While this year’s convention represented a collection of key influencers and thought leaders from destinations worldwide, it was especially unique for three reasons: DMAI has now rebranded to Destinations International, the Culture of Learning, and it was the first time we hosted an Insights Forum at this annual event.
People all around the world can now access information about places that before would have seemed unreachable, and can research, consider, compare and purchase through the click of a button. That makes travel that much easier for the consumer, but more difficult for the marketer. Our recent study, , indicates that American, British and Canadian travelers make more than 120 to 160 visits to travel sites in the 45 days leading up to a booking.
Travel inspiration can occur at any time, whether it’s from a conversation with a friend or an image you see browsing the web. For a destination marketer, understanding how and when consumers can be inspired and influenced is key.
Given the size of Holland, venturing around and exploring the region is somewhat easy for travellers. To educate travellers on the vast array of places to explore and activities to experience, outside of the well-known Amsterdam, and showcase the region’s accessibility, the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC) teamed up with us to create an interactive online hub for travellers to plan their ideal trip to Holland.
People of all ages experience and enjoy travel—it’s not one size fits all. Each generation—from Generation Z to Boomers—has its own set of unique preferences, from what type of content attracts them, to what type of device they use to book a trip, to the types of destinations and experiences they seek. A new study from Expedia Media Solutions on multi-generational travel trends in Europe found that while Millennials take the most number of trips per year, Boomers are taking the longest ones. On average, Europeans take 3.7 trips per year.
Shedding light on Australians’ travel habits is the new study commissioned by Expedia, What the findings show is that the average Australian prefers international travel rather than domestic, and seeks a variety of activities while vacationing. Like other travelers across the globe, Australians want to ‘experience something different.’ Marketing your brand as having diverse and unique experiences can help tap into the Australian travel market.
We are looking forward to participating at the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Annual Convention, taking place July 11-14 in Montreal, Canada, as the presenters of the first ever DMAI Insights Forum. We will be sharing our latest custom research examining the behaviors of global travelers, as well as best practices for destination marketing organizations (DMOs).
Every year we are thrilled to be part of IPW, one of U.S. Travel Association’s (USTA) largest events focused on driving international visitation to the United States. We were busy at the show this year, and had the opportunity to meet with our partners, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), hoteliers and travel brands (140 of them to be exact) to talk about what’s next in digital marketing and share ideas and best practices to continue to increase travel to the U.S.
LATAM Airlines, which operates flights to and from Latin America, was looking to secure their position as the trusted airline for South American travel. Though they have flight routes all over Latin America, they narrowed in their sights on Lima, the capital and largest city of Peru, and Cusco, another Peruvian city known for its archaeological remains, to feature as travel destinations.