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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...

Head of Research and Insights
Google
Trends

A New Normal for DMO Website Organic Traffic

Our latest study of 36 DMOs highlights even greater challenges to DMO website traffic – and the importance of partnerships with major platforms like Google.

Learn more about the Google DMO Partnership Program

For the last 3+ years, Miles Partnership has been analyzing, blogging and speaking about the dramatic changes we are seeing to the organic traffic of destination and other tourism websites. Organic traffic makes up more than 50% of the website traffic on average for DMOs* but this critical and free source of traffic is under mounting pressure.  

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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.