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Fact or Folly: A Review of "Convention Center Follies" by Heywood Sanders

by Thomas and John Hazinski

Heywood Sanders has been a frequent critic of Convention Center development as a community and economic development strategy, recently writing a book on the subject called "Convention Center Follies." In this review, Thomas and John Hazinski counter Sanders' blanket dismissal of convention center development with statistics and experience in the field. Click HERE to download the PDF.

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Reviews, Reputation & ROI: Getting the Most out of TripAdvisor

Presentation by Steve Paganelli at the 2014 North Dakota Tourism Conference

Consumer Reviews are a huge part of consumers' decision process, TripAdvisor's Steve Paganelli offers tips on how DMO pros can improve their destination's image (and ROI) through TripAdvisor's tools. You can view the presentation deck HERE.

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The State of the International Traveler

Presentation by Destination Analysts' Erin Francis-Cummings at the 2014 North Dakota Tourism Conference

Destination Analysts' Erin Francis Cummings shares their latest findings into the psyche of international tourists and what they seek in a travel experience. You can view the presentation slides HERE.

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The Outdoor Recreation Economy

by the Outdoor Industry Association

Most of us understand the increasing interest in Outdoor Adventure and Recreation…but the numbers are significantly bigger than most previously thought. Click HERE for this 2012 study from the Outdoor Adventure Association that quantifies the impact and opportunities of this market.

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Oregon Tourism: Creating Meaningful Jobs

by the Oregon Travel Commission

There are those that diss the Tourism Industry for low pay / low benefit jobs. This piece from Travel Oregon refutes that notion by identifying how Tourism jobs prepare people for success. Click HERE to view the PDF.

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