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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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The MySmark Combi-Action™ Search tailored for a Chinese audience

As we can see from the literature and the articles regarding Chinese tourism, Chinese tourists are becoming more and more aware of which are their needs and desires. Nowadays, their tastes have changed; they are satisfied no more with just a blitz group tour of all the European capitals, with a Chinese tour guide and Chinese tailored services. They want to taste the real tourist location with its real food and culture. They want to explore and have new experiences. They are becoming more and more independent travellers, more and more similar to the “seasoned western travellers” we are used to (Z_punkt The Foresight Company, TUI Think Tank. 2017). This is the reason why Chinese tourists have the same needs ...

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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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Travel trends & Performance 2017 #DestinationPersonality

The European Travel Commission has recently published its report about travel Trends and Performances, you can read the entire document here. As mentioned in the report Europe has experienced a rapid growth in term of arrivals, especially from foreign tourists. Focus Ireland Between January and May in Ireland, the International Arrivals are increased 2% compared to the same period of the previous year. This number seems encouraging but is one of the worst performances throughout all the country analysed.   Focus China Recently here at b-smark we concentrate our efforts focusing on the Chinese outbound tourism in Ireland. In the European report, we can see how this topic is very hot in the travel market. Chinese are started to travel ...

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Mysmark on TechIreland – Growth of TrevelTech in Ireland

In the recent years, Dublin has attracted a lot of companies and start-ups. The entrepreneur environment, especially in the tech market, is now more active than ever and one of the hottest topics is the Mysmark one! That is developing new technologies for travel market.   This topic, the Irish TravelTech, has been the subject of a recent work provided by TechIrelad, a no profit organization whose mission is providing data and insights on product innovation in Ireland. In this podcast you can listen an interesting interview with Mark Lenahan focusing on the data collected in Ireland about the number of employees in the High tech travel market, the most interesting travel start up and the total amount of funds. ...

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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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Focus on Chinese outbound tourism future trends

The numbers of Chinese tourists in the world is growing at an amazing pace. Approximately 135 million outbound trips have been ventured by Chinese travellers in 2016, a number set to grow rapidly, reaching 200 million outbound trips in 2020. The size of the Chinese middle class has risen steadily with the rise in average income. Per capita GDP has increased by 148% in the last ten years: between 2003 and 2013 it grew at an average annual rate of 5.5%. Moreover, Oxford Economics predicts that by the year 2023 there will be another 61 million families who will be able to afford international travel by strengthening China’s role as the main market for international tourism. The flow trend of ...

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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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AirBnB bets on travellers and #DestinationPersonality

In the recent years, more and more companies tried to increase their knowledge about their consumers. Since the beginning of any form of trade and market, the knowledge about who are the people you are talking to is one of the crucial steps to increase the profit. Airbnb, the most famous hospitality service, is steadily increasing its business and the company recently announced plans to launch flights and service recommendations too. So, in order to play on multiple fronts they started to think about new forms for collecting data. Airbnb with a simple and funny feature has started to explore the possibility to discover also the personality of the users in order to give them the best choice possible about ...

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