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  • About three decades ago a similar thing happened to the Swiss watch industry when…

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    Joe Buhler
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    About three decades ago a similar thing happened to the Swiss watch industry when they missed the digital watch explosion caused by the Japanese. With Swatch they were able to regain their strong position in the non-luxury segments. Steve took our Jobs, says Finnish Prime Minister | Cult of Mac Most of us couldn’t have been any more excited for the iPhone and iPad. Then again, most of us aren’t the Finnish Prime Minister. Speaking to Swedish finan This post has been reshared 1 times on Google+ View this post on Google+ Post imported by Google+Blog for WordPress. The post About…
  • Building Customer Focus into Organizational Silos

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    Troy Thompson
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Silos exist in every organization. And for all the talk of tearing them down or somehow replacing them with social media, they serve a needed, structural purpose. The challenge for most organizations is that each silo — and the employees within it — is concerned and focused on their own numbers, metrics or goals. They view success from a vertical perspective. But, as our peer Christiaan Lustig notes, the customer often moves between silos horizontally. Which was the challenge for a recent higher-education client. Organizational goals were positioned and measured vertically through…
  • Mixing Art With the Outdoors: A Weekend Getaway to Helena, Montana

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    A Guest Writer
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    You want a weekend getaway filled with art museums, theater performances, and gallery hopping. Your partner dreams about hiking, biking, and fishing in the great outdoors. How do you find a destination to make both of you happy? Plan a romantic getaway to Helena, Montana. My husband and I weren’t sure what to expect on the drive up Interstate 15 to Helena. All we knew about the “Queen City of the Rockies” was that the former gold rush town — and home to 50 millionaires by 1888 — morphed into Montana’s state capital once the gold was depleted in Last Chance Gulch. What we…
  • Interview de EURAIL.COM : clientèle touristes chinois individuels en Europe

    Hotel i Tour - Cabinet d’ingénierie tourisme et etourisme - Focus marchés Asie et Chine
    claude Benard
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Une vidéo / interview de Eurail.com qui décrit bien les actions qu’ils ont mis en oeuvre pour mieux capter et servir la clientèle individuelle des touristes chinois qui se developpe partout dans le monde, et bien sûr aussi en Europe. Eurail.com a remporté récemment un Gold CTW Awards dans la category Product Innovation décerné par le COTRI lors du salon COTTM d’Avril à Beijing. PS : la vidéo est sur Youku, hébergée en Chine, cela prend un peu de temps à se loader ! Quelques mots sur Eurail.com Eurail.com vends en ligne des pass pour les trains en Europe et ceci pour…
  • Mobile bookings continue to show strength for hotel brands

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    Nick Vivion
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Consumers are eager to use smartphones to book and are increasingly trusting devices to complete these transactions. According to the latest report on mobile bookings by L2 Think Tank, hotels are benefiting from the growing hunger to book via mobile. Some stats the report highlights: As per usual in previous reports, this particular report is limited to what the consultancy calls its “Prestige Hotels.” The surveyed hotels have the following means of making mobile bookings: Yet seventy percent of customers prefer to book via mobile site compared with applications, which means that…
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  • About three decades ago a similar thing happened to the Swiss watch industry when…

    Joe Buhler
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    About three decades ago a similar thing happened to the Swiss watch industry when they missed the digital watch explosion caused by the Japanese. With Swatch they were able to regain their strong position in the non-luxury segments. Steve took our Jobs, says Finnish Prime Minister | Cult of Mac Most of us couldn’t have been any more excited for the iPhone and iPad. Then again, most of us aren’t the Finnish Prime Minister. Speaking to Swedish finan This post has been reshared 1 times on Google+ View this post on Google+ Post imported by Google+Blog for WordPress. The post About…
  • It's been broken for quite some time

    Joe Buhler
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The initial pushback against the radical changes caused by the rise of the social web came especially from the C-suite and their hired PR hands! Now, they finally start to come around and none too soon, I might add. ‘Traditional Marketing Is Broken,’ Declares Richard Edelman | The Content Strategist, by Contently In Chicago today, the head of the world’s largest PR firm declared that the marketing industry has its business backward. Speaking to an audience of academics and brand marketing executives at De Paul University, Richard Edelman, who runs the eponymous agency as…
  • What is Digital Marketing?

    Joe Buhler
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:53 am
    Digital marketing industry is booming these days. It has changed the perception of the business owners, marketers and promoters. In the present time marketing experts are relying more on digital marketing techniques. Source: http://visual.ly Share this with your friends: Want to link to this page? Here is the link: Embed this on your site. Just copy and paste the code below… digital marketing trends small and medium businesses Courtesy of: http://buhlerworks.com/wordpress Digital marketing involves number of strategies and activities. These are search engine optimization (SEO), social…
  • Personalization will make them an even more formidable competitor to the traditional…

    Joe Buhler
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    Personalization will make them an even more formidable competitor to the traditional accommodation providers. In addition, some local hosts will be able to provide in destination tips and make recommendations further adding to the value proposition. Airbnb wants to recommend trips to users before they even start to search for them — Tech News and Analysis Summary: The amount of data that Airbnb has about users and their accommodation preferences has grown to the point where the company believes it can start recommending trips to them before they have to search through the listings. View…
  • Great detailed post with a ton of information on the topic of social customer service….

