Category: Tourism trends

Trends shaping the present and future of the tourism industry and case studies

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Destination Models 3.0: Competitive advantage & Value proposition (II)

In tourism 3.0 it is essential to understand that the new marketing focuses on weaving values and mission within the business culture, which is reflected deeply in the experiences and stories marketing the destination, and ultimately obtains profits through the appreciation of the positive impact that the business has on the society, the environment and the culture. It is through the opportunity given to have this positive impact that destination models 3.0 target the stakeholders’ human spirit. Furthermore, by empowering all stakeholders to participate, they become accountable for the accomplishment of the mission.

Beyond the mission driven value proposition that sets destination models 3.0 apart from other tourism development models, it may be necessary in many cases to target non-mission driven tourists offering non-mission driven experiences to guarantee sufficient revenue streams all year round, or to partially subsidize the mission driven activities. In such cases, the model should prioritize the development of experiences that appeal to the affluent tourists and other segments or niche markets that contribute in balancing the demand seasonality, assessing also whether these tourists generate any additional negative impact either on the natural or social sphere.

In this section, there should be explained not only the competitive advantage(s) that sets it apart from other destinations and the portfolio of experiences it intends to offer to visitors, but also the vision, mission and its related goals, so long as they are the primary reason for which mission driven stakeholders are to get engaged with the destination.

Do you think we should consider anything else when defining the value proposition and the competitive advantage?

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Destination Marketing 3.0: Targeting tourists 3.0

Once the Mission, vision and goals are defined, it’s time to think about the necessary strategies to guide our efforts towards the goals. Prior to the mission statement, there has to be a marketing diagnosis to set the starting point from which we intend to achieve all these goals.

Beyond the conventional segmentation criteria according to geographical origin, sociological and motivational profile, the key target group to engage in order to succeed in the marketing 3.0 transformation are the creative activists, also referred to as creative society or tourists 3.0. The challenge is mainly expanding the network of mission driven activists and other like-minded contributors.

These kinds of tourists are more likely to be found in specific communities or social networks, for the conventional marketing channels are not likely to work. They are concerned about the impact of the tourism activity on the environment and the local communities, and are driven by the aim for contribution to make the world a better place, and for spiritual fulfillment above other motivations.

They are activists in the social media either criticizing the brands creating negative impacts on the society and the environment, or promoting brands concerned about positive impacts. Such networks are becoming the main and most trusted source of information for most consumers who increasingly trust other consumers rather than companies. It is through these social networks that consumers share their knowledge and are to share stories about the life-changing experiences offered in the destinations.

Unlike typical passive consumers, tourists 3.0 are willing to take an active role in their relationships with their favorite brands, through co-creation of products and marketing contents. They want to be active players in the brand’s marketing activities, mostly through the social media networks. They are the ones who hold the community’s trust, and so have the power to decide which brands are to be supported.

They are more motivated by self-actualization, which is what unleashes most of their creativity, and by giving them the opportunity to contribute in social and environmental issues the destination is targeting and appealing to their human spirit, their primary motivator. In the destination, they look for authentic experiences through which to develop new skills, learn about new realities, cultures, and ways of life, which open their mindset and ultimately change or influence their life.

Attracting, convincing and engaging them in the mission purpose turns them into brand ambassadors who spread the stories about the destination’s experiences, ultimately expanding the network of brand enthusiasts at no cost to the destination.

Another strategic target is that of the young generations, who may get engaged through special educational programs and game-playing activities. Furthermore, it is interesting to explore the many niches and segments of special interest travelers, characterized by a high educational level, sensitivity towards cultural and environmental issues, and high expenditure in the destination.

What percentage of the desired marketing impacts do you think we can expect from this type of brand ambassadors, compared to the impacts created through conventional marketing in mission driven destinations?

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Destination Models 3.0: Competitive advantage & Value proposition (I)

The core competitive advantage of destination models 3.0 is their unique capacity –built upon the open innovation ecosystem- to create mission driven experiences and stories that engage stakeholders to become brand ambassadors, as well as to adapt its business model to changes in the environment, and to involve all the local communities in providing authentic life-changing experiences, while alleviating poverty and protecting the natural and cultural heritage.

In destination models 3.0, the mission, vision and values are embedded in the core of the value proposition. Destinations 3.0 are known as scenarios where many stories take place about authentic and life-changing experiences with the local population, which ultimately have a positive impact on either the social, cultural or natural environment of the destination. Moreover, visitors are encouraged to write and share their story in order to inspire more people to live their own experience.

