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  • What do the best destination marketers have in common?

    Sheila's Guide
    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…
  • Five considerations for hotel companies before buying from a tech startup

    Tnooz
    Special Nodes
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    There are a myriad of hotel technology startups in the market these days. Times are good, people are traveling and wallets are opening. Startups can offer a very attractive opportunity for hotels looking to differentiate themselves, increase efficiencies or boost their bottom line. NB: This is a viewpoint from Alan Young, chief executive and cofounder of Puzzle Partner. They can be aggressive on pricing and can be a great alternative to antiquated systems. They can be hyper-focused on personal service, and they can provide unique solutions that solve the problems hotel face on a daily basis.
  • Use Your Full Quiver

    Resort Marketing
    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…
  • Slogan vs. Slogan

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
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  • Sharpen your tourism marketing skills. Learning and Networking at - #OTS14 and #SoMeT14US. November.

    Canadian and World Tourism
    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Inside the Canadian Museum of History (formerly Canadian Museum of Civilization)Next month I will be attending 2 very important tourism related conferences: The Ontario Tourism Summit in the resort town of Blue Mountain, Ontario (Collingwood), November 12 to 13 and the Social Media Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee the following week, November 19 and 20. These 2 conferences will be like immersing oneself in 2 day tourism/travel marketing and related topics. But more importantly they will be an opportunity to network face to face, human to human. After all travel is about physical experiences.
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    Sheila's Guide

  • 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…
  • Social media for tour operators

    Sheila
    13 May 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Stepping out to look at bighorns with SunDog Tours near Jasper, Alberta, Canada (photo by Sheila Scarborough) Some of the best advice we’ve gotten from the SOBCon business conference was to think about the response email that is automatically sent when someone signs up for our Tourism Currents newsletter. Rather than the default “Thanks, you’re all set,” we were encouraged to think about crafting a more personal message, so we edited ours on MailChimp and added an invitation for new subscribers to tell us a bit about themselves. What’s cool is that sometimes,…
  • Travel Post Friday: the closer to the ocean, the better. For the ions, you know.

    Sheila
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:35 am
    Ocean view from the San Luis Resort and Conference Center Galveston Texas (photo by Sheila Scarborough) If I can walk out onto a balcony, hear waves crashing and smell that salty smell, I’m a happy hotel/house guest. Really, what else would you expect from a formerly seagoing Navy woman? My husband Chris Fancher told me when we were dating (in the seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island) that “negative ions” from the sea act as a mood-booster. Since I was always in a good mood around him and we were often near the beach, it must be true, right? During a recent trip to do some…
 
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  • Five considerations for hotel companies before buying from a tech startup

    Special Nodes
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    There are a myriad of hotel technology startups in the market these days. Times are good, people are traveling and wallets are opening. Startups can offer a very attractive opportunity for hotels looking to differentiate themselves, increase efficiencies or boost their bottom line. NB: This is a viewpoint from Alan Young, chief executive and cofounder of Puzzle Partner. They can be aggressive on pricing and can be a great alternative to antiquated systems. They can be hyper-focused on personal service, and they can provide unique solutions that solve the problems hotel face on a daily basis.
  • Ryanair updates app with languages, mTrip updates white label apps, HotelTonight integrates Apple Pay, and more…

    Tnooz
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DEVICES in tourism and hospitality for October 2014. Friday 31 October 2014: Ryanair updates mobile app Ryanair has updated its app with versions in French, Polish, Dutch and German. The low-cost carrier has further enhanced the service with the ability to add existing bookings to the ‘MyRyanair’ profile and the integration of IOS Passbook. mTrip adds API to white label armoury mTrip has unveiled an update to its mobile applications for tour operator and travel agents. The Montreal-based company now enables operators…
  • Rezdy confirms offline dominates tours and activities bookings

    Martin Cowen
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Australian tours and activities platform Rezdy has released some stats from its clients which show that offline bookings are still way ahead of online, with mobile’s share of these online bookings increasing very slowly indeed. CEO Simon Lenoir presented the figures at Travel Tech 2014 in Sydney last week and shared the findings with Tnooz. Rezdy broke down revenues and found that when monthly revenues peaked at A$12 million this summer A$7.5m was “manually entered offline”, A$4 million came from supplier web sites and mobile with A$0.5m from agents. Rezdy explained:…
  • Share your views – Travel search and shopping: are your needs being met?

