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Travel Insider

 

April 15, 2014 - Issue 7

 1)  Media Showcase - April 22
2)  Extranet Data Verification Deadline Reminder
3)  Kentucky Well Represented at IPW
4)  ABA 2015 Top 100 Nominations
5)  Free Video Giveaway
6)  WeGoPlaces.com - Free Listing

1)  Media Showcase - April 22
     Don't forget to RSVP for Media Showcase which will be held on April 22 at the Kentucky Fairgrounds from 1-4 p.m. in South Wing B, Room 105.
     During the showcase, the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism will be presenting the new advertising look and discussing fall 2014 co-op opportunities. Due to the tight fall deadlines, sales will begin immediately following this meeting.  Representatives of all approved co-ops will also attend the Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) Spring Forum May 14-15. (These are the correct dates.)
     During the showcase, Commissioner Mike Mangeot will discuss the impact of the recently passed state budget on our industry. 
     Reservations are not required but we do request an RSVP by April 18 to aid us in planning.

2)  Extranet Data Verification Deadline Reminder
     Any attraction or event listed without a description on kentuckytourism.com will be pulled from the database May 1. It is important that data records include an accurate street address and a compelling description for our visitors. Click here to reach the Extranet for review.

3)  Kentucky Well Represented at IPW
     Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism (KDTT) officials joined with representatives from the Lexington and Louisville convention and visitor bureaus and the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in Chicago, April 6-10, at IPW (formerly International Pow Wow). During IPW, which is the largest international travel industry event in the U.S., the Kentucky team met with approximately 80 tour operators and 25 media representatives.
     Tour operators continue to note Kentucky's attractiveness as an international destination; however, they also point out that a significant barrier is that too few Kentucky hotels work with tour operators in capturing international business. (Hotels interested in learning more about international opportunities should contact Hank Phillips at KDTT, hank.phillips@ky.gov.) There is also strong travel media interest in Kentucky. For example, a Kentucky travel article was confirmed at IPW with the San Francisco Chronicle.

4)  ABA 2015 Top 100 Nominations
     Nominations are officially open for the American Bus Association's (ABA) 2015 Top 100 Events in North America. If you are an ABA member, you should have received an e-mail from ABA with instructions on how to nominate a maximum of  ten (10) 2015 events for consideration.
     If you are not an ABA member and would like the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism (KDTT) to consider nominating your 2015 event as one of the 10 nominations we are permitted to send, please contact Wayne Cusick at wayne.cusick@ky.gov or 502-564-8110, ext. 117.
     Nominations must reach ABA by Wednesday, May 7. In order for KDTT to consider your event and complete the paperwork, we require your information by Wednesday, April 30.

5)  Free Video Giveaway
     In celebration of Michael Breeding's fourteen years of service as a vendor, partner and Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) member and to show his appreciation to the entire KTIA membership, Michael Breeding MEDIA is offering a special package at NO CHARGE to four KTIA member organizations (one each from four parts of Kentucky). The drawing to select winners will be held in October.
     Included in this free package is: One ninety-second web video about your community, services, destination or organization. This total package for four short videos is valued at $20,000. The concept will include a script, our female voice-over narrator from San Diego, filming at one locale on one day, twenty or more hours of video editing,  after effects, graphics and music.
     To nominate your organization, please visit the "TOURISM" tab at www.michaelbreedingmedia.com and complete the reply form. The winners will be drawn by four of your friends in tourism from four different regions of Kentucky, with the winners being announced this October. Concept development, scripting and production will begin in early 2015.
     Please share this information with your friends in tourism.

6)  WeGoPlaces.com - Free Listing
     WeGoPlaces.com offers free listings on its website.   If you wish to list your event or attraction, click here or select the “Get Listed” link at the top of WeGoPlaces.com.
     WeGoPlaces.com has been helping travelers since 2004 find things to do in the USA and Canada. It reports that in the last 12 months the website has received over 1.5 million visitors from 192 different countries.

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The Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet,which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of more than $12.2 billion, supports about 174,000 jobs and generates $1.2 billion in taxes.                                             ***
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