DMAI NewsBrief
Jan. 26, 2012

Los Angeles breaks tourism record with 27 million visitors in 2011
The Los Angeles Times
Thanks to a swell in international visitors, Los Angeles hosted a record number of visitors in 2011, prompting tourism officials to predict they will welcome even more out-of-town guests this year.More

Seattle convention bureau seeks social media mavens
USA Today
In an unusual move in the travel marketing world that should get hotels talking, Seattle's Convention & Visitors Bureau is getting ready to give away free weekends specifically to social media mavens who defines as influential.More

Tunisia, Egypt, Japan work to woo back tourists
Tunisia, Egypt and Japan are working hard to lure back visitors who steered clear of their countries last year due to civil unrest and an earthquake, officials said at a world tourism fair.More

Urbana, Ill., council backs moving tourism in-house
The News-Gazette
Urbana, Ill., city council members are ready to commit city funds to internalizing the marketing and tourism promotion duties that previously had been handled by the Champaign County CVB.More

Reserve your spot for CDME elective courses in Washington, DC

With February's core course already sold out, participants of DMAI's Certified Destination Management Executive program will want to lock in their attendance at one of the program’s popular CDME elective offerings on digital marketing or partnership and funding development.More

Download recent Brand USA webinar hosted by DMAI

On Jan. 24, more than 125 individuals joined DMAI's free webinar: Brand USA – How Will Your Destination Benefit & How Can Your DMO Get Involved.More

2012 DMO Compensation & Benefits Study questionnaire to launch

DMOs in the U.S. and Canada will soon receive an invitation to participate in one of the industry's most requested studies, the 2012 DMO Compensation & Benefits Study.More

Travel Leaders upbeat on business travel for 2012
Travel Agent Central
Business travel bookings will remain very solid in 2012 as nearly 77 percent of Travel Leaders' business-focused travel agents are forecasting that bookings will match or exceed their total bookings for last year, Travel Leaders reports.More

5 consumer trends driving travel in 2012
Travel Market Report
The search for meaningful experiences will govern consumer shopping habits in 2012, particularly when it comes to their travel choices.More

New forecast sees better occupancy for US hotel business
Travel Pulse
An updated lodging forecast released by PricewaterhouseCoopers reflecting better year-end results for 2011 also anticipates pricing recovery to be the key driver of revenue-per-available-room growth in 2012.More

Latest MPI Business Barometer heats up for employment
Conference News
The latest edition of the Meeting Professionals International Business Barometer shows a sharp jump in employment numbers within the meetings industry. Other key findings include a warning for hoteliers, venues and destinations that "while corporate business is up, meetings are focusing on customer satisfaction rather than sales meetings or incentives."More

Time management: 6 ways to improve your productivity
Workplace performance expert Jason Womack offers six of his most effective tips for better managing your time and giving your productivity a jolt.More

Pinterest: A tool to curate relevant visual content for your audience
Beth Kanter
Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where you can organize and share images and videos you discover on the Web. Think of it as social network of visuals where you can find images from other people with the same interest or use it to curate your own visual "interest space."More

Tel Aviv emerges as top gay tourist destination
The Associated Press

Cuba welcomed more than 2.7 million tourists in 2011
Latin American Herald Tribune

Canadians flocked to Wisconsin Dells in 2011

Washington's Yakima Valley tourism turned a corner in 2011
Yakima Herald

Hard-hit tourism in Pima County, Ariz., needs a boost
Arizona Daily Star

Olympic marketing campaign to put UK's York on the map
The Press

Cole Carley, head of North Dakota's Fargo-Moorhead CVB, retiring

Sunshine Coast Destination appoints new marketing and brand director
eTravel Blackboard