    Joe Buhler
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:48 am
    Great detailed post with a ton of information on the topic of social customer service. Should even have some positive stats for the ROI crowd! What social customer service is really worth: stats You probably already know the marketing value of social media. You probably already know certain vanity metrics of social media. You possibly even know the detrimental effects of being bad at social media. View this post on Google+ Post imported by Google+Blog for WordPress. The post Great detailed post with a ton of information on the topic of social customer service…. appeared first on…
 
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  • Building Customer Focus into Organizational Silos

    Troy Thompson
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Silos exist in every organization. And for all the talk of tearing them down or somehow replacing them with social media, they serve a needed, structural purpose. The challenge for most organizations is that each silo — and the employees within it — is concerned and focused on their own numbers, metrics or goals. They view success from a vertical perspective. But, as our peer Christiaan Lustig notes, the customer often moves between silos horizontally. Which was the challenge for a recent higher-education client. Organizational goals were positioned and measured vertically through…
  • The Hidden Meaning Behind Handwritten Signs

    Troy Thompson
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Handwritten signs are a bad sign. A crumpled, often illegible admission that something is wrong. Department, peer or vendor, a mistake was made and the band-aid is a hastily posted sign. And rather than fix it, you ask the customer to work harder. Sure, not all signs are bad — nor are they all handwritten (comic sans joke goes here) — but most of them share an origin of confusion. Signals from Signs Two examples, two different types of handwritten signs — both signals of an underlying issue. Standing in line at the local movie theater on a rainy Sunday afternoon, I spotted…
  • Using Better Data to Create Better Experiences

    Troy Thompson
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Data and research are foundational components of what we do for our clients. Our challenge is not creating a large volume of data to address a question, but rather finding and interpreting the right data. When determining the right questions to ask, we naturally encounter research / data gaps which require a thoughtful approach to overcome. Creating better customer experiences starts with using better data. Better data starts with identifying potential data gaps. Incorrect Questions Every client comes to us with a question, problem or challenge, but the ideal client invites our firm discuss…
  • The Impossible Task of Destination Marketing

    Troy Thompson
    29 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    I spend a lot of time exploring tourism destinations. I spend a lot of time creating strategy to encourage others to explore tourism destinations. The more I explore, the less I am convinced that destinations can be effectively explained to potential tourists. Sights and Sounds Yesterday, I spent the afternoon falling in love with Santa Monica. I watched locals and visitors alike searching for a retreat from the day. Noticed kids playing in the sand. Dogs out for a walk. A dance lesson in the front room of a house. A man painting in his garage. Three friends playing backgammon in a driveway.
  • 5 Tools for Tourism Consumer Research

    Troy Thompson
    25 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    A major component of our service design consulting with tourism organizations (DMOs, RTOs, CVBs) is observing the tourist to understand their behavior, motivations and path throughout the entire tourism experience to develop a strategy reflective of the consumer. Traditionally, this process has been completed using the traditional intercept survey method or perhaps even shadowing consumers as they experience a destination. However, both methods are limited by the scale and commitment required to capture unbiased responses and interactions from the consumer. Fortunately, the iPhone or Android…
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  • Mixing Art With the Outdoors: A Weekend Getaway to Helena, Montana

    A Guest Writer
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    You want a weekend getaway filled with art museums, theater performances, and gallery hopping. Your partner dreams about hiking, biking, and fishing in the great outdoors. How do you find a destination to make both of you happy? Plan a romantic getaway to Helena, Montana. My husband and I weren’t sure what to expect on the drive up Interstate 15 to Helena. All we knew about the “Queen City of the Rockies” was that the former gold rush town — and home to 50 millionaires by 1888 — morphed into Montana’s state capital once the gold was depleted in Last Chance Gulch. What we…
  • Shaken, Not Stirred: Perfect Iced Tea for a Warm Summer’s Day

    Carrie Keplinger
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Few things feel so good during warm weather as a nice, cold glass of iced tea. Just sipping it brings back memories of my mom’s sun tea, which was brewed by the gallon all summer long. Whether you’re an iced tea veteran or a beginner just exploring the world beyond the tea pot, this is our guide to brewing the best iced teas for all your warm weather needs. Choose Your Brew The first, and most important, step to making iced tea is deciding which tea you’re going to use. Just about any camellia sinensis-based tea will do well iced, though stronger teas like blacks, oolongs, and certain…
  • Slow-Cooked Summer: 3 Crock Pot Meals to Get You Through the Heat

    Carrie Keplinger
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    It is too hot to cook. Like, seriously, you’d rather slum it with a box of ice pops and deal with the sugar rush than turn on your oven. However, since it’s not exactly feasible to subsist entirely on popsicles for the summer, here are our top three easy, delicious crock pot meals to sate your appetite and keep you from slaving away in a sweltering kitchen. Southern-Style Ribs I don’t know if they’re geographically accurate in name, but my local grocery store sells something called “southern-style” ribs. They’re not exactly ribs, but they’re not just pork, either; they usually…
  • Keep Your Cool: Tips to Avoid Overheating During Your Summer Workouts

    Janice Bear
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sweating is gross, so I try not to do it. However, the heat wave known as summer has broken and the simple act of walking outside results in heavy perspiration. And exercising? I’d rather not. But I will. Even when the thermometer climbs past the 90-degree mark, at least 75 minutes of exercise per week is necessary to maintain health and 30 minutes daily to stay fit. That’s a lot of sweating and, more importantly, an increased risk of over-heating. Avoid the misery of sun stroke with these tips for keeping your cool (and a strong physique) throughout the dog days. Reset the Time…
  • Making a Meal of Zucchini Madness

