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Using social media, apps, and online buzz to promote tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants
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Social media in travel 2012 - Beyond reviews

Social media in travel 2012 - Beyond reviews | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Looking at the challenges travel and tourism organizations will face on the social media front in 2012.

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What's in store for next year? Tourism predictions for 2012

What's in store for next year? Tourism predictions for 2012 | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Smaller travel players looking to place smarter strategies around their use of social media, looking to add value to their customers as opposed to simply pushing advertising to them. ...
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Travel-Ticker Survey Shows Americans Plan More Leisure Trips

Travel-Ticker Survey Shows Americans Plan More Leisure Trips | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

There may be some good news ahead for the leisure side of the business if results from a new survey by Travel-Ticker, which calls itself an inspirational travel website, are correct. According to the 2012 Travel-Ticker Traveler Intentions Survey, 44 percent of visitors to the website who responded to the survey say they plan on taking more leisure trips in 2012 than they did in 2011, a 5 percent increase from last year.

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Check-ins Mean Points for Members of Airline and Hotel Loyalty Programs

Check-ins Mean Points for Members of Airline and Hotel Loyalty Programs | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Last week, travel industry loyalty program software provider ezRez Software acquired San Francisco-based startup Topquest. That would be of little interest, except that the acquisition means the use of social media now translates into points on travel rewards programs from airlines and hotel chains.

“Topguest enables members of leading travel loyalty programs…to earn reward points for geo-located check-ins via their mobile devices. Powering direct links to Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Twitter, Topguest helps travelers build their reward balances and receive exclusive offers and bonuses for simply using some of these popular social services,”

Virgin America awards 25 Elevate points for sharing a location or a photo at a Virgin America airport terminal, baggage claim, or other venue. Hilton’s HHonors program gives an allotment of 50 points to hotel guests who share their location or a photo at Hampton® or DoubleTree by Hilton™ hotels.


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NM Tourism Dept. seeks web-savvy designers

NM Tourism Dept. seeks web-savvy designers | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

The New Mexico Tourism Department has issued a request for proposals to do a complete redesign of its website. The department plans to add a booking agent and mobile site, and possibly create a smartphone application.

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Suffocating Your Social Strategy

Suffocating Your Social Strategy | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Ah social. Has anything inspired and confused more tourism marketers over the last 5 years?

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New IFE Option on AA: Samsung Galaxy Android tablet

New IFE Option on AA: Samsung Galaxy Android tablet | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Hot on the heels of the recent announcement that iPads had been certified for use on the flight deck during all phases of flight, American Airlines announced today that they will be offering the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet, an Android-based tablet, as an in-flight entertainment (IFE) option on transcontinental US flights and international flights served by 767-300 aircraft.

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Airport social check-ins mean miles for United-Continental frequent flyers | Tnooz

Airport social check-ins mean miles for United-Continental frequent flyers | Tnooz | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
United and Continental airlines are now handing out miles and other perks to road warriors when they use Facebook and Foursquare to check-in through their social networks at various US airports.
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AAA Forecasts a Slight Increase in Holiday Travel

AAA is forecasting a slight increase — 1.4 percent — in the number of Americans who will travel 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming holiday season. It projects that 91.9 million Americans will travel for the holidays, compared to 90.7 million last year. This is the second highest number in the past decade and represents 30 percent of the total U.S. population.

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Red Roof Inn launches room redesign based on guest suggestions via email survey

If you could redesign your hotel room, what would you include?

Red Roof Inn, one of the nation's largest budget hotel chains, launched a $90-million redesign effort this month for its nearly 350 hotels across the country based on the comments of thousands of guests in Texas, Georgia and Ohio. The data were collected from email surveys taken over the last 12 to 18 months.

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Facebook Testing Private Messages For Pages

Facebook Testing Private Messages For Pages | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Facebook just confirmed with us that it's testing a feature that would allow people and Pages to communicate privately. This update was first spotted by communications agency WeAreSocial.sg.


