These are the ‘Live’ statistics for Mechtraveller. They show the numbers and trends for the last 30 days from today.
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In particular I’m looking for “partners”, such as accommodation providers/hotel chains and car manufacturers/vehicle rental companies, that can help me reach some of the many sites I want to cover.
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I’ll be happy to create a solo blogger campaign or a campaign with my colleagues at Captivate Digital Media with multiple strands (eg. food, family, adventure).
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Why is ‘niche’ important?
Well, many brands and their agencies are focusing on niche content creators because they have authenticity and engagement. This is a good summary: 5 Reasons Why You Should Incorporate Micro Influencers In Your Strategy.
Why is the Mechtraveller niche important for destinations?
Example – Historic battlefields
In October 2018 the Kentucky Civil War Sites Association published a study that illustrates the economic and tourism benefits the state’s Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields & war-related historic sites have on state and local economies.
Key points of survey (conducted April to October 2017)
- Visitors to Kentucky battlefields and historic sites contribute more than $10 million annually to local economies. Also, out-of-state tourist spending boosts the state’s GDP by $7.1 million and generates more than $1 million in state and local tax revenue.
- Six out of 10 visitors were not from Kentucky. They came from 43 other states and five countries.
- The majority of visitors travelled more than 200 miles to the site.
- The typical traveller spent an average of $258.30 in the local area of the site, with lodging and food accounting for about half of the total amount spent. Overall, nearly half of all visitors paid for one or more room nights in the area during their visit.
- Overnight out-of-state visitors to Kentucky battlefields and related historic sites add about $7.45 million in spending to the Kentucky economy.
- Overnight visitors who live in Kentucky add roughly $2.09 million in spending to those particular communities economies due to the presence of these battlefields and related historic sites.
- Kentucky residents who visit battlefields and related historic sites who stay overnight in paid lodging have an economic impact by supporting 42 jobs with labour income totaling $1.1 million and value added of $1.8 million.
- Out-of-state day trippers add about $485,000 in spending at the areas around the sites.
- For more than half of all visitors, visiting the specific historic site was one of the main reasons for coming, including three out of 10 who said it was the primary reason they came to the area.
- Visitors were relatively affluent, with 42 percent having an annual income of $75,000 or more, including 22 percent with an income in excess of $100,000. Overall, site visitors were well-educated, with the majority having at least a four-year college degree, with more than 20 percent having studied beyond college.
- Civil War and Revolutionary War sites in the Commonwealth were nearly universally enjoyed by visitors according to the survey. Ninety-eight percent had a positive experience at the site they visited, and more than nine out of 10 would likely recommend a visit to the site to friends and family.
- Of Kentuckians surveyed, 65 percent strongly support the use of tax dollars being spent to preserve Kentucky’s battlefields and related historic sites in the state.
Source: The Advocate Messenger (local newspaper)
Example – Technical Museums
For Alabama, technical & military sites are among their best attractions.
In fact, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville WAS Alabama’s leading attraction in 2018. Their tourism officials have confirmed at almost a million (849,981) people visited the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 2018, ranking it first among state attractions that charge admission.
What else do you notice in the Top 10 Admission Charged Attractions?
#1 U.S. Space & Rocket Center – Huntsville – 2018 attendance: 849,981
#2 Birmingham Zoo – Birmingham – 2018 attendance: 543,090
#3 Huntsville Botanical Garden – Huntsville – 2018 attendance: 353,841
#4 Barber Vintage Motorsports Park – Birmingham – 2018 attendance: 352,000
#5 McWane Science Center – Birmingham – 2018 attendance: 347,508
#6 USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park – Mobile – 2018 attendance: 343,034
#7 Point Mallard Park – Decatur – 2018 attendance: 274,448
#8 Adventureland Theme Park – Dothan – 2018 attendance: 250,000
#9 Montgomery Zoo – Montgomery – 2018 attendance:245,620
#10 Alabama Splash Adventure – Bessemer – 2018 attendance: 190,134
… and among Alabama’s Top 10 Free Attractions?
#6 Army Aviation Museum – Fort Rucker – 2018 attendance:100,000
Source: WTVY.com (Local TV)
Example – Air Shows
Wisconsin’s tourism industry created $21.6 billion in economic impact last year, up $1 billion from 2017, Deputy Tourism Secretary Anne Sayers said during a visit to the Experimental Aircraft Association Aviation Museum, kicking off National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-11, 2019.
Tourism directly supports more than 199,000 jobs in the state, Sayers said. Around 112 million people visited Wisconsin in 2018, an increase of 2 million people from 2017, and EAA’s annual AirVenture fly-in convention in Oshkosh is part of the reason why Wisconsin sees such high tourism numbers, she said.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is an annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held each summer at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA.
Source: Oshkosh Northwestern (Local News)