What if the world’s destination marketers gathered to solve tourism’s greatest challenges together?
That’s exactly what happened at Destination Think! Forum 2016 in New York City. We’re pleased to share valuable insights from Forum participants in this comprehensive, strategic whitepaper: Leading your destination into the future: 4 critical trends addressed by destination marketing leaders.
This whitepaper is the result of two days of inspiring, focused discussion and collaboration at Forum. Participants represented destinations within Australia, South Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, the Caribbean and South Pacific islands. They discussed the following four topics in a series of panel discussions and collaboration sessions:
The insights produced at Forum will help destinations build new strategies to keep the role of their organizations relevant in a rapidly shifting industry.
Tools for your 2017 destination strategy
How can destination marketers understand the big-picture strategies outlined by the participants as part of a greater story? Destination Think! Chief Strategist WIlliam Bakker distills the four trends into an optimistic vision for the future of destination marketing that takes into account the challenges and opportunities discussed.
Use this whitepaper to inform your destination’s planning for 2017 and beyond. We intend this to stimulate discussion within DMOs and assist leaders as they adapt to the disruption affecting tourism in their destinations.
As Bakker says:
“The future of destination marketing is bright. But like everything else, change is hard. This conference was the perfect forum for DMOs around the world, in all shapes and sizes, to discuss these challenges, share learning and collaborate to find the best solutions. Because it doesn’t matter if you represent a small town or a large nation, if you’re in Europe or Australia, the challenges are the same.
By addressing these challenges collectively, we will improve the quality of life for our citizens and give our guests memories to last a lifetime. The world will be better for our efforts.”