From our April Destination on the Left Virtual Summit Our second-ever Destination on the Left Virtual Summit kicked off in April 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 covered ranged from food tourism to family travel –…

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The Rise of Heritage Travel: A new way for tourists to find themselves

People often say they are traveling to “find themselves.” With the increasing popularity of at-home DNA kits, people are starting to take this literally. Luxury Travel predicted that ancestry-based travel, or heritage travel, would be “one of 2020’s fastest growing sectors.” Travelers are choosing to visit the places their ancestors lived in order to learn…

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The 5 Top Tourism Campaigns of 2019

It’s our favorite time of year here at Break the Ice Media – a time when we get to reflect on the projects we have worked on, celebrate the successes we have seen, and draw inspiration from other creatives and campaigns in the tourism industry. There are so many cool ways that DMOs, attractions, and…

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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

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 [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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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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… small town and experiential travel is what’s big. With the growing concerns and reports on overtourism, travel writers are responding by helping their readers navigate this overwhelming issue by focusing a lens on second and third tier cities.

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In today’s world, it can seem like everything in marketing and sales has changed. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is the value of raving fans.

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The Evolution of Snapchat Advertising

I’ll be the first to admit it- I’m a little obsessed with Snapchat. I’ve stuck with the app through all the updates: when the “best friends” feature was taken away, when “best friends” came back (but privately), when emojis were introduced, and when the interactive lenses (or filters) were rolled out. I proudly have snap…

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