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  • Portland Airport Food Carts Embrace the City Brand

    Small City Branding Around the World
    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…
  • What to Say (And Not Say) in an Informational Interview

    Tourism Exposed
    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".
  • Hovelstay – yes, Hovelstay – nets $1.2M for its cheap lodging platform

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    Sean O'Neill
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    A treehouse yurt. A tent in a Hawaiian forest. A FEMA-certified dome. These are some of the examples of quirky places to rent for under $99 a night via Hovelstay, a Glendale, Calif.,-based startup. The cheap lodging platform says it has received $1.2 million in Series A capital from private investors in Dubai.   In July, Hovelstay began with a .edu address and a target market of college students. But most of its inquiries for cheap and wacky places to stay came from Baby Boomers. Go figure. So yesterday it opened to the general public. All of its rates are $99 a night and under, says public…
  • Two Unique Videos (One About Skiing) from TV Manufacturers

    Resort Marketing
    Eric Hoffman
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    If you haven’t seen Sweetgrass Productions AFTERGLOW video, take a look now, and marvel at the effort that went into shooting this film: Then take a look at this video that Samsung sponsored about five years ago (excuses the low quality of the clip): Then take a step back, think about the videos that you’ve posted for your brand and step of the box like these two groups did. The results might just surprise you! Two Unique Videos (One About Skiing) from TV Manufacturers is a post from: The Resort Marketing written by Eric Hoffman.
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  • Hovelstay – yes, Hovelstay – nets $1.2M for its cheap lodging platform

    Sean O'Neill
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    A treehouse yurt. A tent in a Hawaiian forest. A FEMA-certified dome. These are some of the examples of quirky places to rent for under $99 a night via Hovelstay, a Glendale, Calif.,-based startup. The cheap lodging platform says it has received $1.2 million in Series A capital from private investors in Dubai.   In July, Hovelstay began with a .edu address and a target market of college students. But most of its inquiries for cheap and wacky places to stay came from Baby Boomers. Go figure. So yesterday it opened to the general public. All of its rates are $99 a night and under, says public…
  • Cheat sheet to the NDC Innovation Fund, run by IATA and Travel Capitalist Ventures

    Sean O'Neill
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    On October 15, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and private equity and venture capital firm Travel Capitalist Ventures said they were launching an investment fund for startups: the NDC Innovation Fund. Since then, the fund has received 10 applications via the fund’s website, and “they’re all promising”, according to the fund’s representatives. The NDC Innovation Fund plans to invest in small- and medium-sized companies, such as travel content, travel e-commerce sites, travel hubs, travel technology companies, travel apps, and…
  • More than tech needed to secure Internet of Things-led devices

    Tnooz - Talking Other Tech
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    SYSTEMS: The so-called Internet of Things is wonderful, right? It allows (or will do eventually) our glittering array of devices and other bits of technology to talk to one another and make digital and real lives even better than they already are. But, wait a moment – technology has security concerns as it is. What happens when multiple systems are all interconnected? Read more on SC Magazine. A recent study from Hewlett-Packard found that 70% of Internet of Things (IoT) devices contain serious vulnerabilities. Recent events prove that these vulnerabilities are being exploited on a…
  • Groupon steps into battle for local on mobile with new Pages product

    Nick Vivion
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Taking a “page” from the Yellow Pages, merchant deals brand Groupon has announced a new product called “Pages” that brings together seven million merchants in one place. The concept is a familiar “local business listing and discovery” product, offering ratings, tips, images, hours and contact information, and the ability to “request a deal” from the business. This certainly helps Groupon convince merchants of interest in a deal, and harkens back to the original concept which was opt-in with friends. The new setup for merchants is intended to…
  • The art of the pitch: the travel industry doesn’t care about your exit strategy

    Valyn Perini
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    I’ve sat through, and sometimes judged, many pitch competitions in the travel industry over the last few years. My role as a judge has always been as an industry subject matter expert, not an investor or potential acquirer. For example, someone who understands the operations and revenue side of a business, giving those pitching the chance to hear feedback from the people within travel companies who would actually have to use or manage whatever the pitched product or service. I would evaluate or give feedback about costs or understand its impact on the guest or passenger or actual user. And…
 
