by Longwoods International
Many of us have long believed that Destination Marketing possesses an impact far greater than simply "heads in beds." That belief has now been quantified in a breakthrough study by Longwoods International and authored by our friend George Zimmerman.
Longwoods International surveyed more than 18,000 consumers regarding 10 destination marketing campaigns, a combination of cities, states and regions. And while the data points varied somewhat by destination, the results of this research were consistent across all destinations. In every case, tourism advertising by a destination and subsequent visitation significantly improved the image of that destination not just as a place to visit, but also for a wide range of other economic development objectives.
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