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  • What does success look like?

    Sheila's Guide
    Sheila Scarborough
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:06 pm
    You have the same 24 hours as Beyonce mug by Sweaty Wisdom on Etsy (photo by Sheila Scarborough) If success here at the start of a new year means “Email Inbox Zero,” or a blog and email newsletter editorial calendar already completed, or all unfiled piles of paper gone from my house, or a nice set of year-long personal and professional goals taped to the bathroom mirror….well, then I am going back to bed. Visualizing who you want to be and what you want your ideal life to look like is a great way to stay focused on life’s journey. It’s similar to athletes who…
  • There are some useful insights presented in this research and the article

    Effective Digital Marketing Solutions
    Joe Buhler
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:41 pm
    One key success factor in selling to these local businesses is a clear demonstration of value the services offered represent and the ROI that can be expected from consistent use.  Survey Highlights the Challenges of Marketing to Smaller SMBs | Street Fight The evidence suggests that marketers who can tell a simple and compelling story tying ROI to hard evidence will stand the greatest chance of winning SMB View this post on Google+ Post imported by Google+Blog for WordPress. The post There are some useful insights presented in this research and the article appeared first on Effective…
  • California to require commercial plates for Lyft and Uber drivers

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    Nick Vivion
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    In another chapter of the ongoing regulatory evolution for ride-sharing services, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is to require commercial plates for UberX and Lyft drivers. This is a big change for these services. Prior to this ruling, drivers only needed to have a car and the branded app in order to pick-up passengers and participate in the sharing economy. Now the drivers will be required to go through the following steps: Pay a higher fee for a commercial plate. Extensive paperwork to apply for the license. Attend a scheduled appointment with the Department of Motor…
  • Is it you?

    Kansas Sampler Foundation-GET KANSAS!
    Get Kansas!
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Is your organization, event, or council thriving? If not, it may be time to ask yourself the hard question.  Is it me?Can you find volunteers for your event?Do you have enthusiastic, or frustrated workers?Do you have turnover and don’t know why?Do you have a growing membership?Are things really clicking in your daily operations?Are your meetings productive and end with action items?When we are the problem, it’s really hard to see, even harder to admit.  And, it’s hard for someone to tell you that it’s you.If things aren’t working, you probably aren’t happy…
  • The National Anthem of Tourism

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    23 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
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    Sheila's Guide

  • What does success look like?

    Sheila Scarborough
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:06 pm
    You have the same 24 hours as Beyonce mug by Sweaty Wisdom on Etsy (photo by Sheila Scarborough) If success here at the start of a new year means “Email Inbox Zero,” or a blog and email newsletter editorial calendar already completed, or all unfiled piles of paper gone from my house, or a nice set of year-long personal and professional goals taped to the bathroom mirror….well, then I am going back to bed. Visualizing who you want to be and what you want your ideal life to look like is a great way to stay focused on life’s journey. It’s similar to athletes who…
  • Travel Post Friday: Church of Country Music takes a close-up

    Sheila Scarborough
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Close-up at night, looking outside from one of the former church windows at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (photo by Sheila Scarborough) This is one of the windows in the “Church of Country Music,” the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. It is the winter home of the Grand Ole Opry music show, and many would say that the Ryman is its spiritual home, too. My full post about taking in an Opry performance at the Ryman is on the Perceptive Travel Blog, but I had so much fun playing with my phone’s Macro/close-up setting on this photo that I thought I’d share it here (it was…
  • What do the best destination marketers have in common?

    Sheila
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Social media tools like hashtags are available to anyone. (2014 Nebraska state tourism conference hashtag, photo by Sheila Scarborough) When it comes to social media excellence, the best tourism marketers and DMOs (Destination Marketing Organizations) do certain things that are not necessarily driven by their size or budget. Destinations like Pure Michigan, Experience Columbus (Ohio,) Visit Philadelphia, Travel Oregon, etc. all have a few things in common…. **  A very complete strategic plan that they don’t shove in a drawer, but actually use. **  Specific marketing goals and a…
  • What am I doing here? Why I write.

