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Using social media, apps, and online buzz to promote tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants
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Small Luxury Hotels inspires travel via tablet magazine

Small Luxury Hotels inspires travel via tablet magazine | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Small Luxury Hotels of the World is stimulating travel to its hotels through a new digital magazine available for the iPad called “Be Inspired.”

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Back in Time with Seven Directions Custom Tours to Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Southwest

Back in Time with Seven Directions Custom Tours to Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Southwest | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
A journey to listen to echoes from the past at five amazing natural and cultural creations listed on UNESCO World Heritage Sites in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.
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Songtsan Travel Launches Website to Promote Local Tibet Tourism and Children’s Education

Songtsan Travel Launches Website to Promote Local Tibet Tourism and Children’s Education | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Songtsan Travel, a Tibetan-run tour organization, launched a new website to help clients arrange Tibet tours. The site highlights the organization’s focus on promoting local Tibetan businesses, providing quality service to western clients, and promoting children’s education in Tibet.

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Social-media start-ups bring compatible travelers together

Social-media start-ups bring compatible travelers together | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

April Thompson has sat next to some interesting people on planes. She once struck up a conversation with the pilot of Air Force One on Sept. 11, 2001. Another time, she listened to a French pastry chef talk about starting a bakery in Alabama.

But there were many other instances when she sat next to someone with whom she didn't want to spend hours talking. So last year, when she heard about Planely.com, a social travel-media website that connects fliers on the same flight or airport, she was eager to join.

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QR codes and Mobile Apps: What can they do for Destination Marketing?

QR codes and Mobile Apps: What can they do for Destination Marketing? | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
QR codes and Mobile Apps: What can they do for Destination Marketing?

Via Jeff Bernard, Tourism Australia Global Insights
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NM Residents Hold Line on In-State Travel in 2012 | Garrity Public Relations

Santa Fe is New Mexico’s Favorite Destination ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Memorial Day is the traditional start of the summer travel season.  According to the 2012 Garrity Perception Survey, New Mexico residents appear to be taking fewer in-state trips this year than they did last year.

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Tourism goes mobile in The Great Northern Catskills

Tourism goes mobile in The Great Northern Catskills | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

It’s quick. It’s fast. It’s at your fingertips.

That is how Greene County Economic Development, Tourism and Planning Director Warren Hart is describing the new mobile travel website, m.greatnortherncatskills.com.

The mobile website launch is part of Greene County’s spring and summer initiative to market events and family resorts in the county, with the goal of allowing Smartphone and tablet users access to a variety of what Hart called listing data — links to lodging, attractions events and golfing locations to name a few.

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Customers Bullish On Travel, Spending This Memorial Weekend, Says Social Sentiment Index [STUDY] - AllTwitter

Customers Bullish On Travel, Spending This Memorial Weekend, Says Social Sentiment Index [STUDY] - AllTwitter | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Are you traveling this Memorial Day weekend? Planning to do a little shopping, too?

You’re not alone. IBM’s Social Sentiment Index, which aggregates public opinion from Twitter, blogs, message forums and other social media channels, has revealed a 46 percent increase in the amount of conversations about Memorial Day travel over last year.

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The 2012 Garrity Perception Survey | Garrity Public Relations

The 2012 Garrity Perception Survey | Garrity Public Relations | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

What #NM destination is the most popular among its residents? Will instate #NM travel be on the rise? Answers to these and other tourism topics are in the Garrity Perception Survey 2012 New Mexico Tourism Insights.


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Despite perceived faults, US among friendliest travel destinations

Despite perceived faults, US among friendliest travel destinations | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

The US was among the world"s friendliest travel destinations when Lonely Planet compiled a list of where travelers are always welcome.

"Blamed though they are for the coming of WWIII, the Anti-Christ, Miley Cyrus, Bruce Willis, monster trucks, rampant street crime, and noise pollution through overloud talking, Americans just take it all in their stride," the site said.

Even Americans know there"s no such thing as a "typical Yank", so forget stereotypes and expectations.

"The USA"s citizens will invariably welcome you and help you get the best out of their country - all they ask in return is for you to leave your preconceptions at home, " according to Lonely Planet.


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3 Deadly Sins of Social Media Marketing: Facebook, Groupon, and Pinterest

3 Deadly Sins of Social Media Marketing: Facebook, Groupon, and Pinterest | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Social media marketing is what most chief marketing officers (CMO) have at the top of their lists for spending increases this year and next.
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Las Vegas and Disney Will Be the Most Popular Travel Destinations for U.S. Vacationers This Summer

In an analysis of nearly 1,000 travel-related keywords searched an estimated 2.4 billion times on Google during January and February 2012, AdGooroo found Disney accounted for 7.3 percent of all travel-related searches followed by Las Vegas at 6.3 percent, placing these two vacation destinations ahead of all others explored by online searchers, followed by Florida (5.7 percent), the Caribbean (3.2 percent), Mexico (2.1 percent) and Hawaii (1.1 percent).

