Final Two Gulf Coast Media Seminars Rescheduled, Seminar Materials Now Online
July 27, 2010
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Final Two Gulf Coast Media Seminars Rescheduled
Member Survey Shows Economic Recovery for All Member Segments
NTA Podcast: Social Media 101
Arrivals to Asia and the Pacific Have Grown by 10 Percent
July 29 Webinar Covers U.S. Inbound Markets for Australia, South Korea
NTA at The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth
Final Call for Award Nominations
Hear How NTA Gulf Coast DMOs Are Faring in August Courier
Industry News and Updates
Last Friday, the NTA-Edelman team learned that some Gulf Coast members were concerned about the possible impact of tropical storm Bonnie so the dates for the final two crisis and media relations seminars were moved to August. The new dates are:
- August 10 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CT, at the Kaiser Realty Ballroom in Gulf Shores, Alabama
- August 11 from10 a.m.-1 p.m. CT at the Sanders Beach Center in the Corinne Jones Community Center Ballroom in Pensacola, Florida
Read the news release for an outline of the seminar and register today for "Practical Skills for the Oil Spill Crisis: Managing Media Relations and Building Business through a Crisis." Also, we’d love your help in promoting the sessions to tourism-related businesses being affected by the oil spill and encourage you to distribute this information. To view comments from seminar attendees and for access to the latest destination information from the Gulf Coast, see www.NTAOnline.com/gulfcoast.
Tour operators, suppliers and DMOs alike report optimistic sales and visitor numbers for the second quarter 2010 versus the same time last year with 72 percent of operators, 75 percent of suppliers and 83 percent of DMOs all reporting the number of visitors and/or sales are the same to 10 percent or higher in the second quarter of 2010.
The good news continues as members project continued growth in sales/visitors for the third quarter of 2010 versus the same time in 2009. Twenty-eight percent of operators, 33 percent of suppliers and 32 percent of DMOs all project growth of 10 percent or more for the third quarter.
Congratulations to Nanci Sikes of the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau (Yosemite North). She won a month’s worth of advertising in the Tuesday newsletter for participating in the Member Needs Survey.
If you’d like to see all the results from this most recent Member Needs Survey, including members’ use of Facebook and global marketing strategies and past member survey results, visit NTAonline.com. Please direct questions to Lisa Thompson.
Professional speaker, trainer and social media expert Catherine Heeg of Customized Management Solutions shares tips on getting started with social media, examples of what NTA members are doing successfully and some common mistakes to watch out for in this short podcast. Heeg has more than 30 years experience in the travel and hospitality industries, and will be speaking this November at the NTA Convention in Montréal. Click here to register for the NTA Convention in Montreal.
The Pacific Asia Travel Association released preliminary Asia and the Pacific international visitor arrivals figures for the months of April and May 2010, showing year-over-year growth in arrivals of 7 percent and 16 percent respectively. For the first five months of 2010, international visitor arrivals to the region grew by 10 percent as compared to the same period last year.
The improving global economic environment continued to boost overall travel demand in April and May. However, there was a noticeable impact on air travel caused by the ash cloud from Iceland’s volcanic eruption, which dampened arrival flows to and from Europe. Growth was much stronger in May with the end of the ash cloud problem in Europe and the Labour Day holiday in China; however, this monthly comparison is against a lower arrivals base in May 2009 when the travel industry, already down from the global recession, was hit further by the spread of (H1N1).
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Gain a better understanding of the travel trends from Australia and South Korea, two of the top 10 countries for U.S. arrivals, in a Webinar from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. This Webinar will take place Thursday, July 29 at 6 p.m. ET and will cover international arrivals from Australia and South Korea, destinations most visited, spending patterns, and trends from these two rapidly increasing markets. The program will highlight critical OTTI data and market intelligence from the U.S. Commercial Service offices in Sydney, Australia, and Seoul, South Korea. Participants will get a better understanding of the markets and will hear some expected trends for 2010 and beyond. Learn how to use some of the data to make better decisions and then couple it with the products and services within Commerce that can make you more effective in each.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET
Event Cost: US$50
Webinar call-in & log-in information will be sent after registration is received. Interested participants may register here.
For questions please contact Anastasia Xenias at 212.482.1856 or Julie Heizer at 202.482.4904. The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries collects, analyzes and disseminates international travel and tourism statistics for the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System.
NTA tour operators donned Western apparel and immersed themselves into Calgary’s cowboy culture during the Horsepower Product Development Trip July 16-19. Centered around the Calgary Stampede, an annual 10-day rodeo and festival that bills itself as the "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth," the tour also included stops in Drumheller and at a local ranch where attendees saddled up for a horseback ride along Alberta’s Kananaskis River.
