Arizona's 2010 immigration enforcement law is being called a lingering hindrance to Phoenix's ability to lure gatherings to its convention center. Greater Phoenix CVB spokesman Scott Dunn says a misperception that Phoenix does not value diversity is an impediment to attracting national conventions.
A new campaign to promote Scotland's natural beauty has got off to a flying start after the country was named the world's top travel destination in 2013. CNN Travel's feature cites the newly-unveiled Scottish National Trail, Scotland's "pristine lochs and haunting glens," and the dramatic countryside featured in Bond film Skyfall as key reasons to visit.
Tourism in Louisville generated more than $2 billion for the local economy in 2011, according to a study released by the CVB, which commissioned the report.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta announced that New York City welcomed a record 52 million visitors in 2012, a new all-time high and a 2.1 percent increase over 2011.
With 25 Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) recently achieving accreditation, there are now a total of 153 DMOs accredited by DMAP, the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program.
DMAI's passionate commitment to advancing DMO professionals through innovative education and raising the visibility of DMOs through meaningful events continues in 2013. Mark your calendar for the these events.
Here are three things the media learned in 2012 that marketers ought to pay attention to as they head into 2013.
Internet marketing can be a minefield. There's no official textbook on proper strategy or tactics. Here are five fatal online marketing and SEO mistakes that you should steer clear of.
It would be easy to be bearish on the monetization prospects of social media. The lackluster performance of high profile initial public offerings has created a wave of negative headlines that has much of Wall Street (and Main Street) convinced that the space is a lot of hype. But those headlines ignore most of the key trends we see happening right now across the social media space.
Along with world-class venues and amentities, planners add local brainpower to their destination wish list
As the knowledge-based economy expands meeting planners are looking to destinations with brains as well as beauty. And cities are stepping up to share their intellectual bounty.
Lara Brunt writes, "What makes a travel destination 'hot?' A lot of what attracts tourism is economics, sometimes positive (China) sometimes less so (Greece). Our hot seven aren't the only 'new' places ready to be discovered in the coming year, but they're a solid start."
The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that international visitors spent an estimated $13.9 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the U.S. during the month of October, nearly $770 million more than was spent in October 2011.