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August 26, 2008

Futures study provides strategic vision for DMCs

The Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Foundation has released a major study to help destination marketing professionals to understand and respond to strategic trends and developments shaping the industry – The Future of Destination Marketing.

 “The key emerging themes from the study are relevance, visibility and value propositions,” said Richard Green, chair of the DMAI Foundation Board of Trustees and president of association business development and strategic partnerships for Marriott International. “Our goal was to provide a study that identifies the most important trends and developments as perceived by destination marketing experts. The study provides a strategic framework for all destination marketing organisations (DMOs), their staffs and stakeholders to plan for the future of their destinations.”

In addition to the three key themes of tradition, transition and Transformation, eight globally focused “super-trends” surfaced. These overarching summary statements capture the essence of more than 200 detailed trends that were identified in the environmental scan.

The eight super-trends are: Proliferating Preferences, The Battle for Attention, Dodging Asteroids, Smart and Friendly Websites, The Electronic Society, The Quest for Relevance, Mixed Signals from Government and Going Green.

The most significant outcome of the study is a clarification of the role and contribution a DMO provides to the destination it serves. “The 2008 Futures Study provides a foundation that we can use to redefine our relevance in the eyes of our stakeholders,” said Maura Allen Gast, FCDME, executive director of the Irving Texas CVB, chair of DMAI’s Futures Study Taskforce and DMAI board chair, 2008-09.

“The trends and themes discussed in the report may be global, but the opportunities are mostly local. I encourage every DMO executive to read the report and apply the findings at their own level.”

The report can be downloaded at www.destinationmarketing.org. It is free to members, and non-members may purchase the report and accompanying CD for $250.

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