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  • Pivotal moments in 2014 – when digital travel finally matured

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    Alex Bainbridge
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    It would very difficult to put your finger on something that significantly altered in 2014. Yet perhaps the pivotal moment isn’t a moment at all, but a sense. Airbnb, Uber and HotelTonight, for example, all matured into services that real consumers have heard of (and use). Travel startups that previously traded on high risk high reward, highly funded innovation, instead focused on building up key cross industry services that consumers, suppliers or others actually have real use for (and are willing to pay for). This arguably shows a maturating of the entrepreneur mindset across the…
  • It’s on!

    Resort Marketing
    Eric Hoffman
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    I’ve written and said this many times, that working year round at a ski resort must be similar to being a school teacher and opening day has to be similar to the first day of school. We (ski resort employees) put in a ton of effort over the off-season to make sure that things shine when our first guests arrive on opening day, and then it’s non-stop until the last chair stops spinning on closing day. And then? Well it’s another push to get everything ready for the next opening day! We just opened for the 2014-15 winter season on this past Saturday and with over a foot of…
  • The Mystery of Logistics

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    18 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
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  • Visiting the great city of Merida, Mexico in a few weeks!

    Canadian and World Tourism
    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    One of the beautiful plazas near the Cathedral in MeridaMerida is one of the great cities in Mexico. Founded in 1542 by Francisco de Montejo, who according to the legend was reminded of the Merida in Span by Mayan temples and structures. Perhaps because Merida, Spain used to be a Roman ruins from the Roman era. Today, Merida is one of the safest and prettiest cities in Mexico. It's not a small town, however. Its population hovers around the 1,000,000 mark (similar to Calgary or Ottawa). The old downtown is an amazing place with beautiful colonial buildings and quaint little stores,…
  • Country Ham at Lotsa Pasta

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    17 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Just in time for the holiday season.
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  • Pivotal moments in 2014 – when digital travel finally matured

    Alex Bainbridge
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    It would very difficult to put your finger on something that significantly altered in 2014. Yet perhaps the pivotal moment isn’t a moment at all, but a sense. Airbnb, Uber and HotelTonight, for example, all matured into services that real consumers have heard of (and use). Travel startups that previously traded on high risk high reward, highly funded innovation, instead focused on building up key cross industry services that consumers, suppliers or others actually have real use for (and are willing to pay for). This arguably shows a maturating of the entrepreneur mindset across the…
  • BusBud catches Greyhound, Accor pushes ancillaries via Nor1, EgyptAir plans transformation, and more…

    Tnooz
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:40 am
    This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DISTRIBUTION in tourism and hospitality for December 2014. Friday 19 December 2014: BusBud gets Greyhound expansion The bus booking service has partnered with the coach operator to give users access to all its routes across North America. Some 3,800 routes are available via Greyhound, bringing the total number on Busbud to 170,000 worldwide. Thursday 18 December 2014: Nor1 partners with Accor Accor is to use Nor1’s eStandby upselling system across its upscale and luxury properties following a partnership between the…
  • The Stayful hotel app: No trend left behind

    Sean O'Neill
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Forget those year-in-review articles that list the hottest trends in design, marketing, and business models among consumer-facing travel startups. Instead, download the iOS app Stayful, which debuted yesterday. The app showcases the industry’s conventional wisdom about what apps should be like today. Some critics may say that the trend-hopping is a form of copy-catting, not to be admired. Admirers may say that many successful companies take aspects of what has worked elsewhere before and mix them to create something new. But most people may (hopefully!) see the usefulness in using one…
  • Pivotal moments in 2014 – when Sabre changed its tune over NDC

    Timothy O'Neil-Dunne
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    There was a subtle change at Sabre HQ during 2014 – from leading the battle against IATA‘s NDC to embracing it. Sabre went to war against American Airlines in 2010. Furthermore, in then railed in public against NDC and the airlines. More recently, however, Sabre has become more conciliatory. In September, Tnooz was the first media outlet to report that Sabre’s official line had changed. The pivotal moment officially came during IATA’s World Passenger Symposium sessions in San Diego in October. During the conference, Sabre first came clean and said that it would support…
  • Forget Silicon Valley, London or Berlin as startup hubs – move to Morocco

    Tnooz - Talking Other Tech
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    STARTUPS: Roll back the razzmatazz that surrounds areas such as Silicon Valley or cities such as Tel Aviv, Berlin or London, and you the challenges for any startup are obvious. High rents, claustrophobic community, self-importance, etc. But should a young brand consider somewhere as unlikely as the North African country of Morocco to base operations? It would appear so. Read more on The Telegraph. In 2013, the year was drawing to a close and we had just completed one of the most intensive and demanding periods of our startup adventure so far. This was a 12-week stint in Seattle at Techstars…
 
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    Resort Marketing

  • It’s on!