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    Resort Marketing

  • Two Unique Videos (One About Skiing) from TV Manufacturers

    Eric Hoffman
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    If you haven’t seen Sweetgrass Productions AFTERGLOW video, take a look now, and marvel at the effort that went into shooting this film: Then take a look at this video that Samsung sponsored about five years ago (excuses the low quality of the clip): Then take a step back, think about the videos that you’ve posted for your brand and step of the box like these two groups did. The results might just surprise you! Two Unique Videos (One About Skiing) from TV Manufacturers is a post from: The Resort Marketing written by Eric Hoffman.
  • Change and Evolve

    Eric Hoffman
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    It’s been an interesting few weeks in our quiet little mountain town of Park City and I have no doubts that things will continue to be “interesting” in the coming months and years. I am not going to detail these events as they’ve been plastered up and down the walls of the internet, however, I think that this time of change is a great example for looking at ourselves and how we fall into routines and habits which sometimes get shaken up to help us to continue to evolve and improve in our jobs. Digital marketing is a space that is in continual evolution and…
  • More Hyperlapse

    Eric Hoffman
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Several weeks ago I wrote a post about the benefits of Hyperlapse video processing technology and two weeks later, Instagram posted an app that they call Hyperlapse which made this technology available to the masses – although it doesn’t use anything but the video that you capture on your iPhone. This is great stuff, but I love this application of hyperlapse which hacks Google Street View imagery to create easy hyperlapse videos that pull from the huge inventory of images that Google has captured, and is capturing: I created a quick test of a Street View snowmobile track at…
  • Moving or Duplicating a WordPress Blog

    Eric Hoffman
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    I’ve been using Wordpress on various projects over the years and one of the things that has always been a bit disappointing to me is the difficulty of moving a blog, from a development site to production or from one host to another. It’s easy enough to use the export content function, but in configuring and building a good-looking and working blog, there are so many configurations, widgets, menus and more that are setup and need to be setup again that I always spend way more time than it seems necessary going through all the entire CMS to make sure I’ve made all…
  • Travel Search Data

    Eric Hoffman
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    I’ve beaten the Google drum quite a bit, but Google is by no means the end all be all of search. There are plenty of searches happening on other search engines (did you know the current number 2 is YouTube – owned by Google of course), searches via other mediums like driving directions, search done in-app on mobile devices and searches done for things other than web pages. Travel search is an area that Google has entered for things such as flight and hotel search, but there are several sites that are providing some very interesting variations travel search results page. I…
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    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist

  • #ShareTheLex

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  • It's Always Cool…Until Somebody Cries Discrimination

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    22 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
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  • And Here in Madison...

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    21 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
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  • The Stoopid Season has Commenced

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
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  • Johnnie Taylor and...

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    17 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
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    Canadian and World Tourism

  • Going to Nashville for #SoMeT14US? Here - some musings.

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Nashville has been famous in North America for decades because of it's connection to the music world. But until recent years, it was you could say a niche tourism destination. Today, Nashville is one of the fastest growing city destinations in North America. It's hard to pinpoint why, but a lot of credit must go to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. The NCVC has done an excellent job leveraging Nashville's Music♪City brand working with its partners and taking advantage of people's social media relationship with Nashville and the artists who live/work there. In my opinion, this came…
  • Whistler, best ski resort in North America. Again, according to Ski Mag readers! #gocanada

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The skiing/snowboarding season at Whistler Blackcomb starts November 27, 2014. I haven't been to Whistler in a few years. Maybe it's time I went back. If you've never been, you should add it to your list of must see, must experience destinations. Whether you like to ski or want to learn or whether you just want to see what these glorious mountains look like, you won't regret a winter vacation in Whistler Blackcomb, Canada. I know I may sound like a commercial here, but I am not. Whistler is not paying for this post. I write about the destinations or places I am passionate about or interested…
  • Nashville, Tennessee: Great Food and Social Media What else can you want? Oh yes, MUSIC. #SoMeT14US

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Nashville, TN, much more than Country MusicA month from today I will be packing for a trip to Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. I will be thereNov 18 to Nov 22 to attend what I think is probably the best conference on tourism and social media, the Social Media Tourism Symposium or SoMeT,  produced by Think Social Media (Nov 19 and 20). Think Social Media is a company specialized in all aspects of Social Media in Tourism, from strategy to education and training to implementation. Think Social was founded by tourism marketing professionals and in a few years has grown to have offices…
  • Colombia: A New but Ancient Tourism Destination is growing!