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Travel brands look beyond their Facebook fans to make the most of social media

Travel brands look beyond their Facebook fans to make the most of social media | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Take a Facebook fan page of a travel business which has X number of fans. Clearly targeting these fans to meet your marketing goal is an opportunity but what about bringing`friends of fans’ into the mix to reach potential new customers?
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Margaritaville Casino bets on the iPhone to drive loyalty program enrollment

Margaritaville Casino bets on the iPhone to drive loyalty program enrollment | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant is enlisting mobile devices to create better relationships with on-premise customers while simplifying the process for enrolling in the casino’s loyalty program.

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Hotel Pre-Opening Checklist - Don't Forget you need Guests!

Hotel Pre-Opening Checklist - Don't Forget you need Guests! | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
We have put together a hotel pre-opening checklist focused on online marketing, pr, distribution and revenue management. Start in time !
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Tourism office website lets visitors plan music-themed Louisiana Vacations

The Louisiana Office of Tourism is launching a website for visitors to sample the state’s musical offerings and plan a music-themed vacation.

The site is www.LouisianaSoundtrack.com. A news release from Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne’s (DARR - dehn’s) office says it contains audio and video of indigenous music including jazz, Cajun and zydeco.

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New Haiti tourism logo

New Haiti tourism logo | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

The Caribbean island of Haiti chose its new logo and slogan from a competition which was launched March, 2012. Haitian graphic design Xavier Delatour was the lucky winner. 

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Social media-loving Ibiza clubbers can now pay at their hotel using fingerprints

Social media-loving Ibiza clubbers can now pay at their hotel using fingerprints | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Lavished with praise and envy in equal measure by some last year for its RFID tag-driven, social media frenzy for clubbers, Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel is at it again.
Not content with arming its guests and visitors to its high profile club nights with wristbands so they can check-in automatically and share content on Facebook, Ushiaia will allow registered users to pay for items around the hotel with nothing more than their fingers.

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Industry veteran: Encouraging Chinese tourism could help boost California's economy - Sacramento Business Journal

Industry veteran: Encouraging Chinese tourism could help boost California's economy - Sacramento Business Journal | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Tourism, and particularly Chinese tourism, could be an economic driver for California’s economy, a tourism industry veteran told the people attending the Sacramento Host Breakfast on Tuesday.

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Why Hoteliers should "Check-In" with Foursquare!

Why Hoteliers should "Check-In" with Foursquare! | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Foursquare allows you to Claim Your Venue, essentially allowing you to be the owner of the location where people try to “Check-In” to when they visit your establishment. Once claimed, you can remove duplicate locations in ...

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Kansas tourism campaign uses Wizard of Oz & Social Media to generate buzz

Kansas tourism campaign uses Wizard of Oz & Social Media to generate buzz | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

To generate some fun “buzz” about Kansas and help the tourism industry promote area attractions, local tourism partners were asked to create themed video vignettes on the topic of “Tourism Clicks in Kansas.” Each video features a local spokesperson wearing a local version of Dorothy’s iconic red shoes from the “Wizard of Oz.” Watch the compilation posted on the “Tourism Clicks in Kansas” YouTube channel.

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TripAdvisor’s City Guide launches 30 new destinations

In addition to the new destinations, the app now includes three new features on its Android version, giving travelers the ability to view local transit stations, create personalized maps, and see itinerary suggestions from travel experts.

Via Arnaud Desmarest & Pierre Le Moël
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Coupon In A Booklet With A Deal is Best Restaurant Ad

According to a research initiative by the National Restaurant Association and LivingSocial to study consumer perceptions related to restaurant operator marketing practices, among restaurant operators who had used various marketing communication forms to prospective consumers, 94% rated TV ads very or somewhat effective by the largest proportion of respondents, beating out email effectiveness by four points. Additionally, promotion forms that were felt to be effective by the operators ranked as follows (chart):

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Travelers favor agents over OTAs, survey finds

Travelers favor agents over OTAs, survey finds | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Fewer than half of business and leisure travelers believe they are getting fair value when they book through online travel agents, a new study shows.

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Memorial Day booking trends and social media [INFOGRAPHIC] | Tnooz

Memorial Day booking trends and social media [INFOGRAPHIC] | Tnooz | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
US-based online travel agency CheapOair.com dug into its booking statistics to come up with the most popular destinations for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend in the US.
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