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Cuba braces for US tourism boom
Travel Weekly
Cuba's nascent private sector is bracing for an influx of visitors should the U.S. embargo ease, but many businesses in the communist country appear unprepared for a torrent of tourists.
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Visit Savannah ranked No. 2 destination
Business in Savannah
Visit Savannah was chosen as No. 2 out of 100 must-follow destination marketing organizations on social media by Betsy A. Decillis Consulting. Other destinations ranked in the top five include Visit Florida, Visit Austin, Texas, the Cleveland, Ohio Convention and Visitors Bureau and Brand USA.
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Laredo, Texas, CVB looks to increase tourism
KGNS-TV
2015 means a New Year for Laredo, Texas, and ways the city plans to promote Laredo by increasing tourism. Every year the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau in collaboration with other organizations like Laredo Main Street, Laredo Center for the Arts and a whole list of others, sit down and come up with ways to make Laredo more tourist friendly.
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India tourism industry on the upswing
Global Travel Industry News
The Indian tourism industry grew by 10 percent year-on-year in the year ending 2014, according to Indian tourism minister Mahesh Sharma.
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DMAI Spotlight


4 ways DMOs can use Twitter effectively for meetings
DMAI
If you're a DMO sales and marketing pro that hasn't applied Twitter toward its meetings objectives, take a minute to explore these four examples.
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10 DMO marketing trends to look out for in 2015
DMAI
The thoughts and insight below are from some of the brightest minds in the destination marketing industry so be sure to take notes!
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Upcoming DMAI Events
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March 21-27 Destinations Week in WashingtonWashington, DC
March 25 Destinations ShowcaseWashington, DC
April 15-17 Marketing Innovation SummitSan Francisco
April 27-29 CEO SummitMonterey, Calif.
July 15-17 Annual ConventionAustin, Texas


Best Practices, Trends & Technology


10 ways location-based marketing will evolve in 2015
Huffington Post
Smartphones have grown increasingly more sophisticated in recent years, allowing consumers to do everything from buying a new outfit to watching their favorite TV shows. It's clear mobile technology will only continue its gradual domination of the technology landscape in 2015, with consumers moving toward mobile over PC.
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The boundary-less consumer: Integrated marketing game-changers
Forbes
Consumer Goods marketers recognize that to increase brand equity, consumers must be lead along a path that results in more than a product purchase, but also brand advocacy.
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Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Communications & Social Media Manager reports to the Vice President of Marketing & Communications and is responsible for promoting the city of Providence as a top leisure destination.


Content marketing without marketing is just content
Search Engine Watch
Content marketing without the actual act of marketing is just creating content — it's simply contributing more noise to the Web. So how can you leverage SEO, and specifically link-building, techniques to market your content? There is already a glut of content online and more is being produced every day at a rapid pace.
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Industry News


How marketing will change in 2015: The creative forecast
FastCoCreate
It's a New Year and time for prediction and anticipation. How much mobile-first, e-commerce-driving engagement will you be programmatically integrating into your 2015 360 strategy?
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2015 air travel forecast: From bad to worse
USA TODAY
This was a tough year for many air travelers. Globally, passengers were rocked by a series of tragedies that began and ended with missing Malaysia-based airliners and was punctuated by the downing of a commercial aircraft over a war zone.
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Destination News Digest


Nebraska city council likely to pass 4 percent hotel tax
Omaha World-Herald
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Judge says casino must collect West Virginia hotel tax on free rooms
The Associated Press via The Inter Mountain
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Virginia Governor's online hotel tax change means help for locals
Daily Press
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Tourism: Whose job is it anyway?
Durango Hearald
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Rob Hampton named senior vice-president of convention sales & services at Visit Seattle
Association News
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Meredith Hill joins Visit Seattle as convention services manager
Travel and Tour World
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St. Charles, Illinois, visitor's bureau hires marketing manager
Kane County Chronicle
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