    Kevin May
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Stop thinking about distribution or marketing, running your startup or the next acquisition – how do YOU search and book travel? This is what the folk at Amadeus want to find out in the latest survey it is running with us at Tnooz. The questions will take just a few minutes to answer and cover such topics as: Frequency of searching for travel products Role (if any) of social media and video Personalised offers Performance of online travel brands TAKE THE SURVEY NOW All participants in the survey (thanks!) are eligible to go into the hat for a prize draw. The survey is open until…
  • Expedia reports strong third quarter earnings

    Sean O'Neill
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Expedia Inc, one of the world’s largest online travel conglomerates, is doing better than expected. The Bellevue, Washington-based company posted strong third-quarter results today, with a gain that beat Wall Street and its own forecasts. During the quarter ended September 30, gross bookings rose 29% to $13,469.6 billion. Earnings: $1.93 a share. That beat by 19 cents what analysts anticipated as non-GAAP earnings of $1.74, according to FactSet. Revenue: Grew 22%, to $1,712.5 billion. That bested what Expedia Inc had been forecast to report as total revenue, which was $1.68 billion. The…
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    Resort Marketing

  • 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…
  • 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…
 
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    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist

  • Slogan vs. Slogan

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
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  • Ignoring the Life Preserver Next to You

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
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  • The Shocker that Really Isn't

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
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  • Take Me to Church

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
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  • #ShareTheLex

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
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    Canadian and World Tourism

  • Sharpen your tourism marketing skills. Learning and Networking at - #OTS14 and #SoMeT14US. November.

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Inside the Canadian Museum of History (formerly Canadian Museum of Civilization)Next month I will be attending 2 very important tourism related conferences: The Ontario Tourism Summit in the resort town of Blue Mountain, Ontario (Collingwood), November 12 to 13 and the Social Media Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee the following week, November 19 and 20. These 2 conferences will be like immersing oneself in 2 day tourism/travel marketing and related topics. But more importantly they will be an opportunity to network face to face, human to human. After all travel is about physical experiences.
  • 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…
 
 
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    tourism industry news - Google News

  • 'Epidemic of ignorance': Tourists avoid Africa, all of it - USA TODAY

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    USA TODAY'Epidemic of ignorance': Tourists avoid Africa, all of itUSA TODAYAnyone who would even look at a map would know the tourism industry in most of Africa is suffering from an outbreak of ignorance." Before Ebola, African tourism had soared to an all-time high, said Wouter Vergeer, owner of SafariBookings.com, an online ...Beyond Ebola: A Conversation with Ashish Sanghrajka, President of Big Five TravelPulseall 2 news articles »
  • Singapore's tourism industry can expect new challenges in the next 50 years ... - The Straits Times

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    eTurboNewsSingapore's tourism industry can expect new challenges in the next 50 years The Straits TimesThe Flower Dome and Cloud Dome at Gardens by the Bay against a backdrop of ships anchored in the waters off the south-eastern coast of Singapore, July 21, 2012. To grow Singapore's tourism industry over the next 50 years, the country has to invest in ...Singapore's tourism industry can expect new challengeseTurboNewsSingapore must continually refresh its visitor experience, attractions: PM LeeChannel News AsiaOutstanding individuals and organisations honoured at Tourism50…
  • Federal tourism figures 'misleading and damaging' to Tasmania - ABC Online

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:05 pm
    ABC OnlineFederal tourism figures 'misleading and damaging' to TasmaniaABC OnlineTasmania's tourism industry says Federal Government figures showing a slump in the number of interstate visitors to the state are misleading and damaging. Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) operated Tourism Research Australia published its annual ...and more »
  • Heavier reliance on room tax fund worries Madison alders, tourism industry - Madison.com

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Madison.comHeavier reliance on room tax fund worries Madison alders, tourism industryMadison.comMayor Paul Soglin's proposed operating budget relies on the room tax fund more heavily than the city has for a decade, prompting discomfort among some alders and the city's tourism industry. The fund is driven by room taxes from hotels and other and more »
  • Tourism industry donates to curb Waikiki's homeless problem - Hawaii News Now

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Tourism industry donates to curb Waikiki's homeless problemHawaii News NowExecutive Director for IHS Connie Mitchell says the partnership with the tourism industry is unique. "Really what it goes to is fielding a team specifically for Waikiki to be here intensively at least four times a week with a pickup from Waikiki to IHS Homeless outreach program to launch in WaikikiKHON2all 17 news articles »
 
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    *Star In The Margin

  • 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…
  • 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. 
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    Marketing Times for the Hotel & Travel Industry from Net Affinity | Hotel Marketing News

  • #Top30 Hotels Irish Hotels on Twitter #Top30IEHotels

    William
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
    Hi everyone, Thank you for your interest in this week’s Top 30 Irish Hotels on Twitter list! Well done to Jurys Inn Hotel on achieving first place on this week?s list! Download the list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Jurys Inns Hotels Nationwide 20,600 2nd Cliff House Hotel Co. Waterford 13,700 3rd The Merchant Hotel Belfast, Northern Ireland 13,400 4th Mount Juliet Co. Kilkenny 13,300 5th Ballymaloe Co. Cork 13,100 6th Ireland Blue Book Nationwide 10,900 7th Fota Island Resort Co. Cork 9,342 8th Carton House Co. Kildare 8,405 9th Hayfield Manor Hotel Co. Cork 8,331…
  • Analyzing Human Data: Take a Dive to Find Out What Your Customers Really Feel

