- How to Make a Small Town a Big Deal
- Marketing a Small Town
- Here's What Google Thinks: Five 'Next Practices' in Destination Marketing
- 5 Killer Tourism Marketing Campaigns That Make Us Want to Travel
- Sustainable Tourism: Five Essentials for Rural Areas and Small Towns
How to Make a Small Town a Big Deal - Stamp
Since U.S tourism-related employment increased to 7.6 million jobs in 2016 (National Travel and Tourism Office), it's no wonder that destination marketing has become a growing trend in the past few years. This article outlines the major focal points of destination marketing and what channels you can use to market a small town destination.
Marketing a Small Town - The Goss Agency
One thing people dislike about destination marketing is dishonesty about a place they are paying money to visit. Honesty is one of the things travelers look for when conducting research on their next adventure. Small towns should focus on honesty. Travelers who are looking at these smaller destinations aren't visiting those areas for the same reasons they would visit a larger destination. Market your local area by highlighting the fun quirks and things that make that place unique.
In an increasingly mobile centric world, it only makes sense that destination marketing should be utilizing mobile friendly resources as well. Some trends that are emerging in not only marketing as a whole, but destination marketing, is making sure you are sending appropriate messages at the right time for researching travelers, including videos and even virtual reality to help tell stories, and trying to market less to customers. Instead, try inventing unique ideas and ways to make an experience for them when they visit your destination.
These unique and fun destination marketing campaigns really caught our eye, and apparently millions of others around the world. "Inspired by Iceland" offers education on responsible tourism with the possibility of winning a free trip to the country! The "Pure Michigan" campaign uses Tim Allen's serene voice to remind us to all take a minute away from our hectic lives to "remember just how beautiful life can be". Maybe Tim Allen isn't in your budget, but you should check out these out-of-the-box ideas to market destinations not everyone thinks about visiting.
Sustainable Tourism: Five Essentials for Rural Areas and Small Towns - Kanava International
With Tourism ranking as one of the top industries world-wide and creating numerous jobs and money for local communities, it is seemingly an important area to focus on. But as in many other industries, tourism can face many challenges - especially in rural areas. Small towns should focus less on the big tourism industry (which may actually be destroying rural tourism), and really hone in on what makes their place unique. Planning for long term sustainability, staying authentic to local communities, and spreading the word, are all important factors to sustaining small town tourism.
Having spent a few years working in the tourism industry, it really opened my eyes to see how unique events and destinations bring people in from all over the world to experience what has always been right in our back yard. We may not immediately think of these local destinations as something people want to experience since we see them every day. But think of the last time you traveled somewhere. Why did you go there? Why was it exciting to you? These are all great reasons to market local destinations to show others out there how great your area is! There may be some local historic stories to be told or a really quarky event they may want to check out. Of course the added bonus of an economic boost to your area is never a bad thing! Stay tuned for more destination marketing tips and trends.