Rachel Brown

Global tourism impacts and creating the new normal

Last week, Visit Durango attended the Destinations International 2020 Annual Conference, the world’s largest conference for destination organizations and tourism boards.

DATE: July 25, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

What does responsible tourism mean to you?

It goes by many names: sustainable tourism, destination stewardship, eco-tourism, etc., but what once focused mostly protecting the environment has now expanded to include people, culture, business...

DATE: June 27, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

How Visit Durango plans to safely welcome back visitors

Every destination management and marketing organization across the globe, like Visit Durango, is in a pickle right now. The business community is urging DMMOs to invite visitors back and ramp up...

DATE: May 30, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Why Durango’s vital tourism economy will recover quickly

In a both timely and ironic fashion, National Travel and Tourism week begins this Monday, May 3. What is normally a celebration of the tourism industry and how it benefits society, will obviously...

DATE: May 2, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Six activities to beat the shelter-in-place blues

With all the chaos globally because of COVID-19, we are all being encouraged to distance from restaurants, bars, crowded places and even quarantine in your home, when necessary. This means enduring...

DATE: April 3, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Survey says: Tourism fuel’s Durango small-business community

In my role as executive director at Visit Durango, I hear mixed feedback about the tourism industry. Most people recognize its importance as a driver of economic impact, but there is always a small...

DATE: March 7, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Coopetition is a movement, not a buzz word

The days of siloed community organizations and calloused competition are over. The 2020s are the decade of coopetition. According to Oxford, coopetition is defined as “collaboration between...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Durango joins the destination management revolution

The tourism stakeholder community in Durango gets it! They understand the role of the typical destination marketing organization, like Visit Durango’s, is evolving to fulfill a new role in...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Records on track to be set in 2019

Thanks to the Durango tourism team and community, 2019 is on track to be another record-setting year for the local tourism industry. Over the past 12 months, Visit Durango estimates 1.3 million...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2019 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Recovery, revamp and refresh

As we round the corner toward the end of 2019, we reflect on another successful tourism season and Visit Durango’s accomplishments over the past year. During the 416 Fire, Visit Durango quickly...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2019 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Looking Ahead to 2020: Visit Durango’s new initiatives

Visit Durango’s mission is to promote visitation to Durango and La Plata County, drive economic impact and support a positive visitor experience. In 2020, the organization will continue shifting...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2019 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Visiting Australia? You might see Durango

Earlier this month, Visit Durango hosted world-renowned photographer and videographer, Dan Avila and film crew. Hailing from the port city of Fremantle, Western Australia, Avila is an award winning...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2019 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

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