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Illinois hopes Spielberg's "Lincoln" film will lure tourists

Illinois hopes Spielberg's "Lincoln" film will lure tourists | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

With the new film, there's a renewed interest in Abraham Lincoln's life, and nowhere gets you closer than Illinois,'” said Jen Hoelzle, recently appointed deputy director of the Illinois Office of Tourism.

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Ritz-Carlton's Big Announcement And The Luxury-Mobile Paradox

Ritz-Carlton's Big Announcement And The Luxury-Mobile Paradox | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Mobile and self-service customer support aren’t yet a reality at the great luxury hotels of today. This is in spite of the expectations of today’s customers, and of the dominant customers of the very near future: the uniquely large millennial generation of customers: young people born 1980-2000 who will  soon [...]
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YouTube sees spike in consumption of branded travel videos

YouTube sees spike in consumption of branded travel videos | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
YouTube has seen a year-over-year spike in consumption of branded travel videos, according to a new detailed whitepaper about the video platform.
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How Pinterest Messaging could transform travel planning

How Pinterest Messaging could transform travel planning | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Messaging, a recently announced feature on the photo-pinning platform Pinterest, is the next phase of its domination of targeted consumer engagement.

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France crowned most popular country in the world

France crowned most popular country in the world | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
France was streets ahead of every other country, welcoming 15million more tourists than the US, which took second place, and more than double the number who visited the UK.

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A Look Inside The World’s First Instagram Hotel

A Look Inside The World’s First Instagram Hotel | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Addicted to Instagram? Love the hotel life? Then a night at the 1888 Hotel Sydney, which bills itself as the world's first Instagram hotel, might be for you.
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Google-Backed Robot Concierge Accepts Tweets as Tips

Google-Backed Robot Concierge Accepts Tweets as Tips | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Botlr is set to become one of the first full-time robotic concierges in a major hotel chain.
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City guides from real life cool people

City guides from real life cool people | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Scouted offers city guides to coffeeshops, restaurants and bars written by the people who actually hang out there.
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Tripadvisor, Expedia lead in Reviews

Tripadvisor, Expedia lead in Reviews | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Tripadvisor is the top destination for prestige hotel reviews, with 43% of the hotel review market share. OTAs Expedia, Booking.com and Orbitz lag with 6%, 7% and 1% of the review market share respectively.


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Drone videos are the new Instagram photos

Drone videos are the new Instagram photos | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Why just look at plain old photos when you can see incredible panoramic videos recorded by drones?
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Edinburgh Airport hosts stand-up comedy and theatre

Edinburgh Airport hosts stand-up comedy and theatre | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
To coincide with the famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh Airport is hosting live stand-up comedy and theatre productions in the arrivals hall.
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Best Apps and Websites for Travelers

Best Apps and Websites for Travelers | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

There's an app for just about everything, from making the most of an extended flight delay to tapping into local culture. Here are the best digital tools for travelers, all tested by T+L's tech correspondent. 

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Social Media Challenges in Destination Marketing

Social Media Challenges in Destination Marketing | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Social media marketing has moved beyond bells and whistles and is now the mainstay of a sound digital strategy, along with having a transactional, mobile-optimized website and a clean database for frequent, automated emails and/or newsletters.

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Didn't Enjoy Your Hotel Stay? That'll Be $500, Please

Didn't Enjoy Your Hotel Stay? That'll Be $500, Please | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
A hotel in Hudson, New York, is going to new lengths to avoid bad online reviews: It's fining guests who leave them.
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Video Best Practices in Travel Marketing

Video Best Practices in Travel Marketing | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Earlier in 2014, Tourisme Montreal launched a six-part web series called Montreal Boy, some strings attached, just like you’d watch a television series on your home screen or Netflix. The novel aspect here is that the destination itself, Montreal, plays a second role to the main characters, which are a gay couple. This web series is a part of Montreal’s unique campaigns for the LGBT community, and it contributes to a brand positioning as gay-friendly travel destination.


