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Destination On The Left

Destination On The Left is a podcast focused on the travel and tourism industry that explores successful collaborations, creative marketing ideas and best practices. Interviews are a mix of Destination Marketers, Industry Leaders, Consultants and businesses in the industry. We explore consumer marketing programs and travel trade marketing programs. This podcast provides an opportunity for professionals in the travel & tourism industry to share what they have learned and successes that they have achieved.
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May 5, 2021

Debra E. Ross is the founder, publisher, and CEO of Kids Out And About, LLC. The company publishes KidsOutAndAbout.com, launched in 2001, and BeyondTheNest.com, launched in 2016. The sites, which are presented under the umbrella of EntertainmentCalendar.com, provide comprehensive calendar and resource lists celebrating each of 45 local regions across the U.S. and Canada. Kids Out And About’s focus is on activities for kids, teens, and families; its readers are 85% parents and the remaining 15% are grandparents. Beyond The Nest focuses on arts, culture, and recreation for grownups. Originally founded in 2001 as a community website for parents in Rochester, NY, KidsOutAndAbout.com started expanding out of Western New York in late 2010. The combined sites currently attract 6 million unique visitors per year, and over 400,000 opt-in readers receive a weekly e-newsletter filled with things to do both in their local area and virtually. Deb’s weekly “Notes from Deb” column at the top of the KidsOutAndAbout.com newsletters is celebrating its 20th year of publication in 2021.

As publisher, Deb leads a team of content managers whose mission is to celebrate each local region’s best opportunities and thereby help sustain communities.

Destination on the Left is joined by Debra Ross, the founder, publisher, and CEO of Kids Out And About, LLC. On our podcast, Debra shares her passion for celebrating local regions across the U.S. and Canada. She talks about the importance of selling both the residents and outsiders on tourism in smaller communities. And she also discusses her experience with coopetition, as well as the big plans communities are working on to prepare for the 2024 eclipse.

What You Will Learn:

  • Debra’s journey into the travel and tourism industry
  • What Debra is doing to celebrate local regions across the U.S. and Canada
  • Debra’s role as the publisher and CEO of Kids Out and About, LLC.
  • The importance of selling both the residents and outsiders on tourism in smaller communities
  • Debra’s experience with the power of coopetition in local regions
  • The big plans communities are working on to prepare for the 2024 eclipse

Kids Out and About

Debra Ross is the founder, publisher, and CEO of Kids Out And About, LLC., a media network that provides a comprehensive calendar and resource lists celebrating each of 45 local regions across the U.S. and Canada. On our podcast, Debra shares her passion for celebrating local regions across the U.S. and Canada. She talks about the importance of selling both the residents and outsiders on tourism in smaller communities. And she also discusses her experience with coopetition, as well as the big plans communities are working on to prepare for the 2024 eclipse.

Connecting Travelers, Community Members, and Destinations

Kids Out and About generates almost all of its revenue through local advertising. It is a predominantly mission-based organization, meaning that its fundamental purpose is to celebrate and nurture the communities it serves. With Debra at the helm, Kids Out and About has taken an approach that enables local businesses, CVBs, and DMOs to be more themselves—thus standing out from the crowd. It is about highlighting all of the ways in which local community members and outsiders can connect with them on a deeper level. First, they match travelers with the activities they are seeking already, then they offer a broad spectrum of other opportunities the travelers may have never even considered.

Thriving Together

In order to create deeper connections on a regional level, coopetition must become an integral part of the process. We are seeing tourism businesses work together despite nominally competing for the same tourism dollars under normal circumstances. If you zoom out and look at the bigger picture, success is often measured collectively. Large CVBs and DMOs are only interested in how tourism is performing at scale. By determining what metrics to measure and providing support to other destinations in your region, communities can grow stronger than ever before. With collective action, everyone has a chance to thrive.

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