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The other biggest opportunity in the wine business

Marketing tips for wineries in the hospitality business The US Travel Association estimates that 27 million* Americans travel each year for the purposes of culinary or wine-related tourism.  This is a big number, and it’s certainly big enough for many wineries to realize the opportunity and decide whether some fine-tuning is needed in their marketing […]

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Is Rioja ready for wine tourism?

After visiting the Rioja wine region in Spain this week, and as a follow up to my previous post about whether or not the wine industry is ready for tourism, there appears to be a number of challenges this region faces, and perhaps some things other regions can learn from. Rioja is an extremely impressive […]

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Who’s doing what? Refresher on private sales & group buying for the travel category

Hot on the tail of a $40 million round of funding last week, Bloomspot have now started a new email called “Bloomspot Travel”. Even I am having a hard time keeping up with who is doing what in the private sales and group buying space in this category. Here is a refresher on some of […]

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Groupon Getaways: What luxury hotels need to know about group buying sites

Groupon knows what it’s doing.  It’s no surprise they partnered with Expedia to create Groupon Getaways.  I do wonder though, how the industry is faring with this.  The hotels featured in these offers are surprisingly good for the consumer, and the hotels involved may fill rooms, but I also wonder if they thought about maintaining […]

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Wine tourism is increasingly being sought out by travelers. But, is the wine industry ready?

When you combine tourism with wine, what do you get?  Well, it’s called “wine tourism”, “vinotourism” or “oenotourism”. It’s an opportunity for both the tourism and wine industries to connect. For this to happen, much of the wine industry may need to think about their businesses differently, as not only producers of wine but how […]

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Caesars is doing it and how you can too

Mobile social tips for hotels, restaurants, local deals sites, airlines, food trucks and destinations Today’s news from Caesars Entertainment is a good example of how major hotel chains are embracing mobile social strategies. Caesars will be rewarding in-resort guests for check-ins and tweets at 9 properties, including Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Rio, […]

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Hello, luxury cruise lines. Where’s your social strategy?

The luxury cruise market was a hot topic at last week’s Cruise Shipping Miami/SeaTrade conference. As I listened to cruise executives discuss the massive opportunities in the luxury travel market – and the importance of word of mouth from past guests, I began to wonder… What would happen if they all implemented social strategies? With […]

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VIDEO: The most tourism dependent region in the world discusses social media at ATME’s Travel Marketing Forecast

Social media and mobile marketing were hot topics at the annual ATME Travel Marketing Forecast that was held this week in New York. Hugh Riley, Secretary General and CEO of the Caribbean Tourism Organization discussed the power of social media and how it will drive marketing plans for the Caribbean brand. Some interesting points to […]

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St. Maarten’s Gem: The legacy of Stars & Stripes lives on at the 12 Metre Challenge

If you’ve ever watched the America’s Cup or sailed you will love this and it is worth traveling to St Maarten just for the opportunity to do it! Two weeks ago, I had the chance of a lifetime to race on one of the fastest yachts in the world – the America’s Cup winning yacht, […]

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A wine lover’s paradise in Saint-Martin: 80,000 cases and counting

I’m pleased to report that wine lovers need not worry if they are vacationing in Saint-Martin.  During my trip last week I was thrilled to find wine all over the French side of the island, the quality is good and it is very affordable.  (French wines do not have import duty in Saint-Martin so they […]

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