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Hemingway for Hotels: The Ritz-Carlton's Flash Fiction Ads

Hemingway for Hotels: The Ritz-Carlton's Flash Fiction Ads | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

It could almost be a writing workshop prompt: tell a story, do it in six words, go for the wow effect — and that’s exactly what the Ritz-Carlton wants. Recently, the hotel company launched a campaign inviting social media friends and followers to provide six-word stories about their Ritz-Carlton experiences with the hashtag #RCMemories. 


The company calls these stories “Six Word Wows,” and the campaign, if one were to believe the corporate website’s press release tagline, is “Paying Homage To Classic Ernest Hemingway Line.” “Which classic Hemingway line?” we might ask. “If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them”?


No, Ritz-Carlton is referring to the probably apocryphal  anecdote that when bet he couldn’t write a story in six words, Hemingway replied, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 17, 11:15 PM

Smart content marketing campaign and even smarter by crowdsourcing storytelling.

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More Hospitality Chains Offer Social Media Rewards

One gets the impression that with some careful scheduling of their social media activity, a savvy social media user could stay in hotels for the rest of their lives and never have to pay -- provided they don’t mind turning over their social feeds to posts about hospitality providers. In recent weeks even more hospitality chains have jumped on the social media rewards bandwagon, offering customers free rooms and assorted perks in return for posting about their experience on social media.

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Stop being a tourist

Stop being a tourist | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Serendipity has forsaken them. No luck, no providence, no happy accidents. Chance replaced by the resolute certainty of a travel app. Every cobblestone is triangulated and assigned a pixel, every street photographed and mapped onto Street View. Hotels booked according to the most family-friendly reviews atbookings.com, their itinerary copied from TripAdvisor's top-10 attractions before ever leaving home.

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How KLM Airlines Marketing Campaigns Use Social Media

How KLM Airlines Marketing Campaigns Use Social Media | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
When choosing to learn from social media marketing campaigns, it is helpful to choose the best of the best. KLM Airlines marketing is in this camp.

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British Airways Brings Puppies and Kittens to Your Seatback Monitor

British Airways Brings Puppies and Kittens to Your Seatback Monitor | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
British Airways is taking a page from the Internet playbook, adding puppies and kittens to its roster of in-flight entertainment.
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Grand Canyon opens up offer for hospitality operators

Grand Canyon opens up offer for hospitality operators | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
The Grand Canyon National Park is soliciting bids for a 15-year contract to operate hotels, shops restaurants and other services along the South Rim.
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The Cruise Line that Started on Instagram

The Cruise Line that Started on Instagram | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Who says sailing has to be stuffy? David Amsden joins the Sailing Collective, a Brooklyn-based outfitter fueled by youthful bonhomie.
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Behold, The World's First Floating Snowflake Hotel

Behold, The World's First Floating Snowflake Hotel | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Norway is the greatest, and soon there will be a whole new way to see it: from the glass windowed wall of the world's first floating snowflake hotel.

The Krystall will feature 86 five-star hotel rooms, a spa and a conference center, all in a snowf...
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Looks amazing at night lit in blue hues!

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Radisson Blu gets more 'social' with guests

Radisson Blu gets more 'social' with guests | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Major hotel chains are jumping into social media, including new initiatives to reward guests for social media activity that helps promote their brands. They are all trying to win market share among Millennials, who represent a growing proportion of business and tourist travel, reports Media Post.
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Tech activity 'overtakes sleeping'

Tech activity 'overtakes sleeping' | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Britons spend more time using technology devices than they do sleeping, research suggests. Communications regulator Ofcom said UK adults spend an average of eight hours and 41 minutes a day on media devices, compared with the average night's sleep of eight hours and 21 minutes.

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These photos won the 2014 National Geographic Traveler photo contest

These photos won the 2014 National Geographic Traveler photo contest | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
This ominous cloud is just one of the big winners from this year's amazing crop.
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