    A Guest Writer
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I have more zucchini experience than I’d like to admit. They say that if you plan on planting zucchini, you better have a lot of friends. Well, one summer I made a gardening miscalculation and learned that I had far fewer friends than I thought! Enter several weeks of raw zucchini salad with almond pesto, zucchini cheddar fritters, zucchini corn chowder, and never ending zucchini muffins… It may be very good for your waistline, but not so much for romantic dinners and marital bliss. If you find yourself in the same precarious situation as I did, with more squash than sense, here’s how…
 
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    Hotel i Tour - Cabinet d’ingénierie tourisme et etourisme - Focus marchés Asie et Chine

  • Interview de EURAIL.COM : clientèle touristes chinois individuels en Europe

    claude Benard
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Une vidéo / interview de Eurail.com qui décrit bien les actions qu’ils ont mis en oeuvre pour mieux capter et servir la clientèle individuelle des touristes chinois qui se developpe partout dans le monde, et bien sûr aussi en Europe. Eurail.com a remporté récemment un Gold CTW Awards dans la category Product Innovation décerné par le COTRI lors du salon COTTM d’Avril à Beijing. PS : la vidéo est sur Youku, hébergée en Chine, cela prend un peu de temps à se loader ! Quelques mots sur Eurail.com Eurail.com vends en ligne des pass pour les trains en Europe et ceci pour…
  • HoteliTour interview : Europe’s travel industry should become more Chinese-friendly

    claude Benard
    25 May 2014 | 11:09 am
    COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute. Le COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute est le premier institut de recherche indépendant dans le monde pour l’information, la formation, l’évaluation de la qualité, la recherche et le conseil ayant trait au marché chinois émetteur du tourisme. Depuis 2004 COTRI a soutenu des acteurs régionaux, nationaux et internationaux du tourisme privé et public et des détaillants locaux partout dans le monde. Le siège social du COTRI est situé à Heide / Allemagne, avec des bureaux chinois à Beijing, Shanghai et Guangzhou et un…
  • Newsletter AVRIL 2014 du COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute

    claude Benard
    11 May 2014 | 9:17 am
    COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute. Le COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute est le premier institut de recherche indépendant dans le monde pour l’information, la formation, l’évaluation de la qualité, la recherche et le conseil ayant trait au marché chinois émetteur du tourisme. Depuis 2004 COTRI a soutenu des acteurs régionaux, nationaux et internationaux du tourisme privé et public et des détaillants locaux partout dans le monde. Le siège social du COTRI est situé à Heide / Allemagne, avec des bureaux chinois à Beijing, Shanghai et Guangzhou et un…
  • Newsletter MAI 2014 du COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute

    claude Benard
    11 May 2014 | 4:31 am
    COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute. Le COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute est le premier institut de recherche indépendant dans le monde pour l’information, la formation, l’évaluation de la qualité, la recherche et le conseil ayant trait au marché chinois émetteur du tourisme. Depuis 2004 COTRI a soutenu des acteurs régionaux, nationaux et internationaux du tourisme privé et public et des détaillants locaux partout dans le monde. Le siège social du COTRI est situé à Heide / Allemagne, avec des bureaux chinois à Beijing, Shanghai et Guangzhou et un…
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  • Mobile bookings continue to show strength for hotel brands

    Nick Vivion
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Consumers are eager to use smartphones to book and are increasingly trusting devices to complete these transactions. According to the latest report on mobile bookings by L2 Think Tank, hotels are benefiting from the growing hunger to book via mobile. Some stats the report highlights: As per usual in previous reports, this particular report is limited to what the consultancy calls its “Prestige Hotels.” The surveyed hotels have the following means of making mobile bookings: Yet seventy percent of customers prefer to book via mobile site compared with applications, which means that…
  • Why good hotels have bad WiFi, and how to avoid them

    Sean O'Neill
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    Few people depend on strong Wi-Fi networks as much as developers and engineers. So it is no surprise that many of these technology professionals have strong opinions about hotels that fail to deliver on their promises of high-speed internet. A recent comment thread on the Hacker News forum reveals many of the reasons why hotel Wi-Fi often sucks — and how tech pros avoid hotels with weak signals. Here are the highlights from the thread: 1. Use Hotel Wifi Test to find hotels with good Wi-Fi. This site announced this week that it now uses machine learning and crowd-sourced speed tests to…
  • OECD releases latest data on global access to data subscriptions

    Nick Vivion
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has released its latest data on access to mobile data subscriptions globally. This breakdown offers a quick understanding of the global landscape of mobile data, which sheds light on what countries are primed for fully immersive apps that take advantage of mobile data – and which countries are still struggling to deliver an always-on data connection via mobile. Larger image here. Overall, wireless subscriptions were up 14.6% in the 34-country cohort, bringing the measured total to 910 million wireless broadband data…
  • The wait is over, tours and activities finally hits the big time

    Alex Kremer
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Our long nightmare is over. Tours and activities finally gets the big market move it has so desperately needed: TripAdvisor has snapped up Viator. First, a hats off to the team: perservering since its founding by Rod Cuthbert in 1995 is a feat unto itself – it’s extremely rare for a funded company to be able to be this patient for an exit. Well done. Also a big congrats to TripAdvisor for having the foresight to make a proper entry into this space. It’s obvious this acquisition will put them way, way, way ahead of other major OTAs when it comes to T&A, with no other obvious…
  • Essential Travel slapped with hefty fine for data protection breach

    Linda Fox
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Essential Travel (Think W3) has been served with a £150,000 fine from UK data protection body, the Information Commissioner’s Office. According to an ICO statement, a serious breach of the Data Protection Act meant thousands of people’s details were revealed to a ‘malicious hacker’. The statement continues that Essential Travel, owned by Thomas Cook at the time, was hacked in December of 2012 after ‘insecure coding’ was used on its website. More than a million customer credit and debit card details were revealed with almost 431,000 identified as current.
 
