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Hong Kong protests elicit tourism concerns
Travel Weekly
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have occupied Hong Kong’s main thoroughfares since Friday, prompting uneasiness about a potential impact on tourism.
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Los Cabos rebuilds: Airlines start booking flights, businesses reopening
Travel Pulse
An all-hands-on-deck effort has led to the extraordinarily fast cleanup of downtown Cabo San Lucas.
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Tourism reboot for Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs Life
The Coachella Valley has its groove back. Defying the myth they had become extinct east of Los Angeles, 20- and 30-somethings have returned in full financial force to lead a visitor boom.
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York, Pa.'s Downtown Inc using 'destination branding' to market city neighborhoods
York Daily Record
If you name it, they will come. Sonia Huntzinger, executive director of Downtown Inc, said that's the theory behind York's recent push to brand pockets of its 26-block downtown business district, creating a patchwork of neighborhoods that will each offer something different to regional visitors.
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Destination & Travel Foundation now accepting grant applications
DMAI
The Destination & Travel Foundation provides support for educationally-based projects that align with DMAI’s Strategic Plan or have a potential broad impact on the destination marketing and travel industry as a whole.
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Best Practices, Trends & Technology


How destinations can leverage content marketing
Associations Now
Content marketing isn’t just a buzz-phrase. According to a new report, it’s a way for convention and visitor bureaus to reach meeting planners and convince them to hold meetings in their destinations.
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4 films that can prevent destinations from making epic tourism mistakes
Skift
Think you can bring growth to your destination with some innovative marketing? Then you better start bracing for the success. There are now at least four fascinating, important, and entertaining documentary films out that every destination marketing organization, big or small, would be wise to see.
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The mysteries of mobile
MediaPost
Mobile is here and offers unlimited possibilities. Just be sure you keep in mind the types of travel products you offer and how far in advance a consumer books them before you finalize your mobile strategy.
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10 of the biggest 2015 travel trends
Travel Industry Wire
Bob Diener, Co-Founder and President of Getaroom.com and author of the book “The Savvy Traveler 175 Ways to Save,” presents thoughts on the 10 upcoming travel trends for 2015.
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Industry News


Cruise industry continues to grow globally
Travel Pulse
The number of global cruise passengers has skyrocketed 77 percent, from 12 million to 21.3 million from 2003 to 2013, according to figures released by the Cruise Lines International Association.
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International visitation to the US rises in first half of 2014
Skift
International travel to the United States increased each month during the first half of 2014 resulting in a total 34.6 million visitors, a nine percent from the first six months of 2013, according to monthly statistics released this week by the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office.
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Lonely Planet reveals the future of travel
Travel Industry Wire
Top of Lonely Planet’s list of predictions is that travel will soon become fully integrated into our lives as opposed to a special event. Travelers are also set to demand more ‘unplugged travel’ and secret escapes as the fast pace of modern life continues to grow.
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Travel industry brands show marked improvement in equity
Travel Industry Wire
Despite mergers, fee hikes and a sluggish economic recovery, travel brands offering unique customer experiences continue to be brands of choice for luxury and value consumers alike.
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Skyscanner reveals destinations of the future
ETB Travel News
Skyscanner predicts that the heights of the Earth’s orbit and the depths of the world’s oceans will become holiday destinations over the next decade.
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Destination News Digest


Springfield, Missouri, CVB conducts rebranding effort; seeking input
Springfield News-Leader
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Mississippi tourism leaders hope for growth through funding increase
Mississippi Public Broadcasting
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Walton County, Fla., breaks new visitor spending records
Travel Pulse
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Hawaii tourism: Arrivals, spending drop in August
The Associated Press via ABC News
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Rockford, Illinois, tourism agency marks 30 years, outlines future campaigns
Rockford Register Star
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West Hollywood turns businesses, employees into tourism ambassadors
Successful Meetings
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Utah earns $1 billion in tax revenue from tourism
Standard Examiner
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Syria says seeking to boost domestic tourism to recover losses
Bloomberg
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Record number of Chinese tourists visited Vancouver this summer
The Province
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Indonesian tourism ready to erupt
Travel Pulse
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People


Richmond Region Tourism names McGrath VP of sales and services
Exhibitor
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