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Creating Your Travel and Tourism Marketing Strategies and Plan

Creating your Tourism Marketing Strategies and Plan

We recently released a 5-part video series on how to create your tourism marketing plan for the new year. The planning process can be broken into 5 easy-to-follow steps: setting marketing objectives, reviewing research and the current situation, defining target audience, creating key messages and outlining the tactical plan. Planning is the most critical thing…

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2020 Social Media Tourism Trends

2020 Social Media Tourism Trends

As we approach the end of another year and our team begins to create strategic marketing plans for upcoming campaigns, we’ve been talking new ideas, fresh content and – of course – the latest social media tourism trends for 2020. We know looking towards rising trends is a great way to keep your audience engaged…

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Using Anniversaries, Celebrations and Awards for Tourism Marketing

Using Anniversaries, Celebrations and Awards for Tourism Marketing [image of several people with wine glasses bringing them together to cheers]

Break the Ice Media just celebrated a milestone anniversary, 10 years since I started the company and I was recognized with the Small Business Person of the Year award from the Small Business Council of Rochester.  As I reflect on the celebration, I am reminded of the many celebrations, anniversaries and awards that have been…

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Financial Benefits of Group Travel

Financial Benefits of Group Travel [Image with men boarding a red bus with backpacks and musical instruments on their backs]

As many are aware, tourism is an economic engine. In 2018, travel generated $2.5 trillion for the U.S. economy, supporting 15.7 million American jobs. There are a lot of triggers that affect the economy when we travel. Most people realize that “heads in beds” means money for the local economy.  When people stay in hotels, they pay…

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Trending in Food Tourism

Trending in Food Tourism in white text with pink lines behind it set against a dinner table.

With the rise of experiential travel, it’s no surprise that this focus has spilled over into food tourism. According to the World Food Travel Association, food is now a main motivation for travelers choosing their destinations. Visitors are willing to increase their budget (40% of tourism spending is on gastronomy) and trip duration on unique…

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Attractions as Destinations

Attractions as destinations [photo of two beers]

Across the tourism industry, there’s been a shift in what visitors are looking for and where they’re looking for it. Years ago, travelers aimed for big cities with big ticket items. Now, visitors are looking for the unique and different, and are finding those new experiences with attractions as destinations. The definition of experience is…

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A Decade of Tourism Marketing – 10 Key Changes Making an Impact

A Decade of Tourism Marketing - 10 Key Changes Making an Impact. And Break the Ice Media turns 10!

And Break the Ice Media turns 10! It has been a decade of tourism marketing! The official date of incorporation for Break the Ice Media is October 14, 2009 which makes October officially our “birthday month”. As the marketing and tourism industries have changed, we have evolved right along with them. When we started our…

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The Benefits of International Online Booking Agents

Image with text: the benefits of international online booking agents

In today’s competitive travel market, there is much talk about the benefit of engaging with the international visitor.  While the domestic traveler is important and necessary, reaching those from overseas can create an even greater opportunity for tourism in our local communities.  An effective way to market to visitors around the world is by working…

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What Makes Today’s Tour Guides Successful?

what makes today's tour guides successful?

In today’s travel industry, tour guides are more important than ever. Guides who drive business have the responsibility to enhance the travel experience by keeping guests happy, safe and inspired. This is the person who can make or break a trip; therefore, finding the right match for your group is essential. We spoke with several…

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How to use Facebook Ads for Tourism

How to use Facebook Ads for Tourism

Facebook advertising is one of the most affordable digital ad channels around. It’s also where a majority of people are spending their time. With 2.4 billion monthly active users, over a third of the total world population, Facebook remains one of the best channels for reaching people with messages. What does that mean for those…

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