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.

National Travel and Tourism Week

DMOs are preparing events for National Travel and Tourism Week, May 6-12…

Dodge City, KS will celebrate Train Day in conjunction with NTTW

Emporia, KS will host a Wild Card Tour

Pearland, TX throws a Block Party

Norman, OK hosts a Tourism Luncheon

While not related by NTTW, this promotion by the Fort Lauderdale (FL) CVBs is worth copying noting…2-for-1 Summer Deals at 45 locations.

Other events to attract visitors?

Main Street Fest – A Craft Brew Experience in Grapevine (TX)

Discover the Ridge in Ridgeville (OH)

A marketing initiative… Destination Cleveland Hosts European Travel Agents, Writers to Promote International Tourism

Regular readers of this column knows we like grant programs. Warrensburg (MO) and Corsicana (TX) with recent announcements about their programs.

In destination development news, Harrison (AR) with a new mural, and Clinton (IA) hosts a flower and beautification project.

Finally, our condolences to the staff at the Holland (MI) CVB. Their mascot, Lucy, a pug recently passed away. Lucy was so popular at the visitors center, staff had to post when she was out of the office! RIP Lucy and thanks for your service to the tourism industry.

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