Tourism professionals at Convention and Visitors Bureaus – CVBs (or Destination Marketing Organizations – DMOs) are implementing some innovative programs to increase visitation in their destinations. We call them Tourism Best Practices. This week we share many examples of how DMOs are engaging and even taking the lead in destination management including the the development of attractions. Also this week, more examples of visitor-drawing events managed by DMOs.

va-beach-field-houseAs Virginia Beach Becomes a Destination for Sports Events, City Studies Where to Build New Field House

As part of the effort to boost the city’s sports-tourism market, (the CVB has) launched a third-party study to determine where to build a new field house.

3D Murals in High Point Kick Off Beautification Efforts

The High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau has partnered with a local artist to paint 3D murals on the sidewalks near the visitors’ center.

Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau Gussies up Downtown for ASU Homecoming

Filmmaking Workshop Planned at Civic Center

Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau offers “The 7 Deadly Sins of Filming on Location” workshop to provide advice from a filmmaking veteran to filmmakers working with a limited budget.

L.A. Tourism Launches Virtual Reality Platform for Meeting Planners

Meet L.A.’s new VR/360 video initiative helps planners better understand how to incorporate the sprawling city’s event venues and local communities into their programs.

Louisville Mayor Hosts ‘Lou’s Brew’ Bike Tour

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau are teaming up to host the second annual bike ride and brewery tours.

318 Restaurant Week Invites Diners Downtown

Inspired by the growing popularity of restaurant week events, the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and The Times have partnered with local stakeholders and restaurateurs to present the first-ever 318 Restaurant Week.

Tourism Boosters to Launch Craft Your Own Vacation Campaign

Visitors to Bradenton and Manatee County will be able to create their own itineraries online at bradentongulfislands.com, and then share that itinerary on social media and email for a chance to win a trip.

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