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    I've never met a Colombian or Canadian Colombian I didn't like. They always come across as friendly welcoming people. That was the sense I got when I met Alvaro Concha and Gabriela Perdomo at Colombia's tourism office in Toronto last week. We had a very good chat about Colombia's tourism attractions over a good cup of coffee.Colombia has changed from the dark days of the 1980s. It's a new tourism destination with an ancient history. It's one of the top 10 most bio diverse countries in the world and #1 when it comes to birds, a birdwatcher's paradise. It has many attractive destinations to…
 
 
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    *Star In The Margin

  • 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…
  • What Are You in Business For?

    [Your Name Here]
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    In other words…what’s your purpose? Why are you doing what you’re doing? And no the answer shouldn't be “for money”. If it is…you plan to sell-out at some point. So surely your exit plan has already been developed. Would you share that with your employees? Your customers? More often the money part is about sustainability…how can someone keep their dream alive, live comfortable and pay their bills along the way. Just don’t confuse purpose with sustainability. Many people do…and the result is a disappointingly (for both you and your…
  • Sometimes it's Better to be Lucky than Good

    [Your Name Here]
    12 May 2014 | 7:56 am
    Lucky to be healthy.Lucky to train with some very inspirational people.Lucky to be able to participate.Even more lucky to do it with people you love.And lucky that someone faster didn't show up!I'll take lucky over good any day...especially this one. 
  • Does a Leader Care?

    [Your Name Here]
    5 Feb 2014 | 4:41 am
    If you think about Seth's recent post about loving customers in the context of leadership, a leader has two customers. There' s the external customer who ends up paying for the experience. And then there's the internal customer, the staff...all the people under the leader's care.I've seen many managers totally miss the point of "who serves who" inside the organization. They have this idea that employees are there to serve them, to do what they say and follow their "lead". Great leaders recognize the opposite is true. They know they are there to serve everyone else, to inspire, to remove…
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    Marketing Times for the Hotel & Travel Industry from Net Affinity | Hotel Marketing News

  • The Importance of Initial Research Prior to Link Development

    William
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    When we first start working with a new client, regardless of whether we’ve worked with that same industry before, we generally have a period of about a week where we’re simply digging in and trying to understand the site. It’s fantastic when the client is involved in this stage, but that doesn’t always happen, as since we’re a link agency, we sometimes just get link projects thrown at us and we’re told to make them work. This stage is where our team discusses what the client does, what makes them different from their competitors, what they want to see from…
  • A Simple Trick for Getting More Email Subscribers From Guest Posts

    William
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    As part of my 2014 goal to gain 50,000 new subscribers, I set out to find a better way to do guest posting. I was already using tools to making it easy for anyone to sign up to my newsletter via my own blog, but I needed to find a way to make it easier someone reading my guest post to sign up. From start to finish, a guest post is a lot of work. If you?re like me, you spend more time writing a guest post than any other post — it just takes longer than a typical post on my site. But that time I would invest wasn’t paying off. I found that I only to gained a handful of email…
  • 12 Free Social Media Tools You Must Have

    William
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    If you have multiple social media accounts, then you already know you can’t be on there 24/7. Which is why some very intelligent developers came along and built social media management tools. These tools place all of your social media accounts under on dashboard so you can easily schedule, collaborate, and monitor all of your social media accounts from one location. There are a plethora of free tools designed to give your Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account a little something extra. Here are 12 100% free social media tools that help manage, monitor, or develop content – in no…
  • #Top30 Hotels UK Hotels on Twitter #Top30UKHotels

    William
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 UK Hotels on Twitter list. Congratulations to Jurys Inn for moving up this week’s Top30 list. Download this list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Fairmont Hotels Nationwide 103,000 2nd Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair, London 76,500 3rd The Savoy London 39,600 4th Premier Inn Nationwide 38,500 5th Beech Hill Hotel Windermere 38,400 6th Celtic Manor Resort Newport South Wales 37,500 7th Claridge’s London 34,700 8th Fallowfields Oxfordshire 28,600 9th Le manoir Oxfordshire 27,500 10th The Dorchester London 27,200 11th May Fair…
  • #Top30 Hotels Irish Hotels on Twitter #Top30IEHotels

