Many of you know that I recently took the time to travel around Bali—primarily in and around the ever-so-lovely Ubud. In between yoga, green smoothies and experiencing the best the region had to offer, I dedicated an entire day to exploring the top retreat centers in and around Ubud. But I didn’t go it alone—I had the fantastic company of my new friend Catalina, a charismatic Colombian currently living in Australia and running her trail-blazing business EventswithSoul.com
Last week I divulged my top three picks in Hawaii for hosting transformational retreats and events. Now, in continuation of this series featuring amazing retreat centers in awe-inspiring locations, it’s time to travel to one of my favorite destinations of all time: Costa Rica.
Retreat centers are truly gift to humanity. Who doesn’t want to take time off from the hectic day-to-day and get away from it all by unplugging? If you own and operate a retreat center, then you already have an incredible product to offer. The space you have created in invaluable to the population. Whether you focus on writing retreats, yoga retreats, transformational retreats or simply provide a space for groups and individuals to breathe a little bit more, there are always thousands of people interested in visiting & booking your destination. Because of this fact, any travel marketing that you do needs to focus on letting people know that you exist, much more than convincing them of your amazing product. Your job when marketing a retreat center is to shine a spotlight on your resort so that customers see you.
Any travel marketing expert will tell you that social media campaigns are an imperative part of your brands marketing and sales strategy. However, just coming up with a campaign isn’t enough. It needs to be unique, exciting, and grab people’s interest and attention. Making your campaign utterly awesome will not only increase your brand presence but also your sales, thus boosting your return of investment. And at the end of the day, this is what we all want. While you need a lot of creativity and originality, there are some simple steps you can take to help make your social media campaign go viral.
An opt-in can be one of the most powerful marketing tools for a travel and tourism company. By engaging potential customers through newsletters, you can significantly increase your sales.
It seems as if nowadays travel marketing success is measured by the number of followers your social media has. This is especially true for hospitality and tourism businesses, which have started to look to Instagram and other trending social media platforms to attract new potential customers. Content feeds from industry giants like the Hilton Hotels, and Expedia boast thousands of followers and are the envy of the town.
Every luxury travel company that wants to keep ahead of the game needs to make its service – mobile friendly. In the age of technology, living on our devices – phones, tablets and laptops, even the most amateur travelers want to have an easy way to access their plans and itineraries before and after the adventure. As a travel and tourism business, you want to provide your clients with the best quality of service, while at the same time increasing your productivity levels. Luckily, there are multiple websites and apps that allow you to do this by creating mobile friendly and luxury chic itineraries your clients will love.
Are you using Google Analytics to track traffic and visitors to your website? It can seem overwhelming to have a ton of data attached to your website and confusing about what to do with it.
If you are a travel and tourism business creating brand recognition, it is absolutely imperative for you to use social media marketing. Gone are the days when travelers relied on paper guides and agents to plan and book their vacations. In fact, most travelers today are relying more and more on the internet to make purchasing decisions. With social media users reaching billions of people each month (and no, that is definitely not an exaggeration, it’s a real statistic), ignoring social media would be like ignoring TV as a marketing tool in the 1960s!