DMAI NewsBrief
Dec. 8, 2011

Scottish capital Edinburgh votes for UK's first bed tax to fund its festivals
The Guardian
Councilors in Edinburgh, Scotland, have voted for a bed tax on tourists and visitors to the city; Edinburgh would be the first city in the U.K. to apply such a levy.More

New MetroWest agency in Massachusetts hopes to bring tourists from near and far
The MetroWest Daily News
The MetroWest Tourism & Visitors Bureau, a new regional economic development initiative, aims to convince Massachusetts-bound tourists there's "more to explore" here. More

Competing Illinois cities take different approaches to hotel tax spending
The State Journal-Register
Visitors all pay the same 12 percent tax on overnight hotel stays in Springfield, Peoria and Bloomington-Normal, Ill. That is where the similarity ends. The three communities, which are in head-to-head competition for convention and business meetings, all use hotel-motel taxes differently.More

DMAI supports PR campaign to increase awareness of face-to-face events
DMAI's industry partner, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) announced that is has raised more than $1 million to increase awareness about the long-term benefits of face-to-face exhibitions and events through a public relations campaign.More

Deadline approaches for Destinations Showcase Washington, DC, exhibitors
Dec. 16 is the deadline for space applications and contracts for DMAI's Destinations Showcase Washington, DC, the meeting industry’s largest one-day event featuring an exhibit hall comprised exclusively of DMOs and industry associations.More

Deloitte: Business travel set to take off in 2012
Corporate travel will likely fuel the travel, hospitality and leisure industry in 2012 as many Millennials and Generation X professionals expect to take to the road more often, according to a new Deloitte survey.More

Airlines phase out small jets, leaving some towns without service
The Associated Press via Washington Post
The little planes that connect America's small cities to the rest of the world are slowly being phased out.More

NTA, ASTA launch project to study US Hispanic travel market
Travel Pulse
NTA and ASTA, representing tour operators and travel agents, respectively, are collaborating on a joint task force to help their members better serve the Hispanic travel market.More

How to use Pinterest for local SEO
Search Engine Land
Looking for a little extra lift for your holiday season local search rankings? Instead of relying on some elf-magic, consider making your own ranking magic through using Pinterest, a young social media site that is rising in popularity faster than Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve!More

Lessons learned from 2011
Travel Pulse
Take a few minutes to more "scientifically" analyze what's worked and what has not worked as well as you had hoped over the last year.More

10 tips for tourism email marketing
Find out what it takes to create an email campaign that will send your marketing results to new heights.More

Ohio's Mohican CVB changes name, image
The Ashland Times-Gazette

Number of foreign tourists to Taiwan sets record October high
Central News Agency via Taiwan News

Roswell, Ga., CVB and city launch Roswell Business Alliance
Appen Newspapers

Steubenville, Ohio, council votes to eliminate Visitors Bureau

Mexico's Riviera Nayarit efforts to diversify its markets are paying off
PV Mirror

Tennessee tourism officials looking for ways to increase visits

Bachar to chair BestCities in 2012
Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings