smallest church in the world?

    Tara Goldsmith
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:02 am
    by Olivera Milic. Conservationist and restorer, guardian of cultural heritage in her city and her country. In the mid-17th century, a tiny church was built in Doinovici village, near Novi Pazar in... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
 
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    Tourism Exposed

  • 14 Tourism Trends That Will Change The Way You Think About Your Career

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    While no one can predict the future with 100% certainty, a careful observer of travel, tourism and hospitality is able to notice various trends that are taking place throughout the industry in general. In the past decade the industry has gone through a major segmenting on a global basis. This segmentation has allowed for the industry to grow into a number of unique markets in order to assist industry professionals in developing targeted products and services and help travelers understand their offerings. These unique market segments can include the type of traveler such as women or students,…
  • The 8 Deadly Career Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making and How to Stop

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Developing your career is one of the most important things you can do in your life. Choosing a particular career and knowing how to be successful in it is not a one-time decision, it’s a series of decisions, that you need to correctly make as you go through different stages of your life, experience and responsibility. Each and every job you take is a step on the career ladder, which means that each one can have a significant impact on your future career prospects. Why is it then, that many people get stuck in their careers, chronically bogged down in jobs they either hate or that provide…
  • Is Travel a Necessity or a Luxury?

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Last night I was watching a travel show on Netflix called An Idiot Abroad. The show is basically about a guy, Karl Pilkington, who has no interest in traveling whatsoever, doesn’t see its point and thinks that travel doesn’t broaden the mind, talk about his observations and reactions to the cultural differences he experiences in each of the countries he visits in his travels around the world. After watching that show I realized that unfortunately there are many people who view travel as something that they shouldn’t do. And despite all of the obvious reasons you’ve most likely…
  • 3 Apps You Must Download Today to Find a Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Job

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I don’t need to tell you that finding a job these days is tough. What can also be tough is figuring out where to even look to find available jobs within a specific industry. In order to improve your chances of being employed quickly in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, you need to be on the lookout every second of the day for new opportunities that you can immediately take advantage of. But to do so successfully, you must have constant access wherever you are, to your social and professional networks and up-to-date job postings so that you can make connections with new contacts…
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Work in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:39 am
    Quitting. There’s something about quitting that doesn’t sit right with me. Everyone always says, “never quit and never give up,” but sometimes you just have to. After graduating from college I worked at a company that programs music and produces music-related content for digital cable television. When I first started, I loved my job. I was 22 and excited because after all, my job was dealing with music all day. What’s not to love? I spent my time there being the best employee I could be. I’d come in early, work late and sometimes work weekends. I was grateful for my job, but my…
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