    Sheila
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Taking notes at BlogHer 2007 conference (courtesy Elizabeth from Table4Five at Flickr CC) A fun blog theme/blog tour request came in from a friend in Australia – a reminder of blogging’s younger days before people started turning off comments and worrying quite so much about where they showed up in Facebook’s News Feed. Des Walsh, a business coach and LinkedIn expert, tagged me as someone he’d like to hear from on the topic of writing, specifically why I write, so here are some quick thoughts to fold into the theme that was originally started by Susan Foster. 1)…
  • Best times to post on social media

    Sheila
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Time is fleeting (courtesy Stephan Geyer on Flickr CC) (Part of my “Better Online Content” series of posts: quick tips on creating more effective content that takes advantage of the social web’s unique publishing environment.) There are a lot of blog posts and articles telling people about the “best” times to post content on social networks for maximum response, shares, click-throughs, or whatever it is that you are measuring to decide that your social communications are successful. What I do not see nearly often enough is this caveat – a lot of the suggested posting…
 
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  • There are some useful insights presented in this research and the article

    Joe Buhler
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:41 pm
    One key success factor in selling to these local businesses is a clear demonstration of value the services offered represent and the ROI that can be expected from consistent use.  Survey Highlights the Challenges of Marketing to Smaller SMBs | Street Fight The evidence suggests that marketers who can tell a simple and compelling story tying ROI to hard evidence will stand the greatest chance of winning SMB View this post on Google+ Post imported by Google+Blog for WordPress. The post There are some useful insights presented in this research and the article appeared first on Effective…
  • It would be great to be able to post to Facebook groups from Feedly on the iPad as…

    Joe Buhler
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    It would be great to be able to post to Facebook groups from Feedly on the iPad as it's possible from the desktop app. View this post on Google+ Post imported by Google+Blog for WordPress. The post It would be great to be able to post to Facebook groups from Feedly on the iPad as… appeared first on Effective Digital Marketing Solutions.
  • Video reviews are the most effective way to broadcast your positive reputation to…

    Joe Buhler
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Video reviews are the most effective way to broadcast your positive reputation to the world. Are you interested in a video featuring your business? If so, contact me for details and to be included in our beta program. View this post on Google+ Post imported by Google+Blog for WordPress. The post Video reviews are the most effective way to broadcast your positive reputation to… appeared first on Effective Digital Marketing Solutions.
  • 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…
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  • California to require commercial plates for Lyft and Uber drivers

    Nick Vivion
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    In another chapter of the ongoing regulatory evolution for ride-sharing services, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is to require commercial plates for UberX and Lyft drivers. This is a big change for these services. Prior to this ruling, drivers only needed to have a car and the branded app in order to pick-up passengers and participate in the sharing economy. Now the drivers will be required to go through the following steps: Pay a higher fee for a commercial plate. Extensive paperwork to apply for the license. Attend a scheduled appointment with the Department of Motor…
  • 500 miles in a self-driving car – it was delightfully dull

    Tnooz - Talking Other Tech
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    SYSTEMS: Who REALLY wants a self-driving car? At this nascent stage, such technology often seem like something to marvel at rather than consider how it might fit into our every day lives. Still, it is worth pondering how driving will look and feel, when the self-driving car becomes closer to being a reality outside of the tech bubble. Read more on Wired. I recently found myself riding along in the car of tomorrow on an autonomous road trip from Palo Alto to Las Vegas. Manufacturer Audi is showing off its car tech that may be in showrooms by the end of the decade. If this A7, nicknamed Jack,…
  • Expedia buys Travelocity for $280 million

    Kevin May
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Sabre has finally offloaded its interest in consumer-facing businesses by selling Travelocity to Expedia for $280 million in cash. The acquisition will not come as a huge surprise to many (not least because a deal was rumoured last week) given that Expedia has effectively been powering Travelocity for the best part of 18 months. Sabre and Expedia signed what the pair touted at the time as a “strategic marketing agreement” in August 2013. The move shifted technical operations behind the scenes at Travelocity over to its former arch rival and gives the smaller OTA the chance to…
  • Mega (and meta) digital social mobile study released

