Cultural Tourism is real on the Web
For many years, I’ve attended seminars and conferences talking about how to encourage arts participation when people travel. Clearly culturally oriented folks who take in theater in their home towns, would potentially do the same when they travel.
Today, Burst Media put put out a report that has some compelling data for arts marketers who are interested in motivating cultural tourism. Check this out:
"Among respondents who will utilize the Internet to plan their
upcoming travel, nearly half (47.2%) say the Internet will be their
primary travel resource. Among age segments, respondents 25-34 years
are most likely to say the Internet will be their primary travel
resource (53.2%); and respondents 55 years and older are least likely
Additionally, half (51.8%) of respondents reporting household income
(HHI) of $75,000-$99,999, and nearly two-thirds (63.1%) of respondents
reporting HHI of $100,000 or more say the Internet will be their
primary travel resource.
Yet again, more research that validates that the audience going to arts events IS online, and IS using the Web to plan their leisure travel.
Indeed, just this morning, in my planning my own London visit next week, I first turned to this terrific site (www.whatsonstage.com) to look at what theater is on in London.