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Using social media, apps, and online buzz to promote tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants
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Artspotter Sculpts Its New App To Be The Social Platform For Art Fans | TechCrunch

Artspotter Sculpts Its New App To Be The Social Platform For Art Fans | TechCrunch | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
When the Artspotter app and site first appeared last year we noted it was a more of an art map that lets you discover and publish art around you, whether it be galleries, street art, you name it.

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Sacramento tourism bureau changing slogan to 'California begins here'

Sacramento tourism bureau changing slogan to 'California begins here' | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

The Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau is set to launch its new tagline this month: “California begins here.” 

 

In most cases, it will replace the “Discover Gold” campaign that began in 2001-2002. Discover Gold was a natural fit for Sacramento because of the city’s role as the center of the California God Rush. That slogan didn’t replace anything. There was no previous slogan.

“California begins here” is a nod to history of the area, without being as tied to the Gold Rush. The campaign will have an emphasis on the rising culinary culture and the wine regions locally.

Discover Gold won’t go away entirely. It still will be used in Sacramento’s international marketing, visitors for whom history is more of a draw.


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Does virtual travel cramp your style?

Does virtual travel cramp your style? | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Do your friends -- and, let's face it, acquaintances you rarely see in the flesh -- want to vacation virtually with you? And are you losing out on the experience by fiddling with your phone?

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HotelTonight: IOS devices spend 15pc more on nightly rates than Android

HotelTonight: IOS devices spend 15pc more on nightly rates than Android | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

HotelTonight is finding that not only do its iOS users tend to spend more but they also are 33 percent faster at booking a hotel reservation than Android users.

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Study shows images are the most engaging updates on social networks

Study shows images are the most engaging updates on social networks | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Marketing services provider Performics has produced a study which looks at user patterns across social media and in particular, which types of content work best. It found that when it comes to engaging with friends’ updates, we favour images the most at 35%.

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Travel Bloggers to Converge in Toronto, Canada for TBEX

Travel Bloggers to Converge in Toronto, Canada for TBEX | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

We’re all very excited about today’s announcement that Toronto will be be the site for TBEX 2013. It’s a wonderful addition to our TBEX Events which currently include our European event in Girona, Spain

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Cape Town Tourism uses Crowdsourcing to clock over 13 million impressions on Twitter

As part of their global digital media marketing campaign, Cape Town Tourism is currently hosting four top international travel bloggers who are recounting their experiences of the destination across various digital and social media platforms this week as iAmbassadors for Cape Town.

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PixMeAway creates image-based travel search and recommendation engine

PixMeAway creates image-based travel search and recommendation engine | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Picture search is becoming so popular that even academics are seeing how they can establish and run a travel startup – in this case, PixMeAway – to target the trend.

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Survey: U.S. hotel owners are optimistic

Survey: U.S. hotel owners are optimistic | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Nearly half of U.S. hotels expect to be able to charge higher rates this fall compared with last year, a new survey has found.
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Travel Oregon launches Chinese language site

Travel Oregon launches Chinese language site | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Travel Oregon has launched a Chinese language website catering to one of the state’s fastest growing visitor markets.

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An Instagram Marketing Strategy You Can Implement TODAY ...

An Instagram Marketing Strategy You Can Implement TODAY ... | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Instagram is perfect for DIY marketers. The iPhone app provides various filters that lend a more artistic edge to your snapshots. The edited photos are automatically added to your camera roll and to the Instagram database, which makes sharing a snap.

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Spiritual tourism increasingly popular

Spiritual tourism increasingly popular | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Travel agents in Bali have seen increasing demand from foreign tourists to provide spiritual tourism packages, an association said Saturday.

 

Bali was rapidly becoming popular as a spiritual tourism destination, as evidenced by itinerary requests to travel agents from groups of foreign tourists, said Bagus Sudibya, deputy chairman of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies in Bali (ASITA Bali).

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"Shades of Grey" tourism in Seattle, Portland

"Shades of Grey" tourism in Seattle, Portland | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Tourism promoters hope so. Many of the steamiest scenes take place in Seattle and Portland, and there are plans to turn the novel into a movie.