Hereby are listed some sample life-changing experiences classified according to the type of mission accomplishment, which may consist on alleviating poverty, protecting the environment, promoting the cultural heritage or fostering socio-cultural transformation both in the community and the tourists.

  • Environmental protection
  • Tourism programs consisting of discovery of the natural heritage while actively participating in an environmental protection program in cooperation with NGO or other entities.
  • Nature sightseeing and observation experiences accompanied by an expert environmentalist educating them on the fragility of the natural heritage and the environment-friendly practices.
  • Heritage protection and promotion
  • Learning about the local arts, language, cooking, dancing, instrument playing, etc. to turn intangible heritage into a skill development experience.
  • Immersive experience with cultural / ethnic minorities for a deeper understanding of their culture, traditions and way of life.
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Accommodation with local families where to enjoy their home hospitality and have a firsthand experience of the local reality.
  • Sharing meals with local families, experiencing their way of cooking, their rituals and the local food along with their hospitality.
  • Enjoying other interactive experiences offered by locals who share their knowledge about the hidden spots of the destination, local games, parties and tell stories.
  • Socio-cultural transformation
  • Accommodation and stay in religious sites such as monasteries and temples sharing the lifestyle of the monks to develop spirituality and peace of mind.
  • Developing communicative skills through storytelling facilitation programs, and further encouraging participants to write their stories and submit them in contests and the social networks.
  • Developing creative activities that challenge and stimulate their imagination through art workshops and contests, including a broad scope of art disciplines.
  • Multi-activity resorts where clients are educated on healthier lifestyles, learning about balanced diet, physical exercise, meditation, etc.

Do you envision other types of life-changing experiences?

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Destination Intelligence 3.0: Approaching tourism 3.0 from the regional level

Fostering the adoption of the practices and values proposed in the Vision of Tourism 3.0 entails transforming progressively the mindset of the tourism industry leaders towards a culture of collaboration and innovation.

Such efforts may well start in the top levels of the regional tourism boards, governments or industry associations. Either of these may take the lead in promoting the practices of Tourism 3.0 throughout the region down to the local levels, and a possible way to do so is by establishing a Destination Intelligence 3.0 system. This entails three main activities:

  • Capturing intelligence in the outbound markets
  • Monitoring the tourism activity in the destination
  • Leveraging the collective intelligence through an open innovation system

Destination intelligence 3.0 sets the stage for tourism destinations to develop their innovation strategy, providing a series of information flows and tools that facilitate and stimulate destination stakeholders to envision the need for innovation not only on the product development area but also on a more holistic approach encompassing all building blocks of the business model to continually improve the destination’s competitiveness. Further, it envisions how this practice is to become a key discipline in sustaining competitiveness and improving the destination’s marketing efficiency and effectiveness.

Apart from the consultancy reports, do you thing that intelligence reports elaborated by industry associations, governments and tourist boards are satisfactory to guide strategy, marketing and innovation planning in local destinations? If not, what is missing?

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Destination Marketing 3.0: Mission, Vision and goals

In Marketing 3.0 the mission is the main purpose of the destination development. This is to be defined by listening to and understanding the needs, concerns and aspirations of all stakeholders, starting with the local community leaders but without disregarding other potential stakeholders such as the communities of creative activists, who are to become the destination’s best brand ambassadors. Creating a mission often starts by thinking about small ideas that can make a big difference, and doing a Marketing Plan 3.0 gives an opportunity for reflection upon the mission definition, to make it more ambitious and attractive to the targeted mission driven stakeholders.

Such concerns and aspirations addressed by the mission are to be closely related to poverty alleviation at the base of the pyramid, protection of the natural environment through sustainable practices, and socio-cultural transformation towards more open and sensitive mindsets, changing the way people do things in their life, unlocking their human potential through skill development, and also fostering discovery of the fulfilling power of contribution to the greater good.

When a good mission is created it introduces a new perspective which ultimately is to transform the stakeholders’ lives, becoming a symbol within the community. Such a mission has to be spread through compelling and real stories that appeal to the targets’ human spirit, also empowering them to contribute in the activities aligned with the mission accomplishment. Their participation is crucial and they should feel responsible for fulfilling the mission.

