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What You Ought to Know About Destination Vacation Travel...Apr. 4, 2014
 Destination Tourism
Tourism industry closely watches cleanup

Tourism officials and business owners whose trades are tied to the beaches on Monday were keeping a wary eye on the wind and efforts to contain more than 160,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil that leaked from a damaged barge into Galveston Bay after a vessel collision Saturday near the Texas City Dike.

How successful the containment effort, led by the Texas General Land Office and including several other federal, state and local agencies, had been was unclear Monday. What was evident was the swift, widespread economic effect the spill already was having on local commerce and the power of perception as potential tourists tuned into news reports and reconsidered vacation plans.



Source:  Galveston County The Daily News.   Read More... 

Tourism numbers already up from 2013

From the roads to the restaurants to the beaches - it's easy to see that it's season in Southwest Florida.

This year numbers show even more people are choosing our home as their getaway - and they're not just here for the sand.

Families were out at Terry Park on Thursday to watch their kids play baseball as part of the Gene Cusic Classic.

Fans say even the bleachers are fuller than last year.

It's just one event boosting our tourism numbers; which means more money for our community.


Source:  WZVN ABC7. 

Florida to become medical tourism destination?
Florida lawmakers are considering a measure to allocate $5 million annually in state funds to add medical tourism to the list of state attractions.

The money would go to promote a combination of hospitality and medical care to people from places both domestic and foreign, including the Middle East, the Caribbean and Europe.

Although U.S. residents have for years sought treatment overseas to save money, this is one of the first times a U.S. state has considered marketing itself as a medical tourism destination, according to a trade association.


Source:  First Coast News.   Read More... 

Disney World's Magic Bands - a travel industry model for seamless travel
On Monday, the Disney World theme park in Florida began allowing all visitors to use its new $1 billion system of electronic bracelets, which enable visitors to enter their hotel rooms and ride attractions wirelessly.
NB: This is a viewpoint on seamless travel is an excerpt from the report, Shaping the Future of Travel: Macro trends driving industry growth over the next decade, released today by Oxford Economics, a consultancy, commissioned by Amadeus, the travel IT giant.
Disney's system is an ideal example of "seamless travel". Disney World is "a model village", not just for families wanting an idealized escape but for the entire global travel industry looking for ways to innovate.


Source:  tnooz.  Read More... 

What Families Want: Family Vacay Intel and Options
Family Vacation 2014: Those adults who have children and plan to travel with them report that their children's preferences strongly influence vacation destination decisions. For hotels it means that more properties are targeting families through new kid-friendly programs, initiatives and outreach.

A September 2013 family travel survey by the Holiday Inn Resort brand found a majority of the parents agreeing that pools, kids' suites, kids eat free programs and special on-site children's activities are all important features when considering a hotel for their family vacation.

While most parents expect Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast to be included with their hotel stays, fewer expect fun games for kids or special activity programs for children to be provided free of charge. (It turns out that the Holiday Inn Resort brand offers all of these amenities as standard and often throws in multiple food and restaurant options and nightly entertainment).

Source:  Travel-Intel Newsletter.  Read More... 

4 Creative Ways Cities are Using Smart Technologies to Promote Tourism

Drones, drones, drones: Ringgold is small city in Catoosa County, Georgia. But it's got big plans to boost tourism. Come Memorial Day when Ringgold hosts its annual 1890s Day Jamboree, attendees may notice a drone equipped with a video camera flying overhead. As the Chattanooga Times Free Press tells it, the goal is to promote tourism, not surveillance.

Earlier this month the board of the Ringgold Convention and Visitors Bureau voted to spend up to $1,200 for a drone to shoot footage of the Jamboree events that it will use to promote the city.

"This is going to give us a sweeping view of the whole town," Ringgold's Director of Downtown Development Joseph Brellenthin said in the Times Free Press story. "It's something unique that we can do that's not too expensive."


Source:  Public CEO.  Read More... 

Consumer media discover that travel agents do still exist
Suddenly, everybody loves travel agents.
Over the last month, three major national publications and a network TV show have all published veritable odes to retail travel sellers.
First it was Forbes magazine's three-part, online series, "Why You Need a Travel Agent," which began on Jan. 20.
That was followed by a article titled "Travel agents know something you don't."
Last week, the New York Times ran a piece in its Sunday Travel Section headlined "Is the Best Travel Search Engine Around the Corner?"


Source:  Travel Weekly.   Read More... 

Travel without traveling: Virtual reality is officially the hottest trend of 2014

Hot on the heels of Facebook's acquisition of virtual reality handset maker Occulus, a new VR startup has emerged from stealth with a solid positioning in the travel industry.

It's called Jaunt and it promises "completely immersive, 360-degree 3D video and audio experience" thanks to the company's proprietary camera technology.

The most obvious applications are in entertainment, for displaying both traditional media and a new form of interactive, choose-your-own destiny content. Yet the immersive content journey has already begun in travel, with startups like Sphere offering new 360-degree ways to experience travel and destinations.



Source:  tnooz.   Read More... 

Lodging Industry
Hotel CEOs: Get tough on OTAs

Hoteliers, led by the biggest brands, must get tough on online travel agencies, according to a panel of CEOs during the 17th International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin.
Sébastien Bazin, who was named chairman and CEO of Accor last August, was the most vocal. Buoyed by his recent decision to split the company into two business units, he said Accor is now able to regain ground from the OTAs.
"Reclaiming that space is about measurement, risk and pricing that service. OTAs are a great innovation, but if you are big enough, and Accor is, you have to control your destinations," Bazin said during a general session titled "The world according to the global CEOs."    


Source: Hotel News Now.  Read More...  
Airline Industry 
FAA: Air travel will jump to 1.15B passengers by 2034  

The number of passengers that are carried by U.S. airlines will jump to 1.15 billion people by the year 2034, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) projected Thursday.
The projection is a 404.5 million increase over 2013 passengers levels, when the agency said U.S. airlines carried 745.5 million passengers.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said the expected passenger growth made the case for "new technologies" like the agency's proposed satellite-based air traffic control system that is known as NextGen.   


Source:  The Hill.  Read More... 

Jobs Report: U.S. Economy Added 192,000 Jobs In March, Unemployment Remained 6.7%

Jobs numbers released by The Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday were strong enough to keep stock markets in the green but brought little joy to jobs watchers.
Employers added 192,000 jobs in March, slightly below the 200,000 economists expected. The unemployment rate, which is drawn from a different survey of households, remained steady at 6.7%. The labor force participation rate came in at 63.2%, up slightly from February. The employment-population ratio was 58.9%, also just a tick above last month's number.


Source:  Forbes.    Read More...  

Vacation Travel News, issued by DestiMetrics, is designed to provide relevant and timely market information to the destination leisure  travel industry.
We are excited to host the Destination Summit again with Inntopia and Ryan Solutions.  This year we are touting it as a travel technology boot camp for the "doers" within the marketing machines of lodging and travel organizations.  Experts in the fields of email marketing, reservation technology & packaging, customer service & sales training, revenue management, social media and web design (to name a few) will be hosting workshops along with a "state of the industry" general session and plenty of networking opportunities.  
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Upcoming presentations and appearances


Mountain Travel Symposium 

Breckenridge, CO

Apr. 9 - 16, 2014


Central Reservations Association of Destination Resorts 

Spring Meeting

Apr. 14 -15, 2014


 Destination Summit 

Denver, CO

May 13 - 15, 2014 

Note: If you're planning on attending any of these events and would like to schedule a time to meet, please contact Katie Barnes at or 970-390-4370.
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