DIGITAL MARKETING IN TOURISM: A REVIEW OF PRACTICES IN THE USA AND AFRICA

Authors

  • Mustafa Ayobami Raji Independent Researcher, Edinburg, Texas, USA
  • Hameedat Bukola Olodo Independent Researcher, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • Timothy Tolulope Oke Yannis Marketing, Nigeria
  • Wilhelmina Afua Addy Independent Researcher, Maryland, USA
  • Onyeka Chrisanctus Ofodile Sanctus Maris Concepts, Nigeria Ltd
  • Adedoyin Tolulope Oyewole Independent Researcher, Athens Georgia, USA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/ijarss.v6i3.896

Abstract

Digital marketing has become an indispensable tool in the tourism industry, shaping the way destinations engage with travelers and promoting economic growth. This study provides a comprehensive review of digital marketing practices in the USA and Africa, shedding light on the similarities, differences, and emerging trends. In the USA, a mature and competitive tourism market, digital marketing strategies are highly sophisticated. Utilizing platforms such as social media, search engine optimization (SEO), and content marketing, American destinations strive to capture the attention of a diverse and discerning audience. The integration of data analytics and personalized marketing campaigns has allowed for precise targeting, enhancing the overall effectiveness of promotional efforts. Additionally, the USA's tourism industry has embraced influencer collaborations and immersive technologies to create compelling narratives and experiences. Contrastingly, in Africa, the digital marketing landscape is characterized by a blend of traditional and modern approaches. While some regions are still grappling with infrastructural challenges, others are leveraging digital platforms to showcase their rich cultural and natural attractions. Social media campaigns, mobile applications, and partnerships with travel influencers are gaining traction to enhance visibility. Moreover, the emergence of online travel agencies and booking platforms has facilitated easier access for international tourists interested in exploring the diverse offerings of the African continent. Despite regional disparities, both the USA and Africa face common challenges such as ensuring data privacy, adapting to rapidly evolving technologies, and fostering sustainable tourism practices. As the tourism industry continues to recover from global disruptions, the importance of digital marketing as a catalyst for growth and resilience cannot be overstated. This study contributes to the understanding of digital marketing in tourism by presenting a comparative analysis of practices in the USA and Africa. The insights derived from this review offer valuable guidance for industry stakeholders, policymakers, and marketers seeking to navigate the dynamic landscape of digital promotion in the tourism sector.

Keywords: Digital Marketing, USA, Africa, Business, Innovation, Review.

Published

2024-03-17

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