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Google Travel Learning Lab, “Beyond SoLoMO” to be Featured

Hosted by the National Council of Attractions  Google Travel has joined U.S. Travel and the National Council of Attractions (NCA) as a partner for NCA Day on Tuesday, February 5 at the ONE Travel Conference at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California.

Google will present the Google Learning Lab, “SoLoMo—Social, Local, Mobile”.  The workshop, will include informational and interactive sessions on the latest consumer trends and user behaviors, and how to engage in these new contexts with digital marketing. The program is designed to give attendees the tools needed to increase business through non-traditional channels.  The term SoLoMo has been around since 2011 and has been largely thought of as the convergence of social, local and mobile; but SoLoMo isn’t a channel, it is the recognition of today's constantly connected consumer. Google will share the latest consumer trends as it relates to travel and local attractions, and how to use digital marketing to engage in these new contexts. The learning lab is designed to provide the tools to reach consumers where they are.  It is available to all ONE Travel Conference registrants.

Roger Dow, CEO, U.S. Travel Association, Caroline Beteta, CEO, Visit California and chair of Brand USA and Julie Heizer, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Travel & Tourism will be the keynote speakers at the ONE conference. They will be joined by more than 20 expert presenters for executive level idea exchange and partnership development. The conference will also present the SASI-ONE Awards for innovative marketing, sponsored by CenterCal Properties. Shop America Alliance and the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council are the co-producers of the 2013 ONE Travel Conference for Shopping, Dining and Cultural Tourism being held at the Westin South Coast Plaza, February 5-7, 2013. The conference is presented in partnership with Visit California and South Coast Plaza The 2013 conference theme is "Global Tourism Success."

With the launch of Brand USA marketing charged with increasing international inbound travel to the US, the conference will focus on new global opportunities for tourism development and growth for the travel industry. "The ONE Travel Conference is a win/win for all involved," states Rosemary McCormick, President of Shop America Alliance and co-producer of the ONE Travel Conference." At the ONE Travel Conference, we will explore and celebrate best practices. The program, developed with input from our advisory committee of industry leaders, will focus on delivering ROI through global tourism success.”

 “Delegates at the ONE Travel Conference, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), shopping, dining and cultural-heritage leaders along with international tourism partners will learn of new opportunities to shape their future marketing initiatives,” says Sheila Armstrong, President of the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council and co-producer of the conference.

Werner Escher, Executive Director of International and Domestic Markets for South Coast Plaza states, "We are pleased to welcome the ONE Travel Conference to South Coast Plaza and to be a partner in the planning and promoting of this important industry event. Hosting the ONE Travel Conference provides an opportunity to showcase our wide array of superb shopping, trend setting dining and rich collection of cultural treasures that Costa Mesa and all of Orange County, California offer to our guests."  

Registration is open at OneTravelConference.com with the program, sponsorship opportunities and special hotel rates.  ONE Travel Conference delegate fee is $695 per person, subject to availability.  If more than one additional delegate from the same company or organization registers to attend the conference by January 4, 2013, they each will save $100 on their registration fee.

For more information, contact the ONE Travel Conference producers:
Rosemary McCormick
Shop America Alliance
707.224.3795
ShopAmericaTours@aol.com

Sheila Armstrong
US Cultural Heritage Tourism Marketing Council
843.341.6392
CulturalTraveler@aol.com

ONE Travel Conference 2013 Advisory Committee

  • Sharon Adams, Houston First
  • Beverly Barsook, Museum Store Association
  • Nan Beauvois, U.S. Travel Association
  • Judy Bijlani, Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau
  • Bonnie Carlson, Bloomington MN Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Werner Escher, South Coast Plaza
  • Carolyn Feimster, CJF Marketing International
  • Karin Fish, Visit California
  • Jean Guinup, Premium Outlets®/Simon®
  • Virginia Haley, Visit Sarasota County
  • Julie Heizer, Office of Travel & Tourism Industries, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Lynn Hobeck-Bates, Visit Sarasota
  • Art Jimenez, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Doug Killian, Mall of America
  • Jan Kroells, Bloomington MN Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Pat Lee, Pat Lee & Associates
  • Paulette Lombardi-Fries, Costa Mesa Conference & Visitor Bureau
  • Laura Mandala, Mandala Research
  • Michael Martin, U.S. Travel Association
  • Michael McDowell, Visit LA
  • Richard Peterson, California Academy of Sciences
  • Carolyn Petty, Tax Free Texas
  • Peggy Ziglin, Craig Realty Group
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