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Global Best Practices in Domestic Tourism

Insights from a major international study across 8 nations

With the impact of COVID-19 closing borders, international tourism is largely on hold in many destinations. This has reinforced the importance of domestic tourism in many parts of the world, especially those where international inbound tourism was the primary focus of tourism marketing efforts. From Ireland to New Zealand, Finland to Australia, Thailand to South Africa, national and regional tourism offices are pivoting to focus on domestic travel. Around the world and across North America, domestic tourism is central to the recovery of the tourism industry following a broad recovery from COVID-19.

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Funding Futures – Major Opportunities for DMOs in the COVID-19 Crisis

New report offers invaluable research & resources for every DMO on future funding options

Miles Partnership has just released a major report addressing a critical challenge facing DMOs across North America and around the world. Facilitated along with partners, Civitas and Tourism Economics, ...

Insights from Signe Jungersted on Reimagining the Future of Travel

During the live Global All-Stars session as part of Destinations International's virtual Annual Convention on July 14, 2020, we received a great response and a huge number of questions. We didn’t have time to get to all of them so we summarized a wide range into a few key themes and asked one of our mainstage speakers, Signe Jungersted, to share her insights. Signe's full presentation and additional resources are available on our Global All-Stars site here.

Reinvention

Question: In addition to what you highlighted, do any other parts of our industry stand out as ripe for reinvention?

Signe: High on the list is the cruise industry, ripe for massive reinvention. During the crisis, the industry has received immense negative...

A Critical Opportunity for Tourism & DMOs to Lead in the Recovery

Clear, consistent and mandatory COVID-19 policies for visitors and locals not only save lives; they are essential for tourism’s recovery

Read more: For a wider overview of reopening and recovery best practices, see my blog “Eight Essentials in Tourism’s Restart & Recovery”

The COVID-19 crisis impacting travel and tourism is first and foremost a health crisis. The recovery of our tourism industry is entirely dependent on first tackling the crisis with good health policy. This includes universal mandates on wearing masks in public places in the U.S. and many other countries where community transmission is an issue. Failing to do so not only risks the health of...

Eight Essentials for Tourism’s Restart & Recovery - Part 2

Part two of a two-part blog series. See part one here.

As the number of COVID-19 cases surge across large parts of the U.S., the importance of a comprehensive recovery plan for tourism and the economy has never been more timely. All eight of these steps are interrelated and need action to be effective.  In this second part of our blog series, we focus on four additional essentials in restarting tourism:

5. Rebuilding Traveler Confidence

6. Activating the VFR & Drive Markets

7. Responsible, Respectful Visitors

8. Measurement & Feedback Framework

5. Rebuilding Traveler Confidence...