    Martin Cowen
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    We Are Social, a global social media agency, has released its “Digital Social Mobile in 2015″ report, a 376-page infographics-led study modestly described as “the most comprehensive, free compendium of up-to-date digital statistics and data you’ll find.” Using publicly available and internal data, the study offers a wealth of global, region and market-specific insights. The global highlights would be a good place to begin. Internet users refers to people accessing the web via fixed or mobile connections – 42% means that three-in-five (give or take) of the world…
  • Rezdy and Tours4Fun, Travelport secures Vistara agreement, and more…

    Tnooz
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DISTRIBUTION in tourism and hospitality for January 2015. Friday 23 January 2015: Rezdy and Tours4Fun sign distribution agreement Suppliers connected to the Rezdy booking platform will now find their products available on the Tours4Fun online service. The move is being touted as part of the evolution of the US-based Tours4Fun service following the addition of 85,000 hotels to its platform last year. Wednesday 14 January 2015 Travelport signs Vistara distribution package The new India-based carrier will distribute its fares and…
 
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    Kansas Sampler Foundation-GET KANSAS!

  • Is it you?

    Get Kansas!
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Is your organization, event, or council thriving? If not, it may be time to ask yourself the hard question.  Is it me?Can you find volunteers for your event?Do you have enthusiastic, or frustrated workers?Do you have turnover and don’t know why?Do you have a growing membership?Are things really clicking in your daily operations?Are your meetings productive and end with action items?When we are the problem, it’s really hard to see, even harder to admit.  And, it’s hard for someone to tell you that it’s you.If things aren’t working, you probably aren’t happy…
  • A GROCERY STORE OPENING

    Get Kansas!
    18 Nov 2013 | 6:59 pm
    It seems so cut and dry.  A grocery store opening.  In a small town, a grocery store opening is everything, it's about sustainability.  It's about a future.A grocery store makes a town functional.Morland is a town of about 150 people. For a wholesale truck to stop, a store has to buy $10,000 worth of inventory a week.This fact, plus utility costs, has made it almost impossible for small towns to have a store.  Morland found a way.Due to a very determined Morland Community Foundation board and a supportive citizenry, a store that provides groceries in Morland is once…
  • Community tributes to veterans

    Get Kansas!
    11 Nov 2013 | 8:41 am
    It seems that almost every town in Kansas has some kind of memorial to veterans, whether it be recently made or dates back to the Civil War.  Here are a few that we have found on our ERV trip.Courthouse square, IolaCourthouse square, Great BendSac and Fox tribal offices, Reserve, Brown CountyAvenue E and 26th, WilsonOld parade ground, Fort DodgeFort Riley CemeteryUlysses Cemetery, E. 160Tribune, N. K-27Hoisington Cemetery (northeast corner of town, bordering K-4), African American folk art gravestoneCourthouse square, HoltonPrairie People's Park, Prairie Band of the Potawatomi…
  • Why did the Kansas Sampler Foundation spend so much time with Muscotah?

    Get Kansas!
    5 Aug 2013 | 3:44 pm
    Several people have asked why we have spent so much time supporting and promoting Muscotah.  I have been remiss in explaining this part!TO LEARNTwo towns were chosen to help us learn some things so we could create a successful program called Kanstarter (formerly known as the We Kan! Bank), that will be of benefit to all Kansas communities.The plan is for Kanstarter to operate somewhat like Kickstarter, a crowdsourcing funding mechanism for the global creative arts world. Kanstarter will be used to connect community projects with those who want to help through volunteerism or…
  • Muscotah Wins on Joe Tinker Day

    Get Kansas!
    1 Aug 2013 | 12:37 pm
    The Kansas House of Representatives declared July 27 as Joe Tinker Day in Muscotah.  It could have also been declared “One of the Best Days Ever” in Muscotah, a small town in western Atchison County.Celebrating Muscotah native son, Joe Tinker, was the main objective but July 27 turned out to be much more. First, some background.  Tinker was born on July 27, 1880 and died on the same date in 1948.  He achieved fame as part of the Hall of Fame double-play combination Tinker to Evers to Chance that helped the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 1907 and 1908.   In…
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    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist

  • The National Anthem of Tourism

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
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  • Asking the Right Question

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
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  • What Comes After "D?"

