Under, around and in between: Hidden gems in tourism

The idea of overtourism has been discussed in the United Kingdom and Europe for more than twenty years but only in the past 5 years did it receive a name to define the concept. What was once only felt in destinations like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Venice, Bali and Machu Picchu is now part of a larger…

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Destination Marketing and Community Partnerships

Destination marketing has evolved to become more than heads in beds with a stronger focus on engaging the community at large. Modern destination marketers are charged with marketing their community to visitors and residents, they are the keeper of the community brand, are integral to economic development. They go beyond tactical marketing and rely on…

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10 Beginner Social Media Marketing Tips

Social media is an ever-changing medium – with new platforms and updates rolling out constantly. But it’s also a great way to connect with your customers and visitors on a more direct level. Social media is a place to engage, answer questions, and get real-time, crowdsourced feedback. If you’re getting started or getting back to…

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Making a Career in Travel and Tourism

I attended the Destinations International Annual Convention recently and talked to several members of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. I wanted to know what they would tell future tourism professionals about working in the industry. What they shared is what many of us already know: the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry is vibrant and…

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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]

Tourism is an economic engine. Pre-Covid, the economic impact of tourism was at an all-time high, generating $1.9 trillion in 2019 and supporting over 9.5 million American jobs. Of course, as we experienced over the past few years, a lack of travelers creates ripple effects everywhere you look. In 2020, total economic output generated by…

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How To Craft A Killer Press Conference

How to craft a killer press conference

It’s time to announce a huge project coming up for your business. Change is on the horizon, and you’re ready to tell the world – and the media. You know you want to host a press conference, but coming up with creative press conference ideas can be daunting- where do you start? We’ve handled a…

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What is Accessibility in Tourism?

What is Accessibility in Tourism?

Travel is an incredibly life-enriching and rewarding experience, yet it is still inaccessible to many people. Twenty-five percent of the world’s population live with different forms of disabilities. Without widespread accessibility in the tourism industry, this segment remains untapped. This not only limits individuals who are unable to access destinations or services on their own…

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Insights from TAP Dance 2023

Travel Alliance Partners (TAP) was established in 2001 as an organization of premier North American Tour Operators who offer unique products from more than 500 destinations worldwide. From the start, the goal of TAP was to empower Tour Operators from various areas of geographical expertise. TAP aims to fill more scheduled departures, offer guaranteed departures and expand their…

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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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