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How to Pen the Perfect Pitch

How to Pen the Perfect Pitch

By Colleen | November 9, 2022

Being able to successfully pitch a story to the media is one of the most important tools to have in your PR toolbox. Public relations campaigns take time, energy and effort. It’s an adrenaline rush when a journalist responds to your pitch and wants to cover your story. But how do you make that happen?…

How to Combat Overtourism Through Marketing & PR

How to Combat Overtourism Through Marketing & PR

By Colleen | August 3, 2022

Before March 2020, an influx of people had been traveling to impressive destinations. While on one hand this is exciting, that surge of travel has a downside – overtourism. Overtourism is when there are too many visitors in a particular destination. The impact, as explained by the World Tourism Organization, is congestion at specific locations…

Public Relations Takes Time

Public Relations Takes Time: Setting Realistic Expectations for Your PR Efforts

By Colleen | June 14, 2022

Public relations is a marathon, not a sprint. It sounds like a cliché, but it’s true. Public relations and media relations take time – because at their core, they’re about building relationships. Heck, relations is right in the name!   Back in elementary school, building relationships was easy. You’d share your pudding with someone and…

Identifying Local Influencers

By Colleen | May 10, 2022

In the age of influencers, it can be hard for destinations and attractions to figure out how to capitalize on this trend. Local influencers are existing members of your community that have built an audience and thought-leadership around your destination – they’re the best brand ambassadors you may not know yet. Being a community member…

tapping into niche market tourism

Tapping into Niche Market Tourism

By Colleen | March 8, 2022

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…

The Difference Among Travel Media

The Difference Among Travel Media

By Colleen | January 19, 2022

You’re probably familiar with how the travel media landscape has changed over the past few years – smaller travel sections (or staff) in print publications, a rise in frequency of bloggers and freelancers, and the emergence of social media influencers. These changes in the industry have only been exaggerated by the pandemic. Each one of…

The Evolution of Welcome Centers

The Evolution of Welcome Centers

By Colleen | October 19, 2021

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.…

Collaborative Marketing in Tourism Working Together to Lift All Boats

Collaborative Marketing in Tourism: Working Together to Lift All Boats

By Colleen | September 22, 2021

In the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, we understand how difficult it can be to grab the attention – and reservation – of a visitor. With limited time and a set budget, travelers have the tough decision of choosing where to go. As a destination, you may often feel like you’re competing against other tourist…

Creative Travel Writing for Your Destination

Creative Travel Writing for Your Destination

By Colleen | August 31, 2021

I participated in a creative writing skills workshop at a PRSA Travel & Tourism Conference 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 pitfalls. By the end of the day, I felt empowered and enabled…

How to Promote Local Tourism

How to Promote Local Tourism

By Colleen | June 9, 2021

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…