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To buoy tourism in Bermuda, a campaign turns to social media
The New York Times
To boost tourism, the island is turning to where travelers increasingly learn about destinations: social media.
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US woos Chinese tourists with social media, fried dough fritters and a quiz
Financial Times
The US travel industry is rolling out the red carpet to attract a most sought-after commodity – the Chinese tourist.
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TripAdvisor reveals top 10 Travelers' Choice Destinations on the Rise
Travel Pulse
On Tuesday, travel website TripAdvisor revealed its Travelers' Choice Destinations on the Rise awards, highlighting the destinations around the globe that have received the greatest increase in positive feedback from TripAdisor members since last year.
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How foreign tourists are saving NYC jobs
New York Post
Wall Street hasn’t added jobs. Instead, New York’s service economy thrived. Hotels and restaurants added 72,200 jobs — 30 percent above the pre-crisis total. New York’s retailers added 58,300 jobs, a 20 percent increase.
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DMAI Spotlight


Building and protecting the destination brand for tomorrow's DMO
DMAI
On the heels of the DestinationNEXT Phase 1 report, we sat down with one of the most respected global strategic advisors in Tourism & Economic Development to get her take on the findings and implications for the industry.
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Protecting the budget with event impacts by Columbia Metro CVB
DMAI
Just because a destination may be small doesn't mean that the DMO can't still work with the efficiency and effectiveness that larger and better-funded organizations likewise strive for.
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Invitation to participate in a CIC study
DMAI
The Convention Industry Council (CIC) is conducting a study to explore the knowledge and perceptions meeting professionals outside North American have regarding professional certification and the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential.
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Best Practices, Trends & Technology


Top trends predicted for digital advertising in 2015
Media Daily News
With all this transition away from traditional advertising models, what does this mean for the digital advertising industry in 2015 and beyond?
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5 new travel startups use data for smoother trip planning and sharing
Skift
There is a wealth of available data that, once properly organized and displayed, can significantly remove travelers’ obstacles to an easy and enjoyable booking, research and sharing process.
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Now showing on Snapchat: A travel show
Digiday
Topdeck, a U.K.-based travel company, has unveiled the first travel show on the platform, and roped in YouTube star James Hill — with a popular series and over 70,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel — as the host of “Topdeck Snaps,” a six-episode series that will focus on exploring and discovering offbeat stories and quirks of destinations.
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Getting ready to welcome Chinese tourists
By Linchi Kwok
Now that the visa barrier has been lowered, the number of Chinese tourists is likely to double or even triple in a year or two. Is our travel, tourism and hospitality industry ready to welcome that many Chinese tourists?
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Industry News


Amex survey reveals Americans' holiday travel habits
Travel Pulse
American Express Travel released its Spending and Saving Tracker on Wednesday, revealing several intriguing statistics pertaining to American consumers and their holiday travel plans in 2014.
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SITE honors IMEX Group with Richard Ross Award
Successful Meetings
The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) has chosen the IMEX Group as the recipient of its 2014 Richard Ross Past Presidents' Award, the IMEX Group reported this week.
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Amazon could change hotel distribution game, analysts say
Travel Weekly
Amazon’s fledgling relationships with small, independent, boutique hotels could presage a major new distribution channel for hoteliers seeking an alternative to selling on Expedia as well as an innovative way for consumers to shop, analysts said last week.
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Tempest acquires Internet Destination Sales System (iDSS)
Yahoo
Tempest, a global digital marketing agency, announced its acquisition of iDSS, a cloud-based SaaS CRM software company for the tourism and destination marketing industry.
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Destination News Digest


Virginia's Danville, Pittsylvania County study collaborative tourism effort
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
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Tampa area aims for top tier in tourism revenue
The Tampa Tribune
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Cincinnati selected to host 2016 NAACP Convention
WXIX-TV
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Marshall Co. tourism campaign reaches Big Apple, beyond
WAFF-TV
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New Orleans to host world's largest international tourism trade
show in 2016

The Times-Picayne
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Local tourism bureaus keep busy in winter
The News-Herald
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Russia lawmaker submits bill to limit foreign travelers' visits
Bloomberg
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Chinese visitors are shunning London
City Metric
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Dominican Republic's tourist arrivals surge continued in October
Travel Pulse
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