Sunday Summary #travelbiz

Welcome to the first Sunday Summary for #travelbiz posts and shares across the Big Volcano social media networks, based on what interested us, and what our Facebook and Google Plus colleagues thought was interesting enough to like or share as well.

bbutclda Photo: Border Ranges National Park, © by Big Volcano Tourism

This is an In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) and might also amount to being TL:DR; (Too Long, Didn’t Read) post.

These items are from our Facebook, Google Plus Byron Bay or Google Plus Big Volcano Tourism Marketing & Media pages.

From January 28th: One of my favourite curated papers: Travel Tech Weekly Insights http://ow.ly/XwyZv #travelbiz #tech

And this post on Jan 31st was popular: How Turkey Home Grew Its Facebook Presence by 3 Million Followers Last Year http://ow.ly/XCOqD #travelbiz #destinationmarketing

From February 3rd: Don’t Believe Media Placements Are Impossible: Success Secrets Revealed http://ow.ly/XSb0n #travelbiz #marketingbiz  This is an excellent reminder that online isn’t the only game in town for marketing and promotions.

If you’re a Tour Guide, this food tourism article from Feb 10th will be of interest if you’re not already tapping into the growing “ foodie” market: ICYMI: 6 Charts Showing State of Food Tourism With Tour Operators http://ow.ly/Y6bYv #travelbiz #foodies

And here’s one for the locals, on 14th Feb; Gold Coast No.5 on trips across the ditch for Kiwis, with Melbourne and Sydney topping the list http://ow.ly/YeNNd #travelbiz #visitbigvolcano #goldcoast

Where would we be without an article about an OTA’s methods? Shared on Feb 28th;

Expedia Relentlessly Tests the Science of User Experience and Vacation Planning http://ow.ly/YOECd #travelbiz #OTAs #marketingscience  The wide ranging article not only provides insights about the current practices and future direction of Expedia, but probably of the online travel industry generally.  Well worth the 5-10 minute reading time.

On Mar 5th, there was another article about Google removing CPC ads from search results. > Google’s Move Away From Right-Rail Ads: The Hotel Marketer’s Action Plan http://ow.ly/Z68xk #travelbiz  with the rather startling observation that, “the average travel consumer takes about 17 days, eight research sessions, 18 site visits, and six clicks before making a hotel booking (Google Research).”

It went on to say that “…a successful multichannel campaign that includes SEO, SEM GDN, mobile marketing, social media, online media and retargeting, dynamic rate marketing and email marketing reaches potential guests at every touchpoint of the travel planning process with one cohesive message across channels, capitalizing on key customer micro-moments across devices.”

<start self promotion> OK, so we’ll put our oar in here and say that if you’re a Ballina, Byron, Tweed, Gold Coast hinterland tourism operator who wants to get additional reach and channel “touchpoints”, then www.bigvolcano.com.au is a local web site established since 1997, and we’ve got a limited number of places available for local accommodation and tour operators, to give you the exposure you want.

On Mar 6th, we shared the continued battle between OTAs (Online Travel Agencies/Aggregators) and operators direct web sites, for the hearts and wallets of travellers with this optimistic article from Tnooz:  Consumers finding trust in hotels websites over other sources says study http://ow.ly/Z69fQ #travelbiz #reviews #bookings

On Mar 7th, this gem from Destination Queensland, with a post offering a wealth of useful information.; 2015 DestinationQ Forum, Townsville Thursday 8 – Friday 9 October 2015. http://ow.ly/Z8GgG #travelbiz #destinationmarketing #qld

And finally, from yesterday Mar 12th, the news that NSW and QLD tourism operators to showcase NSW and QLD in China http://ow.ly/ZjVGi #travelbiz #nsw #china  The Greater China Mission will be held in partnership with Destination NSW and Tourism and Events Queensland from 13 – 19 March 2016 in Xiamen and Beijing.

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Bland officially joins Dull and Boring to lure tourists

First there was Dull and Boring. Now Bland, a rural community in New South Wales, has teamed up with the two banal-sounding towns in Scotland and the United States in a three-way effort to attract tourists.

Dull and Boring basically have a tourism relationship. We heard about it and thought it would be even better if it became Bland, Dull and Boring,

Neil Pokoney, the mayor of Bland Shire, said on Tuesday.

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