Guest Host: Ryan George
Ryan George, CEO of Simpleview digs deep on how Destination Marketing Organizations and their community partners, working together, can create a highly attractive, positive digital footprint. With Tripadvisor’s vast digital reach, Steve Paganalli provides some great suggestions for how DMOs can enhance their digital presence, reviews Charlottesville’s Tripadvisor page, and explains how Sedona effectively managed its online reputation. Finding that sense of normalcy is where Dave Bratton jumps in and shares Destination Analysts’ latest survey results. Roy Van Doorn, owner of City Select and president of the Charlottesville Chapter of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, examines some alarming numbers on local job losses, and what he sees ahead for tourism in Charlottesville.
Kurt Burkhart invites listeners to consider a visit to the Northern Mariana Islands following some great stories that have Saipan as a top travel destination in 2021, he explains TSA’s Credential Authentication Technology scanners at Los Angeles International Airport; recommends The Travel Vertical for finding great ideas; gives congrats and best wishes to Louisville Tourism’s Karen Williams and Cleo Battle; and, gives a shout-out to Destination International’s 30 Under 30 Program.