Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Tourism Industry: What Every DMO Needs to Know 

Technology is so commonplace in our daily lives that it’s easy to forget what travelling used to be like. There was a time when agents actually sat with you to explain how to get the best deal on your next vacation, when payments were cash-only, and when maps were physical sheets of paper.

Thinking about what used to be, it’s not difficult to see how greatly technology and artificial intelligence have impacted the travel and tourism industry in our modern day. From automated asset management to targeted ads and chatbots, the industry is quickly becoming reliant on AI in many areas—especially marketing.

Want to know more about how AI is changing the industry in 2019? Take a look at our list of trends below: Read More

5 Questions to Ask When Setting Up a DAM

Although the job of a Digital Asset Management (DAM) system is to make your life easier, the initial setup can seem a bit daunting. With so many files and so little time, how is it possible to get it done? We’ve put together a list of questions to ask yourself when setting up your DAM in order to simplify and streamline the process. And hopefully make it a little less daunting.

 

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Gastronomy Tourism Trends for DMOs

International cuisine is one of the main reasons why travellers choose a destination. As part of the cultural experience, it allows them to understand the essence of a city or town using all five senses. With a spectacular local meal, you can breathe in the fragrant smell of native herbs and spices, see the vibrant colours of indigenous fruits and vegetables, hear the sound of sizzling traditional dishes, feel new textures on your tongue, and—most importantly—taste irreplicable flavours of delicacies that have been passed down from generation to generation. Read More

Top Tips for Travel Photography

Travel photography has changed drastically over the past few decades. Long gone are the days of film and dark rooms and here now are endless options for software and digital technology to take, edit and store our best pictures. Moreover, smartphone advancements have allowed the light-traveller to nix heavy DSLR, SLR or digital camera gear in favour of on-the-go mobile cameras, apps, attachments and lenses.

For those looking to optimize their travel photography in 2019, here are our best tips below: Read More

Barberstock + Simpleview CMS Integration

Simplifying workflows is our main objective at Barberstock. From creating tools to make sharing, receiving and organizing content easier to integrating with other systems to eliminate the download and re-upload of assets.

The major integration that has saved DMO clients countless hours of re-downloading and uploading content is Barberstock’s integration with the Simpleview CMS. This integration allows users of both systems to directly import assets from their Barberstock library into their CMS to be used on their website. Here’s an overview of how it works: Read More

Understanding Your Key DMO Digital Channels in 2019

If there is one constant truth in digital marketing, it’s the fact that nothing remains constant in digital marketing.

Only a few years ago Snapchat was the darling social media disruptor that threatened to dethrone reigning platforms, and then with one horribly offensive marketing ad and the swift movement of Rihanna’s social influence, it was no longer a contender, losing roughly 800 million dollars in the week following the fiasco.

Meanwhile, slick websites that used up large chunks of the marketing budget were once the golden egg for attracting consumers, until people switched gears and focused their interests on mobile convenience.

The list of changes goes on and on, begging the question: How do you know where to focus your efforts in an ever-changing digital landscape? Take a look at our list of key channels for 2019 below to get a better idea: Read More

Using Your DAM to Build Your Asset Library

A Digital Asset Management system goes well beyond simply storing assets. In addition to distribution and organization, it can be an effective tool to collect new content and grow your library.

This is where Barberstock’s Contributor Upload Portal comes into play. The Upload Portal gives Contributor Users the ability to upload content without having any other Administrator/back-end function. The files uploaded by Contributors will not automatically be added to the library, but will go through an approval process to ensure only quality, on-brand content is added. Here’s a breakdown of how it works: Read More

2019 Travel Trends and Statistics for DMOs

A new year has arrived and we are already seeing destination marketing and travel and tourism predictions that point to an exciting year of AI, micro-trips, micro-moments, mobile dominance and more. For those looking to get the scoop on what to expect in the industry during 2019, look no further than our list below: Read More

2018 DMO Trends in Review

Videos and UGC Dominate, Smartphones and Apps Get Smarter, while Millennials Open Up New Market Segments

2018 welcomed many trends for destination marketing organizations; some of these trends continued movements from previous years, such as the rise of video and user-generated content (UGC), while newer ones like bleisure travel, sustainable tourism and experiential travel broadened customer segments and interests. Though there is no one-size-fits-all approach to marketing in our day and age, powerful statistics back up the trends on this list, giving food for thought on how to run a successful destination marketing strategy in our current era. Read More