    Eric Hoffman
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    I’ve written and said this many times, that working year round at a ski resort must be similar to being a school teacher and opening day has to be similar to the first day of school. We (ski resort employees) put in a ton of effort over the off-season to make sure that things shine when our first guests arrive on opening day, and then it’s non-stop until the last chair stops spinning on closing day. And then? Well it’s another push to get everything ready for the next opening day! We just opened for the 2014-15 winter season on this past Saturday and with over a foot of…
  • Establishing Consistency

    Eric Hoffman
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    I’ve written before that this blog is a tool that I like to use as my personal sandbox, to test (and share) ideas, tools and more in the digital space. I haven’t been the most consistent in posting to this blog, but in the six plus years that I’ve written, I’ve published 318 (including this one) posts which works out to an average of 53 posts per year, or just over one post per week. The posts have been a bit less consistent in the past two years, but starting back on August 8, 2014, I’ve made it a goal to publish one post per week (and on Mondays) to see what…
  • Design and How to Do It

    Eric Hoffman
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I’m not a designer, but as an online marketer I find myself often looking at the how content can best be presented to visitors. It’s clear that there are now many devices and ways that users can interact with content and that there needs to ways to have it look and act consistently across these devices and interaction methods. A new and rapidly evolving option to accomplish this is Google’s Material Design which they call “…a visual language for our users that synthesizes the classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of…
  • Favorite Ski Songs

    Eric Hoffman
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Several years ago, I wrote a post about whether or not to ski/ride with music, I figured it’s time to write one about my favorite songs to ski with. Here’s my playlist to ski to: Even Flow // Alive – Pearl Jam Blue Sky – Big Head Todd and the Monsters But Anyway – Blues Traveller I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – Michael Franti & Spearhead On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons Ickey Thump – The White Stripes Tighten Up -The Black Keys Everylong // Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters Sunday Bloody Sunday // Beautiful Day – U2 Life…
  • Use Your Full Quiver

    Eric Hoffman
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Looks like it was a busy week for searches about Park City Mountain Resort over Labor Day weekend, could there possibly have been some other reason for the big jump in searches but perhaps it was simply the great work of the marketing team?! Goes to show, don’t forget to set up subscriptions for Google Trends reporting for your favorite, or just interesting, web searches, so you can tell what searches might be ramping up without looking into Google Webmaster tools reports: Google Trends: Google Webmaster Tools: Note that there wasn’t much increase in the clicks to the site for…
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  • The Mystery of Logistics

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
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  • The Cunningness of Politics

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    17 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
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  • The Conflict of Interest that Isn't

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
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  • Best Travel Quote of the Month

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    15 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
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  • Cold December Night

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
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    Canadian and World Tourism

  • Visiting the great city of Merida, Mexico in a few weeks!

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    One of the beautiful plazas near the Cathedral in MeridaMerida is one of the great cities in Mexico. Founded in 1542 by Francisco de Montejo, who according to the legend was reminded of the Merida in Span by Mayan temples and structures. Perhaps because Merida, Spain used to be a Roman ruins from the Roman era. Today, Merida is one of the safest and prettiest cities in Mexico. It's not a small town, however. Its population hovers around the 1,000,000 mark (similar to Calgary or Ottawa). The old downtown is an amazing place with beautiful colonial buildings and quaint little stores,…
  • Meanwhile in Australia, The Wintles have covered over 16,000 kms. Just watch out for crocs!

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
    Charlotte and Celeste, the real Stars of This is Our Australia!"Most of the set ups we saw were roof top tents. Whilst it is great to be above ground if for some reason a croc was to take a night walk through the campground, the main issue (that isn’t obvious straight away) is that you need to pack up every time you want to use your car!" The Wintles in Cape YorkAn amazing trip! An incredible adventure. Travelling around all of Australia for 2 years is ambitious enough. But to do it with your 2 little girls? That's something! Fabienne and Warrick Wintle have been on this quest since…
  • Westjet does it again with heartwarming Christmas video in the Dominican Republic.

