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Tourism grows locally, across Illinois — but funding remains up in the air
Chicago Tribune
Funding for the Elgin Convention & Visitors Bureau and dozens of similar bureaus across Illinois remains up in the air while state lawmakers continue to battle over the budget.
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Tourism boom drives Japan to convert offices into hotels
Reuters
Record tourists to Japan are stretching the ability of hotels to accommodate them in a sector constrained by high costs, forcing developers to think out of the box for means to quickly increase lodging options without breaking the bank.
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Destination wedding parties say 'I do' to Detroit
Detroit Free Press via USA Today
More and more couples want to get married in Detroit’s historic churches or hold their receptions in places as unique as the Belle Isle Casino or a turn-of-the-century auto plant.
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Study shows Mississippi tourism advertising pays off
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
A study by an independent research firm shows tourism is big business in the state, according to the Mississippi Tourism office.
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Puerto Rico's tourism weathering the storm of potential default
CNBC
The government of Puerto Rico is navigating some tough financial shoals, with some comparing the cash-strapped commonwealth to its European counterpart, Greece. Yet the island's hospitality and tourism industry is chugging along as briskly as usual, with Puerto Rican officials managing to limit the fallout from the government's inability to make ends meet.
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Destination & Travel Foundation to honor US National Park Service with 2016 Spirit of Hospitality Award
DMAI
The Board of Trustees of the Destination & Travel Foundation have selected the U.S. National Park Service as the upcoming recipient of its highest honor, the Spirit of Hospitality Award, presented annually to the individual or organization that has shown exceptional dedication and commitment to the travel and tourism industry.
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Best Practices, Trends & Technology


What millennials want in meetings
Skift
Millennial meeting attendees value face-to-face networking at meetings and events just as much as previous generations. Recognizing this, forward thinking industry stakeholders are implementing next generation meeting design and event technologies that are more aligned with Millennials’ generational preferences.
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The video tech that connects travelers virtually with destinations in real time
Skift
Georama is a new video technology platform that connects large audiences — such as a ballroom full of meeting attendees or thousands of individual travelers online simultaneously at home — with a remote group of people traveling around a destination almost anywhere in the world in real time.
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What travel marketers need to know about Facebook's 2Q earnings
Skift
While Facebook users may be worried about sharing content about deceased lions or twists on the Bachelorette, closing the gap between time spent on Facebook and conversion is integral to the health of the social network for marketers.
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5 ways destination marketers and economic developers can work together
Forbes
Within large and small cities across the nation, you’ll generally find two organizations charged with marketing their community to the outside world. The destination marketing organization focuses on attracting visitors. The economic development organization concentrates on drawing companies to invest in the city. Their target audiences couldn’t be more different, but when you get right down to it, the two groups share common goals.
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The new face of love: Trends reshape honeymoon traditions
MediaPost
People travel for love. And love has always been an emotion our industry has done a great job of capitalizing on. But like many aspects of travel, marketplace and societal trends are reshaping how people are thinking about and consuming one of love’s ultimate celebrations—the honeymoon.
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Travel industry's secret digital weapon — big data
The Huffington Post
Capturing the full potential of indirect data to move the sales needle, requires active participation. Here are a couple of ways to do that.
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Industry News


Biz travel spending and trip length on the rise
Travel Weekly
Business travelers are spending more per trip and traveling for longer periods of time than they were a year ago, a Travel Leaders Corporate analysis of its clients' activities shows.
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Success of legalized pot has some states intrigued
Travel Pulse
Marijuana tourism is on the rise in the U.S., and the success of states that have legalized the controlled substance for medical or recreational usage seems to be giving other states a new outlook on their stance against pot.
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Traveling adults with disabilities generate $17.3 billion in annual spending
Travel Pulse
The tourism industry is booming once again in the United States, and adult travelers with disabilities are one of the demographics growing the fastest in recent years.
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Weddings trend report: New territories and the LGBT effect
Travel Market Report
An increasing number of couples are throwing away the idea of a traditional wedding in favor of marrying away from home, according to a new report from the Destination Weddings Travel Group.
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Will TripAdvisor be the next Airbnb?
Skift
While much of the attention in the past couple of weeks has revolved around TripAdvisor’s emergence as a hotel booking site, the company’s Flipkey unit has been quietly adding Airbnb-style room rentals to its existing portfolio of vacation rentals.
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Destination News Digest


San Francisco follows deal with Airbnb by collaborating with Lyft
Successful Meetings
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Commission votes to increase Pinellas' tourist tax
Tampa Bay Times
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New Orleans, 10 years after Katrina
Travel Weekly
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Fort Lauderdale to host top LGBT conference
Travel Pulse
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Memphis tourism leaders outline convention center plans
Memphis Daily News
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Asheville launches new tourism campaign with videos
Asheville Citizen-Times
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Tourists flock to gawk at massive highway bridge projects
The Associated Press
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London tourism enlists a Downton Abbey star to brag about culture
Skift
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Rayment joins the St. Louis CVC as national convention sales manager
Explore St. Louis
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Visit Wichita welcomes four staff members
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