    William
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Hi everyone, Thank you for your interest in this week’s Top 30 Irish Hotels on Twitter list! Well done to Harvey’s Point for moving up the list! Download the list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Jurys Inns Hotels Nationwide 18,200 2nd Cliff House Hotel Co. Waterford 13,600 3rd The Merchant Hotel Belfast, Northern Ireland 13,200 4th Mount Juliet Co. Kilkenny 13,100 5th Ballymaloe Co. Cork 13,000 6th Ireland Blue Book Nationwide 10,800 7th Fota Island Resort Co. Cork 9,219 8th Carton House Co. Kildare 8,323 9th Hayfield Manor Hotel Co. Cork 8,239 10th Four Seasons…
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    The Travel Word

  • 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…
  • Street Food in Thailand: Neat Treats and Sustainability

    editor
    12 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Grasshoppers, crickets, assorted insects – down the hatch! Although it’s easy to dismiss Patong, as a tourist haven, you just can’t dismiss the exceptional street food in Thailand. To eat or not eat: that is the question. Grilled crabs are snapped up quickly at the Patong night market of Phuket, Thailand. Photo courtesy Heather Rath It is a tribute to the resourceful people of Thailand, or perhaps to the greed of developers, that there is no trace of the devastation wrought here by the powerful tsunami of 10 years ago. The busy collection of restaurants, shops, markets and malls makes…
 
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    Small City Branding Around the World

  • 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…
  • Is This the Year’s Worst Tourism Logo?

    Bill Baker
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    From time to time we see so-called destination branding strategies that are far less than stellar. Actually, many are just logos or taglines and are not even a component of brand strategies. But the recent logo design efforts of Haywood County Tourism Development Authority (HCTDA) is the worst we have seen in a while and provides a stark warning for all places thinking about developing  a brand strategy. The Haywood County NC efforts provide a sobering example of what NOT to do on so many fronts that I don’t have space to cover them all here. As reported by Smoky Mountains News , a robust…
  • Tourism Really is About Small Businesses

    Bill Baker
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    After delivering a presentation recently a city official challenged me on the notion that tourism in his small city was “a business of small businesses”. I quickly convinced him of this obvious fact by reviewing the “mom and pop” motels and restaurants listed in his city’s local visitors guide. How could this escape him? A few weeks ago while researching the economic value of beaches, I discovered the following quote from Dr. James R. Houston of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “Perhaps Americans do not appreciate the importance of tourism to the national economy because 98% of…
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    Theme Park Innovations

  • A Year in Flight

    tpiadmin
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
  • EOL Notification – Server 2008 R1, Windows Vista

    tpiadmin
    6 Nov 2013 | 8:45 pm
    It is the policy of Theme Park Innovations to support the current versions of all system software as well as one major revision behind. On October 17, 2013 Microsoft Released Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 which will now supersede Windows Vista, and Server 2008 R1 as supported operating systems. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are now available for selection within the Virtual Instance Manager for all commitment levels. In accordance with our support policies, the operating systems included below are now considered End of Support & End of Life Cycle. As such they will no longer be…
  • The Tradition of One More Time

    tpiadmin
    14 Jun 2013 | 4:48 pm
    It’s forty-five minutes passed 11 PM on what was a very busy Saturday. The park has been closed for almost an hour, but we are all still here running the last line out. This day started two shifts, 17 hours, 6 safety checks, and just over 1000 cycles ago. If you couldn’t tell by the faces on the rides tired and weary crew, it’s getting on quitting time for these kids. The black shirts and radios have gathered on the station and have offered to take over the ride so that they can head home. However this is their ride, they insisted that they be allowed to finish what they…
  • Secure Your Loose Articles, Please?

