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Travel Incentives Build Brand Loyalty and Help Business Take Flight

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It’s common knowledge among business managers that incentives—especially those with broad appeal —pay off by drawing and retaining clients and boosting company growth. Yet not all incentives are created equal.  Mounting evidence shows travel incentives are more valued than anything—even cash. For one, a USA Today survey showed 93% of respondents prefer travel over other incentives. There are many reasons behind the numbers. Aside from having universal appeal, travel offers an experience.

Greetings from Michael Krouse

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Can you believe we are getting close to wrapping up another calendar year?  November is a time for reflection and to give thanks for all we have.  Reflecting on all we have accomplished this year it is a perfect time to say Thank You to our partners, team, and our local community. At Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau we have successfully met so many of our goals.  Here are a few highlights:

Oktoberfest “Cheers”

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This year, Munich will host 7 million travelers from around the world for the annual Oktoberfest. With foaming beers in hand, many are able to forget the high costs of the festival everyone holds so dear. The price of beer, accommodations and flight prices will be raised significantly for all in attendance. Consuming 6,900,000 liters of beer may be the reason for losing personal items like eyeglasses, wallets and cell phone but no doubt it may also help with the sticker shock on the hotel rates.

Global airfare to remain flat while hotel rates to rise in 2017: report provided by ARPRelax News

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A new travel report forecasts that global hotel rates will increase by up to five percent in 2017, while air fares will remain stable

According to travel consultancy group Advito, hotel rates are predicted to increase between 1 and 3 percent next year, with the strongest inflation expected in North America, the Southwest Pacific and the Middle East.

GREETINGS FROM MICHAEL KROUSE

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Fall in Southern California is easy to miss. Do we really have fall in Southern California, or is the season just one of 50 shades of summer? Until we get a cold snap we continue to enjoy summer like weather.  To feel the crispness in the air you would need to visit the mountains or dessert which we can easily get to from the Greater Ontario region.

This time of year all of us at the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau are busy with recap reports, supporting our Ontario Convention Center team with plans for the annual Fall Fest at Ontario Town Square.    

Social Media Etiquette from the Experts – Teenagers

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There are four basic rules to social media per teenagers. So what makes these teenagers the experts? They have grown up with these tools of course, but let’s face it they are on social media for one main reason. They are not selling or promoting something, they are just being, well….social.

You’ve heard the solution to your IT or phone issue is to find a teenager right?  Well now those teenagers are partnering with some major brand advertisers to share their views on what’s trending before it trends. Here are the four critical social media lessons recently shared by teens.

TID Lawsuit Dismissed

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California Travel has announced the Superior Court of California dismissed on standing the lawsuit challenging the San Diego TID (Tourism Improvement District). With the change to the San Diego TMD to assess only properties with 70 rooms or more, the plaintiff no longer had a standing resulting in the dismissal of the case.

The TID Steering Committee for Cal Travel is moving forward on the TID Protection Plan.  Although the immediate threat is gone for now, TID’s remain vulnerable.  By the end of this month a final report will be presented by Tourism Economics. 

Bob Hope USO Welcomes Traveling Troops

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Terminal One of Ontario International Airport, known as the old terminal by many, is home to the Bob Hope USO. Ranked number one in the nation as a small USO, it is the second largest USO facility in the nation. With 10,000 square feet of space our traveling military troops find a place to relax, catch up on sleep, movies, emails, or homework. There is a family room, complete with portable play pen and coloring books in case their family is on layover. The recreation room comes with a pool table, ping pong table, and air hockey.

GREETINGS FROM MICHAEL KROUSE

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We are rived up and ready for one last summer event before Autumn official starts on September 22.  his year the Ontario Town Square summer series of concerts and movies in the park had a higher attendance than ever recorded. Over 55,000 people attended the events from mid-May to mid-August. Our local community came out in droves to enjoy the free events that included live music, vendors, kid’s activities, food and beverage. The addition of a certified Farmers Market on Wednesdays was included this year.

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show Returns to the Ontario Convention Center

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A haven for all things handmade, the Ontario Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show returns to the Ontario Convention Center October 7-9 with a stunning array of 24,000 original creations all under one roof. With live entertainment, strolling entertainers, crafting demonstrations, contests, and a Kidzone, the festivities transform shopping into an adventure.

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