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  • Amazing new attraction from Brewster Canada: The Glacier Skywalk in Jasper National Park

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Canada is blessed with amazing natural resources and stunning natural beauty. While our great cities have come of age and getting better as world class urban destinations, our great outdoors is still what most people associate Canada with. So it makes sense to develop attractions that help us and our visitors enjoy more of the spectacular places we have. The Glacier Skywalk developed by Brewster Travel Canada is a great example. It's simply spectacular! The Glacier Skywalk is located few kilometres from the The Glacier Discovery Centre on the Icefields Parkway HWY 93N in Alberta.
  • Bonne Fête du Canada!!! Happy Canada Day!!! May you continue to be an example to the world...

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    Happy 147th Birthday Canada!!! May you continue to be an example to the world as a place where people of all races, all religions, all languages, all nationalities and sexual preferences can come together and live in peace without fear of discrimination on the basis of just about anything and enjoy each other's diversity. May your vast expanses of land and sea stay clean and remain as beautiful as ever. May your flora and fauna thrive. May your history remind all Canadians that collaboration, consensus and respect go farther than divisiveness and discord. And may your Hockey teams continue to…
  • Douglas Coupland's Gumhead, fun head.

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    21 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Walking downtown Vancouver, I came across this sculpture outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. It's surface caught my eye. On closer inspection, I realized the colorful dots are pieces of chewed gum. The Art Gallery commissioned Douglas Coupland to create it. "Gumhead is a seven-foot tall self-portrait that the artist has described as "a gum-based, crowd-sourced, publically interactive, social-sculpture self-portrait." Viewers and passersby are encouraged to apply their own chewed gum to the sculpture so that over the summer months it is transformed, eventually obscuring the artist's face…
  • What happened in March? Canada's international tourism numbers took a big dive!

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    4 Jun 2014 | 11:57 am
    March inbound tourism numbers for Canada are dismal. What happened? It's not like the loonie appreciated considerably, on the contrary, the loonie has been hovering around $0.90 US for months. Statistics Canada and the CTC reported the following numbers for March 2014.Australia 9,463   -11.2%Brazil 4,952  -2.5%China 18,386 +21.2% France 22,685 -8.1%Mexico 10,115 -25.5%UK 8,053 - 8.2%United States 1,113,000 -10.4%Germany was also down compared to March 2013. Canada's Q1 numbers were below last year's from all inbound regions except Asia. Clearly something is going…
 
 
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  • #Top30 Hotels Irish Hotels on Twitter #Top30IEHotels

    William
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:44 am
    Hi everyone, Thank you for your interest in this week’s Top 30 Irish Hotels on Twitter list! Well done to the Carton House and Culloden Estate for moving up the list! Download the list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Jurys Inns Hotels Nationwide 15,800 2nd Cliff House Hotel Co. Waterford 12,900 3rd The Merchant Hotel Belfast, Northern Ireland 12,300 4th Mount Juliet Co. Kilkenny 12,200 5th Ballymaloe Co. Cork 12,100 6th Ireland Blue Book Nationwide 10,300 7th Fota Island Resort Co. Cork 8,555 8th Carton House Co. Kildare 7,813 9th Sheen Falls Lodge Co. Kerry 7,802 10th…
  • The OTA Billboard Effect: The Real Story

    William
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Source: HotelMarketingInsights.Com Everyone seems to be weighing in on whether or not the infamous “billboard effect” still exists and to what extent. What exactly is the “billboard effect” anyway? As Adam Anderson, Director of Industry Relations at Expedia explained in our recent webinar on mobile, it’s the increased exposure a hotel receives because they’re listed on a 3rd party travel channel. This listing not only has promotional benefits, but importantly, results in a lift in reservations through the hotel’s own distribution channels, including…
  • What is Link Building?

    William
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    Source: SearchEngineWatch Webster’s Dictionary defines link building as… it doesn’t actually. Why is there no standard definition? It isn’t like link building is a secret. According to a recent survey, 80 percent of companies engaged in SEO are spending more than $1,000 a month on link building. The lack of a standard definition leads to a large amount of confusion within the industry itself. I’ve met other SEOs and marketers who had a tenuous grasp on link building at best. It’s not like there’s an SEO college. Forget that: SEO is barely taught in…
  • #Top30 Hotels UK Hotels on Twitter #Top30UKHotels

    William
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 UK Hotels on Twitter list. Congratulations to Fairmont Hotels on achieving first place on this week’s list! Well done to Peckforton Castle for moving up the list. Download this list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Fairmont Hotels Nationwide 93,000 2nd Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair, London 78,100 3rd Premier Inn Nationwide 36,200 4th The Savoy London 35,000 5th Celtic Manor Resort Newport South Wales 34,100 6th Claridge’s London 31,900 7th Beech Hill Hotel Windermere 31,200 8th Fallowfields Oxfordshire 28,400 9th Le manoir…
  • Top 30 Irish Hotel Pages on Facebook #Top30IEHotels

