|WTM London 2012 - |
destination promoter walking the halls
A similar picture with large hotel brands - no corporate IHG, Starwood or Wyndham stands - only smaller groups such as Warwick, Jumeirah and Millienium Copthorne Hotels were present. However, individual hotels exhibited under their given destinations, both branded and independent.
Destination booths there were plenty from all over the world, showing off with costumes, colours and 'noise' even though some of their budgets have been cut, too - as Enrique Ruiz de Lera, Head of the Spanish Tourist Office, UK and Ireland told the audience at a social media marketing conference taking place aside the WTM show. During the seminar titled 'Spain - Marketing in the time of nada', he offered figures of his marketing budget having shrank from 90 million per year to only 10 at present and how to approach this difficulty.
|20.7% of guests who booked on the individual hotel website |
found the hotel on an OTA portal.
Maybe this answers our question above?
QR codes everywhere (stands, posters, hand-outs, business cards) were the big trend at this year's show. We were slightly surprised that the travel industry took so long to take them on board as we've got a QR code on the back of our business cards since 2009!
It also surprised us that only now travel companies are beginning to think about monetising their social media presences and moving on from marketing to social media merchandising. Again, we introduced Hotel FaceBooker 3 years ago - a booking interface enabling users to check availability directly from within Facebook which links to the hotel's booking engine: www.hotel-facebooker.com
We don't want to praise ourselves but both facts speak for the accuracy of our company slogan: creative web solutions for the hotel and travel industry: www.e-conceptory.com
WTM London 2013 we are coming!