Group travel is all about the destination as a whole. Operators view your offerings collectively, which is why cooperative marketing makes sense for a lot of destinations. Amy Spain, executive director of the Snohomish County Tourism Bureaufinds cooperative marketing to be very effective for their limited budget and offers some good advice on making it as easy as possible!
In this day and age, sharing information with millions of people is as easy as the click of your mouse. But not all information is good, or “share”-worthy.So, how will you guarantee your content is good enough to be “liked” and “shared?”
Have you ever wondered how to effectively market to the group travel industry? Marketing in general has changed substantially over the years, and navigating the options and selecting the right choices can be a daunting task. Tour operators are inundated with information and standing out is critical to your overall success. So, how do you do it?
I was staring out into Yosemite Valley. Half Dome and El Capitan loomed in the distance—two natural landmarks accomplishing what I thought impossible: Make the giant sequoias gathered below look small.
"What?" I turned to the man standing next to me.
"A joke," he said. "Someone once thought this valley would make a great lake."
Route 66 sure gets a lot of hype, but have you sent groups along U.S. Route 50 lately? Probably not. In July 1986, Life magazine dubbed the Nevada portion, "The Loneliest Road in America." And yet, from rural mountain ranges to desolate deserts and miles upon miles of rich farmland, Route 50 stretches across 3,073 miles from Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento, California. It spans 12 states and links four state capitals—offering the most complete cross-sectional journey along the United States midriff.
Millennials are one of the largest generations in history (larger, even, than the baby boomers)—and they're entering their prime spending years. Born between 1982 and 1999, millennials were raised on the Internet, fostering a global awareness and an inherent interest in travel. But what are these young travelers looking for? The Millennial Traveler Report conducted by Expedia and Future Foundation discovered a few key generational characteristics.