Welcome to Destination on the Left

You've arrived at Destination On The Left - a podcast focused on the travel and tourism industry, exploring successful collaborations, creative marketing ideas and best practices. Host Nicole Mahoney interviews Destination Marketers, Industry Leaders, Consultants and businesses in the tourism industry. Listen as we explore consumer marketing programs, travel trade marketing programs, lessons learned and successes achieved for these travel & tourism professionals.

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Episode 147: Rebranding and Other Unique Tourism Strategies, with Judi Hess

Judi Hess is the Director of Visit Binghamton, a position she has held since June 2016. Prior to her promotion, Judi was the Manager of Tourism & Special Events for over 20 years. Visit Binghamton is a department of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce that is focused on increasing tourism in Broome County. Visit…

Episode 146: Putting People First and Brewing Great Beer, with Suzanne Olson

Creating a great customer experiences with hospitality, food and beverage has been a passion of Suzanne’s since her very first job. Suzanne is always looking for ways to bring new and interesting experiences to guests, and that is what she brings to Red Shed Brewery. As head of innovation and marketing, Suzanne seeks to be…

Episode 145: Merging History With Today at Your Destination, with Jim Walter

Jim Walter has been in the Destination Marketing world for the past 16 years. He got his start leading Madison County Tourism in upstate NY for 10 years as its executive director. For the past six years, he has led the sales and marketing efforts for Visit Cheyenne in Wyoming. He is a former president…

Episode 144: Build Experiences They’ll Never Forget, with Josh Collins

Josh Collins has a background grounded in live entertainment and experience design. He helps brands develop better rhythms of connecting with their audiences both online and off. After 15 years of traveling the world with brands like Stevie Wonder, The Roots, John Legend and more, Josh was attracted to take over and lead the Visit…

Episode 143: Be Creative and Collaborate in Travel Marketing, with Kevin Costello

Kevin Costello is the President of the Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau, the official tourism promotion agency for Steuben County, NY. Kevin manages a team of five tourism professionals who tell the destination’s story with a strategic and research-based approach to increase accommodation occupancy and tourism expenditures within Steuben. In his previous position, Kevin…

Episode 142: Partnerships and Personas of the Wine Industry, with Brittany Gibson

Brittany Gibson is the Executive Director of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Her experience with wine began as Advertising Director and Wine Club Manager at Fulkerson Winery, a position she held for 10 years. In her previous capacity at the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, Brittany was responsible for promoting Schuyler County’s tourism industry…

Episode 141: Conquering Imposter Syndrome and Self-doubt, with Nicole Mahoney

With a talent for creating special events that blossomed while working for her dad’s car stereo shop, I got my start in marketing at Frontier Field in Rochester. I also began serving as the executive director of the internationally known Lilac Festival. Later on, I headed the Canandaigua, New York Business Improvement District while also…

Episode 140: Getting to the Visitor’s “Why”, with Gina Nacey

Gina Nacey is president and executive creative director of Adventure Creative, an agency based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their focus is on active lifestyle brands, recreation, and destination marketing. Gina has led the strategy and creative direction of Explore Minnesota’s brand new “Find Your True North” campaign, and the Minnesota Zoo’s “Where Amazing Lives.” Adventure Creative…

Episode 139: Staying on Brand and on Mission, with Mandy Hagadorn

Mandy Hagadorn serves as marketing manager at New York Kitchen, an event and education space for all things food and beverage in New York State. She grew up on a farm near Canandaigua, New York. She graduated with a degree in anthropology from Nazareth College. After college, Mandy got involved with event planning in both her…