 

(I'm happy for Seattle & Portland but really... the madness over this book is just madness)

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High-tech tourists could mean less visitor center traffic

High-tech tourists could mean less visitor center traffic | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Fewer people are going to Charleston and Mount Pleasant visitor centers this year, and officials believe iPhones and Androids are at least partly the reason.

 

In Charleston, the visitor center saw 425,417 tourists through July of this year compared with 442,550 the same time period last year, said Perrin Lawson, deputy director of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Tourism Australia launches Facebook app

The ‘Discover Australia Through Your Friends’ app – the first of its kind – merges the best of Google Maps and Facebook technology to create a unique travel planning tool to not only help choose where to go in Australia, but also provide advice from friends who may already have been there.

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British Airways launches Perfect Days app, possibly what MetroTwin could have been

British Airways launches Perfect Days app, possibly what MetroTwin could have been | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Airlines are falling over themselves trying to keep engaged with passengers before and long after they sit in an aircraft seat - and British Airways is no exception.
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2012 Consumer Trends from Travel Weekly

2012 Consumer Trends from Travel Weekly | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Travel Weekly's latest survey of people who buy travel reveals much about how the market's changing, but it also underscores a constant: the crucial importance of the agent sales force.

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6 Location-Based Marketing Strategies for Small Business Owners

6 Location-Based Marketing Strategies for Small Business Owners | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

More consumers are using location-based services to share their whereabouts with friends and locate real-time deals than ever before — but many small business marketers are have yet to fully utilize this new technology. Roughly half of all smartphone users are now finding offers and discounts based on their current locations, according to a 2012 report by Fleishman-Hillard and Harris Interactive, however only 9% of small businesses are taking advantage of popular location-based networks like Foursquare to promote their brands.

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Some Simple yet Effective Ideas for Hotel Blog Content

Some Simple yet Effective Ideas for Hotel Blog Content | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Every tourism business needs a Blog.

 

Without a Blog your Social Media strategy will be incomplete, flawed and incapable of driving the business benefits you require.

 

But for some reason Hotels are not using them as often or as effectively as they should be and this is a mistake. The humble Blog should actually be the cornerstone of your Social Media marketing activity.

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Chicago Tourism Sets Spending Record

Chicago Tourism Sets Spending Record | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Tourists packed up a lot of receipts from the Windy City last year.
New U.S. Travel Association numbers reveal tourist spending in Chicago set a record in 2011. Visitors forked over about $12 billion in total direct spending, about 8 percent more than in 2010. That helped create 128,000 jobs, according to a statement from the Mayor’s Press Office.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Chicago-Tourism--164388616.html#ixzz22DO3w5Ui

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New Mexico’s ‘Summer Road Trip Adventure’ contest extended

New Mexico’s ‘Summer Road Trip Adventure’ contest extended | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has extended its “Summer Road Trip Geocache Adventure Contest” for two additional weeks — to August 14.


The contest allows adventure seekers the opportunity to hunt for New Mexico landmarks with a free mobile Apple iPhone application.

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Virgin Galactic to host space travel agents in southern NM

Virgin Galactic to host space travel agents in southern NM | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Virgin Galactic on Monday announced that it will hold its annual Global ASA Forum in October in Doña Ana and Sierra counties. The forum was also held in New Mexico in 2010.


The commercial space line will host 75 ASAs, or “accredited space agents,” from its worldwide network of 200 in southern New Mexico to introduce them to the local tourism economy.

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Vermont hopes residents' tweets will attract interest, tourists to state

Vermont hopes residents' tweets will attract interest, tourists to state | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Vermont's tourism department is giving state residents reins to a Twitter account, to get the word out about their state. Each week, a different Vermonter will take over the Twitter handle THISISVT, posting glimpses of life in Vermont for seven days.

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For Marketing Success, Follow the Customer's Journey

For Marketing Success, Follow the Customer's Journey | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Improved marketing is something every business wants. You may be a travel agent, cruise line, tour operator or airline but, regardless of segment, size or brand, successful marketing depends on understanding the experience and stages your customer goes through.

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Sightsee and Construct Bucket Lists with Roadtrippers

Sightsee and Construct Bucket Lists with Roadtrippers | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Roadtrippers plots the quickest route between two points, but adds a corridor in which to discover history, nature, attractions, entertainment, and more. Choose an exploration radius as small as ten miles off the beaten path or as large as, well, the entire map.

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