Little more than a year ago, Chaffee County launched an integrated image campaign anchored by a new Web site optimized for key search terms that would appeal to Colorado-bound visitors and bought Internet advertising to actively direct visitors to the site. Today, Chaffee County is not only easier for travelers to find but also for the travel industry trade to discover, as well as travel editors hungry for new and unusual destinations to write about. As proof, in the past few month’s Chaffee County has been named one of America’s Top Dream Towns by Outside magazine, won the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative for its Adventure in Arts year-round series of monthly countywide arts events, and received a Bronze medal from Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International for Chaffee’s integrated print and online advertising campaign touting its new marketing campaign, Colorado’s Headwaters of Adventure.
Hart said the progressive-minded visitor’s bureau board of this rural mountain community is continuing its quest for greater visibility, moving still more of their relatively small budget from print advertising into Internet advertising, including pay per click keyword campaigns.
The rise of importance of the Internet in the travel industry is good news, Hart said, not just for smaller destinations eager to welcome more tourists and their resulting positive economic impact, but also for the travelers themselves who can now “more easily find destinations that rekindle the spirit of adventure and discovery.”
Hart offers these tips for finding fresh locales no matter which state you plan to visit.
* Enter the state name and the terms “travel and tourism” and the official visitor’s bureau of that state will appear as one of the top search results. Government supported and frequently tax funded, state tourism bureaus are charged with providing information on all visitor resources and destinations from the very small and unheralded to the very famous so you can browse a broad gamut of options, usually segregated by interest area and/or geographic location within the state of your choice.
* Search by an interest area in the state you want to visit such as “whitewater rafting in Colorado,” one of the most popular activities in Colorado. Other popular search terms for mountain destinations could be “hiking” or “mountain biking.” Similarly, search by the types of activities you’d like at beaches, America’s most popular vacation target, by searching terms such as “beach volleyball Florida” or “surfing California.”
* For active outdoor enthusiasts, whether traveling solo or packing a family, camping or resort-bound, Hart suggests visiting online versions of your favorite magazines such as Outsideonline.com, NationalGeographic.com and guide book publishers such as Fodors.com or LonelyPlanet.com.
Courtesy of ARA Content