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6 Tips for State Tourism Matching Fund Grants

6 Tips for State Tourism Matching Fund Grants

Many states offer a variety of grants to help local organizations develop tourism within the state. Most common among these are the tourism matching funds grants. Nationwide, these grants account for tens of millions of marketing dollars that are available to organizations willing to put in the time, preparation and follow up necessary to complete the application process, manage the grant requirements and administer the grant funded activities.

It may sound daunting at first, but there are some big rewards.

Here are six things you should know that can help you land some grants.

What is an API?

What is an API?

API… if you work with a tour operators, online travel services, airlines or hotels, you’ve probably heard someone reference their API. If you’re planning to attend a big travel industry trade show like IPW, the ABA Marketplace, World Travel Market or ITB, you’re going to hear about it. So what is an API and why do so many travel trade buyers and package tour planners use them?

We found this great video that helps explain the role of APIs even in our b2b, b2c, tourism and trade trade world. Take a look.

5 Steps to Get Better Reviews Online

5 Steps to Get Better Reviews Online

Visitors love leaving reviews and your future customer is looking! We're going to start by taking a look at the role online reviews play in successful, growing businesses and a few ways you'll be able to use reviews to generate more income. Then, we're going to talk about five simple things any business owner or marketer can do to improve their reviews, get more reviews and get more customers.

You can use these practical tactics to set your business apart from the competition and climb up the ratings list without breaking the bank. You should be able to complete the course in just under an hour.

Three Tourism Outreach Must-Haves

Three Tourism Outreach Must-Haves

The last trade show or, in some cases, series of back-to-back shows were a whirlwind. You met with dozens of travel planners, tour operators and program coordinators. You’ve probably been working through your list of tour operators to make sure you’re getting back to each on their specific needs because, as you’ve heard a million times, “It’s all about the follow up.”

You might have gotten some business but why aren’t you getting even more business? What do you have to do to actually convert those leads into more group tours, more voucher sales and more visitors taking part in your company’s experience?