    tpiadmin
    12 Jun 2013 | 10:44 am
    This blog post is a response to on an article originally posted by Great American Thrills concerning cell phone use on coasters. Weaves, Wallets, Cell Phones, Cameras, Hats, Glasses, Jewelry, Dentures, Purses, Backpacks, Shoes, Underwear, Hearing Aids, Car Keys, Hair Bands, Tiaras, Sandals. What do all of these objects have in common? They are all common items carried by theme park guest that fall under the classification of loose articles. The objects guest carry that are external to ones person and not physically attached to a body that can become loose and ultimately lost during the course…
  • Being the Bad Guy

    tpiadmin
    6 Jun 2013 | 8:25 pm
    Failure is always an option. It’s four hours to close, I’m standing atop the stairs of the lift on a roller coaster 100 feet high. Looking out to the west, watching the sunset over the park.  It is not often that I get this opportunity, normally trains would be climbing this lift every 60 seconds. It was a great day until about an hour ago. Today we had our first service failure of the season. It wasn’t for lack of effort or on oversight on anyone’s part, but a lack of spare parts which brought this roller coaster down. One of the I/O cards which the PLC uses to…
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    Fairplex Insider

  • Fairplex Ambassadors at LACF

    Heather
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    We’ve said it before and we will gladly say it again: Fair volunteers are a vital part of LACF’s core. Behind the Fair exhibits and learning experiences are hundreds of volunteers, selflessly giving their time and energy to the FairKids Field … Continue reading →
  • Throwback Thursday: LACF in the 1930s

    Heather
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Throwback to the 1930s, when the Los Angeles County Fair was just getting its footing at Fairplex! At the time this photo was taken, the Fair was only 10-years-old or so. It’s crazy to think how much things have changed … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Snapshot: Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon

    Heather
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Only slight traces of LACF remains on campus, including this fun archway that led guests into Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon. All traces of our favorite animals are long gone (until next year!) but it’s fun to walk around reminisce … Continue reading →
  • Halloween DIY Ideas from Fairplex

    Heather
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Halloween is less than two weeks away and we are in full celebratory mode! Our Creative department knows how to make things look festive without the cheese factor and we wanted to share some of our fun DIY Halloween projects … Continue reading →
  • Oktoberfest 2014 Final Giveaway [Contest closed]

    Heather
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    This weekend is your last chance to party like a Bavarian rockstar at Fairplex! We are sad to see this year’s festivities end, but we plan to close out in style. If last year’s final weekend is any indication, we … Continue reading →
 
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    Tourism Exposed

  • 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".
  • How to Target and Research Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Companies in Your Job Search

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Are you sending out your resume right now in the hopes that you’ll get a travel, tourism or hospitality job? Let’s assume that you’ve just spent a lot of time preparing your resume. Now, you’re finally ready to get into action. What’s the first thing you’re likely to do? Of course! You go online and... [Continue Reading]How to Target and Research Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Companies in Your Job Search was first posted on September 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm.©2013 "TourismExposed".
  • What’s Your Biggest Challenge?

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When I started Tourism Exposed exactly six months ago, my one goal was, and still is, to help you break into the travel, tourism and hospitality industry and find your dream job and live a happier professional life. To achieve this, I’m always looking for new ways to connect with you. So now, I’m hoping you can... [Continue Reading]What’s Your Biggest Challenge? was first posted on August 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm.©2013 "TourismExposed".
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  • International Airport To Be Built In Pokhara

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Finance Minister, Ram Sharan Mahat, stated that the construction work of Pokhara Regional Airport will start within this year. The project is not only concern of Pokhara denizens rather it is a national issue. Thus, he said that work will be started as soon as possible. He further said that ministries of Nepal, political parties and stakeholders – all are positive about the construction of Airport. He opined that after the legal procedures of accountability, transparency and other works, the construction of regional international airport will be started immediately.  The airport is under…
  • Trekking in Nepal: A new way to help women with cancer

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    To help out the women patients suffering from cancer, some Australian students trekked through the mountainous region of Nepal. Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) organized Trekking for Change challenge to help the cancer-patients. Tahlia Kinrade, nineteen-year old student from Australia took part in the challenge and completed the trekking in 12 days. . The goal of the challenge was to raise $3500 for ACCF.  Tahlia raised more money than expected. She raised $5049.40 for the foundation. Tahlia said she was concerned if the goal of raising thirty-five hundred dollar would meet out.
  • Chinese tourists increasing in Nepal