    William
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 Irish Hotels on Facebook list. Congratulations to all who have made the Top30 this week! We have a new entry to this week’s list, well done to the Radisson Blu Athlone. Download list as PDF here Rank Hotel/Group Location Fans 1 The Glenside Hotel Louth, Leinster, Ireland 58785 2 Bewleys Hotels Dublin, Leinster, Ireland 56104 3 Galgorm Resort & Spa Antrim, Ulster, Ireland 53688 4 Slieve Russell Hotel Cavan, Ulster, Ireland 49884 5 The G Hotel Galway, Connacht, Ireland 47239 6 Fota Island Resort Cork, Munster, Ireland 39102 7 Irish Country Hotels…
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  • What Does Phil Collins’ Love of the Alamo Tell Tourism Marketers?

    Bill Baker
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    It turns out that English singer Phil Collins has been captivated since he was five years old by the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio TX. He has been so captivated by it that he has become the largest private collector of Alamo memorabilia by amassing over 200 artifacts associated with the 1836 battle. His collection includes Davy Crockett’s leather shot pouch and one of four of his remaining rifles, a pair of powder horns, muskets belonging to Mexican soldiers and one of the original Bowie knives made famous by Alamo defender Jim Bowie, and much more. Explaining how this came about,…
  • Will Tour de France Boost Yorkshire, England’s Tourism?

    Bill Baker
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:39 am
    The Tour de France gets underway in Yorkshire this week. Yes, that’s right, Yorkshire as in England. The world’s biggest annual sporting event will roll out of Leeds and wind its way through small villages and idyllic countryside. The event is expected to generate over £100 million ($170 mill.). While there are the obvious short term economic benefits, the real objective behind the strategy to host this most French of events is publicity. But despite the great beauty and history of Yorkshire, the invitation has not getting across to foreign tourists. Only 3% of visitors to the UK last…
  • Seriously Dudes, You Want Tourism?

    Bill Baker
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:04 am
    During the past week, stories from different parts of the world caught my eye because of their impact on the image of places and their possible appeal as destinations. Firstly, I was more than a little intrigued as to what the recently elected Syrian Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi, had on his mind when he presented 24 investment sites for small and medium tourism projects in the war ravaged country. With no end in sight to the country’s civil war, he seems quite premature in gearing up for tourism. Then India’s new tourism minister announced a loosening of visa rules to boost Indian…
  • All Cities are Competing Whether They Like It or Not!

    Bill Baker
    28 May 2014 | 10:29 am
    Several months ago while discussing the possibilities of conducting research for the development of a brand strategy we asked the executive director of a Chamber of Commerce, “Which nearby destinations and cities do you consider to be your main competitors?” She replied, “None of them, because we try to get along with all of them.” This response revealed two unsettling things. First, though it is your customers who determine who your competitors are, this organization did not seem to have a customer focus or realize the power of the customer’s options or ability to choose. Second,…
  • What if Basil Fawlty Ran Italian Tourism?

    Bill Baker
    25 May 2014 | 3:29 pm
    There was a time when I would visit Rome and Milan every few weeks for business meetings. I always looked forward to those visits and the wonderful, warm encounters with my Italian colleagues. But despite the great hospitality, I would frequently leave wondering whether anything would actually happen from our hours of discussions. Memories of those days  always bring a smile to my face. A colleague from those days just sent me a link to a thought provoking and sadly, humorous article in the New York Times, “Why No One Goes to Naples” by Beppe Severgnini, a columnist at Corriere della…
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  • Why Hotel and Travel Marketers are Worried About Canada’s New Anti-Spam Law

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    You may have seen the headlines about the strict new anti-spam law that goes into effect in Canada on July 1, 2014. With fines of up to $10 million (yes, that’s million) Canadian dollars per violation (yes, that’s per violation) for businesses, all travel email marketers should pay attention. If you have past travelers, former […] The post Why Hotel and Travel Marketers are Worried About Canada’s New Anti-Spam Law appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • 3 Contact Us Tricks to Get More Bookings (Travel Website Design Series)

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:54 am
    It would be wonderful if every hotel, tour, or vacation package booking could happen instantly, with no human interaction. You could just sit back and let the guest bookings arrive as a notification on your computer. The reality is that so many trip planners need to contact you to ask a question or two first. […] The post 3 Contact Us Tricks to Get More Bookings (Travel Website Design Series) appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • Book Now In A New Browser Window?

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    6 May 2014 | 10:54 am
    A subscriber to our “Get More Booking” email newsletter proposed an excellent question. Should your “Book Now” button open in a new window (a new browser tab) or in the same window (same browser tab)? On the one hand, you don’t want to pop up unexpectedly and annoy your booking prospects. On the other hand, making […] The post Book Now In A New Browser Window? appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • Does the Heartbleed Bug Affect Your Booking Engine?

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    Online booking security is a scary topic. Recent security lapses and hacks across the Web continue to bring this issue to the front page of the news. The latest worry is the Heartbleed Bug, discovered in a commonly used encryption package called OpenSSL. What is Heartbleed? It is open source encryption software that is used […] The post Does the Heartbleed Bug Affect Your Booking Engine? appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • Urgent! Book Now To Avoid Disappointment

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:59 am
    Your “Book Now” button is just waiting to be clicked! So what can you do to create a sense of booking urgency? When people purchase airline tickets and especially tickets to an event, they are well aware that seats are limited. No one wants to make a decision to buy or book now and be […] The post Urgent! Book Now To Avoid Disappointment appeared first on BookingCounts.
 
