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. Start this week with talk of visitor centers…

Shenandoah Visitor CenterShenandoah CVB Grand Reopening Unveils Modernized Center

Originally a part of the Montgomery County CVB, the Shenandoah CVB was housed in City Hall until relocating in 2010. The city has since remodeled the facility and adopted state-of-the-art, interactive technology to help visitors plan their stay.

(Video) Bryan College Station Goes Mobile with Visitors Center

The Bryan College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau has a new toy out and info about the Brazos Valley. The local TV news station talked with staff about the Mobile Visitors Center and where it’s headed.

How 4 Destinations Are Wooing Young Travelers on Snapchat

Dallas is just one of a number of cities and states that are diving into Snapchat-a new frontier for travel marketers. Can they encourage young tourists to drink their wine, eat their barbeque, meet their people, hear their music or walk through their woods? The above article shares how they’re trying.

Michigan Wants People to Show Off Favorite Lake Views Online

As part of Pure Michigan’s Lake Effect campaign, the state’s tourism promoters have started an online gallery for photos and short videos.

Visit Houston Uses VR to Help Bust the City’s ‘Tumbleweeds and Cattle’ Stereotypes

Visit Houston is launching a virtual reality experience that puts potential visitors at the center of the action. The experience, created with VR company YouVisit, will give viewers a 360-degree view of Houston’s attractions such as the NASA Space Center, Minute Maid Park, the Houston Ballet and the city’s museums and parks. It includes a tour guide avatar that offers brief explanations about each destination.

There’s also some lo-tech best practices:

Alpharetta CVB Highlights Music and Entertainment Options with Giveaway

The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving away a music and entertainment package for the weekend of October 7-9, 2016.

Tour Dozens of Genesee County Landmarks, Venues, Attractions for $1

Organized by the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau, residents and visitors are invited to see how far a dollar can take them with a one-day “Be a Tourist in Your Home Town” event.

Des Moines Debuts Walking Tour Featuring 87 Public Works of Art

The Art Route and the six-point-six mile walking tour will pass by 87 public art installations as it weaves from the west end of downtown Des Moines to the State Capitol.

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