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State Tourism Department awards $546000 in marketing grants to New Mexico agencies

State Tourism Department awards $546000 in marketing grants to New Mexico agencies | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it

The New Mexico Tourism Department has awarded $546,888 in cooperative grants to 50 statewide local, nonprofit and tribal entities for advertising and marketing efforts.


“This program allows destinations of all sizes to stretch their tourism dollars,” Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson said in a news release. “Destinations, historical sites and festivals are seeing the value in marketing together. We have so many treasures throughout the entire state and we want to assist them in making a name for themselves.”


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The 2012 Garrity Perception Survey | Garrity Public Relations

The 2012 Garrity Perception Survey | Garrity Public Relations | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it

What #NM destination is the most popular among its residents? Will instate #NM travel be on the rise? Answers to these and other tourism topics are in the Garrity Perception Survey 2012 New Mexico Tourism Insights.

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Roswell Wins at 2012 Tourism Association of New Mexico TIARA

Roswell Wins at 2012 Tourism Association of New Mexico TIARA | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it

At the Tourism Association of New Mexico (TANM) Governor’s Conference on Tourism today, the City of Roswell was recognized for excellence in the NM tourism industry at the TANM Tourism Industry Recognition Awards (TIARA). These awards help bring greater awareness to the importance of the tourism industry to New Mexico’s economy, and are given to highlight excellence and creative accomplishment in travel marketing and promotion.

 

Roswell was recognized with a TIARA award for NEW EVENT OF THE YEAR for the 2011 Roswell International Sci-Fi Film Festival: Aliens in Cinema.


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Starwood commits 75% of marketing spend to digital | HotelierMiddleEast.com

Starwood commits 75% of marketing spend to digital | HotelierMiddleEast.com | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has revealed it dedicates 75% of its total marketing budget on digital media.

 

Speaking to Hotelier Middle East, Starwood Hotels & Resorts vice president marketing Europe, Africa & Middle East (EAME), Steven Taylor, said the company was embracing the evolution of the online world “and our branded online channels have seen fantastic growth over the last few years”.

 

“Social media has been placed at the very core of our organisation to ensure that we are delivering value to our guests throughout their stay,” he continued.

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40 Attractive Pricing Tables That Guarantee a Purchase | inspirationfeed.com

40 Attractive Pricing Tables That Guarantee a Purchase | inspirationfeed.com | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
Pricing tables can be a challenge to design. You have to focus on having an eye catching design that will bring in more customers. Not only that, but you have to be able to also provide easy to read/understand information.
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Google unveils redesign of Google+ and claims 170m users | The Wall Blog

Google unveils redesign of Google+ and claims 170m users | The Wall Blog | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
Google has this afternoon unveiled a redesign of its social network, which it says offers a more functional and flexible version of Google+.
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MediaPost Publications Tips For Using Google Places 04/06/2012

MediaPost Publications Tips For Using Google Places 04/06/2012 | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
Google has published a YouTube video that answers some long-overdue questions about Google Places for businesses, a tool to help manage local listings on Google. The video answers some tough questions about how businesses can best use the tool, describes how to add business information and how users can help keep information up to date, and answers questions from viewers, which start at 22:50 in the hour-long video.

 

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A closer look at TripAdvisor’s Tingo.com

Travel media is buzzing over the new hotel booking site Tingo.com that launched yesterday.
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Expedia’s social journey into the ‘recommendation age’

Expedia is thinking very seriously about its plans for an integrated social media strategy. So seriously that there have been some suggestions, that the company might even unveils its own social networking service next year.
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6 Ways to Improve Your Vacation Using Social Media

6 Ways to Improve Your Vacation Using Social Media | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
Even if you're trekking into the wilderness, you're never without some friendly guidance from your social network.
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Hotels reach out to niche markets

Hotels reach out to niche markets | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
When employees at the Residence Inn Chicago Deerfield noticed an increase in clients from India, they decided to do something.
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Hotel Geeks, Set Your DVRs: 'Hotel Impossible' Will Premiere on April 9

Hotel Geeks, Set Your DVRs: 'Hotel Impossible' Will Premiere on April 9 | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it

People. You now know exactly what we will be doing on April 9 at 10pm ET/PT. We'll be watching the very first episode of Hotel Impossible on the Travel Channel!