"Calgary and the Stampede definitely are on the must-see list, and I will pay it forward to everyone," said Laura Davis, director of travel services for CANADA à la Carte. "Especially our 200 agents and auto travel counselors. I will make sure we get them selling this great event and destination."
Among the trip’s many highlights were a traditional Stampede free pancake breakfast, a behind-the-scenes tour of the rodeo and a stop at Heritage Park Historical Village, where Deb Alsen led a guided tour of Canada’s largest living history museum. NTA tour-goers had the opportunity to take in the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology and Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, as well as visit with "The Amazing Race" star and professional bull rider, Cord McCoy, and Rick Fraser, one of the world’s top chuck-wagon drivers.
The Calgary Horsepower PDT was hosted by Tourism Calgary along with its partners, Travel Alberta and the Calgary Stampede. The International Hotel Suites Calgary, an NTA supplier member, served as the group’s host hotel. Photos and a complete wrap-up of the trip will be in your September Courier.
Nominations for two of NTA’s most prestigious awards are due this Friday. The awards will be presented at the 2010 Convention in Montreal. Any person employed by an NTA member company is eligible to make a nomination which, at minimum, should include a brief narrative (approximately 250 words) about the nominee.
The Pioneer Award honors individuals whose accomplishments have resulted in significant change in the travel industry from which NTA and its members have benefitted. Nominees do not have to be NTA members.
The Bob Everidge Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding, ongoing contributions to NTA and its members.
Nominations should be submitted to NTA Executive Assistant Celeste Moore on or before Friday, July 30.
(Caption: The 2009 Pioneer Award was posthumously awarded to Gordon Bell. Shown are his daughter and granddaughter, of the Three Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town and Chateau Three Valley Lake (Revelstoke, British Columbia); Gordon’s wife, Ethel, was also present.)
Is your destination known for its wine? Showcase it during NTA’s Wine & Cheese reception on Sunday evening of Convention (November 14 from 5:15-6:30 p.m.). Co-sponsor this reception and show both NTA and WRTA delegates the sophisticated side of your destination. Talk business and network while offering 650 buyers a sampling of wine from your region. Plus, co-sponsoring this reception qualifies you for both NTA and WRTA silver-level benefits including a sponsor booth on the tradeshow floor, sponsor promotions, database of attending delegates and more!
To learn how you can showcase your wine, contact Karla DiNardo at 800.682.8886, ext. 4232 (U.S. and Canada) or +1.859.226.4232. Space is limited so call today. (Please note: If wine isn’t your specialty, but you’re still interested in sponsoring at Convention, click here for a list of available sponsorships just perfect for you.)
As a nod to its members that have been heavily affected by the recent oil spill, NTA is featuring each of the four states along the U.S. Gulf Coast region on the cover of the August issue of Courier. Read comments from NTA DMO members in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi in a business section article regarding the state of tourism across the region. The month’s feature stories focus on theater product in England, Canada and the United States and top spa and wellness travel spots such as Hawaii, California, Niagara Falls, Michigan and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A cross section of destinations is profiled, ranging from the Pacific Northwest and Greece and Turkey to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario and Wisconsin.
November Issue: Ad Space: August 25, Editorial: August 2; Restaurants; Shopping; America’s Historic East (Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington D.C.); San Francisco Bay Area; Italy; Delaware; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island; New Jersey; New York; Quebec.
December Issue: Ad Space: Sept 29, Editorial: Sept 7; 2010 Annual Convention Coverage; Gay and Lesbian Travel; The Rockies (Alberta, British Columbia, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming); Smoky Mountains (Ashville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge); Latin America; Alabama; Louisiana, Mississippi.
January Issue: Ad Space: October 28, Editorial: October 5th; Sightseeing Cruises; Cruise Ships; Great Lakes Loop (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Ontario and Wisconsin); British Isles and Ireland; Alaska; California; Nevada; Oregon; Washington.
Here’s a look at recent research, statistics and news that may apply to you and your business:
- Italy is new top U.S. travel destination outside the United States, according to this Harris Poll.
- Thailand has posted a 13.7 percent increase in visitor arrivals in the first half of the year, thanks to a strong first four months.
- The Office of Travel & Tourism Industries invites you to attend the "Measuring and Enhancing Services Trade Data and Information Conference" on September 14 in Washington, D.C., to engage with government and private sector leaders on services data, including travel and tourism.
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