The vision depicts how the destination and its stakeholders are to be transformed through the accomplishment of the mission, what the destination aspires to become and attain. The vision has to be the guiding force that motivates all stakeholders to contribute to the mission accomplishment and become brand ambassadors for the destination.

Marketing the mission and vision to the stakeholders is to be a critical step in the transformation, in order to engage them in the collaboration and innovation efforts, in view of a better future for the destination’s community. This is to be explained in the section about Internal Marketing.

Once the mission and vision are defined, they have to be turned into goals to better focus the strategies and efforts towards the mission accomplishment. Further, these goals have to be converted into a series of specific, measurable and time-bounded objectives which are to be the reference upon which performance is tracked throughout the implementation of the marketing plan.

Such goals and objectives are to be classified in many different areas of scope:

  • Mission goals and objectives, related to poverty alleviation, environment protection or socio-cultural transformation.
  • Business goals and objectives, related to financial performance and business model development.
  • Marketing goals and objectives, related to brand awareness, storytelling contribution and popularity, content delivery, merchandise sales, etc.

All these goals and objectives are to be used in the definition of the key performance indicators to track the success in the implementation process of the plan.

Which do you think will be the key success factors in defining the adequate Mission, Vision and Goals, beyond stakeholder participation?

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Destination Models 3.0: shaping the new generation of destination business models (I)

Destination models 3.0 are conceived as collaborative models which intend to leverage the creativity and know-how of all the stakeholder community to gain competitive advantage over their competitors, by developing a large network of brand ambassadors who create and deliver stories about the life-changing experiences that take place in the destination, in order to engage new stakeholders in the pursuit of a mission that addresses the concerns of the destination’s community. They are also triple bottom line models, as they account not only for financial costs and benefits, but also for environmental and social costs and benefits. Usually, the mission encompasses some of these issues:

  • Fostering socio-cultural transformation through the promotion of healthier lifestyles, cross-cultural understanding, mindset shifting in leadership culture, developing mindfulness, etc.
  • Enhancing conservation and promoting the cultural heritage.
  • Protecting the environment through education, innovation and deployment of sustainable practices, and collaboration with partners’ environmental programs.
  • Alleviating poverty through the empowerment of the communities in the base of the pyramid to become micro-entrepreneurs and participate in the tourism business.
  • Unlocking human potential through the empowerment of all stakeholders to participate in the destination’s model innovation system, with the creation of experiences and stories.

The model is a multi-sided platform which creates value by facilitating interactions between tourists and local service suppliers, also attracting many mission driven stakeholders through the network effect. Further, the collaborative business model intends to leverage and engage the collective intelligence by:

  • Creating life-changing experiences which directly or indirectly address the mission issues.
  • Designing and developing marketing contents and materials to brand the destination.
  • Revamping the business model as new challenges and opportunities come along.
  • Sharing resources among the community and developing economies of scale.
  • Leveraging the negotiation power of the community to obtain favorable deals with external suppliers.
  • Providing more professional development opportunities to community members.

Do you envision other issues to be encompassed in the mission? Do you think of other advantages of collaborative models, other outputs of the collective intelligence?

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Approaching tourism 3.0: Destination marketing 3.0

Marketing 3.0 intends to transform the marketing of mission driven destinations towards a more collaborative and innovative system where all stakeholders are empowered to become co-creators and brand ambassadors. By leveraging the inspirational power of mission driven purposes, stakeholders are expected to contribute to the mission accomplishment through the creation or co-creation of stories, experiences and marketing materials.

When drafting a Marketing 3.0 Plan, the mission is the first challenge to be worked out, in cooperation with the local community and other stakeholders to gain their commitment. Further, it has to depict the vision of how the mission accomplishment transforms the destination, what the destination aspires to become. This vision plays the role of a guiding force to engage stakeholders in contributing to the destination development.

In drafting the marketing strategies, the positioning has to be based on the intended impact of the tourism activity on the stakeholder community, for it to be perceived as a positive force in addressing the community’s concerns and aspirations. Ultimately, profit comes from the appreciation of the business contribution to the community well-being. The positioning has to care about the functional, emotional and spiritual needs of the stakeholders.

The communication strategy is based on enabling connectivity and interactivity between stakeholders to satisfy their will to share and spread their stories. Furthermore, the destination platform should train all stakeholders in creating stories and reward them through story contests and reputation management. On the other hand, it is convenient to communicate the evolution of the key performance indicators related to the mission accomplishment to provide feedback on the stakeholders’ efforts.

