There is so much of our country that remains undiscovered among our fellow Americans that there is literally a world of opportunities within driving distance of most US travelers. And as many of us look to continue observing social distancing precautions as we travel, the resurgence of great American road trips has the potential to be a promising option for travelers and destinations alike.
Author: David Allred
At Stamp, we believe places are some of the most interesting things to brand. We find the most powerful and unique brand position for a city or attraction and build awareness.
As DMOs look to stabilize their budgets in these trying times, now may be the best opportunity that has ever existed to strategically advocate for a higher percentage of this revenue.
The travel and tourism community has been upended by booking and event cancellations, trip postponements, and the temporary closings of many local businesses as we grapple with how best to slow the spread of COVID-19. But even in this uncertain climate, Destination Management Organizations play an important role in supporting local stakeholders.
During a recent conversation with Franci Edgerly about ideas that could help the travel and tourism industry in these unprecedented times, we hatched an idea to offer free licenses to ITI’s Facebook Places website integration tool.
The most pressing questions DMOs are likely to face in the days and weeks ahead are: how bad is all of this going to get for the hospitality industry, and when will the end be in sight? Our stakeholders, and their staff, want answers that nobody has. However, even if you don’t have any answers, one of the best things you can do, is pick up the phone and call to check in with every stakeholder you can.
For destinations with strong weekday occupancy from transient and business travelers, concerted efforts to grow weekend business can help boost overall occupancy. Partnering with local stakeholders and getting them to appreciate the value of heads in beds is imperative to launching successful weekend getaway initiatives, and we have some ideas on how to do that.
As the evolving tech wave continues to get more exciting, and more complicated, the debate of whether to “in-house or outsource” your marketing is heating up. Today, we want to offer some insight into why the topic of outsourcing your in-house marketing is being talked about more frequently and provide guidance in your quest to create and manage marketing in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Are we biased? Of course! We do this for a living. Are we right? Read on and you decide.
Getting granular with your marketing efforts can help drive occupancy growth by effectively engaging your target markets in highly specific, personalized, relevant and timely ways.
Whether you’re new around here or have been reading our blog since we started it a few years ago, you know (or will soon enough) that we are committed to Marketing Action Planning. A MAP is a proven, step-by-step process document to help guide your short- and long-term plans of work to achieve the defined mission of your destination.
Attending tourism and travel industry conferences is a great way to network with your peers and take in new perspectives on destination marketing and management trends. Stamp team members attended several tourism and travel conferences in the last year, and at a recent conference many of the themes we have been hearing in the last year came together under one roof. So, we put our heads together to summarize what seems to be resonating in the times we live in.