How should you advertise to tourists and travelers?

tourist travel While there is often a push to advertise to people locally, you could be missing out by taking such a narrow approach. If you offer a product or service that appeals to visitors from out of town or even from other countries, you should know that they have a different mindset and goal than your local residents. Here are a few different ways that you can prepare ads that target tourists and travelers:

Unique experiences

Travelers go to a new place to explore new things so make sure to play up the unique factors of your location, service or product. More specifically, every travel destination in the world has several tourist attractions to choose from, the majority of which are well known. The problem here is that travelers want something a little different than what they are used to when they are away from home. It is likely that there are still some off-the-beaten-path places to visit or an unique experience to try in your area. These choices are often more interesting to travelers than the common spots.

Deals and packages

It always feels that you are getting some real value for your money when you get multiple items for a single price at a bigger discount. This is why people tend to book flights, hotels, and rental cars in the same package, as they get more bang for their buck. Frequent travelers typically search for deals and so they are responsive to ads that offer these packages.

Time sensitive

Many people who visit a new place often want to cram in as much as possible during their limited time in town. With that in mind, they will often look for things to see and do that do not eat up a lot of their vacation time. Provide clear details about opening hours, event times, shuttle schedules, etc. Make it a unique experience that fits their tight schedule and you will be looking at an ad that gets a lot of attention.

Type of travelers

Oftentimes, ads are put together to appeal to as many people as possible. However, what can happen here is that you don’t really stand out to as many of those folks as you would like. It is often better to look at what is being offered and figure out which demographic it would really suit. Perhaps it is something that would appeal to families with children, or maybe singles would prefer it. Business travelers look for different things than couples. Ads aimed at a specific demographic will very often outperform those aimed at everyone, and unfortunately no-one, in particular.


Again, this is very important if you have people who visit from a specific part of the country or the world. For example, if the place that you are advertising attracts a lot of visitors from China, wouldn’t it stand to reason that the ads would perform much better if it is in Chinese? Similarly, a Vietnamese tour operator targeting U.S. tourists would use English in their ads. Language awareness and culturally sensitivity is important when advertising internationally. An ad server can help you target your ads based on viewer's language.


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