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It's South Beach vs. Long Island City in The Hotel Name & Logo Game

It's South Beach vs. Long Island City in The Hotel Name & Logo Game | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it

We didn't really notice that the names of the Z Ocean Hotel South Beach and Long Island City, New York's Z Hotel were so similar. Or, at least, it didn't bother us. But it sure did get up Z Ocean's nose.

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Gogobot gets visual with new Pinterest inspired redesign

A number of social travel sites have started styling themselves after Pinterest, which has become its own travel discovery resource for many users.
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When picking hotels, some ask: Where's the Whole Foods?

When picking hotels, some ask: Where's the Whole Foods? | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
A surprising number of people sometimes pick their hotels based on proximity to a Whole Foods or other specialty supermarket.
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Hmm...So Much for Those Last-Minute Hotel Deals

Hmm...So Much for Those Last-Minute Hotel Deals | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
Hmm...So Much for Those Last-Minute Hotel Deals || HotelChatter...
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10 Unusual Hotels and Hostels From Around the World | inspirationfeed.com

10 Unusual Hotels and Hostels From Around the World | inspirationfeed.com | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
You can stay in some pretty weird places around the world.
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I ♥ Cape Town surpasses 250,000 Facebook fans Cape Town Tourism’s Facebook fan pages surpasses quarter million - eTurboNews.com

I ♥ Cape Town surpasses 250,000 Facebook fans Cape Town Tourism’s Facebook fan pages surpasses quarter million - eTurboNews.com | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
Cape Town Tourism’s Facebook fan page, I ♥ Cape Town, has surpassed a quarter of a million fans.

The Cape Town fan page allows residents and visitors to share their favorite Mother City experiences, photos, and videos, while Cape Town ...
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Evernote and Pinterest just had a baby: Enter the new Springpad

Evernote and Pinterest just had a baby: Enter the new Springpad | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
Springpad has long been compared to Internet note-taking sensation Evernote, but starting today Springpad will likely be compared to another darling of the startup world, Pinterest.
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Social media for hotels: What’s the problem?

In today’s marketplace, hotels cannot afford to ignore social media; but looming questions and uncertainties undermine how effectively most hotels use their social media channels. Here's a new white paper that breaks down social media for hotels into six basic steps or phases.

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TripAdvisor looking to Bing for traffic

As Google is pushing deeper into online travel, TripAdvisor - one of Google's largest advertising customer - is looking to advertise with Microsoft's Bing search and other sites that can funnel traffic its way.
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Is Frommer’s Remix the future for travel guides?

Frommer’s Remix could be the perfect marriage of old school guide books combined with what is apparently some of the best digital technology out there, writes Tnooz.
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Hotels enlist the Cupid Concierge for Valentine's Day

Hotels enlist the Cupid Concierge for Valentine's Day | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
Valentine's Day is coming up and some hotels are dedicating staff to make sure guests have the most romantic stays possible.

 

The Opus Hotel Vancouver in Canada last month brought on a "Cupid Concierge," as first reported on ShermansTravel.com.

 

If you've got an anniversary, plan to propose, or just want to have a romantic getaway and can't come up with your own ideas for how to make it an unforgettable experience, the hotel's Cupid Concierge will come to your rescue.

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In Social Media, Reality Trumps Perfection

In Social Media, Reality Trumps Perfection | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
Success in social media depends on generating content, but who’s got the time? Fortunately, that content need not be perfect. In fact, mistakes are good!
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Hospitality Industry’s Mobile Web Failure

Hospitality Industry’s Mobile Web Failure | HotelOnlineMarketing | Scoop.it
The hospitality industry has much to learn if it wants to capitalize on the mobile web, according to a new report from digital think tank L2.
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