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Six Social Media Trends for 2012

Six Social Media Trends for 2012 | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Each year at this time, I look forward and predict trends in social media for the coming year. But first, I look back at my predictions from last year. How'd I do? Not bad.
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Two Twitter mistakes, two key takeaways

Two Twitter mistakes, two key takeaways | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Durex and the Red Cross found themselves knee-deep in controversy but their reactions had very different outcomes...
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5 ways travel and tourism brands can market to the Hispanic traveler

5 ways travel and tourism brands can market to the Hispanic traveler | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
If your marketing budgets are limited, social media is an efficient way to reach Hispanics. Hispanics spend a larger portion of their time on social sites than other ethnic groups. They also trust what their friends on social sites ...
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Sweden Gets (Really) Social

Sweden Gets (Really) Social | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Visit Sweden has gone social. Really social. Rather than continue the pattern of boring tweets and wall posts about the weather, the Swedes have turned their Twitter account over to regular Swedish citizens.

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Tnooz Predictions 2012 - The biggest and best list in travel technology

Tnooz Predictions 2012 - The biggest and best list in travel technology | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

For the third year in a row, we have peered into the Tnooz crystal ball, reached into the depths of our knowledge and experience of the industry in order to come up with the biggest, most well-informed list of predictions you will find anywhere on the web.

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Liftopia iPhone app gives lift to ski ticket booking with mobile vouchers

Liftopia iPhone app gives lift to ski ticket booking with mobile vouchers | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Liftopia debuted an iPhone app, claiming it embarks on a virgin trail when it comes to skiing and mobile e-commerce.
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Wisconsin Department of Tourism Collects Mittens for Charity

Wisconsin Department of Tourism Collects Mittens for Charity | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

The mitten collection campaign was inspired by the mitten-like shape of Wisconsin. The collection is a partnership with Michigan, another mitten-shaped state.

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Arizona governor seeks $7 million funding boost for Office of Tourism for Marketing

Arizona governor seeks $7 million funding boost for Office of Tourism to ...The RepublicJan Brewer is seeking a big funding boost for the Arizona Office of Tourism so it can step up efforts to market the state.
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Travelers increasingly choose luxury in the sky

Travelers increasingly choose luxury in the sky | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Travelers are splurging on business- or first-class airline tickets but downgrading to economy lodging, a recent study indicates.
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Aloft Hotel tests holographic QR codes to enhance guest experience - Mobile Commerce Daily - Content

Aloft Hotel tests holographic QR codes to enhance guest experience - Mobile Commerce Daily - Content | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Aloft Hotel is testing a holographic concierge with QR codes to give guests easy access to information and offers from local businesses.

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KLM Airlines Allows Passengers to Find Their Seatmate Via Social Media

KLM Airlines Allows Passengers to Find Their Seatmate Via Social Media | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
KLM Airlines is giving passengers the power to pick who they sit next to via social media. The opt-in system will display the Facebook and Linkedin profile pages of each passenger on the flight.
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Aruba Hotels Learn the Importance of Social Media

Aruba Hotels Learn the Importance of Social Media | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

How does the rapid-response world of Facebook and Twitter suit one of the most laid-back destinations in the Caribbean? For Keirsin Tjon Pian Gi, the public relations and e-commerce manager at the Aruba Marriott Resort, social media is all in a day’s work.

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Itineraries - 5 tech-friendly hotels

Itineraries - 5 tech-friendly hotels | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Perhaps your children or grandchildren will one day ask, incredulously, "You mean, hotels had front desks and they were staffed by hotel employees when you were my age?
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Australian Hotel:Steal This $15,000 Banksy

Australian Hotel:Steal This $15,000 Banksy | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

An Australian hotel chain claims that anybody that can find and steal their Banksy painting, can keep it. The British artist's "No Ball Games" is valued at $15,000 and as of December 15, it will be hanging in one of Art Series Hotel Group's three Melbourne hotels: The Cullen, The Olsen or The Blackman. Steal it and it's yours, but if you're caught in the act, the work goes back up and somebody else will get a shot. Go here to book your room.

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