The Travel Insider Episode 4: Conversation With David Vaeafe

American Samoa is a U.S. territory covering 7 South Pacific islands with a population of only 55,000. Despite its size, the destination is home to a rich culture and people whose traditions have not changed over the years. We sat down with David Vaeafe, Executive Director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau to understand more […]

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The Travel Insider Episode 3: Conversation With Alexander Herrmann

We learned that a commercial during the 2006 World Cup led Alexander Herrmann, the current Director of Americas at Switzlerand Tourism, to get into travel. We dove into Alexander’s career starting at IBM and the skills he’s picked up along the way to be the tourism director for one of the world’s top tourist destinations. […]

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The Travel Insider Episode 2: Conversation With Kaitlin Turck

What’s it like interviewing 270 people in one day as a consular service officer? Did you know that Disney World is flooded with Argentinian kids celebrating their 15th birthdays? We paid a visit to Washington DC and had a conversation with Kaitlin Turck, a foreign service officer at the U.S. Department of State. We had a ton of […]

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The Travel Insider Episode 1: Conversation with Paula Twidale

We had a conversation with Paula Twidale, Executive Vice President of Collette Tours and Chairman of the Board for the U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA). Paula is the first woman to chair the USTOA since the association was founded in 1972. In this episode, we get into the mission of Collette Tours and the USTOA, why Paula […]

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Finland Tourism Marketing Means More Than Santa Claus

It’s not too often your destination can say it is the birthplace of one of the most historical and folkloric figures in many Western cultures. Last time the Visit Finland team checked, St. Nick’s private retreat is in Korvatunturi, Lapland, but his official hometown is Rovaniemi. We had the opportunity to interview Eva Kiviranta, head of social […]

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De-“Mist”-ifying Travel Marketing With Michelle Blackley From Niagara Tourism

We are starting a new series of blog posts centered on understanding the challenges, success stories, and best practices for travel and tourism marketers. In this story, we had an opportunity to interview Michelle Blackley, communications manager for the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation. Social Media Marketing for the Travel and Tourism Industry Before we […]

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Cooperatize Interview: Ramon Ray of Small Biz Technology on Sponsored Content

This week, we spoke with the editor of SmallBizTechnology, Ramon Ray. Ramon’s been a staple of New York’s growing tech community since 1999 when he started SmallBizTechnology. His email to us about SmallBizTechnology’s new sponsored content product prompted us to ask him a few questions to help us figure out where this seemingly new product […]

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