What You Ought to Know About Destination Leisure Travel...Aug. 18, 2014
A Game of Golf? Not for Many Millennials

The golf industry is suffering from a generation gap.

A drop in participation rates and disinterest among young people, particularly millennials, have sent both the retail and sporting ends of the business scrambling for a new strategy.

For the fifth year, overall participation in golf fell in 2014 as measured by the number of U.S. individuals who reported playing on a course at least once, according to Sports & Fitness Industry Association data.


Source:  The Wall Street Journal.    Read More...  
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Hilton Head chamber named nation's best among same-sized competition

For the third time since 2000, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce has been named Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, according to a news release Thursday.

The award was announced during the organization's annual convention Wednesday in Cincinnati.

National Chamber of the Year is the highest national award presented to chambers of commerce, the release said.

"It is a great honor to win this prestigious award," said chamber board chairman Tom Upshaw. "The chamber would not have received this recognition without the leadership and support of our members, committed board, staff and community partners."


Source:  The Island Packet.    Read More...  
Osceola aims for title of vacation-rental-home capital

FloridaDreamHomes.com co-owner Karin Boyer Osceola County, often overshadowed by Orlando's global image as a vacation destination, is trying to stake out a patch of supremacy in Central Florida's crowded tourism landscape.

Citing its huge inventory of vacation properties for rent, it's positioning itself as the vacation-rental-home capital.

The county says it has 9,800 rental units, more than 37 percent of the total number of vacation homes and condos in Metro Orlando. "It is a staggering number," said Pete Bolduc, sales manager of the Kissimmee-based Florida Dream Homes, one of 94 vacation-rental companies listed by the county's tourism agency. "It's just huge in this area."

Source:  Orlando Sentinel.    Read More...  

'Gay Days' expected to bring $18M to Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale's inaugural week-long 'Gay Days' is expected to bring 15,000 visitors and $18 million to the area.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will host the Gay Day Expo and other city-wide events from Nov. 25-Dec. 1 from the W Fort Lauderdale hotel.

"We have been out and proud, welcoming LGBT visitors since 1995, and with one of the largest resident LGBT populations in the country, we're excited to welcome the inaugural Gay Days Fort Lauderdale in 2014," said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau in a news release.

Source:  Orlando Sentinel.    Read More...  

Miami Beach ready to end $5 million automatic payment to Miami-Dade tourism bureau
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/08/12/4286216/miami-beach-ready-to-end-5-million.html Miami Beach is moving to stop its yearly $5 million payment to Miami-Dade's tourism bureau in favor of a performance-based contract. The plan endorsed by City Manager Jimmy Morales would mean the eventual end of a key source of predictable funding for the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau The bureau relies on county hotel and restaurant taxes for the bulk of its $24 million budget, but the Miami Beach allotment amounts to about a fifth of the funding. The non-profit bureau provides countywide tourism promotion as well as a sales staff that helps book groups in the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Source:  Miami Herald.    Read More...  
Hawaii Economy Slows as Tourism Stalls, Construction Jobs Decline

A new report by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization has grim news for Hawaii's economy: construction hasn't picked up as much as economists predicted, and a stalled tourism industry is slowing the state's economic growth.

The annual economic forecast found that tourism in Hawaii was "essentially flat" in the first half of this year. A report by the Hawaii Tourism Authority issued earlier this week found that total visitor spending grew by 2.5 percent in the first half of 2014 to $7.4 billion, but that there are still fewer tourists coming from the mainland and that overall arrivals have slightly declined.

Source:  Honolulu Civil Beat.    Read More...  

Brand USA Gets Renewed

The U.S. Travel Association today celebrated the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee's unanimous approval of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement and Modernization Act of 2014, H.R. 4450, which reauthorizes Brand USA, the public-private partnership dedicated to increasing inbound international travel to the United States.  "America's travel community is grateful to Congressmen Gus Bilirakis and Peter Welch for championing this vital economic measure in the House," said Roger Dow, president and CEO, U.S. Travel. Dow said the organization was also grateful to many other Congressional members for endorsing the measure or shepherding its passage.


Source:  Travel Agent Central.    Read More...  
Lodging Industry
Keycard 'revolution' at Hilton's front door

Jim Holthouser believes a revolution is coming to the hotel industry's front door-literally.


That revolution might have begun on Monday as Hilton Worldwide Holdings announced a portfolio-wide plan to roll out technology that would allow guests to use their smartphones as keys. The company also is widely introducing the ability for travelers to check-in early and reserve a specific room and make special requests of their stay. 


Source:  Hotel News Now.  Read More... 
Airbnb presents a growing threat to hotel industry

The hotel industry can no longer ignore the Airbnb phenomenon and write it off as a wannabe competitor. One simple reason is that Airbnb has not disappeared from the scene as yet another new fad that bites the dust. Another more important one is that Airbnb's popularity and sales both seem to be rising too fast for comfort.


Source:  MultiBriefs.  Read More... 
Airline Industry
Several airlines announce record profits

Airlines reported record profits Thursday that yielded unexpected stock buy-backs, a rare dividend and even bonuses for workers who weathered the industry's difficult financial straits in recent years.

"They are in a period of strong demand with good capacity," Jim Corridore, equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ. "They are reaping the benefits of that."

American Airlines, which was in bankruptcy court last year and merged with U.S. Airways in December, announced the company's first dividend since 1980, based on record quarterly profits of $1.5 billion.

Source:  USA Today.  Read More... 
US House votes against consumers and for airlines

Business Travel Coalition (BTC) today criticized a US House of Representatives vote passing the Orwellian-titled Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 (H.R. 4156). The bill is based on a big airline lie, was rushed out of the Transportation Committee with just airlines' input and was inappropriately included on the suspension calendar. H.R. 4156 would harm consumers by reversing a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rule implemented in 2012 as a cure to misleading airline advertising.


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Employment report shows jobs growing at steady pace

Months out from the midterm elections, Democrats on the campaign trail are now armed with this talking point: No matter how you look at it, the economy is steadily gaining strength.

The Labor Department said Friday that the economy added 209,000 jobs in July while the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 percent. While Friday's jobs report was less robust than many economists had expected, it still helps paint a broad picture of a strengthening labor market.


Source:  Politico.   Read More...  

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Upcoming presentations and appearances

October 2-3

Central Reservations Association of Destination Resorts (CRADR) 

Schweitzer Mtn, ID


October 9

Summit Chamber of Commerce COO Breakfast 

Summit County, CO


Oct. 15 - 17 

Florida Association of Destination Resorts (FADMO) Annual Meeting

Fort Meyers, FL


October 24

Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) Quarterly Meeting 

Ouray, CO


Oct. 26 - 29 

Vacation Rental Managers Association 

Annual Conference

San Diego, CA


November 21

Keystone Neighbourhood Company 

Keystone, CO 


January 28, 2015

The ASSEMBLY 2015 

Denver, CO


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 kbarnes@destimetrics.com or 970-390-4370.
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