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    Numbers of Chinese tourists have increased significantly this tourist season. Tourism entrepreneurs stated that besides India, sixty percent of tourists are Chinese.  Ghanendra Bahadur Shrestha, treasurer of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) remarked that majority of hotels have Chinese tourists. The hotel rooms would have been vacant if there were no Chinese tourists. Nepal Tourism Board’s lack of promotion on tourism and outbreak of the disease Ebola have lessened European and American tourists. If this trend continues then by 2014 the number of Chinese tourists visiting Nepal will…
  • Increasing Inflow Of Tourists In Rara Lake

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Rara Lake has been attracting lots of tourists these days. During Dashain vacations people visiting Rara Lake are increasing. This biggest lake of the country is visited by both domestic and international tourists.  Construction and operation of Karnali Highway has made it easier to reach the Lake. Youths from different districts of Nepal as well foreigners visit this lake. More than thirty visitors visit this place daily. Mid-September is the best season to travel in Nepal. So in this season there is massive influx of visitors in the Rara Lake. The hotels that are vacant during other…
  • Kailali Gets Yet Another Tourist Attraction

    9 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    There’s a new place to visit in Kailali in the Far Western Region the next time you are around. Nepali Congress leader and Former Prime minister SherBahadurDeuba inaugurated the Aircraft museum three weeks ago and its already swarming with people.  With minimal fees of Rs 50 for students and Rs. 100 for others, it has already managed to collect an astounding 0.2 million rupees from the entrants to the museum. 6000 tourists have already visited the museum, marveling at the unusual location of it, inside an old airplane of Cosmic Air.According to the Bed Uprety, the operator of the museum,…
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  • United Nations pavilion Expo 2015

    Easy Expo Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    The United Nations pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is the official way of the international peacekeeping organization to take part to the Universal Exhibition, proving the importance of this event on a global scale. This is not the first time the United Nations take part to an Universal Exhibition, but it’s definitely the most relevant: let’s discover why. Since Expo Milano 2015’s main theme is Food and its claim is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, the United Nations pavilion decided to stick closely to this topic. The pavilion’s mission is to promote the…
  • Oman pavilion Expo 2015

    Easy Expo Team
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:13 am
    Oman pavilion at Expo 2015 is mainly about water. Water, the key element in every agricultural system, is a rare resource in this country, that had to learn how to manage it wisely. Oman pavilion shows the attempts of the country to take care of its water, still based on an ancient underground canals system of the aflaj, five of which were declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. Inside the Oman pavilion visitors will have the chance to taste local products such as honey, dates and camel’s milk and walk through a garden divided in three spaces, symbolizing the sea, the sun and the…
  • Thailand pavilion Expo 2015

    Easy Expo Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    The Thailand pavilion at Expo 2015 is based on two different shapes: the first is that of the Ngob, the traditional rice farmers’ hat, used only in Thailand; the second is the sinuous line of the Nagas, the spirits of Nature. Thailand pavilion’s exhibition area is divided in four thematic patterns. “Timely innovations, serving a dream” focuses on the efforts to prevent hunger and protect the environment. “Sustainability, the balance of life” shows the King of Thailand’s approach to support farmers all across the country. “Tastes, streets and…
  • Expo 2015 Map

    Easy Expo Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:59 am
      CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL EXPO 2015 MAP This Expo 2015 Map shows where the Universal Exhibition‘s highlights are located inside the Expo 2015 exhibition area: clusters (Fruits & Legumes, Cocoa, Coffee…), thematic areas such as the Future Food District and the Biodiversity Park, as well as the event areas such as the Lake Arena and the Open Air Theater. Palazzo Italia and the rest of the Italian exhibition area are also pointed out on the Expo 2015 Map, while the other national pavilions are highlighted in light blue and service areas in pink. Discover how to reach…
  • Milan Games Week

    Easy Expo Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    From the 24th to the 26th of October, Fieramilano City area in Milan will host the Milan Games Week, an event entirely dedicated to the latest and upcoming hits in the videogame industry such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and FIFA 15,, with conferences, previews and much more. Milan Games Week will be open from Friday to Sunday from 9.30 to 19.30. Tickets cost 12 € (8 € reduced). Groups tickets, Family tickets and a 22 € three day-pass are available. Milan Games Week will also include the city with Fuori Milan Games Week: from the 20th to the 26th of October a series of game-related…
 
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