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Creative Strategies for Marketing Road Trips

For more on road trips, check out the latest U.S. Road Trips research from Longwoods International in addition to the resources from our September webinar, "U.S. Road Trips - Reinvented for COVID-19 and Beyond."

As mandatory travel restrictions have eased in some parts of the country, Americans are looking for safe ways to get out and explore. Naturally, a good old-fashioned road trip comes to mind. In fact, Longwoods recently found that among Americans who are planning to travel, the majority (61%) will travel by car.

Many destinations are eager tap into this trend, so travelers are currently being flooded with road trip marketing. How do you cut through all the noise and set your destination apart? Read on for ideas on how to delve...

Head of Research and Insights
Industry News
Tourism
Trends

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

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, ...

Head of Research and Insights
COVID-19
Trends

8 Principles for Destinations in a World Facing COVID-19

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is creating a cascading series of unprecedented challenges for the tourism industry and wider economy. Rapidly changing events, the complexity of the issues involved plus the natural human emotion of fear are creating a hugely demanding environment for tourism leaders.  Here are eight principles to help guide your decisions and provide practical information to government and industry partners as well as your wider community.

1. Facts Not Fear – Amplify expert, independent information.

Understandably there is a lot of concern and yes, fear, about the health and economic consequences of COVID-19.  It is important to recognize and empathize with these feelings but also focus on expert, government-led health and economic/business advice. This includes highlighting official advice from...

Key Takeaways from the Digital and Social Media Marketing Summit in Denver

While at the Digital and Social Media Marketing Summit in Denver, an overarching message became clear as the last speaker finished her presentation. With a range of topics from influencer marketing to artificial intelligence, each one presented an alternative way to effectively reach target audiences through personalization.  

Three key takeaways from the summit are summarized below: 

Branding & “You-Centric” Marketing

To start off the conference, brand strategist Melanie Spring said, “your brand is what everyone else is saying about you, not what you’re saying about yourself.” While brand strategy plays an important role in marketing, it’s ultimately the customers’ perception that will define who you are as a brand. That’s why it has become more important than ever to meet your customer where they are, not where you want...

Head of Research and Insights
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...