The product development is based in co-creation of experiences between local suppliers and other stakeholders. In this regard, all the local community members are empowered to create their own experiences through the open innovation system, which are eventually to be customized for every tourist in co-creation with them.

In business development it is necessary to assess the expected value brought by every kind of channel partner and target client. Beyond the direct profits, every partner or client may bring in some kind of strategic value either in the short or the long term.

Finally, there has to be crafted an internal marketing strategy to engage employees and partners with the vision, mission and values in full commitment to eventually turn them into brand ambassadors. Beyond communicating such vision, mission and values, it is crucial that the destination executives embed these values in their leadership style by delivering a leadership experience through their daily behavior to foster cultural transformation throughout the stakeholder community.

The Whitepaper “Envisioning Destination Marketing 3.0” explains this approach in further detail.

What key challenges do you envision when implementing Marketing 3.0 in local destinations?

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Approaching tourism 3.0: Destination intelligence 3.0

Beyond developing new business models at a local level, it is possible to foster Tourism 3.0 from the regional level. Destination intelligence 3.0 envisions how the practice of collaborative research and innovation is to become a key discipline in sustaining competitiveness and improving the destinations’ marketing efficiency and effectiveness. Further, by fostering collaboration and innovation at a region-wide level, it becomes a powerful change agent to promote this culture down to the local level.

Destination intelligence 3.0 envisions how the current practices in research and monitoring of the tourism markets and destination performance may be improved to keep track of the fast-changing environment and leverage all the collective intelligence available through the existing networks. Moreover, market intelligence systems may be expanded to become open innovation systems to further leverage the collective intelligence of the industry stakeholders in bringing in fresh, new ideas for business model innovations, new products, management practices, marketing practices, etc.

The key idea is to foster collaboration among all stakeholders to both monitor the market and social trends in a deeper sense to better orientate the tourism development, and to innovate in all aspects of the business models to continually improve competitiveness.

The Whitepaper “Envisioning Destination Intelligence 3.0” explains in detail the vision on this new approach to collaborative research and innovation.

In which aspects do you think there is room for further cooperation between DMOs and operators in producing and sharing intelligence data and insights?

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The Vision of Tourism 3.0

As the world is evolving at a faster pace than ever before, so are the needs, motivations, and concerns that drive the evolution of modern societies, and hence the kind of relationship that customers wish to develop with brands, as well as what they expect from them, which ultimately challenges business models to reinvent themselves towards the so called Marketing 3.0 approach.

As explained by Philip Kotler in his book “Marketing 3.0”, this new approach considers customers as values-driven people and potential collaborators. They are increasingly concerned about issues such as poverty alleviation, sociocultural change and environmental sustainability, and expect brands to address its related challenges. Companies should embed these issues deeply within their mission, leading to a new perspective that ultimately transforms the lives of the stakeholders.

Such a mission needs to be spread to all potential stakeholders with compelling stories that engage them to become part of the solution. Such stories raise the concept of marketing to the field of values, intending to leap forward from functional and emotional marketing to human spirit marketing.

Marketing 3.0 also embraces the new social wave, where customers are more aware and active, empowering them not only to participate by giving their opinions about products and marketing campaigns but also to co-create them, thus becoming key players within the marketing strategies. This new approach demands marketers to understand human anxieties and desires, which nowadays are increasingly rooted in creativity, culture, and the environment.

The tourism industry has embraced many of these trends and concerns with the raise of phenomena such as ecotourism or responsible tourism. However, these businesses usually remain at small scale and niche focused, at a disadvantage to most conventional ones, mostly in terms of marketing power.

The next destination generation intends to address these drawbacks by fostering collaboration among all destination stakeholders (employees, customers, shareholders, suppliers, government, partners, travel agents, local community, etc.) to create authentic and life-transforming experiences that appeal not only to the tourists’ functional and emotional needs, but also to their human spirit.

Furthermore, this collaboration and community involvement is leveraged to create stories about the experiences happening in the destination, which ultimately become the main marketing content drawing attention and engaging tourists and other potential stakeholders.

Therefore, the vision of Tourism 3.0 consists of a tourism development based upon collaborative business models operating as open innovation ecosystems, where all stakeholders are empowered to participate in the generation of experiences and stories that address their concerns and focus on their functional, emotional, and spiritual fulfillment.

The mission of this blog is to share and discuss ideas on how to design and develop strategies to transform destinations towards the principles of the tourism 3.0.