From the DMAI Newsbrief, here’s the most trending tourism-related articles of 2016:

How CVBs and Convention Centers Are Working Together to Lure Business

From Meetings and Conventions, how three enterprising cities effectively forged a bond between their convention centers and destination marketing organizations, to the benefit of all.

Photo by Tom Eblen |

Photo by Tom Eblen |

San Antonio City Council Passes Historic Vote to Replace CVB with New Tourism Group

From the San Antonio Business Journal, City Council members voted 7-2 to approve a new management agreement that will essentially replace the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau with a new public-private group called Visit San Antonio.

Suit Over Tourism Marketing Tax Dismissed

From the San Diego Tribune, A long-running lawsuit challenging a San Diego hotel room surcharge for tourism marketing has been dismissed, a Superior Court judge has ruled.

Lonely Planet Ranks the Best Destinations for 2017

From USA Today, Lonely Planet has chosen the top 10 countries, cities, regions and best value destinations for travelers to experience in 2017.

The 25 Best Tourism Websites in the World in 2016

From Skift, The most modern tourism bureau websites today emphasize neighborhood storytelling, more nuanced content for different consumer profiles, mobile-first modular design, and full-width photos and videos with a strong human voice.

Very Cool Way Brussels is Marketing Itself After Taking Massive Tourism Hit Post-Attack

From The American Genius, The combination of the welcoming and reassuring citizens with the live camera close to the phone cabins managed to calm down the tourists, eliminating their concerns regarding the safety of the city.

Cvent Reveals 2016 List of Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States

From Travel Industry Wire, Orlando held the top spot on the 2016 list, a position the city last held in four of the five years the ranking has been published. Chicago climbed one spot on the ranking compared to last year, while Las Vegas dropped one place from number two in 2015 to round out the top three.

Second-tier Cities on The Rise

From Successful Meetings, Thanks to factors such as affordability, air connectivity, modern meeting facilities and extra levels of service, smaller destinations are making a big impact with planners.

TripAdvisor Gives Tourism Boards a Leg Up on Consumer Engagement

From Skift, TripAdvisor is now providing tourism boards the opportunity to publish more types of content in more sections of the review site to better engage consumers during the all-important travel research phase.

6 Charts on American Traveler Spending and Sentiments Toward Destination Experiences

From Skift, How travelers feel about their destination experiences correlate to how much they spend and how many positive recommendations they’ll make. JD Power’s study is likely a wake-up call for U.S. destinations trying to measure these relationships.

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