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Marketing Research & Plans

Visit SLO CAL works in partnership with top research agencies to compile relevant tourism data that benefits our local industry. We use the information gathered to strategically craft our marketing plan, ensuring our dollars are reaching maximum impact in feeder markets. Please review the information below and feel free to share these studies and plans with your team. Please do not share this data outside your organization. 


Marketing Research

Brand Lift Study

Visit SLO CAL has received the results of the first two waves of its Brand Lift Study. The three waves in the study provide a benchmark for awareness prior to the campaign. Wave 1 took place on July 7 - August 10, 2017, and Wave 2 was conducted from Jan 23 -Feb 6, 2017. Wave 3 will be conducted next summer.

Wave 2 Report | Wave 1 Report

 

Share-of-Wallet and Demographic Study and Feeder Market Awareness Study

Visit SLO CAL is excited to present the results of our groundbreaking research studies, conducted by Merrill Research. Click the links below to view summaries of key takeaways from both our Share-of-Wallet and Demographic Study and Feeder Market Awareness Study, and video presentations from Pat Merrill of Merrill Research.

Share-of-Wallet & Demographic Study | Feeder Market Awareness Study

 

 

 

 

Visa Vue

Visit SLO CAL participates in Visit California's VisaVue® Travel data co-op for both domestic and international travelers to San Luis Obispo County. VisaVue Reports offer key information on travelers and their spending habits by market segment and merchant category. These reports have been converted into a snapshot infographic form. Please note that due to certain legal stipulations, reports may not be shared or used in any official marketing documents. If you would like to use the information provided on this report, please contact us at 805.541.8000. 

Linked below are reports of the VisaVue®Travel Data for San Luis Obispo County, converted to a snapshot infographic form. Please note that the dates below refer to the calendar year:

2015 Year-End | Domestic | International

Q1-2016 | Domestic | International

Q2-2016 | Domestic | International

Q3-2016 | Domestic

 

Conference Center Feasibility Plan

In May 2017, Visit SLO CAL released a Countywide Conference Center Feasibility Plan, which was commissioned to determine how mid-week business travel may be impacted as a result of new conference facility inventory. The study indicates strong demand, and a growing market, for mid-week conference bookings during off-peak seasons in San Luis Obispo County.

Click here to view Visit SLO CAL's Conference Center Feasibility Plan.

 

Southern California Lodging Forecast

In October 2017, VSC Operations Manager Brendan Pringle attended the 2017 Southern California Visitor Industry Outlook Conference in Huntington Beach, CA, where he heard the latest forecasts from STR, Visit California, CBRE, and other presenters. At the conference, CBRE unveiled their 2018 Southern California Lodging Forecast, linked below. The document includes their forecast for San Luis Obispo County on pages 90-100. Also, linked below is a one sheet of his takeaways from the conference. 

2018 Southern California Lodging Forecast | Southern California Visitor Industry Outlook Conference  Takeaways

 

 

Marketing Plans

 

Click here to view a digital copy of the FY2017/18 plan. To view Marketing Plans from previous years, click the links below:

2016-18 Marketing Plan | 2015-16 Marketing Plan

 

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