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Using social media, apps, and online buzz to promote tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants
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GuestCentric survey: Mobile consumers want hotels tonight and tomorrow

Forget about elongated booking windows when it comes to mobile-device-wielding consumers looking for a hotel room -- they want their reservation pronto for tonight or tomorrow evening.
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Costa Rica Tourism Board: Million Dollar Gift of Happiness

The “Million Dollar Gift of Happiness” campaign leverages Costa Rica's top spot on the Happy Planet Index, and aims to spread the happiness with a million dollars worth of free trips to the country. Through a contest on the Visit Costa Rica Facebook page.

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DMOs Tourism Professionals Love to Follow

DMOs Tourism Professionals Love to Follow | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

A look at the most popular DMOs among tourism professionals on Twitter.

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10 Steps to Better Engagement in VISIT FLORIDA Programs

This year’s conference focused on 10 Steps for Florida’s tourism businesses to get the most out of VISIT FLORIDA’s marketing programs. Below are some highlights of the presentation we gave on this topic with links to help you take the best advantage of each opportunity:
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TechCrunch | Discover The World Around You With New Mobile App Roamz

TechCrunch | Discover The World Around You With New Mobile App Roamz | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Just in time to be one of the first app installs on my freshly arrived iPhone 4S, there comes a new location-based mobile app called Roamz (iTunes link), which will have its official debut on Monday at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. As hinted...


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Collaborative Website Aims To Draw Attention To Midwest Travel

Collaborative Website Aims To Draw Attention To Midwest Travel | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Robin Malpass launched BestMidwestTravel.com a year ago. The site offers trip ideas, information on special deals and events as well as related blog and social media content. To make it work financially, Malpass pitched the tourism bureaus on the concept of collaborating by becoming sponsors of the site. In return, besides mentions on the website, the company would pool the funds the sponsors provided and buy ad space in media outlets that they couldn’t afford on their own. The sponsors also would get access to the site’s permission-based e-mail list.

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Heads Up – Google Places Wants to Change Your Business Listing Automatically

Heads Up – Google Places Wants to Change Your Business Listing Automatically | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Just posted important updates about this. Plus comments starting to roll in about related problems.


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KLM lets travellers shake and pack with iPhone application

KLM lets travellers shake and pack with iPhone application | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
KLM has launched an app to help travellers find new places to go by shaking their mobile phone.
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Report: Tourism boosts SCV markets in tough economy

Report: Tourism boosts SCV markets in tough economy | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
On Santa Clarita’s economic front, tourism is strong, home and condominium prices rose, filming is up and there was an increase in sales-tax revenue.
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Travel app Trover makes its Android debut — Tech News and Analysis

Travel app Trover makes its Android debut — Tech News and Analysis | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
An Android version of Trover, the snappy mobile app aimed at letting travelers share photos of their off-the-beaten-path discoveries, is now available. For a social app like Trover, which is only as good as the content its users ...
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Japan looks to tap social media with 10000 free flight proposal

Japan looks to tap social media with 10000 free flight proposal | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
The Japan Tourism Agency is proposing to offer 10000 free flights to social media users to help stimulate its struggling tourism industry.
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MediaPost Publications Is QR Worth the Trip? Consumers Still Unsure 10/12/2011

MediaPost Publications Is QR Worth the Trip? Consumers Still Unsure 10/12/2011 | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Only 28% of mobile users who have used QR codes more than once say they “usually” get something in return that made the effort worthwhile. Another 3% (call them QR enthusiasts?) say they always get something good from the goofy-looking digital symbols.
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Google has Zagat and now Kayak gets Frommers reviews

Google has Zagat and now Kayak gets Frommers reviews | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Perhaps as a hedge against Google's acquisition of Zagat, Kayak went ahead and added professional hotel reviews from Frommer's and Budget Travel.
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Google extends Hotel Finder tool beyond US destinations

Google extends Hotel Finder tool beyond US destinations | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Google's experiment with its Hotel Finder tool for US destinations must be paying off as the search giant has quietly opened it up to include European cities.
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Picture this -- Gogobot debuts iPhone app | Tnooz

Picture this -- Gogobot debuts iPhone app | Tnooz | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Gogobot took its social roadshow to mobile, launching an iPhone app which enables users to take a photo, turn it into a geo-tagged digital postcard and share it on their Facebook Timeline.
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When Social Media for Hotels works

Don't try to super-qualify your guests with social media, open the doors and let people come. With social media you're not going to control demographics just like you do with an ad campaign. Someone in some country may like your page and that's not your preferred country, and then their friend likes it too and before you know it you've got 100 followers from that area. This doesn't mean the system doesn't work, it's exactly what viral is all about.
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Destination Partnerships- Who's your buddy?

Destination Partnerships- Who's your buddy? | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

In a highly competitive tourism marketplace and especially during times when every part of the available tourism funds matters, cooperation in tourism development and marketing at a regional and cross country level is certainly the way forward. The initiatives that follow, initiated by destinations all around the world, show us that when it comes to tourism product development and targeted marketing, for increased destination awareness, visitors expenditure and local economic development, two -or in some cases more- is better than one.

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Brands Lose Ground As Facebook Bug Penalizes Third Party Apps

Brands Lose Ground As Facebook Bug Penalizes Third Party Apps | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Brands using third party publishing platforms like Vitrue, HootSuite, Argyle Social and the like are seeing brand page post impressions plummet thanks to a Facebook bug.

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Unifying Loyalty, Rewards, and Social Media

A little over a week ago, eMarketer ran a very interesting story, “What Do Facebook Users Expect from Brands?" that speaks loud to social media affect on rewards programs. 

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Trippy, A Web Service Where Users’ Friends Help With Travel Planning

Trippy, A Web Service Where Users’ Friends Help With Travel Planning | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

http://youtu.be/8-juD9ftXggTrippy is a new social travel web service and iPhone app that lets users call on their friends for travel planning advice and recommendations. The app works with...


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Hotels Make Advancements in Mobile Marketing.

There's good news for hotels looking to attract the eye of business professionals: a new study by Sabre Travel Network shows that the technology and advancements hotels are investing in are paying off when it comes to business bookings.

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Lonely Planet watch out -- TripAdvisor launches free mobile city guides | Tnooz

Lonely Planet watch out -- TripAdvisor launches free mobile city guides | Tnooz | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Travel guide publishers such as Lonely Planet have a new competitor to deal with -- TripAdvisor.
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Ever increasing circles: Where travel's social media revolution goes next - Travolution

Ever increasing circles: Where travel's social media revolution goes next - Travolution | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Where travel's social media revolution goes next? So where do we go from here? What else is there to come for travel companies and social media?

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Optimising QR Codes for hotels

Optimising QR Codes for hotels | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
With a little careful planning, you can create a QR campaign that will enhance your guests’ experiences, improve your search engine ranking and make you stand out above your competition. Mike Supple, Sr.

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Glass half full? TravelClick says half of hoteliers plan to increase mobile marketing | Tnooz

With job growth anemic in the US and the debt crisis raging in parts of Europe, are hotels scaling down their mobile marketing efforts?
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