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Google powers Las Vegas virtual tours
Travel Weekly
The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority and Google have teamed up to produce GeoVegas, a website that provides virtual tours of dozens of the city’s attractions.
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Minnesota turns to Instagram influencers for its latest campaign
Skift
Explore Minnesota is in the midst of a new fall campaign that highlights what the state has to offer to different groups of travelers from young single explorers to families that RV across the U.S. with cats in tow.
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Britain scoring big with sport tourism
Travel Pulse
Events have become one of VisitBritain’s most important tools going forward. After the success of the London Olympic Games and Para-Olympics in 2012 as well as the success that Britain’s had with hosting NFL and NBA regular season games in London, it’s clear that marketing heads in the country have put sport in a much more prominent place in their promotions.
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Greece turns to social media and stickers for latest ad campaign
Skift
Non-for-profit organization Marketing Greece recently partnered with Athens International Airport to promote the diversity of the Greek capital city with a new campaign “I’m an Athenian Too.”
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'Bleisure' travel in full-swing in Canada
Travel Industry Wire
Today's new road warriors are learning to stop and smell the roses. Gone are the days when busy business travelers wear their marathon 48-hour business trips like a badge of honor. The latest crop of executives taking to the skies are seeking more balance.
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DMAI Spotlight


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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A HelmsBriscoe perspective: Partnership and collaboration
DMAI
I sat down with Danielle Boyles, Vice President of HB, to discuss how they broker these complex relationships in today's marketplace.
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The Pacific Ballroom: Long Beach CVB's journey to center stage
DMAI
The Pacific Ballroom at the Long Beach Arena, a building from the 1960s dedicated to sports and music that since 2013, has experienced a renaissance with the debut of a state of the art technology that transforms the 45,000 square-foot space into an intimate loft-style event venue.
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Best Practices, Trends & Technology


The changing relationship between travel brands and Instagram influencers
Skift
Social media has turned destinations’ marketing strategies on their head and introduced a new player — the social media influencer — into the mix.
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Research explores the evolving landscape of technology in meetings
Travel Industry Wire
Technology influences every aspect of global commerce, and new research released by American Express Meetings & Events explores the many ways emerging technologies are changing the meetings industry landscape, as well as how that innovation can be harnessed to increase engagement and productivity and generate a greater return on a meetings investment.
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Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
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It takes a village to grow market
Aspen Daily News
On her fourth day as director of Snowmass Tourism, Abello spoke with Aspen Journalism about marketing, lessons learned from a multi-billion dollar corporation and why she swapped job flexibility for the rigors of management.
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HubSpot CEO discusses the new approach to online marketing
By Marc Wayshak
In 2006, Brian Halligan co-founded HubSpot, an inbound marketing software company that he touts as the accessible solution for "normal" marketing guys like himself. He sat down to talk about the impetuses for HubSpot and its relevancy to the current online marketing field, as well as to offer some advice for marketers trying to stay afloat in the ever-shifting tides of the digital world.
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Industry News


Survey: What Americans expect out of travel in 2020
Skift
Switchfly announced the results of its new survey of American travelers this week, and some of the findings may seem a bit out-of-this-world.
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US business travel industry spends $72.8 billion in Q2
Travel Industry Wire
A leading travel industry forecast found business travelers spent an estimated $72.8 billion on U.S.-originated business travel during the second quarter of 2014, a 7.1 percent year-over-year growth. This rise in spending comes despite a slight year-over-year reduction of -0.1 percent in the total number of trips taken in the second quarter.
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Latest employment and export numbers confirm travel's vital role in US growth
Travel Industry Wire
The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that travel exports increased to $19.2 billion in August, up $0.2 billion from July. Travel continues to be a major force in overall export growth for the economy.
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DOT's proposed rules draw ire of most in travel industry
Travel Weekly
After proposing a broad array of consumer protection rules for airlines and travel agents in May, the Transportation Department (DOT) by late last month had clocked in more than 700 comments from consumers, agents, airlines and other industry firms and organizations. Consumer advocates generally praised the initiative, but within the industry that it regulates, the DOT might have made more enemies than friends.
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Destination News Digest


Atlantic City revises ad campaign to get real
MediaPost Agency Daily
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Pinellas County 'crushes' annual bed tax record
Tampa Bay Business Journal
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California's Marina del Rey teams up with Delray Beach, Fla.
Pineapple Newspaper
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Springfield, Missouri, participates in pilot Google Trekker
Springfield News-Leader
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Santa Barbara County asks voters to OK hike in bed tax to 12.5 percent
Noozhawk
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CVB pays bloggers to come to Grand Forks, North Dakota
Prairie Business
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Jamaica sets campaign to develop sports tourism
The Associated Press
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Tourism Queensland hopes an InstaMeet can make NE Australia shine
Skift
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Lisbon tourist invasion seen threatening ancient city's identity
Bloomberg
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People


Marquette County, Michigan, CVB announces Nicole Young as executive director
Upper Michigans Source
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