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A new #DestinationPersonality research about Sofia, Bulgaria

B-sm@rk, an Irish-Italian company based in Dublin and specialized in destination research and marketing, is starting a new research project about the capital city of Bulgaria, Sofia, with a program called Destination Personality, in which the firm has much experience. The idea of this project was born via a collaboration between the company and a soon-to-be graduate at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Jasmin Arifi, studying Economics and Management, and now intern at b-sm@rk. It will be realized with the collaboration of local partners. The project aims at analyzing the perception that tourists in Sofia have of the city, before, during, or after their tours, alongside a general study of tourism in Sofia. The Destination Personality concept uses a method ...

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#DestinationPersonality: Northern Ireland VS Ireland

Despite Northern Ireland and Ireland belong to the same Island there are some interesting perception differences when we talk about destination. We have observed in a new research how their main touristic attractions looks in terms of #DestinationPersonality. The main destinations that we’ve considered are Giant’s Causeway and Belfast for Northern Ireland, Cliffs of Moher and Dublin for Ireland. In this way, we balanced the naturalistic and the urban aspect of the two countries. We started analysing the travel motivations and we noticed some differences in the tourists’ response; we asked them to rate the four locations according to four factors: “Culture”, “Pleasure”, “Relaxation”, “Sport”.   Belfast and Giant’s Causeway have the highest values concerning the cultural factor.Both the Cliffs ...

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#DestinationPersonality for Chinese tourists in Ireland

Since 2011, B-sm@rk, an Italian-Irish company has been developing research and technology based on consumer behaviour and marketing automation for travel, hospitality and brands. Through MySmark, a customer experience platform, the company provides research and digital marketing tools for online travel and commerce. The cornerstones of the company are the Brand and Destination Personality (BP and DP) tools and researches. The personality of a brand or a destination is identified by a set of human characteristics associated with that brand or destination (This concept is more and more important in marketing since, as we all well know emotions matters).  The concept serves as a connector between tourists, travel brands and places. It can be used to improve the customer experience ...

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Destination Personality and Venice Islands: new insights

Burano and its colorful houses, Murano and its antique art of glass, Lido and its International Film Festival… Each island somehow contributes to the uniqueness and magnificence of Venetian territories. Although rich of history and tradition, Venice islands are not enough valued and promoted, and the paradoxical touristic overcrowding of Venice city center versus the scarce flow of visits suffered by the islands is the proof of that. An experimental research has been conducted this year by b-sm@rk, an Italo-Irish company specialized in digital marketing, following a proposal from an intern native from Pellestrina who wanted to identify the main reasons of this circumstance. During this study, a sample of five significative islands (Burano, Murano, Pellestrina, Giudecca and Lido) has ...

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#DestinationPersonality: Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Everything started with a collaboration among Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice) and b-sm@rk (Italo-Irish marketing company). Thanks to trust and teamwork, always present in this market research project, here we are with interesting and catching news. Sounds exciting? Keep reading! First of all, a survey is not such if we do not have human contribution. So, we start thanking everyone who has dedicated some of his/her precious time to complete the questionnaire, helping us in our innovative research. You are the main actors in this play, and you represent all PGC visitors! So let’s start form you, let’s start from the description of our international sample. This may not be surprising news if you have already ...

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#DestinationPersonality Venice Islands – Work in Progress

Do you remember the project about #Destination Personality in Venice Islands? Here in b-sm@rk, after a market research based on innovative methods of Brand and Destination Personality Scales, we came up with new interesting news. First of all, through our data, we managed to confirm that Brand and Destination Personality are valid methods useful to measure and profile users’ perceptions with regard to unique touristic destinations. Moreover, this type of analysis helped in finding out the key elements of Venice Islands and also their strengths and weaknesses. Then, through across data analysis, we identified valuable opportunities that could be enhanced with ad hoc marketing actions and stakeholders’ involvement. In this specific case, the sample taken into consideration outlined a need ...

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Insights from experimental research on the perception of #DestinationPersonality from the web

MySmark recently started a short experimental research about the perception of #DestinationPersonality from the web. Therefore, two destinations in Ireland were selected and the official online websites of these destinations were used in order to get a first impression of the destination. Most of the Interviewees have never visited the specific destination, which contributed to the concept. During the survey, the participants were able to scroll through one of the websites for one minute. After that the survey began automatically. The destinations chosen for this research were County Clare and County Kerry. The outcome of the research gives some interesting insight. The results show, that the website of a destination is still the most used channel when it comes to ...

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A new #DestinationPersonality project has been launched: focus on Chinese tourism

China is the biggest touristic market in terms of flows and expenditure on overseas markets. European destinations have indeed reinforced their position towards this direction, attracting far about 10 million visitors during the whole 2016, more or less the 11% of the total of Chinese tourists in the world. In this sense the year 2018 has been declared the “Chine-Europe touristic year”, as announced by the European Commission’s President, Jean Claude Junker. During the whole 2018 a great focus will be dedicated to the raising attention around the Chinese market, which sees evolving and changing the behaviour of his tourist. European Travel Commission (ETC) looks ahead for the cooperation with the European Commission and other stakeholders of the sector in ...

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#DestinationPersonality East Lombardy – European Region of Gastronomy

The personality of residents and tourists of East Lombardy featured in the project European Region of Gastronomy European Region of Gastronomy is an international project created to improve the quality of life in Europe’s regions, enhancing the local typical food and wine and international cooperation. The integration between culture, tourism and gastronomy is a way to enhance local food cultures that are a rich source of cultural, economic and social diversity, and to encourage the use of sustainable methods of production and consumption, In addition to broadcast an increasing nutritional education. The Eastern Lombardy – East Lombardy, a founding member of the international platform, has been recognized for the year 2017. This area, combining the territories of Bergamo, Brescia, Cremona ...

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Destination Personality Ireland: a new frontier for destination marketing

A few months ago, we were announcing our research project with Tourism Ireland about the Destination Personality Ireland. The time has now come to let you know what we exactly have measured. What was the project about? We wanted to understand how Italians travelling to Ireland perceive their destination before and after their visitor experience. To do so, we combined marketing/economics and psychological studies. The research was ran between the 1st of June and the 31st of August. A collaboration with airports and industry partners was orchestrated across Italy and Ireland, collecting the opinions of about 2.000 subjects. Our methodology In order to collect exhaustive and reliable data in a limited period of time, a collaboration with four major Italian airports ...

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