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    Tourism Management Education

  • Five of the best British traditions

    Tourism Management
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Britain is steeped in tradition and there is no better place to absorb the country’s culture and customs than its capital, London. To help you experience some of the most distinctive traditions in and around the city, we have compiled a list of five of the very best. Take afternoon tea Image source A quintessentially […]
  • Surprising facts about the history of language

    Tourism Management
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    As the great Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstien once quipped: “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” Never a truer word was spoken, for language is the thing that connects us, it’s our way of communicating and expressing ourselves. But where did language come from and what are some of the more […]
  • Visit the Beautiful Land of India to Enjoy an Enthralling Vacation

    Tourism Management
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:54 pm
    India is the seventh largest country in the world. The beauty of India can be witnessed in the high mountains of Himalayas to the tropical Greenland of Kerala. The country has around 200 billion inhabitants, which is divided into two thousand ethical groups. People here speak over 200 different languages and follow a variety of […]
  • Marmaris Turkey Attractions

    Tourism Management
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:32 am
    This New Year Experience the Beauty and Attractions of Marmaris. Marmaris brings in the best ways of exploring Turkey this New Year. This is considered to be one of the best ways to explore the country. Your holiday in Marmaris could to be loaded with remarkably beautiful memories with them. What does Marmaris Turkey have […]
  • Unique holiday experiences

    Tourism Management
    22 Jan 2014 | 7:25 am
    Holiday companies are constantly coming up with new ways to entertain and excite their customers, and one of the ways they achieve this is by putting together experiences and activities designed to awe and impress. Here’s a run-down of some of the most amazing experiences available from specialist holiday companies like Transun, for both winter […]
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    We LOVE Roatan Blog!!

  • Let’s Talk About the Creepy Crawlies!

    Rika in Roatan
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    Roatan is an island that has plenty of lush tropical jungle. It’s beautiful, but it’s also home to some creepy crawlies! Now, I can get down with these creatures, but I know some of you can’t, so for each of them I’ll let you know what your chance is of seeing one outside of the bush. I used to live in the jungle, so these are all my pics from ones I’ve seen around. 1. Snakes Everyone’s favorite! Snakes on a plane! No, wait – snakes in the jungle! The majority of snakes on Roatan are boa constrictors, and what the islanders like to call…
  • Crazy Cures: Island Bush Medicine

    Rika in Roatan
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
      Hanging out with local islanders daily teaches me all kinds of things – some I like to know, some I’d rather not (all the different ways to skin a guatusa, a local rabbit, springs to mind). One thing that I’ve learned about over the last two years is ‘bush medicine’ or using local herbs, roots, plants, etc. for healing different kinds of ailments. Mostly the guys like to tell you it’s ‘good for the hammer’ (I’ll let you use your imagination) for basically every type of bush medicine, but there are specific plants for different…
  • All About: Baleadas

    Rika in Roatan
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
      ‘All About’ is a new series detailing things found on Roatan and the Bay Islands! If you are not yet acquainted with this Honduran specialty that cures hunger, hangovers, and can be eaten with one hand while you rip around on your scooter… get ready! A baleada (bal-ee-ah-dah) is a typical snack found all over Honduras. In Roatan, you can find them at almost every restaurant, as well as little food stands that pop up in the evenings. To make a baleada, first you need to make a fresh flour tortilla. If you get a chance, watch the lady flatten out the piece of dough with her…
  • Commissioning the Artist: Dear Rika

    Avi DSouza
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Dear Rika, you are in the most captivating place on earth yet you choose to sit behind a computer and write. There is a reason.  What we love ultimately bubbles to the surface. You are a writer. In the same way a dancer must dance. Write with your heart, transcend practicality. Transcend doubt. Transcend what your audience wants to hear, what make sense,  what the search engines rank. We can’t write for the common denominator. We can only write for ourselves. Avi
  • What To Do About the $)%^#$* Sandflies

    Rika in Roatan
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
      Sandflies, sandfleas, biting midges, no-see-ums. People have all kinds of names for these little insect jerks, but the common theme is these teeny tiny bugs can be a big pain in the ass on your trip to Roatan if you’re not prepared. These disgusting little bugs are nearly invisible and you don’t feel the bite until it’s too late, so it’s possible to get destroyed by them before you even realize it! On my first Roatan vacation, I shortly found out that I was highly allergic to the sandflies, which was really fun and looked super cute: The itch from these bites…
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    Fairplex Insider

  • 3 Summer Evening Family Fun Ideas

    Heather
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    One of our favorite parts of summer are relaxing evenings. Clear night skies and soft, warm winds are ideal for outdoor activities. Whether it’s BBQs, pool parties, star gazing or bonfires, there is plenty to do all summer long. Keep … Continue reading →
  • KABOOM! at Fairplex

    Heather
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The 27th annual KABOOM! celebration welcomed growling monster trucks, twirling moto X stuntmen and a roaring crowd into Fairplex on 4th of July. A community favorite, KABOOM! delivered on noise, adrenaline and a beautiful fireworks finale. KABOOM! at Fairplex  Things … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Snapshot: 4th of July Wedding at the Sheraton