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    There's not much I want to say about this video and about Westjet, the Canadian airline. Suffice it to say that marketing does not preclude good deeds. And that marketing with emotions, done well, is very effective to create good will for a brand (and perhaps a spike in sales). This year's Westjet Miracle of Christmas video (as last year's did) pulls at your strings and reminds you that "giving always feels better than receiving." Kudos to Westjet, their marketing team and their agency Studio M. 
  • Florida and Mexico among top destinations for Canadians and Americans this Holiday Season

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Miami Beach (photo: Jaime Horwitz, Cactus Rock New Media Ltd.)Expedia Canada's Holi-Data survey has revealed some interesting facts about Canadians' travel intentions this coming Holiday Season. Most Canadians who are traveling in December, other than those visiting friends and family, are going South. I guess we still remember the strength of last year's winter. "According to a recent survey from Canada’s leading online travel provider*, Expedia.ca (TM), travel is on the mind for six out of ten Canadians this holiday season as 29 per cent are planning to travel and another 29 per cent…
 
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    Charleston CVB Visitors News

  • Charleston Cooks! Celebrates 10 Years

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    More than a decade ago, Maverick Southern Kitchens' President Dick Elliott found his muse for Charleston Cooks! while traveling in New Orleans. With three bustling restaurants successfully running in Charleston, Elliott consciously kept his thumb on the pulse of various culinary trends around the country.
  • Holiday Festival of Lights Kicks off its 25th year

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Holiday Festival of Lights kicked off its 25th season Nov. 14 with a grand opening celebration featuring live entertainment, remarks, and fireworks. Plus, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) was proud to present awards for the festival’s own annual Giant Greeting Card and Gingerbread House Competitions. Winning entries in both competitions are on display during the event, which runs nightly through Jan. 1 at James Island County Park.
  • Support the Lowcountry Food Bank and save on admission to the Holiday Festival of Lights!

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    With over two million shimmering lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is preparing to make spirits bright nightly from Nov. 14 through Jan. 1 at James Island County Park. What’s your best bet to get the most out of the festival this year? Come Monday through Thursday, and bring a canned food item!
  • The Parklands Foundation Introduces the Genesis Project

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Parklands Foundation knows a child will drown in Charleston County next summer. We just don’t know their name. The Parklands Foundation of Charleston County is focused on the reality of tragic drowning incidents in Charleston long before the water season starts.
  • YALLFest 2014 Recap

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Whether you were measuring by the number of eager readers lined up on the sidewalks or by the quick sell-outs of all the ticketed events, Yallfest 2014 was a blistering success.
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  • SA tourism industry donates $20K to area charities - KSAT San Antonio

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    SA tourism industry donates $20K to area charitiesKSAT San AntonioThe San Antonio Hotel and Lodging Association, the Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Tourism Council presented $20,000 in donations to charitable area organizations like Ronald McDonald House, Eva's Heroes and Haven For Hope. The donations ...
  • Tourism Industry Gears Up For Lifting Of Cuban Travel Ban - NPR

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    Tourism Industry Gears Up For Lifting Of Cuban Travel BanNPRObama says normalizing ties with Cuba will eventually mean relaxing rules on travel to Cuba. It may take some time for the new rules to take effect but travel agents are already getting phone calls. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use ...
  • Tourism Industry Gears Up For Cuban Travel Ban To Be Lifted - North Country Public Radio

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    Tourism Industry Gears Up For Cuban Travel Ban To Be LiftedNorth Country Public RadioTourism Industry Gears Up For Cuban Travel Ban To Be Lifted. Obama says normalizing ties with Cuba will eventually mean relaxing rules on travel to Cuba. It... by Yuki Noguchi. Dec, 19 2014 — (Morning Edition) —. Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more and more »
  • Our Plans for Development of Tourism Manpower - DG Nihotour - Vanguard

