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Expedia's 2012 Vacation Deprivation Study Reveals Stark Differences in National Attitudes Towards Vacation

Expedia's 2012 Vacation Deprivation Study Reveals Stark Differences in National Attitudes Towards Vacation | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Japanese, Koreans, Americans and Mexicans Take Fewest Vacation Days; French, Spanish, German and Brazilian Workers Take Most

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Using social media, apps, and online buzz to promote tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants
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This Cute Little Drone is Here to Take Your Vacation Pics

This Cute Little Drone is Here to Take Your Vacation Pics | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
There’s a new way to take your selfies in the works. Lily, a flying camera, follows a wearable tracking device to catch the best views while keeping you in the frame.
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Get Local Flavor's curator insight, May 22, 12:16 PM

The ultimate selfie cam.

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Four Apps for Mapping Your Walking Routes

Four Apps for Mapping Your Walking Routes | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
These apps track your route to create an interactive record of where you’ve been, even adding photos, videos and notes to make a digital scrapbook.
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Social Media Spring Cleaning for Your Spa Business

Social Media Spring Cleaning for Your Spa Business | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Let's face it, social media is fun and easily accessible, but it takes work, time and money. Spring is the perfect time to drill down in your social media and cast off what's not working and grow what is.

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At NYC hotel, robots lend a hand--and then some

At NYC hotel, robots lend a hand--and then some | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Travelers are getting a conversation-free experience at a Manhattan hotel thanks to machines including a modified industrial robot.
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Starwood's high-tech hotel rooms have robot butlers and smart mirrors

Starwood's high-tech hotel rooms have robot butlers and smart mirrors | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
The future of hotel stays is looking very high-tech.
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Make room for mobile-friendly hotel review platforms

Make room for mobile-friendly hotel review platforms | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Travellers use hotel reviews to make decisions. Reading them on a mobile device does not need to be a clunky, time-consuming endeavour says TrustYou. The WTM Global Trends report projects  that mobile bookings will account for 35% of online bookings by 2018, and this doesn't include the travellers who are driven to call by mobile search. A Google study found that 58% of respondents would be extremely/very likely to call a hotel if the capability were available on mobile search. Clearly, the revenue potential for bookings from mobile devices is extraordinary. However, the industry is struggling to keep up with demand, with only 45% of global hotels currently accepting mobile bookings according to TripAdvisor. In the meantime, travellers are increasingly using mobile devices to do their travel planning research, and Expedia is reportedly developing a way for travellers to begin a booking on a mobile device but transfer it to PC. According to a ComScore report, exclusive mobile visitors add an incremental 48% over desktop. Find out more.


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Panos Fotiadis's curator insight, May 19, 3:20 AM

do you have a "call us" button on your hotel's mobile website ? Do you accept mobile bookings? If not, better think about it!

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Your Phone Is All You Need

Your Phone Is All You Need | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Hilton’s global head of digital Geraldine Calpin wants your smartphone to be your key, front desk, porter—and pocket psychic.
How are hotels embracing mobile?
“Not long ago, the idea of hospitality and technology coming together seemed foreign. But they complement each other: You can use our new...
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The changing role of travel tech in 2015

The changing role of travel tech in 2015 | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

In 2015, technology is all about connecting travellers with local sources, friends back home and fellow travellers. As more exciting advances in tech grow ubiquitous (covering everything from booking to communication to tracking your luggage), their physical presence may actually be diminishing. Increasingly, tech is taking the form of smaller, more elegant and wearable devices. 

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Tourists Wreck 18th-Century Italian Statue Trying to Take a Selfie

Tourists Wreck 18th-Century Italian Statue Trying to Take a Selfie | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Two tourists in Cremona, Italy managed to severely damage a piece of historical art while trying to get a good photo.
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New Mexico Tourism Department uses food bloggers to spread word about #NMTrueFlavors

New Mexico Tourism Department uses food bloggers to spread word about #NMTrueFlavors | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Jessica Fiorillo writes a food-themed blog that's been recognized by Self Magazine. She boasts an Instagram following of 16,600 and has active Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter accounts. And now, after a trip to New Mexico…
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Half of Walt Disney World Visitors Enter Wearing MyMagic+ Bands

Half of Walt Disney World Visitors Enter Wearing MyMagic+ Bands | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Disney's MyMagic+ wristbands are now worn by 50% of people who enter Disney World parks.
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A Comprehensive Collection of Comedians Tweeting About Their Flights

A Comprehensive Collection of Comedians Tweeting About Their Flights | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Whether we're missing a flight, sitting next to an annoying passenger, or enduring bad customer service, flying is full of aggravations we're usually powerless
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Vacationers are Going Digital. Are You? | Centro blog

