Notes from the editor:
OK! There are 3 things we would like you to do this month.
1 LAUGH Let’s face it. We all need a laugh at this moment in time. Right? All you have to do is click here. If you’re in the travel business, we 100% guarantee that you will find this hilarious.
2 Do you have 360 videos showcasing your destinations and attractions? We’re not kidding. We REALLY want to know and publicize it here (at no charge of course), and also on our parent site, Tours.com. Just click here and you can just send us a link!
3 Enjoy this issue Skim the great destination campaigns of this past year. Try out some of the AR apps on your phone. Take a roller coaster ride… and not leave your office. This VR/AR stuff is really So. Much. Fun.
Thanks for reading. Deborah
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