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Our Plans for Development of Tourism Manpower - DG NihotourVanguardShe said as a way of providing a platform for human capital development in the hospitality and tourism industry that the institute will come up with a new training curriculum just as they have plan for online courses. "I think we need to get people who
  • GST won't affect tourism industry, says Nazri – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    The Malaysian InsiderGST won't affect tourism industry, says Nazri – BernamaThe Malaysian InsiderTourists from China snapping pictures in Putrajaya. Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz says the new GST tax will not affect tourist arrivals in the country. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 18, 2014.The tourism GST not expected to affect tourism industry, says NazriThe Borneo Postall 6 news articles »
 
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    Marketing Times for the Hotel & Travel Industry from Net Affinity | Hotel Marketing News

  • Marketing Times is Moving…

    William
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    After many successful years, ‘MarketingTimes.com‘ and the ‘Top 30 Lists‘ will be retiring to pave the way for new and exciting projects. We would like to take this opportunity to Thank You for your continued interest and support throughout the years. Net Affinity are evolving into a new phase on an exciting journey and hope you will join us by subscribing to the Net Affinity Blog. Stay Connected with Net Affinity by subscribing to the ‘Net Affinity Blog’:
  • #Top30 Hotels Irish Hotels on Twitter #Top30IEHotels

    William
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Hi everyone, Thank you for your interest in this week’s Top 30 Irish Hotels on Twitter list! Well done to The Merchant Hotel, The Marker Hotel, Dylan Hotel and The G Hotel for moving up this week’s Top 30 list. Download the list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Jurys Inns Hotels Nationwide 25,000 2nd Cliff House Hotel Co. Waterford 14,000 3rd The Merchant Hotel Belfast, Northern Ireland 13,700 4th Mount Juliet Co. Kilkenny 13,600 5th Ballymaloe Co. Cork 13,400 6th Ireland Blue Book Nationwide 11,100 7th Fota Island Resort Co. Cork 9,550 8th Carton House Co. Kildare…
  • #Top30 Hotels UK Hotels on Twitter #Top30UKHotels

    William
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:50 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 UK Hotels on Twitter list. Congratulations to the Four Seasons London for moving up this week’s Top30 list. Download this list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Fairmont Hotels Nationwide 109,000 2nd Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair, London 73,800 3rd The Savoy London 41,500 4th Beech Hill Hotel Windermere 40,800 5th Premier Inn Nationwide 40,300 6th Celtic Manor Resort Newport South Wales 38,400 7th Claridge’s London 36,200 8th Fallowfields Oxfordshire 28,600 9th The Dorchester London 28,400 10th Le manoir Oxfordshire 27,900…
  • #Top30 Hotels Irish Hotels on Twitter #Top30IEHotels

    William
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:15 am
    Hi everyone, Thank you for your interest in this week’s Top 30 Irish Hotels on Twitter list! Well done to Europa Hotel Belfast, Ashford Castle and Dylan Hotel for moving up this week’s list. Congrats Clontarf Castle this week’s new entry to the Top 30 Irish Hotels on Twitter list. Download the list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Jurys Inns Hotels Nationwide 23,700 2nd Cliff House Hotel Co. Waterford 13,900 3rd Mount Juliet Co. Kilkenny 13,600 4th The Merchant Hotel Belfast, Northern Ireland 13,600 5th Ballymaloe Co. Cork 13,400 6th Ireland Blue Book…
  • TripAdvisor Instant Booking ‘changing every week,’ hopes to win major OTA participation

    William
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    At last week’s PhoCusWright conference in Los Angeles, TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer remained hopeful that major OTAs will decide to participate with its Instant Book service. Kaufer said, Instant Booking is changing every week, and as some changes happen maybe some big OTAs will say it looks a bit more like what we want to participate in. The world’s largest travel review site has started offering users the opportunity to make a booking without leaving TripAdvisor, in addition to its price comparison service. However, the larger online agencies, including the two biggest; Expedia…
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    The Travel Word

  • Adventures Less Ordinary: Getting an Accurate Snapshot of Travel Generosity

    editor
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    This post is part of my Editor’s Note in Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good, a free guide to mindful adventures. Drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference, it is a guide for compassionate people seeking the ultimate adventure – one guided as much by the good you give as the good you get. To order your copy, enter your email address in the form directly below. When photographing an object in motion, you have three principal options: use an incredibly fast shutter speed for a crisp capture of both the…
  • When You Travel to Cuba (It’s Possible!), Help Keep Its Nature Intact

