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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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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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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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Under, around and in between: Hidden gems in tourism

Under, around and in between: Hidden gems in tourism

The tourism industry is keen on coining new words to capture the traveling public’s attention. EcoTourism, AgriTourism, VolunTourism, to name a few. The simple purpose – to focus attention on a particular area of interest. Appeal to the cause and the effect is your next vacation destination. There’s a relatively new and totally opposite newly…

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How to Combat Overtourism Through Marketing & PR

How to Combat Overtourism Through Marketing & PR

In recent years, an influx of people have been traveling to impressive destinations. While this is exciting to hear (especially for destination marketers), that surge of travel has come with a downside – overtourism. Overtourism is when there are too many visitors in a particular destination. The impact, as explained by the World Tourism Organization,…

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