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Illinois tourism officials celebrate record visitor numbers
Quad City Times
With a record number of domestic visitors to Illinois and tourism spending up in all of the state's 102 counties last year, a state tourism leader proclaimed that "travel is back."
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Spending millions to bring meetings to Miami Beach
Miami Herald
As Miami Beach considers an historic $1 billion upgrade of its convention center, the resort city also must decide how big of a bet to place on a major turnaround in the meeting business.
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Orlando venue push restarts tourist-tax debate
Orlando Sentinel
A new push to tap deeper into Orange County's hotel-tax revenues for about $60 million for arts and sports venues and expanded tourism marketing has reignited a debate over why the bed tax can't pay for other needs.
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VisitBritain gets cut 5 percent
Travel Pulse
The rumor was that the British government’s spending review would reduce VisitBritain’s budget by 12 percent. The organization was surprised with a mere 5 percent reduction in funding by the government for the fiscal year 2015-16.
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James Beard Foundation selected as 2014 Spirit of Hospitality Award winner
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The Destination & Travel Foundation has selected the James Beard Foundation as the recipient of the 2014 Spirit of Hospitality Award.
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DMAI study reveals DMOs drive 39 million group room nights a year
DMAI
Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) just updated its significant study quantifying the number of bookings, definite room nights and events confirmed by destination marketing organizations (DMOs).
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23 destination marketing professionals receive CDME certification
DMAI
Twenty-three industry professionals have earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing industry.
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Best Practices, Trends & Technology


Creating extraordinary customer relationships
Sales & Marketing Management
Business professor Michael LeBoeuf famously stated, “A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.” This may sound simple, but any working professional knows that satisfying customers takes more than a great product; it takes a great relationship, which is admittedly a much more complicated task. Here are three tips for working with difficult clients and customers.
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4 keys to turning customers into brand evangelists
Fast Company
To grow your brand, know what people find meaningful, connect with them thoughtfully, create joy they can’t live without.
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How to build a better marketing budget
Inc.
Far too often, the way a marketing budget is defined is based solely on a dusty formula or rote thinking. That’s not just unfortunate, it’s a missed opportunity to truly contemplate innovative methods of creating and energizing customers, testing hypotheses and building brand equity.
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The travel marketing funnel is broken
Tnooz
Brian Solis, an Altimeter Group analyst and author of “WTF: What’s the Future of Business?,” argues that a new cohort of consumers has appeared on the scene, and the traditional marketing funnel doesn’t work well anymore as a conceptual tool for planning campaigns and allocating budgets.
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Industry News


Brand USA funding under threat after 2015, and Congress may not help
Skift
For years there was no official entity promoting the U.S. as a tourism destination, and now there is one, the public-private Brand USA, but its funding has become a partisan, political tussle.
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Lack of internet is travelers' biggest stress
The Daily Telegraph
Not being able to use the internet is the most stressful thing about being away from home, according to a survey of 10,000 business travelers.
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Study: US cruise industry a substantial contributor to US economy
Travel Industry Wire
A study shows that CLIA's 26 North American member lines and their passengers and crew contributed over $42 billion in total U.S. economic impact, a 4.6 percent increase from 2011.
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Representative introduces bill to cut federal travel by using videoconferencing
Business Travel News
Describing videoconferencing as a "largely untapped means of saving taxpayer dollars," the proposed Stay in Place, Cut the Waste Act of 2013 follows recent reports of excessive government travel spending.
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Destination News Digest


W.Va. college students creating McDowell County CVB
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
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Tourism again strong in Arizona
Yuma Sun
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Las Vegas visitor count flat in May
The Associated Press via Las Vegas Sun
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Napa, Calif., tourism district income up 18 percent
North Bay Business Journal
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Evansville, Ind., CVB working on biggest project yet
Evansville Courier & Press
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Executive Director
Illinois Council of Convention & Visitor Bureaus

ICCVB seeks an experienced industry professional or association management company to lead and manage the association, enhance grassroots coalitions and serve as the manager of the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism.


As Michigan families redefine vacations, tourism industry turns to
out-of-staters

Bridge
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Mexico to invest $5 billion in transportation infrastructure
Travel Pulse
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Taiwan tourism revenue hits record high
Voice of America
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Multi-destination tourism to be discussed at Caribbean sustainable
tourism meeting

Breaking Travel News
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Brazil, Cuba to collaborate in tourism sector
Prensa Latina
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People


Fuller appointed president and CEO for Orange County Visitors Association
Travel Industry Wire
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Schnable takes over as director of Austin, Minn., CVB
Austin Daily Herald
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