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
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  • Uber is Not Part of the Sharing Economy

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
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  • We Are the Storytellers

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
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    Canadian and World Tourism

  • Los Colibris, high-end Mexican cuisine in Toronto

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    The bill at Los Colibris comes inside an old Mexican book. Nice touch.This past December I had dinner at Los Colibris. A relatively new Mexican restaurant in Toronto (220 King Street West). Went there with my wife, my Mother and my daughter. We all like good Mexican food. My Mom and I were born in Mexico. My wife and daughter are both Canadian born and raised. So we had 2 types of patrons at our table: seasoned Mexican and Canadian restaurant goers. In addition, my Mom is an excellent Mexican food cook (although her specialty is more from Southern Mexico's than Los Colibris' menu).Mexican…
  • Expedia Canada enters the Loyalty game. I'm in.

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    Expedia Canada enters the loyalty rewards program.I have been an Expedia customer longer than I have been a blogger. I've always liked the service. I won't say it's the only booking and travel service I use, but it's usually the first one I check. One of the things I like about Expedia is that it's not only a travel company, but also a technology company. This is very important because in the digital travel space technology is crucial. Understanding how the consumer uses digital technology and making it as easy and intuitive as possible to use that technology is a competitive advantage.
  • Toronto's St. Lawrence Market possibly the best food market in the world...wait a minute..

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
    Most of us who live in Toronto know that the St. Lawrence Market has to be one of the best food markets in the world. The market has been around since 1803 and it's an institution in the city. It has everything you can wish for to make a simple, healthy or gourmet meal. Cheeses from around the world, caviar, all kinds of meat including elk and bison, great produce, specialty mustards, fresh seafood and more. You can also have an inexpensive meal at the market. I love the portuguese sandwiches! And guess what? National Geographic puts the St. Lawrence at the top of the world's best food…
  • 4 Misconceptions That Won’t Help When You Hit the Slopes This Season

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Chalky WhiteI love skiing, but I have never been great at it. I learned in Vail many, many years ago. I was 18 or 19 and in absolutely great shape, so taking lessons every day for 5 hours or so was very enjoyable. At that time I thought I was going to be an avid skier, but life had other plans. I haven't skied many times since, but somehow, every winter I think "I should go skiing." After all, I live in Canada. This article came my way recently just as I am thinking of going to Mont-Tremblant at the end of February. Very good points here. If you could ask anyone anything about skiing, Chalky…
 
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  • Spa Industry Defies Slump in Tourism - The Star

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Spa Industry Defies Slump in TourismThe StarTHE downturn in tourism has not affected the spa businesses, members of the industry have said. The spa industry is part of the larger wellness tourism subsector. "Wellness tourism needs to be promoted more," Spa and Wellness Association of Africa ...
  • 2015 tourism summit one of the best so far, says organizer - Marianas Variety

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    2015 tourism summit one of the best so far, says organizerMarianas Variety“This summit aims to get the students together so they can involve themselves in tourism activities and think about future jobs and future careers related to the tourism industry,” Benavente said. Students interviewed by Variety expressed their and more »
  • Humane Society International says stray dogs affect tourism industry - Marianas Variety

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    Humane Society International says stray dogs affect tourism industryMarianas VarietyTHE presence of stray or street dogs on Saipan has a tremendous impact on the island's tourism industry, Humane Society International Hawaii senior state director and Pacific Islands policy coordinator Inga Gibson said. “We hope that hotels
  • TOP 5 CURRENT TRENDS IN UK TOURISM - Tourism Review

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    TOP 5 CURRENT TRENDS IN UK TOURISMTourism ReviewRich history and culture intertwined with the huge appeal of a western monarchy have always attracted crowds of tourists to the United Kingdom. In recent years the market has been witnessing several changes especially among domestic tourists.
  • South Devon tourism boss warns industry is struggling - Torquay Herald Express