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    Cuba has been taunting me for two decades. Its renown, made palpably present here in the United States through its insuppressible culture (Buena Vista Social Club is just the tip of the iceberg!), has been a constant lure. But, based as I am in New York City, Cuba is so very close and yet so very far. Cigars and colorful culture are two stereotypical qualities of Cuba. But there’s a whole lot more to the country! Photo courtesy of International Expeditions All politics aside for the moment, Cuba’s resistance to many contemporary practices and its notoriety for so many wrong…
  • A Pictorial Journey and Photography Workshop in Morocco

    editor
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    In Morocco, I met the woman I eventually married. Sometimes I blame it on the light. No, that’s not correct. Sometimes I credit the light for having shown – er, shone – her to me right. A camel caravan traversing Erg Chebbi in the Sahara Desert of Morocco. Photo courtesy of Agnieska Czerska | Open Sky Expeditions We were part of a muster of youth activists meeting in Morocco, in a desert (and nearly deserted) village outside of Ouarzazate, the notable but small city on the open plateau just south of the High Atlas Mountains. To reach and later return from the distant village, we…
  • A Ground Zero Tour: Lessons in Remembering

    editor
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    As I stare out at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, I think back to interviews conducted with American D-Day survivors. In some of them, veterans have been accompanied to the specific beaches on which they landed in 1944 and asked to recall those fateful days. The cameras often focus in tight on the eyes, which stare fixedly at clean sweeps of sand, but see something bloodier, foul and murderous. Through these faraway gazes, aided by gritty archival footage, we get a sense of the enormity of what happened. We grapple with emotions we believe we have felt – fear, terror, ferocity, anger,…
  • Community and Giving Back Can Go Hand in Hand Through Voluntourism

    editor
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The debate about the value of short-term voluntourism is still raging. At the moment, unfortunately, absolutes and sweeping generalisations appear to dominate, with negative media in danger of strangling the life out of the whole sector, the good – those projects that are making positive and meaningful strides – as well as the bad, like those that fall short of much-needed regulation. But not all projects are created equal and sometimes hard data can demonstrate it. In response to the current discussion, I spoke to Soft Power Education (SPE), an organisation based in Jinja, Uganda, to…
 
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    Small City Branding Around the World

  • How Can Downtowns and Main Streets Reinvent Themselves in the Digital Age?

    Bill Baker
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Many downtowns and Main Streets across the USA and Canada are grappling with how to remain relevant and thrive in the digital age. A report by the Economic & Social Research Council – University of Southampton provides some very interesting observations and suggestions. While it was produced from the perspective of High Streets in Britain, it is still of great relevance to retail locations worldwide. I found it interesting to see that many small retail districts have proven more resilient than some larger centers during the economic downturn and, may be in a stronger position to combat…
  • What Can Times Square Teach Us About Destination Development?

    Bill Baker
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Over the past forty years I have visited the Times Square District many, many times. I was recently there with my family and was amazed by the never-ending transformation of the district.  Of course the sleazy side of the area was cleaned up decades ago, but the transformation continues. I was struck by the innovative ways in which the area has become like no other as a destination development. I was interested to again review the work of Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and how they went about the research and planning for the precinct. While there is only one Times Square, there are salient…
  • Portland Airport Food Carts Embrace the City Brand

    Bill Baker
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    A few months ago I posted about the positive role airports can play in city branding and unfortunately how most airports fall short. At that time I mentioned that Portland International Airport (PDX), in my home city, is very much an exception. It constantly works at being a welcoming gateway to Portland and Oregon through local merchandise, food, wine, culture and art, and displays. Their latest initiative is to roll out a series of local food carts, giving travelers a taste of the city’s active food cart scene – one of the top in the nation. There are over 600 food carts in the city and…
  • Wise City Branding Advice from Vizag, India

    Bill Baker
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    There are so many misperceptions surrounding the branding of cities and there is barely a week goes by where we don’t see a place make a mess of their attempted branding efforts. Let’s face it, branding places can be tricky because of the myriad stakeholders, city dynamics, competitors, politics and the strength of the strengths. Too many places enter the process with rose colored glasses and with too much focus on design and not enough on strategy. I found this article by Sohan Hatangadi (a heritage and environmental activist) in The Times of India in regard to the branding of the Indian…
  • When is the Right Time to Rebrand a City?

