Tourism groups are a natural fit for foursquare; so much of what they do is already location based. There are many local groups providing tips on foursquare through regular user accounts. By adding them as a friend, you’ll get local tips and recommendations whenever you’re in their area.
It’s a great way for these groups to promote tourism in their regions. If I’m planning a trip somewhere with a local tourism group on foursquare, I often visit their profile first to get some ideas of places I should visit while I’m in town.
Here are 10 groups that are currently doing a great job providing tips to promote their regions on foursquare. You’ll find the list is a mix of small towns, big cities and even entire states.
|Visit Lorain County (OH)||104||65|
|Explore the Bruce (Bruce County, ON)||38||227|
|Turismo Madrid (Madrid, Spain)||27||195|
|Kissimmee - the Heart of Florida||27||293|
|Visit Jax (Jacksonville, FL)||23||218|
|VisitPhilly (Philadelphia, PA)||23||329|
|Visit San Diego (CA)||18||214|
|Positively Cleveland (OH)||8||590|
|Discover LA (Los Angeles)||7||498|
To see their tips, you’ll need to change your foursquare location to their city (or a city in their area) by clicking your location on the right of the blue bar at the top of each foursquare page.
In addition to these groups who are using just regular accounts, a few groups like Explore Chicago, VisitPA, and VisitBucksPA have branded profiles where they’re doing essentially the same thing. The branded profiles are set up by foursquare and allow users to “follow” their profile instead of “friending” them.
Which groups do you think are doing the best job on foursquare? What other types of organizations could benefit from posting tips?