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    Torquay Herald ExpressSouth Devon tourism boss warns industry is strugglingTorquay Herald ExpressA South Devon tourism chief has voiced her fears for the future of some sectors of the industry following Government funding cuts. Carolyn Custerson, chief executive of the English Riviera Tourism Company and chairman of Visit Devon has joined calls Plymouth tourism chief fears for future of industryPlymouth HeraldDevon Tourism Plea to Boost RegionExeter Express and Echoall 4 news articles »
 
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  • Sucking Down

    [Your Name Here]
    10 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    Really enjoyed this recent Tom Peters quip...An effective brand you knows "sucking DOWN" is 10-100X more important than "sucking up." It reminded me of the single most important life lesson I've learned in my adult time on the planet. Pandering to those above you (or to yourself) is never as effective as investing in the development of healthy relationships with your peers, team member and family. This is where leadership starts...and ends.  
  • Happy New Year...Now Go Learn

    [Your Name Here]
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    In the course of my work I'm often asked what sort of education is best which is usually a clever disguise for wanting to know if a college degree is worth pursuing. Well, that's really hard to say. An institutional product like college education is just like any other thing or service we buy. It has varying levels of value depending on your goals, values and world view. There is no one answer that fits everyone. I know that's the system we've been taught (or conditioned or even bullied) to believe in. But it simply isn't that simple...anymore. We grew up believing that if we had the money or…
  • Create or Consume...it's a matter of choice

    [Your Name Here]
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Generally speaking I tend to busy myself with creating stuff or experiencing new things. And I actively limit consumption, particularly of the media sort. In that vein I only pay attention to those I trust and care about. So the chances of me tuning-in to the morning news is highly unlikely (here's a better explanation of this effect). Technology makes it easier than ever to fall into this trap...to consume vs. create. Technology also makes it possible to connect with anyone, anywhere at virtually anytime. It's a remarkable point in history. You can learn anything from whomever you want. You…
  • The Investment in Feedback

    [Your Name Here]
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Assuming you’re interested in what people notice about you and/or your business. And assuming you’re interested in thanking people for taking the time to let you know, I offer the following guide to the business of customer feedback. Make it easy…No arduous processes (multiple layer menus or long lists of questions or multi page comment forms). Make it genuine (human) and brief. Best to get it in person upon departure. But if you can’t a brief follow-up soon after will do. Make it heard…act like you’re listening and that you care. The request should be…
  • You.com

    [Your Name Here]
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    I interview people for jobs almost every day. And almost as often as I interview I’m disappointed in the lack of preparation. Not the kind of preparation you’re probably thinking of…a resume with no typo’s, a conservative look, a memorized list of their skill set and a forced smile. But a way to show me why I can’t possible ignore them. Before computers and the internet you relied heavily on testimonials (former bosses, co-workers and anyone else who would sing your praises) to instill confidence that you were the right choice. Smartly, some people figured out…
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    The Travel Word

  • Every Rhinoceros Matters, Whether #JustOneRhino or Another

    editor
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    This post is written as our contribution to the #JustOneRhino fundraising campaign. It benefits the ambitious and very expensive Rhinos Without Borders goal of translocating no fewer than 100 rhinoceros from South Africa to Botswana by mid-2015. For more about the #JustOneRhino campaign, including how you can make a donation and the $30,000 in raffle prizes on offer to all generous benefactors, please see below. The only roadside clue that, hidden deep in the bush, is the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the home to Uganda’s only rhinoceros. Photo courtesy of Ethan Gelber There’s one place…
  • 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,…
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    Small City Branding Around the World

  • Why are Bland Brands So Common? PART TWO

    Bill Baker
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Part One appeared last week. As I mentioned in Part One, there are many reasons why destination and place brands can end up being bland and uninteresting. One of the most common causes is sometimes the weak competitive positioning on which the brand is based because of the risk-averse approach preferred by leaders. To get beyond this state, communities need to address the barriers that can prevent them from defining their strongest competitive positioning. These challenges frequently include one or more of the following: Self-interest of key stakeholders and influential groups Insufficient…
  • Why is a Bland Place Brand the Fast Path to a Non-Brand? - PART ONE