    Bill Baker
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    A month ago, I received a phone call from the convention & visitors bureau of a city we worked for about ten years ago. The Executive Director called to ask about the appropriate time to consider rebranding or repositioning his destination. My first response was to clarify the difference between rebranding and repositioning. Rebranding involves a process where an outdated or irrelevant brand identity is modified and re-launched with a new focus. In the context of places the term “refresh” might be more appropriate. It’s sort of like a facelift and for consumer goods may include a…
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    BookingCounts

  • Rank Your Tour in the Top 10 with Content Marketing

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    Every tour operator and vacation activity business wants to rank in the top 10. One way is to focus on TripAdvisor and other travel review sites to eventually earn that “Top 10″ ranking. Maybe a travel magazine or blogger will include your company in their own top 10 list? This travel SEO “trick” lets you […] The post Rank Your Tour in the Top 10 with Content Marketing appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • 4 Ways Hotel Marketers Can Target Adventure Travelers

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Not all of your hotel guests are there to swim in the pool, play golf, hold meetings, or be a passive tourist. Some are visiting your destination for adventure. Adventure travel is a fast growing sector of the travel industry, especially as part of the trend for sustainable travel. What you are doing to target […] The post 4 Ways Hotel Marketers Can Target Adventure Travelers appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • Be Human When Responding to Negative Hotel Reviews

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Have you received a bad review from a former hotel guest? Ignoring it isn’t going to make it go away, so you might as well deal with it. Your hotel or B&B’s online reputation is at stake! This online marketing tip also applies equally to tour operators, tourist attractions, and even restaurants frequented by tourists. […] The post Be Human When Responding to Negative Hotel Reviews appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • Get More Direct Hotel Bookings By Offering Incentives

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    We always promote ways to not just get more bookings, but get more direct bookings. Incentives (extras you offer to motivate a potential booker) are a proven technique to make that happen. So how can you choose the optimal hotel giveaway that will drive more direct booking conversions?  Who wants to pay 10-25% OTA commission fees when […] The post Get More Direct Hotel Bookings By Offering Incentives appeared first on BookingCounts.
  • Learn Book Now Travel Website Optimization – 10 Week Free Email Training Course

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    You’ve heard of search engine optimization (SEO), but what does “Book Now Optimization” do for my travel business? SEO helps your website get found online while booking optimization helps you convert visitors to customers. There are so many quick and easy ways to tweak your website to encourage people to book now and later. Until […] The post Learn Book Now Travel Website Optimization – 10 Week Free Email Training Course appeared first on BookingCounts.
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    Tourism Management Education

  • Why Google Translate can land you in hot water

    Tourism Management
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    Companies are increasingly doing business across different cultures, countries and languages. International travel is also becoming increasingly popular as it gets easier and cheaper. Whether people are doing business abroad or are spending time on vacation overseas, one of the biggest issues that they face is the language barrier. One option that people have when […]
  • 7 Places Worth Visit In South Carolina

    Tourism Management
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:47 pm
    South Carolina and especially its city of Charleston are considered a top tourist destination in the United States of America because of its culture, foods and ancient structures. Charleston is ranked 8th among the smartest cities in the entire world. Visiting South Carolina with family or friends offers immense attractions for you in the visit. […]
  • 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 […]
 
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  • Fairplex Snapshot: Holiday Cookie Decorating Party

    Heather
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Every year in December Fairplex hosts a holiday party for the surrounding community. Kids can decorate cookies, do crafts, play games and win prizes. We love seeing our volunteers throw on their elf aprons and Santa hats and get into … Continue reading →
  • Food News: The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series 2015

    Heather
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series  The first of next year’s Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series has been announced and it sounds amazing. Imagine dining in the cozy atmosphere of The Farm, surrounded by fresh crops of vegetables and fruits … Continue reading →
  • Holiday Half-Marathon 2014

    Heather
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:19 pm
    We were a little worried about the weather for the Holiday Half this past weekend, but the pineapple express ended its reign Friday night, leaving puffy clouds and bright blue skies for Saturday and Sunday festivities. Saturday was just one big party, … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: Holiday Half Marathon at Fairplex

    Heather
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The 2013 Holiday Half Marathon  Holiday Half Marathon (Dec. 13-14): The annual Holiday Half-Marathon is this weekend at Fairplex! Don your most festive holiday wear and run through a flurry of “snow” as you begin the 13.1 mile trek. A free kids … Continue reading →
  • Food News: Craft sodas

