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Nontransferable Ticketing Troublesome for Group Tour Providers

Paperless tickets sound like a great thing, but some have come with a hidden consequence that could have big implications for group tour operators. Many paperless tickets are restricted or nontransferable, meaning they can only be used by the person who bought them. If you're in the practice of buying a block of theater or sporting event tickets for your groups, restricted tickets could be a nightmare.

Networking When You’re an Introvert

Introverts value quiet time—it's what recharges them. Introverts value in-depth conversation, but making small talk can feel draining. While we all acknowledge the importance of building a professional network, networking events can be stressful for introverts. Even people who don't necessarily consider themselves introverts might find themselves feeling uncomfortable at the prospect of engaging with a large group of strangers. How many times have you attended a networking event only to see people from the same office interacting mainly with each other? It's our tendency to stick within our comfort zone. Here are some tips to maximize your networking opportunities:

Trade Shows: Make the Most of Your Investment

Attending a trade show could represent a significant outlay of your marketing budget, depending on travel cost, booth rental, a professional display, promotional materials, and shipping. This could be a sound investment of marketing dollars, however, since attendance at trade shows is growing. According to the Center for Exhibition Research, trade show attendance has been growing steadily since 2009, with the travel industry ranking in the top three sectors for growth.

AnnapolisNOW: There’s an App for That!

During the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau's (AAACCVB) 24th Annual Meeting on September 23, Chief Marketing Officer Frank DiVenti introduced the organization's AnnapolisNOW app, and invited the 105 guests in attendance to download the app to their smartphones on the spot. Designed to help visitors make the most of their time in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay, the app provides immediate access to information--from dining and lodging, to shopping and nightlife, to tours, attractions and events.

LGBT Travel: Where are You Going?

Providing clients with a top-notch experience is always priority one. When working with LGBT clients, identifying gay-friendly destinations has always been a major factor. While some cities and regions have long billed themselves as LGBT-friendly, there are many destinations that have more recently decided to market themselves to this demographic. More options are always nice—and from coast to coast, there are more choices than ever for LGBT clients to consider.

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