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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Travel Michigan Radio Campaign Wins Award

LANSING – Travel Michigan won the Mercury Award for its 2004 radio campaign that ran in Chicago, Indianapolis and Cleveland, which was credited with attracting nearly one million visitors to Michigan.

The Mercury Awards were created by the National Council of State Tourism Directors to recognize its members for excellence and creative accomplishment in state tourism marketing and promotion. The radio spots were created and produced by a team from Brogan Convergence Marketing and Radish Creative Group.

“Having Michigan’s 2004 radio campaign recognized as the best in the country is quite gratifying and goes a long way in validating the hard work that went into these promotions,” said George Zimmermann, Senior Vice President of Travel Michigan. “These award-winning radio spots contributed to the dramatic increase in volume at the michigan.org web site in 2004, up 29% over 2003.”

According to a study completed earlier this year by Longwoods International, nearly one million visitors, who would not have traveled to Michigan otherwise, spent $163 million statewide as a direct result of the 2004 Travel Michigan advertising program. That new visitor spending generated an additional $11.5 million in state taxes, for a return on investment for the state of $3.27 for each advertising dollar spent. And these additional visitors funded 3,607 tourism related Michigan jobs.

Overall the tourism industry contributes $16 billion to Michigan’s economy annually, accounting for 182,000 jobs and generating $853 million in state tax revenues, making tourism the second largest industry in the state.

Travel Michigan, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is the State of Michigan’s official agency for the promotion of tourism.


Author: Staff Writer
Source: Mitechnews.Com


 
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