    Heather
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    11 bridesmaids. 11 groomsmen. Eight musical numbers. One pair of happy newlyweds. This 4th of July the Sheraton Hotel played host to Augie and Crystal’s gorgeous wedding ceremony and reception. We can’t wait to spill the whole story to you, … Continue reading →
  • July at Fairplex

    Heather
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    July has swooped down upon us in a flurry of sunshine, warm weather and summer plans. We are busy preparing for the 2014 Los Angeles County Fair (LACF) but we still have plenty of fun things going on this month. … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: Relay For Life, Nurotag, Art Walk

    Heather
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:23 am
    Happy Friday! Last weekend was absolutely packed for us, with Vans Warped Tour and Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival, and we are rolling right along into another jam-packed weekend. Keep reading to see what’s happening at … Continue reading →
 
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    ReadyClickAndGo'S Blog

  • Cruising to Durres, Albania – Things to see and do

    Tara Goldsmith
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    When you’re cruising the Adriatic Sea one of the most popular cruising stops in Albania is Durres. The cruise ship port is in the heart of the city, so when you disembark you won't have to travel far... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • Belgrade Fortress

    Tara Goldsmith
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:19 am
    History of Belgrade Fortress Present-day Belgrade and its must-see fortress are located on the right bank of River Sava and was originally established as a Roman military camp to protect its eastern... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • UNESCO sites in China – Video

    Tara Goldsmith
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:31 am
    Do you know how many UNESCO World Heritage Sites there are in China? Check out this cool video. If you wish to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China please email Tara@ReadyClickAndGo.com or... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • 20 things you didn’t know about the guy who sparked off the First World War

    Tara Goldsmith
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:24 am
    1. The Idea of assassinating top Austro Hungarian royalty wasn’t Gavrilo Princip’s - In 1910 an unsuccessful attempt was made to kill the Emperor, Franz Josef, on his visit to Mostar, and the same... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • Postcards from Serbia

    Tara Goldsmith
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:12 am
    Here is a selection of photos we have collected on our travels in Serbia. The music is played by Nigel Kennedy and is his interpretation of the old Serbian song "Ajde Jano..." If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
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    LEGOLAND Florida Blog - Behind the Brick

  • REMINDER: Join our LEGOLAND Florida Forum, it’s fun and easy!

    Mark Layton
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you haven’t already, now is the time to join our LEGOLAND Florida Forum! When you join you become a member of a family fun community with the following benefits: Friendly community where you can ask your questions and get answers. Easy registration with your Google+, Facebook account or register for a new account. Post […] The post REMINDER: Join our LEGOLAND Florida Forum, it’s fun and easy! appeared first on LEGOLAND Florida Blog - Behind the Brick. Related posts: About LEGOLAND Florida’s List of 2013 Calendar of Events Welcome to Behind the Brick
  • LEGOLAND Florida’s Move It Movement Tour Aug 9th – 10th

    Mark Layton
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Cartoon Network’s Move It Movement Tour is a summertime traveling event targeting youth 6-14 and their parents, presented in partnership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. Traveling from coast to coast, the tour will ultimately make its way to the gulf coast for […] The post LEGOLAND Florida’s Move It Movement Tour Aug 9th – 10th appeared first on LEGOLAND Florida Blog - Behind the Brick. Related posts: World of Chima Attractions World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida…
  • LEGOLAND Florida 4th of July Fireworks 2014

    Mark Layton
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    LEGOLAND® Florida will celebrate the 4th of July with a big bang for the Independence Day event – Red, Brick & Boom from July 4-6 with extended hours until 9:00 pm.  To get in the mood you should definitely join the “Super Brick” American Flag Build, built out of hundreds of LEGO® bricks on July 4, while listening to some […] The post LEGOLAND Florida 4th of July Fireworks 2014 appeared first on LEGOLAND Florida Blog - Behind the Brick. Related posts: LEGOLAND Florida’s List of 2013 Calendar of Events Pirates’ Cove Attractions Character Meet & Greet
  • LEGOLAND Florida opens the Famous Florida shaped pool.

    Mark Layton
    3 Mar 2014 | 7:48 am
    LEGOLAND Florida announced that they will open the famous and historical Florida shaped pool located in the Botanical Gardens.  This famous pool was built for the set for the 1953 movie “Easy to Love” with Esther Williams. Since this is located in the Botanical Gardens, I’m not sure how they are going to work out […] The post LEGOLAND Florida opens the Famous Florida shaped pool. appeared first on LEGOLAND Florida Blog - Behind the Brick. Related posts: LEGOLAND Florida Tips & Tricks & Trivia Cypress Gardens Shopping
  • LEGOLAND Florida Hotel coming to Winter Haven in 2015

    Mark Layton
    21 Nov 2013 | 7:45 am
    Today LEGOLAND Florida officially announced they are starting construction on the new LEGOLAND Florida Hotel here in Winter Haven, FL. During the announcement Adrian Jones, General Manager of LEGOLAND Florida, stated that construction will begin in 2014 and should be finished by early to mid 2015.  Once completed the official LEGOLAND Florida Hotel will feature 152 […] The post LEGOLAND Florida Hotel coming to Winter Haven in 2015 appeared first on LEGOLAND Florida Blog - Behind the Brick. Related posts: New Announcement from LEGOLAND Florida coming soon All LEGOLAND parks Miniland…
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    CAPTURE AFRICA TOURS