    Bill Baker
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    One of the great challenges for many places when it comes to place branding is to not become absolutely boring and bland in an effort to please disparate voices within the community. It’s so easy (and quicker) to just settle on the warm and fuzzy, right? The task is even harder when the community opts to define the brand themselves without outside help. Problems start to arise when no-one is pushing to move beyond the generic, threshold qualities that every ambitious city must have to play the place marketing game. Too many choose to stop when they reach a concept that pleases a block of…
  • Our Ten Top Place Branding Posts of 2014

    Bill Baker
    28 Dec 2014 | 3:06 pm
    During 2014, we covered a lot of territory within the practice of place and destination branding. Many posts included places around the world.  Blogs covered many locations in the USA, as well as Australia, India, Europe, and Canada.  But it was the more hands-on information involving “how tos” that recorded the most attention.  Interestingly, many of the most popular related to sections from the book, "Destination Branding for Small Cities"  which continues to gain international praise. 1. Who’s Really Controlling Your Destination Brand? PART ONE 2. Who’s Really Controlling Your…
  • 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…
 
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  • Travel Booking Optimization 5 New Year’s Resolutions

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    At the start of every year, it pays to look at where your travel marketing efforts have succeeded and what recent trends will affect your business in the New Year. 2015 is no exception as there are a few key “Book Now” optimization techniques to add to your toolbox. Here are our predictions of what […] The post Travel Booking Optimization 5 New Year’s Resolutions appeared first on 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.
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  • L.A. Weekender: Fairplex happenings

    Heather
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Hello and Happy Friday! This edition of the L.A. Weekender features cars, paint and family fun, all right here at the Fairplex campus. Keep reading to see what we have in store for you: Check out the 2014 show in … Continue reading →
  • Infographic: Wine and burger pairings

    Heather
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Wine and cheese. Wine and chocolate. Wine and pasta. All common food and wine pairings you wouldn’t blink twice at. But what about wine and burgers? Beer isn’t the only drink to compliment a patty and two buns. The experts … Continue reading →
  • Thoughtful Thursday: Community at the Fair

    Heather
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    Today’s Thoughtful Thursday blog post is from Hot Blog On A Stick (LACF blog) and features one of our many fantastic volunteers from our Ambassador program.  This week’s volunteer spotlight is on Robert Scott, who spent his LACF volunteer hours … Continue reading →
  • The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series

    Heather
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series  The silhouettes of the San Gabriel Mountains are set in stark contrast to the glow of a Southern California sunset. The enticing scents of smoked meats and fresh vegetables, and the chatter of dinner … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Weekend Recap: Asian American Expo and MLK Day of Service

    Heather
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Another fun weekend at Fairplex has come and gone. The Asian American Expo brought hundreds of visitors to campus for Lunar New Year celebrations. Rows and rows of food booths and shopping vendors, live martial arts, dance and music demonstrations … Continue reading →
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  • Career Planning Checklist: Make 2015 the Best Year for Your Career

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    7 Jan 2015 | 3:41 pm
    There’s something about the New Year that I love that gives me a sense of excitement, hope, adventure and energy. If you’re like me, you’re thinking about all of the things you want to accomplish this year (you can use the Annual Career Goal Setting Worksheet to guide your goal-setting as a start). But if... [Continue Reading]Career Planning Checklist: Make 2015 the Best Year for Your Career was first posted on January 7, 2015 at 6:41 pm.©2013 "TourismExposed".
  • Best of 2014: The Top 5 Most Popular Articles on Tourism Exposed (And What You Learned From Them)

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    Today is the last day of 2014 and like a lot of you, I take time at the end of every year to review and assess my last twelve months. Lets take a look back at the last 12 months of content here on Tourism Exposed. In the past year I have posted 25 articles... [Continue Reading]Best of 2014: The Top 5 Most Popular Articles on Tourism Exposed (And What You Learned From Them) was first posted on December 31, 2014 at 8:28 am.©2013 "TourismExposed".
  • The Number One Lesson I Learned in 2014

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    27 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    You may be distracted by the holiday season now, but deep down you know that January is coming and you’ll still be stuck in the same old job you hate. Not good and definitely not fun. But, what would be different if you woke up on January 2nd and actually knew what you really wanted... [Continue Reading]The Number One Lesson I Learned in 2014 was first posted on December 27, 2014 at 11:16 am.©2013 "TourismExposed".
  • 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".
 
