The Greater Newark Convention & Visitors Bureau has partnered with 10 airports that offer direct flights to Newark to help familiarize travelers with the city.

“Until recently, not much was known about Newark outside of the airport, and our marketing department saw an opportunity to introduce a global audience to all that’s happening here,” says Michael Davidson, executive director, GNCVB. “It’s a big win for the CVB and a win for our airport partners, driving business in both directors.”

Under this new Airport Exchange program, airport partners spotlight Newark in a number of ways, while the GNCVB promotes direct travel routes to those destinations through social media and the Getting Here section of Newark Happening—the CVB’s website

Partners include Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Belgrade Mont., where Newark promotions can be found on street pole banners and rack cards; Sarasota Bradenton International in Sarasota, Fla., features Newark on Sarasota’s website; and at John Wayne International Airport in Costa Mesa, Calif., where messaging on terminal monitors is posted.

“We are thrilled that airports were willing to work with us on an out-of-the-box approach to destination marketing,” says Lauren Hall, marketing director, GNCVB, “and hope that it will be a huge success for all parties. 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Daily life has been significantly altered by COVID-19, no matter the industry. Many are working from home, while children stay inside for online schooling. Meetings and events have been hit especially hard, since the essence of the industry is face-to-face interactions. While we continue to self-isolate, plenty of organizations have been offering webinars with insights on how to handle the pandemic—watching webinars is a great way to use that extra time you might have used for your commute to learn something useful.

 

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