Posts by Colleen

The Evolution of Welcome Centers

The Evolution of Welcome Centers

Welcome centers were created to provide travelers with helpful information to improve their stay. They provide suggestions on things to do and aim to convince visitors to stay a little longer. Visitors often needed to seek out these centers to get brochures and maps, within a destination or at a highway stop on the way.…

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How to Promote Local Tourism

How to Promote Local Tourism

When it comes to promoting your tourism business – whether you’re an attraction, restaurant, museum or hotel, you may feel like you’re all alone. Luckily, that’s not the case. By working with your Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) or Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA), you’re able to get some “free marketing” that will help to distribute your…

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Developing a Strategic Content Marketing Plan

developing a strategic content marketing plan

We recently defined content marketing and its importance in your overall marketing strategy. But how can you take this information and dive into creating a content strategy? Developing a content strategy. It’s important to create content. It’s more important to create good, quality content – and make it available to the right people at the…

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Tapping into Niche Market Tourism

tapping into niche market tourism

What is Niche Tourism? Niche market tourism uses programs to attract visitors focusing on a very specific market segment built around a well-defined product. We’ve said it before, tourists are looking for experiences. So it only makes sense that visitors are throwing out generic “everything but the kitchen sink” trips, and planning vacations that align…

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A DMO’s Guide to Understanding Travel Influencers

A DMO's Guide to Understanding Travel Influencers

You didn’t really go on vacation if you didn’t post a picture of it on Instagram, right? Your social media posts about your latest trip are doing more than inducing FOMO in all of your friends – they’re starting to inspire and influence the travel decisions of others. And since we all know that consumers…

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Creative Travel Writing for Your Destination

creative travel writing

I was fortunate enough to attend the amazing PRSA Travel & Tourism Conference in Palm Springs last week, where I participated in a creative writing skills workshop with the very talented Pam  Mandel. During this day-long workshop, we talked about creative travel writing: what it is, how to do it well, and how to avoid common…

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Creating Experiences to Create Memories

Creating Experiences to Create Memories

Earlier this week I attended the Empire State Tourism Conference by NYSTIA in Lake Placid. Talk about gorgeous! While each presentation provided great information in and of itself, the best lesson that I learned was an overall idea strung together from bits and pieces of various presentations. In the keynote presentation “Traversing the Disruption,” Bill…

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How to Pen the Perfect Pitch

How to Pen the Perfect Pitch

Being able to successfully pitch a story to the media is an important tool to have in your PR toolbox. And it’s an adrenaline rush when a publication responds to your pitch and wants to cover your client. But how do you make that happen? Follow these steps and you’ll be crafting the perfect pitch…

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Writing for Business

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Writing for Business

I would say about 90% of my job involves writing. Writing for press releases and pitches, to blogs and social media posts, and even copy for newsletters and websites. But every piece I write requires a different voice and tone, as well as consideration about the client’s audience and platform. As you move from one…

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Top 6 Traits that Successful PR Pros Need

Top 6 Traits that Successful PR Pros Need

PR professionals are a special kind of people – it’s okay, I can say it because I’m one of them. Some outsiders may call us geniuses while others may call us plain crazy. But there are certain traits that PR professionals need in order to be successful. Passion: Passion is contagious, recognizable and a necessary…

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