Further, I've gleaned a few shining nuggets out of this week's travel industry news. It only takes one or two good ideas to help you focus your marketing and improve your business.
1> Look to Europe
This is a natural market for Dominica as Europeans tends to take longer vacations, making the extended trip to the Caribbean worthwhile. Further, our geographic location between two French territories and our Creole heritage give us a leg-up in the French market.
With this as background, a reported increase in online travel sales growth in Europe (from PhoCusWright's "European Travel Overview Report") is indeed good news for Dominica:
Online sales growth for leisure/unmanaged business travel for 2008, projected at 19 percent, is significantly greater than the 3 percent rate expected for the European travel industry as a whole. (HotelMarketing.com)Have you focused any of your marketing efforts in Europe?
2> Try Priceline.com and Kayak.com
The Chicago Tribune reports that "Highflying days are over for online travel sites," but there are two websites who stand alone: Priceline.com and Kayak.com.
While the big three travel portals (Travelocity, Expedia and Orbitz) saw declines of more than 25% in online bookings, Priceline.com & Kayak.com have shown growth. These two sites focus on budget travel, which is top of mind with consumers in this economic climate.
So get visit these sites, see what they are doing right, and get connected with them wherever possible.