6 Strategies to Prepare for Tourism Recovery

From our April 2020 Destination on the Left Virtual Summit Our second-ever Destination on the Left Virtual Summit kicked off in April 2020 with 12 amazing presenters and three full days of content focused around digital marketing, travel trade and niche marketing within the tourism industry. The topics ranged from food tourism to family travel…

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Working Through a Pandemic in the Travel and Tourism Industry

Working Through a Pandemic in the Travel and Tourism Industry

We are not in control. That is what creates the fear that drives panic and hysteria when something like the Coronavirus hits. We are not in control. That is true to some extent but I do not buy into that notion 100%. We are not in control of how this virus is spreading from continent…

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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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The Benefits of International Online Booking Agents

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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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Using Front Line Staff as Brand Ambassadors

Using Front Line Staff as Brand Ambassadors

One main challenge every destination faces, regardless of size, is how to get the most return on investment from their marketing dollars.  When a DMO (Destination Marketing Organization) is looking at their budget and various marketing programs, there are many options for programs that can be created. The trick is to understand what will provide…

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Creating Itineraries for FIT Travel

Creating Itineraries for FIT Travel

The United States is a highly sought-after tourist destination for people all around the globe. For those of us in New York State, we are fortunate to have some of the most highly sought-after tourist destinations on the planet! New York City and Niagara Falls serve as natural gateways for international travelers around the world.…

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How to Market a Tourist Destination

how to market a tourist destination

Is your destination saleable? Of course it is! Sales is sales whether the product is tangible or not. In selling a destination, establishing relationships is the single most important factor. We’re not going to say “our widget can make your life easier and is cost-effective.” We’re going to say, “come visit us and we will treat you to…

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