Game day: rooting for the whole destination

After more than a year without in-person gatherings and festivities, the excitement about reopening sporting events is evident — particularly the upcoming football season this fall. Sports fans worldwide are counting down the days until they can cheer on their favorite teams and athletes from the…

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An Engagement and Collaboration Simulation for DMO’s

Pre-pandemic, the need for stakeholder engagement and alignment was a pressing but not yet universally acknowledged challenge for all DMO’s. However, the past 18 months have catapulted this issue to one of the most urgent and important challenges of post-pandemic tourism management. About three…

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An Homage to Destination Execs Who Just GET IT DONE!

Over the course of the pandemic, we have seen destination marketing organizations make rapid and significant changes. The community relevance of a tourism organization, its integration with civic and citizen plans and its contribution to the local economy have all been in the spotlight. Having…

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Why Decarbonization Will Disrupt the Future of Travel

Future of Tourism Series | Guest Blog By Rodney Payne For travel, decarbonization will be at least as disruptive as was the internet. The world is finally turning toward the climate crisis with coalitions, technologies, policies and economic incentives that are needed to coordinate the effort…

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Authentic LGBTQ Destination Development

Future of Tourism Series | Guest Blog By Greg DeShields Cheerfully, travel and tourism is on the road to recovery! According to the latest Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, 87% now have travel plans in the next six months — the highest level since early March 2020…

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Meetings and Events: The Reality Right Now

Although we’re not out of the woods just yet, we feel like we’re on an upward trajectory when it comes to meetings and events. What makes us think that? Well, let’s take a look at the data! Sources: Simpleview Aggregated Meetings Data 2021 Global Meetings and Events Forecast…

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Keeping Our Eyes Forward

Future of Tourism Series | Guest Blog By Michael Crockatt Lately, I have been half-jokingly using a corny line about celebrating a full year of everyone making wrong predictions about the COVID-19 pandemic. At the very least, there’s a lesson we have learned from those mistakes. Let’s stop…

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The Next DEI Frontier: Destination Marketing Boards

Future of Tourism Series | Guest Blog By Bill Geist Diversity, equity and inclusion. We’ve been talking about the topic for years, but it took the events of the summer of 2020 to shake many in the destination marketing world to become intentional about making this concept more than an…

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