  • Protect the Black Rhinos

    africa
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    With the precipitous decline of black rhinos across Africa in the 1970s, government wildlife agencies and conservation organizations increasingly turned to private landowners, non-profit organizations and indigenous communities to protect the few remaining animals. In Kenya, the number of black rhinos dropped from an estimated 20,000 to fewer than 300 animals, and the only way to prevent their complete extinction was to create high security sanctuaries. In 1983, David and Delia Craig set aside 5,000 acres of their ranch as the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary; Anna Merz, a conservationist and…
  • Walk With Rangers

    africa
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Have you always wanted to support a cause and wondered how you as one person can make a difference? If you’re ready to take action, join me this June on a “Walk With Rangers” through Kenya and Tanzania! We’ll be walking side by side with Rangers from these two countries to raise awareness of the unprecedented rate these countries are losing wildlife, to gain funds for critical projects, and to promote education on conservation and wildlife protection. On June 10, 2014, Raabia Hawa, the Honorary Game Warden for the Kenya Wildlife Service, will embark on an iconic “Walk With…
  • Emuratare

    africa
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:48 am
    Africa is rich in wildlife and immense never ending landscapes. People come from all over the world to witness all that Africa has to offer, yet what truly holds the continent together are it’s people. This image is a prime example of the people that welcome you with open arms and warm smiles. These young Massai boys are on their way to becoming men. They have recently undergone the ritual of Emuratare which is indicated by their white geometric face paint. The young warriors wear paintings on their face after their circumcision has taken place. What amazed me about these young men was the…
  • Wild Clips

    africa
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Wild Clips will feature some of the best videos I can find on the web dealing with nature and wildlife in Africa. Some of these short videos will be my own and I will indicate if they were filmed by myself and where. This first clip has to do with a Gnu crossing a river in the Maasai Mara which is in Kenya. Hippos are extremely dangerous animals and kill more humans than any other animal in Africa. Seeing this hippo advance on a croc which was ready to take the Gnu underwater is amazing but whats even more insane is that the hippo actually sticks around and seems to guard and protect the Gnu.
  • Eyes Wide Shut

    africa
    2 Mar 2014 | 9:13 am
    The Black backed Jackal above really doesn’t know about eye dominance. Is he left eye or right eye dominant? Are you right or left eye dominate and should you really care? Have you ever even thought about this while looking through the viewfinder of your camera? How do you look through your camera when taking pictures? Do you keep one eye open and close the other or do you keep both eyes open. So your asking yourself where am I going with this and why? I am going to guess that the majority of you focus or view with one eye shut, and the other open while looking through the viewfinder. It…
 
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    Travel Tourism News Nepal

  • Entry fees to national parks hiked

    30 Jun 2014 | 12:45 am
    The government of Nepal has hiked entry fees to national and wildlife parks from June 18. Entry fee to national parks in the popular trekking regions like Makalu-Barun, Sagarmatha, Langtang, Rara, Shey Phoksundo and Khaptad has been raised from Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,000 per head for foreigners and from Rs 100 to Rs 1,500 per person to SAARC nationals. While no fee is levied for Nepali trekkers, porters have to shell out Rs 25 to enter these parks. At Bardia National Park, Parsa Wildlife Reserve and Koshi Toppi Wildlife Reserve, entry fees have been raised from Rs 50 and Rs 500 per person for SAARC…
  • Buddhist activity predating Ashoka's reign unearthed in Lumbini

    25 Jun 2014 | 11:04 pm
    According to a report in ‘The Sunday Times’, a group of archaeologists are trying to uncover some fascinating new finds that could shed light on early Buddhist activity in Lumbini as well as identify a tree shrine which had occupied pride of place within the Maya Devi temple said to mark the exact place where Buddha was born. It was at the flower garden in Lumbini that Queen Mayadevi had given birth to her son Prince Siddharth, who later came to be known as Gautam Buddha, the enlightened one. Lumbini, which lies in Nepal, is regarded as one of the principal Buddhist pilgrimage sites.
  • Nepal Government accede to JTCC's demands

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    Nepal government has given in to the demands of the agitating body of tourism entrepreneurs, the Joint Tourism Coordination Committee. As per the committee’s demands the government has agreed to remove the acting CEO of Nepal Tourism Board, Mr. Subash Niraula and has made it mandatory for all foreign trekkers to trek with a local guide or porter while trekking in Nepal’s mountains. A three-member adhoc body has been formed to run NTB till a new CEO is appointed. The government has also agreed to set up a welfare fund for the porters and form a seven-member committee, three of whom are…
  • Machines to identify fraudulent documents to be installed at TIA

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:41 pm
    The Department of Immigration (DoI) is all to set install ´Fraudulent Document Identification Mobile Specification´ machines at the Tribhuvan International Airport( Kathmandu Airport ), Kathmandu within a month. The machine, which will identify fake travel documents, cost Rs 2.8 million. They will be installed at the arrivals and departure sections of the TIA. The machines can be programmed to verify the authenticity of documents of various countries and driving licenses too. According to DOI, necessary training on the use and operation of the machines wil be provided by the supplier to the…
  • Nepal to have an independent body to investigate airline accidents

    21 Jun 2014 | 4:26 am
    Complying with International Civil Aviation Organisation’s requirement, Nepal will now have an independent body to investigate airline accidents. The new regulation will replace the Civil Aviation rule on investigation authored in 1967. The regulation is expected to put an end to political interference in aviation accident and incident investigations. It also directs the government to make public every air accident and incident report. In the past not much was revealed to the public. According to the latest ICAO audit report . Nepal has performed poorly in concluding accident investigations…
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