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  • the pamoja project

    africa
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    The Pamoja Project is a series of three short documentary films that tell the incredible story of three Tanzanian women working in the areas of education, microfinance, and health. In Swahili the world “pamoja” means together. Together alongside the women in these stories, we will share their incredible journey of hope, humanity, and empowerment as they work tirelessly to create real change for the people of Tanzania. Powerful and inspiring leadership already exists in Tanzania. We believe that sharing these stories across a broad audience will help to promote a cross-cultural…
  • Portable Hard Drives

    africa
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Portable External Hard Drive Take your laptop, and portable external drives to download your images from your CF/SD cards after you complete your day and head back to your camp or lodge. You can also hook your camera up directly to your laptop without taking the card out and using a CF card reader. Check your camera manual for the proper procedure on how to complete this task. Bring at least a 1-TB (Terabyte) hard-drive…I suggest two…and make copies of all the images you shoot. After you have downloaded the images off your cards copy them over to your external hard drive. After…
  • 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…
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  • Gourmania

    Easy Expo Team
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals Where: Via Caminadella 18, Milano What: A fine deli offering Italian specialties When: Mon.-Fri. 10-19.30 / Sat. 10-12.30 17-19.30 Specialties: gnocchi alla romana, melanzane alla parmigiana, any kind of lasagna A few meters away from the ancient Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio, Gourmania is an interesting deli with in view kitchen, offering home-made prelibacies prepared with fresh ingredients. Italian specialties like lasagna and melanzane alla parmigiana are amongst the best choices, but the menu, according to the day and the season,…
  • The Doping Club

    Easy Expo Team
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals Where: piazza XXIV Maggio 8, Milano What: A vintage cocktail club Specialties: Pimped Ginto The Doping Club is hosted inside The Yard, a peculiar boutique hotel hidden behind a nice yard (hence the name) in front of the Darsena, in the Navigli district. This fascinating cocktail club is merrily devoted to the dark side of the Sports, as to say doping, as it is suggested by the sports-themed vintage interiors. However, here you won’t find steroids or anything like that. The Doping Club’s secret lays in a series of exquisite recipes…
  • Top 5 Indie Gigs in Milan 19-25 January 2015

    Easy Expo Team
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:23 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals With a few days of delay, we come back with the Top 5 Indie Gigs of the Week in Milan, selected by our friends at Indie-Zone. Here you may find the most interesting indie concerts in town from Monday 19th to Saturday 25th of January. Enjoy! Paolo Saporiti @ Santeria – Tuesday 22nd of January (Italian Songwriter) Barbarism @ Ligera – Friday 23rd of January (Indie Rock) Afrobeat @ Biko – Friday 23rd of January (Funk Fusion) Roberto Angelini @ Arci Bellezza – Saturday 24th of January (Acoustic Pop Rock Blues) James Bay @…
  • Milano Moda Uomo

    Easy Expo Team
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals From the 17th to the 20th of January, a series of catwalks and presentations will enliven the city of Expo 2015 during the four days of Milano Moda Uomo Fall/Winter 2015-2016, one of the main appointments with Fashion in Milan. All of the most important brands in haute couture will showcase their new collections in men’s clothing, while fashonistas from all over the world will gather to display their new looks and to be inspired by their peers. You may follow all the latest news on Milano Moda Uomo Fall/Winter 2015-2016 on Twitter using…
  • Deproducers, music & deep space in Milan

    Easy Expo Team
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals Deproducers is an interesting music and science divulgation project based in Italy, that aims to recount the wonder of space and universe, thanks to the power of music. Formed by four important Italian musicians and music producers, Vittorio Cosma, Max Casacci, Gianni Maroccolo and Riccardo Sinigallia, the project is bringing once again its first record Planetario live, with the contribution of astrophysicist Fabio Peri. The Planetario live show will hit Rome on the 17th of February, Carpi on the 24th and Verona on the 25th. And there will…
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