Visit Nashville TN
Visit Music City + Stroll app is a new partnership between the DMO and the Nashville-based digital city guide focused on personalization. Stroll is a patented, location-based ecosystem, uniquely designed for the travel industry.The Visit Nashville TN web site says, “Stroll delivers real-time, personalized experiences to you based on your current location and your categorical interests or your current mood. Stroll works with your mobile device to serve up interesting facts you can use to impress people, historical tidbits, special offers, and keeps you in the know about all the local happenings for wherever you are within Nashville.”
Cool internship alert: Visit Baltimore is launching a data analytics fellowship in partnership with and underwritten by Tourism Economics. The initiative supports helping more diverse professionals break into the tourism industry. The internship is a 600-hour, paid post. “There are very few BIPOC individuals working in the travel and tourism leadership space, but more specifically in the data, technology and business intelligence sector with the destination marketing community,” said Al Hutchinson, CEO at Visit Baltimore. “We’re honored to partner with Tourism Economics to introduce this program and make real change in our industry.”
Applicants must be 18 years or older, and a resident of Baltimore City or the Baltimore-Washington metro. The fellowship follows reinvigoration of Visit Baltimore’s Diversity Apprenticeship Program, supported by Guinness Open Gate Brewery. Through that program, two apprentices were recently hired to join the Halethorpe brewery and gain experience in the beer industry.
Hotelbeds and VisitDallas signed new agreement to drive domestic tourism, with a particular focus on mid-week and long weekend visits. Mark Thompson, Senior Vice President VisitDallas, said, “…We are excited that our hotels are putting together attractive offers for visitors to enjoy and look forward to seeing them exploring our city. Hotelbeds is a longtime partner and friend of VisitDallas…” Running through the end of September, the campaign will target Hotelbeds’ extensive network of travel trade buyers in the US and highlight Dallas attractions.
Discover Puerto Rico
A new 109-page report from Discover Puerto Rico, the 2021-22 Strategic Marketing Business Plan, affirms that Puerto Rico is “poised for its strongest tourism results ever.” The DMO sets out a blueprint with the goal of helping stabilize the island’s economy through tourism and driving visitor-powered employment and revenue to new record highs while attracting a more “conscientious traveler” in the wake of Covid-19.
“Despite natural disasters and an unprecedented global pandemic, Puerto Rico has become a shining example of resiliency and recovery in tourism. And through innovation, collaboration, sound research and best-in-class marketing practices, our team has shined a light on the Island and its many attributes,” said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico. “As a result, tourism holds great promise for our Island, and we believe our best days lie ahead.”
Revenue per available room (RevPAR) in hotels set a new record in June at $216 — 145% higher than the U.S. average. Future booking data indicates levels well ahead of 2019 record-setting visitation pace through September.
Effective July 5 in Puerto Rico, masks are no longer required for fully vaccinated persons in private and public, indoor and outdoor spaces. All businesses including restaurants, theaters, malls, casinos, supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations may operate at full capacity.
Corbin Convention & Tourism Commission
Finger lickin’ news: A city in Kentucky will fund a musical about Colonel Sanders of fried chicken fame. In the city’s latest budget, a sum of $50K has been allocated for the creation and production of this show at The Corbin Arena, in hopes of attracting thousands of visitors per year. Source: WYMT News