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Director of Research and Online Marketing
Tourism
Trends

Trust in the Future: Global All Stars 2019 Recap

This is part of a three-blog series recapping the presentations from Global All-Stars 2019. 

  • Watch Mark's presentation here
  • View Mark's slides here

Since 2011, Miles has hosted the Global All-Stars mainstage session at the Destinations International Annual Convention, one of the largest gatherings of destination marketing organizations (DMOs) in the world. Over the last 8 years, Global All-Stars has showcased innovation and served as a leading platform for sharing exciting new ideas, insights and inspiration from around the world.

At the 2019 Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, three speakers presented at Global All-Stars with a unifying theme of...

Director of Research and Online Marketing
Destination Marketing
Tourism

Overtourism Tool Kit

Tourism around the world has been growing fast with total visitor spending now in excess of $7 trillion USD and 11% of global GDP. More than $1.3 trillion of this spending is from 1.2 billion international travelers. This growth is being driven by several long-term trends including rapidly expanding middle classes in developing countries, rebounding economies after the Great Financial Crisis and a shift from goods to services in consumer preferences – including those seeking travel experiences.

This growth is creating an increasing range of problems that Skift has coined “Overtourism”.  These problems include crowding and congestion, impact on historic sites, increased waste and environmental degradation. In an increasing number of cities, regions and nations, local residents are expressing their frustration with these impacts and the tourism industry is...

Marketing Coordinator
Tourism
Trends

2018 Destinations International Annual Convention Recap

Earlier this summer, members from the Miles team attended the 2018 Destinations International Annual Convention in Anaheim, California. The 104th Annual Convention brought together over 1,600 industry members for a jam-packed event full of insightful sessions and opportunities to learn about the latest topics and trends in the industry. Our team had a great time and we’re already looking ahead to the 2019 Annual Convention in St. Louis next summer!

Read this blog for a recap of Miles’ participation at the convention along with some additional resources you might find helpful including access to session recordings and presentation decks.

Director of Research and Online Marketing
Destination Marketing
Placemaking
Tourism

Placemaking Moves to the Center

Over the last decade, communities of all types have focused on the goal of nurturing, developing or making more “livable” communities. Now described as “placemaking” – this is a broad set of best practices, disciplines and design principles that have emerged in urban, community and destination planning and management.  Placemaking seeks to build communities which are thriving, sustainable, successful and enjoyable places to live, work, start a business, study and visit.  

The growth of placemaking has been fueled by clear evidence that there are powerful synergies in these outcomes. Cities such as Austin, Seattle, Portland, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Vienna, Singapore, Melbourne and Auckland not only rank near the top in various global “livability” indexes (i.e.: Mercer, The Economist, US News and World Report) but are also successful in attracting new businesses, new residents as well as new visitors and events. 

Director of Research and Online Marketing
Technology
Tourism
Trends

Highlights from the Destinations International Annual Convention 2017

It was the 103rd annual convention of the organization, which is the world’s leading industry body representing DMOs including CVBs, state and regional tourism organizations and national tourism offices. The convention, however, is the first for the organization under its new name and branding: Destinations International (formerly Destination Marketing Association International or DMAI).