    Heather
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Craft beers have long been a favorite with the foodie crowd, with its fair share of festivals, bars, tasting events and competitions (including our own Los Angeles International Beer Competition.) But what about craft sodas? Caleb’s Kola  Meet Pepsi’s newest … Continue reading →
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  • 3 Ways Being Thankful Improves Your Job Search

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    This week is American Thanksgiving. I’m making the holiday dinner for the first time. Did I mention that I don’t cook very much (and that I hate cooking)? I have recipes gathered and my apron ready. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Since many of you will have some much-needed time off this week from... [Continue Reading]3 Ways Being Thankful Improves Your Job Search was first posted on November 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm.©2013 "TourismExposed".
  • Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry News: How to Stay Up to Date and Take Ownership of Your Career by Using Online Resources

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:57 pm
    How can you make yourself stand out and be valuable to travel, tourism and hospitality hiring managers and organizations you’re interested in working for? Travel, tourism and hospitality is a dynamic industry where it can sometimes feel as if change is the only constant. And in this industry, it can be overwhelming for you to... [Continue Reading]Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry News: How to Stay Up to Date and Take Ownership of Your Career by Using Online Resources was first posted on November 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm.©2013 "TourismExposed".
  • What to Say (And Not Say) in an Informational Interview

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    As a travel, tourism and hospitality job seeker, it can be challenging to make yourself known to the right people, people who can help you gain exposure or visibility and break into the industry. One of the best ways to get access to these types of important people in the industry is to conduct informational... [Continue Reading]What to Say (And Not Say) in an Informational Interview was first posted on October 20, 2014 at 9:49 am.©2013 "TourismExposed".
  • Don’t Get Used to Settling

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Who here has settled for something throughout their career? We have all settled for something at some point in our professional lives. When you were 22 and just out of school, would you have imagined you’d be working where you are today? What did you dream your job would be 10, 15 or 20 years... [Continue Reading]Don’t Get Used to Settling was first posted on September 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm.©2013 "TourismExposed".
  • Don’t Let Bad Career Choices Affect Your Future Career Success

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    Most people don’t believe that they have control over their careers. After all, 90% of people are currently looking to change their current jobs or entire careers, but despite being miserable on the job and wanting to get away from our horrible workplace, annoying co-workers or abusive managers, many of us are reluctant to quit.... [Continue Reading]Don’t Let Bad Career Choices Affect Your Future Career Success was first posted on September 20, 2014 at 8:32 am.©2013 "TourismExposed".
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  • Gyirong Port Opens On the Nepal-China Border

    2 Dec 2014 | 2:55 am
    A new era of bilateral trade has started today as China officially opened the Gyirong Port on the Rasuwagadhi border, the first among the six dry ports in major custom points agreed upon by the officials of both countries. The port is the second port after the Tatopani port which has been the only trade transit between Nepal and China.The route coincidently was also a major trade link between the two countries during the medival Lichchhavi and Malla periods. Another important development is the promise of the Chinese government to extend the Qinghai-Tibet railway project to the Nepal5th…
  • Nepal Trekking Expedition Helps Raise Donation For Hospital

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Trekkers from Manorlands who had pledged to raise at least £3000 for Oxenhope Sue Ryder Hospice after an experience of a life time in the legendary Himalayas in Northern Nepal. The 26 member team trekked along the rigorus but beautiful terrain of Nepali mountains over 3000 meters and collected at least 50000 pounds for the hospital. While trekking through the vast Rhododendron forests and through friendly local villages the visitors got to see the world famous Annapurna Mountain Range and other peaks. Waking up to a dawn dominated by the red and orange shadows of the Himalayas was truly…
  • Dolakha Mahotsav From Dec 5

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    Dolakha district, famous for its religious affiliation, the Dolakha Bhimsen Temple is getting colored this December as a tourism promotion fair dubbed DolakhaMahotsav is going to be held in the district headquarters. The nine day fair, organized by the Regional Hotel Entrepreneurs’ Association will include mountain flight, paragliding and horse riding.“The district with an immense potentiality for tourism is going to get a tourism boost from such an event” the organizers said. On Friday, the organizers successfully conducted a paragliding pre-test at Bhootpokhari in Bhimeshwor…
  • Coffee firm in Dhading attracting tourists