Vacationers are Going Digital. Are You? | Centro blog | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
When it comes to summer vacation, some of us find adventurous road trips the most appealing, while others dream of tech-free weeks in the Caribbean. No matter where your wanderlust takes you, vacation season is just around the corner and planning is in full-swing for both travelers and digital advertisers. Here’s why you should care. In 2014, Americans spent an estimated $307 billion on travel and are expected to reach $337 billion by 2016. This year, Americans will plan an average of two and a
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Sydney Airport and TripAdvisor partner on destination content

Sydney Airport and TripAdvisor partner on destination content | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Sydney Airport has teamed up with TripAdvisor to provide travellers with targeted destination content via its website, app and at departure gates.
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The most instagrammed capitals in the world

The most instagrammed capitals in the world | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

It's no secret that social media is a serious influencer and a recent study from Google found the travel industry is no exception, with 83 percent of online holiday-makers heading to social sites for travel inspiration. But which capital cities have got us reaching for our smart phones? The results may surprise you.


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More than Miles: The Best Road Trip Destinations Across the U.S.

More than Miles: The Best Road Trip Destinations Across the U.S. | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
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Disney Really Wants You To Stop Using Selfie Sticks On Its Rides

Disney Really Wants You To Stop Using Selfie Sticks On Its Rides | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Disney is cracking down on the use of selfie sticks on rides at the company's theme parks, with reports of new signs being put into place at certain attractions in both the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disne
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Marriott is Launching a Digital Concierge

Marriott is Launching a Digital Concierge | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
It’s official: the concierge desk is a thing of the past. Today, Marriott Hotels is launching a new digital concierge service called Mobile Request, which puts service requests—from extra towels to fluffier pillows and airport pickups—in the literal palm of your hand.
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Bookings Continue to Increase Via Digital Channels

Bookings Continue to Increase Via Digital Channels | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Bookings increase 15 percent via OTAs in the first quarter. ADR expected to jump across all digital channels moving forward.
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15 Useful Travel Websites for People Who Love Travelling

15 Useful Travel Websites for People Who Love Travelling | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
These 15 travel websites let you do more than connect point A to point B. They'll have you traveling smarter and more creatively. Discover new frontiers.
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Unlocking the mobile mindset in the travel industry

Unlocking the mobile mindset in the travel industry | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Consumers today spend more time shopping on mobile devices than they do on desktop devices. Forrester Research forecasts that US mobile commerce in travel and food services will hit $54 billion in 2016 and $75 billion by 2018. Add to that the fact that consumers are using their mobile devices for more than buying - they're researching cruises while waiting to board their flight. They're evaluating restaurants and making dinner reservations for themselves and clients during conference breaks. Additionally, mobile customers switch from device to device several times a day. Regardless of where they are or what device they are using, they expect a personalised, fast, rich and no-hassle online experience, described by Forrester as the 'mobile mind shift.' Forrester estimates that about 30% of US consumers think this way. Unfortunately, many travel and hospitality companies have not made this switch in thinking, and as a result, are not meeting their mobile customers' needs. Find out more.


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Panos Fotiadis's curator insight, May 11, 7:31 AM

mobile is king

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Apple Watch: A Test Run for Travelers

Apple Watch: A Test Run for Travelers | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Will the Apple Watch become as indispensable on the road as a passport? Siri won’t say. But we will.
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12 of Our Fathom's Favorite Working Travelers on #Instagram

12 of Our Fathom's Favorite Working Travelers on #Instagram | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Travel information and inspiration for the way you like to travel.
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5 social trends hoteliers can leverage

5 social trends hoteliers can leverage | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
How can hoteliers get guests to come beating down their doors? One global trends expert tells you how.
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Panos Fotiadis's curator insight, May 11, 7:26 AM

can you make guest to ...come beating at your door?

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Consumers more influenced by UGC than any other promotion type

Consumers more influenced by UGC than any other promotion type | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Consumers begin dreaming about and planning trips as a result of content that captures an experience they would also like to have. Travellers have always responded to the potential within a well-chosen marketing image, but user-generated content (UGC) goes beyond presenting what's possible. According to the latest research conducted by Rivet, consumers are more influenced by UGC than any other type of promotion. While 47% of Americans trust paid advertising, 92% trust earned promotion, finding it more relevant to their purchasing journey. UGC can do more than pique interest in a destination; it can be part of a process that inspires bookings and creates qualified leads that companies can firmly assess. However, without the ability to calculate its impact, many organisations have been hesitant to rely on UGC. By integrating UGC into a company's marketing mix in the most affordable, repeatable, scalable and measurable ways, organisations can view the positive correlation between displaying experiential content and increasing the conversion of dreamers to bookers.


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Massimiliano Piergentili's curator insight, May 7, 2:09 AM

I contenuti influenzano sempre di più le scelte degli utenti #internet