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Travel Writers: Why your DMO needs tech savvy story tellers

Travel Writers: Why your DMO needs tech savvy story tellers

Your destination marketing organization (DMO) benefits from the stories your guests tell about their experiences in your region. That’s part of what makes tech savvy travel writers and content creators of all sorts (think video, audio, photos too!) such an important part of your marketing effort.

Cranky Concierge – Personalized Air Travel Assistance

Cranky Concierge – Personalized Air Travel Assistance

This is a time when check-in desks at airports are being eliminated in favor of online check-in and hotels tout virtual concierge systems where guests don’t have to deal with any human staff during the stay, from check-in to checkout. But one man apparently didn’t get the memo.

United: All you can check for $249 a year

United: All you can check for $249 a year

United has come out with their latest offering in the ever creative world of airline fees: the all-you-can-eat plan for checked baggage. For $249 a year, United will allow you to check up to two bags (normally $20 and $30 for the 1st and 2nd bags) for a whole year. Any hangers-on (up to eight) in the same reservation also benefit from the deal. Think of how much the Eight-is-Enough family would have saved had this been around in their day.

American Airlines teams up with the next iron chef

American Airlines teams up with the next iron chef

As recession conditions linger, the travel industry continues to seek out ways to reach, and excite, its audience into parting with discretionary dollars. American Airlines thinks food could be that special ingredient.

Orbitz blogger day

Orbitz blogger day

Orbitz Worldwide hosted their first annual Blogger’s Day early this week at their headquarters in the beautiful city of Chicago.

The Olympic effect – Chicago Lost, but Chicago tourism strikes gold

The Olympic effect – Chicago Lost, but Chicago tourism strikes gold

Chicago has been eliminated in the first round in it’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics, inspite of a spirited team effort by the Chicago delegation – including President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. But there may still be a consolation prize in something called the Olympic Effect.