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Godzilla is now a tourism ambassador for Tokyo, Japan
Skift
Godzilla has stomped so many buildings in Japan that the irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward.
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Officials: Orlando was top US tourist destination in 2014
The Associated Press via ABC News
More than 62 million visitors came to Orlando last year, making the theme-park mecca the most-visited tourist destination in the U.S., city tourism officials said.
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Report: Mexico the leading destination for spring travelers
Travel Pulse
Mexico is the number one spring travel destination for North Americans according to a review of data from February through April collected by travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance.
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'Chicago Epic' tourism campaign aims to attract visitors nationwide
WLS-TV
The city launched a new tourism campaign this week called "Chicago Epic" to encourage people across the country to visit the Windy City.
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Report: Mobile travel bookings continue to grow worldwide
Travel Market Report
U.S. consumers are becoming more comfortable using their mobile devices to book travel, with smartphones like the iPhone leading the field in terms of usage.
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Opportunities abound in sports-related travel
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Research has shown that even relative to affluent (average annual income of $100k+) travelers in general, those traveling for sports-related pursuits spend a third more on lodging and nearly two-thirds more on in-market entertainment.
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Travel brands rethink e-mail strategies to target millennials
Skift
From responsive design and targeted sendings, to pushed content and pulling travelers into a fluid cross-channel narrative — e-mail marketers are steering the industry’s course toward more reliable conversions, more of the time.
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What alternative travel is teaching mainstream brands about connections
Skift
The alternative travel industry has grown from once-small networks of travelers exchanging apartments and cars into a global movement. And it is having a seismic impact on major travel companies — both the kinds of experiences they provide and how they connect with customers.
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19 percent of Americans never go on vacation
Travel Industry Wire
FatWallet.com announced results from its annual Vacation Spending Survey, where 81 percent said they regularly go on vacations and 58 percent going every year, 25 percent saying they go on two or more vacations per year.
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GBTA: Oil prices shackling travel price increases
Travel Weekly
Citing the effect of "plummeting oil prices," the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) on Tuesday reduced its forecast for 2015 U.S. business travel spending to $295.7 billion from its previous forecast of $310.2 billion, issued in January.
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Smithsonian to launch new magazine on cultural travel
The Associated Press via ABC News
Smithsonian Enterprises, the business arm of the popular museum complex, is launching its first new magazine in 30 years with a focus on cultural travelers.
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Travel industry to carry global economy for the next 10 years
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The last few months have shown some healthy numbers for the U.S. travel industry, leading to renewed hope for jobs and better economic growth. Now, it seems this trend will be seen across the world.
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5 charts that explain the size of the global travel industry in 2015
Skift
The World Travel & Tourism Council’s “Economic Impact” report shows the global size of the travel industry and its economic impact on countries in terms of the business and revenues it generates, the number of tourists moving about the globe, the number of jobs it supports, and the resulting GDP contributions in various countries in the world.
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Destination News Digest


Florida towns try to help Panama City solve its spring break dilemma
The Associated Press via Skift
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Florida couple stays in Ithaca after seeing visitors' bureau viral joke
The Ithaca Voice
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Strong dollar lures US visitors to Miami
Miami Today
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Ecuador tourism ministry tricks tourists, pretends to be Costa Rica
Travel Pulse
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Missouri's Warrensburg CVB announces new director
Sedalia Democrat
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Athens CVB hires new sales manager
Athens Banner-Herald
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