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:57 pm
    The hills of Nalang, Dhading which was barren before some years ago has now become greener with the plantation of coffee. Coffee has been planted in around 3 hundred ropani of land. Named as Himalayan Ontop Organic Coffee Estate, this is the highest place of coffee plantation in Nepal. Situated only at 88 km drive, this estate also promotes agro-tourism in Nepal. This organic coffee estate is situated at 1,268 meter at the top of the hill. To promote this coffee estate as a spot for agro-tourism, a resort has been opened inside the firm. Fifty-one thousand coffee plants have already been…
  • NAC to Resume Mountain Flights after an 18 year hiatus

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:18 am
    The first test flight of the 56-seater Modern Ark (MA) 60, was concluded on Saturday successfullyfor the planned re launch of the mountain flights the corporation  had  stopped in 1997. The national flag carrier plans to resume mountain flights with the Chinese-made MA60 plane and Harbin Y 12e once we receive the remaining aircraft from China. The 56-seater plane was boarded by Chief  Secretary Lila Mani Paudyal, NAC Officials and journalists who were taken on a roundabout trip to watch Mt. Everest and other Himalayan wonders.NAC Secretary told the press later that the technical team had…
 
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  • Martesana Food Folk Festival

    Easy Expo Team
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of December, Cargo store in via Meucci 39, Milan, will host the Martesana Food Folk Festival. The event will gather food trucks from all around the country, bringing the best Italian Street Food delicacies straight into town. Gnocco fritto, panzerotti, arancini, panini with porchetta will be amongst the specialties that will be served at the Martesana Food Folk Festival. And, aside from the food, there will also be folk music and popular dances. Martesana Food Folk Festival will be open on Sunday from 11 to 22 and…
  • Top 5 Indie Gigs in Milan 15-21 December

    Easy Expo Team
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals Want to attend some cool concert while you’re in Milan? Here’s the Top 5 Indie Gigs in Milan from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st of December, chosen by our friends at Indie-Zone! Stromae @ Mediolanum Forum – Monday 15th of December (Dance Pop) Ex Otago @ Magnolia – Wednesday 17th of December (Italian Indie Pop) Guano Padano @ Auditorium Demetrio Stratos – Friday 19th of December (Italian Folk Rock) Ray Dayton and Googoobombos @ Lo-Fi – Friday 19th of December (Garage Punk) Laura Stevenson @ Live Forum –…
  • Violetta Live 2015 in Milan

    Easy Expo Team
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals The Violetta Live 2015 tour will bring the original actors of the popular Disney tv series straight on stage, in a musical show featuring dancers and a live band performing the popular songs that we heard during the first three seasons of Violetta. Martina Stoessel, the Argentinian star that impersonates Violetta, will lead the other actors of the cast during these unmissable nights. Violetta Live 2015 will also come to Milan during two different days: the show will take place at the Mediolanum Forum on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st of January…
  • Top 5 Indie Gigs in Milan: 8-14 December

    Easy Expo Team
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:51 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals The Top 5 Indie Gigs in Milan is back. As always, powered by our friends at Indie-Zone. Here’s the concert you shouldn’t miss in town from Monday 8th to Sunday 14th of December. Aidan Smith @ Gattò – Monday 8th of December (Indie Songwriting) Olafur Arnalds @ Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta di Senago – Wednesday 10th of December (Icelandic Electronica) Tuxedomoon @ Leoncavallo – Thursday 11th of December (New Wave) Slam X festival @ Cox 18 – Friday 12th of December (Slam Poetry & music) Officina della…
  • Oh Bej! Oh Bej! 2014 at Sforza Castle

    Easy Expo Team
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals “Oh Bej! Oh Bej!” used to yell the Milanese peddlers behind the stands, meaning that the goods they sold were “Oh beautiful! Oh beautiful!”. That’s where the name of the traditional Oh Bej! Oh Bej! fair in Milan comes from. Once again, in the occasion of Saint Ambrose patron of Milan festivity (7th of December), this pre-Christmas market is back, with food, clothes, decorative objects and much more. Oh Bej! Oh Bej! 2014 will take place from Friday 5th of December to Monday 8th of December on the boulevard in…
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