Thank you delegates, speakers, vendors and sponsors for your participation at the recent DMA West Education Summit in Boise.  Hats off to our hosts from the Boise CVB for their gracious hospitality!

“I had such an amazing time at DMA West!” ~Flavia Oliveira, Sales Manager, Visit Oakland 

“I really enjoyed the Education Summit. It’s been awhile since I attended this program and I really got a lot out of it.” ~Lisa Mayo, Executive Director, Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau

“This was my first DMA West Education Summit & Vendor Showcase and I truly enjoyed every moment of it. The Education Summit was an excellent conference to connect with leaders of our industry and get to know them on a deeper level. Looking forward to being back next year." ~Kelly Engle, Account Manager, Simpleview



DMA West/Sparkloft Media Podcast
“Is social media destroying tourism?”


Recorded LIVE at the 2018 DMA West Tech Summit in Spokane, a podcast from Sparkloft Media asks attendees a difficult question: “Is social media destroying tourism?” Listen here to find out the answers. Special thanks to representatives from these DMA West-member DMOs for participating in the conversation: Davis County Tourism & Events, Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau, Visit Santa Barbara, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, and Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory.

Social media, for better or for worse, has helped people discover parts of the world that they may have never seen otherwise. Social media, no doubt, caused this boom in tourism, but is it also destroying it?  

Social media at its best connects the world to people and places they would never have seen otherwise and at its worst… well, it depends on who you ask.

Beautiful Little Beach Towns

Congratulations to two DMA West member-destinations that are on TripAdvisor’s list of “13 Beautiful Little Beach Towns Across America.”

Morro Bay, California

Morro Bay Tourism |
Appropriately nicknamed “The Gibraltar of the Pacific,” Morro Bay is a beautiful village on California’s central coast known for the world-famous Morro Rock, a 576-foot-tall monolith that marks the entrance to the harbor. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the dunes and observing the wildlife at Morro Bay State Park, but if you’re more into watersports, surfing or sport fishing, there’s plenty of that here, too.

Pismo Beach, California

Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau |
With four golf courses, freshwater lakes and more than two miles of white sand beaches, Pismo Beach makes an idyllic summer vacation or weekend getaway destination. Surfing, kiteboarding, fishing and swimming are all popular pastimes, and there’s no better place to watch all the action unfolding than Pismo Pier, a superb vantage point great for sightseeing, people-watching and snapping photos of the sunset.



Upcoming Free Webinars

As part of the DMA West Foundation’s mission to promote educational opportunities for destination marketers, the DMA West Foundation periodically recommends webinars for your participation.

Please see content description and link to register for an upcoming webinar.


Mobile Edition
Thursday, November 8, 2018
12:00 p.m. Pacific Time  

The State of the American Traveler, Mobile Edition, will share invaluable insights from Destination Analysts’ latest research. We will explore mobile behavior, highlight how U.S. travelers plan and execute trips using mobile devices and discuss what their preferences are in planning a trip.

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Newsnotes - July 2018