    William
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Source: Content Marketing Institute With social listening tools now commonplace, plenty of companies keep track of what people say about them online. What they find, however, is there’s a big gap between tallying brand mentions and deeply understanding what customers (or potential customers) really think and feel. Most social listening tools can’t make sense of subtlety: They can’t make out complex human interactions, such as expressions of irony or playfulness. They still struggle to interpret still and moving pictures. They can?t keep up with fast-changing abbreviations…
  • 25 Eye-Opening Statistics That Will Change Your Mind About Mobile

    William
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    WebDAM’s latest infographic presents 25 interesting statistics about current trends in mobile, the mobile market share, the growth of mobile usage and more. Use these stats to optimize your strategy for mobile marketing and strengthen your brand’s reach.
  • TripAdvisor introduces ‘Just for You,’ hotel recommendations based on search history and feedback

    William
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    ripAdvisor has been offering personalized recommendations for a while already thanks to a tie-up with Facebook. Today, the online travel search giant is introducing a new feature with customization very much at its heart. With ?Just for You?, TripAdvisor promises to serve up tailored hotel recommendations based on your preferences and search history on the site. For example, when you search for hotels for a specific location, you?ll see a range of tags to set your general preferences, including location, style, hotel class, price range, amenities and more. TripAdvisor has been offering…
  • #Top30 Hotels UK Hotels on Twitter #Top30UKHotels

    William
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 UK Hotels on Twitter list. Congratulations to Fairmont Hotels on achieving first place on this week’s list! Download this list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Fairmont Hotels Nationwide 104,000 2nd Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair, London 76,400 3rd The Savoy London 40,000 4th Premier Inn Nationwide 38,800 5th Beech Hill Hotel Windermere 38,700 6th Celtic Manor Resort Newport South Wales 37,700 7th Claridge’s London 35,000 8th Fallowfields Oxfordshire 28,600 9th Le manoir Oxfordshire 27,500 10th The Dorchester London 27,500…
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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 Snapshot: Neighborhood Halloween Party

    Heather
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Every year Fairplex hosts a neighborhood Halloween party, inviting families in the surrounding community to the campus for an afternoon of games, prizes, crafts, treats, bounce houses, dancing and other kid-friendly festivities. Check out the fun: A video posted by … Continue reading →
  • Auf Wiedersehen, Oktoberfest!

    Heather
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Thank you to all the Oktoberfestians who partied with us this month. Whether it was a beer chugging or stein holding competition, doing the Chicken Dance, dining on bratwurst or rocking out with our tribute bands, we hope you had … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: Last weekend of Oktoberfest!

    Heather
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Things are about to get colorful at Fairplex this weekend with The Color Run 5k! Not to mention it’s the last weekend of our Oktoberfest so you know things are going to be memorable around here. Keep reading the L.A. … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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  • 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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  • Loluphera : A New Trekking Route In Nepal

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Western Nepal is bestowed with many beautiful places and religious sites yet to be reached and travelled. There is a huge potential of tourism in western Nepal. Along with natural beauty, western region is rich in historical sites, mountains and diverse art and culture. Annapurna trekking circuit is the greatly sought after trekking route in Nepal.      In an attempt of finding alternative and new trekking routes, ‘Loluphera’, a new trekking route has been discovered in the western Nepal. Loluphera trekking route passes through major tourist destinations Lomanthang, Lumbini, Fewa and…
  • 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…
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    Easy Expo 2015

  • Tomoyoshi Endo

    Easy Expo Team
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals Where: via Vittor Pisani 13, Milano What: Japanese restaurant When: Mon.-Sat. 12-15 19-23 Specialties: A warm Udon is the best choice Tomoyoshi Endo is one of the most renowned Japanese restaurants in Milan. This place, a few steps away from Stazione Centrale, Milan’s central station, isn’t just about the classical sushi and sashimi, offering other less-known Japanese specialties such as a delicious udon. The menu is quite bony, prices are a little bit over the average, but it’s totally worth it if you’re sickened by…
  • Expo in Città

    Easy Expo Team
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals Expo in Città is a project endorsed by the City of Milan and by the Milan’s Chamber of Commerce with the support of Expo Milan 2015. The aim is to bring Expo directly to town with a series of events, meetings and exhibitions. Expo in Città will gather all this Expo and Food related events in a unique schedule, giving tourists the chance to easily identify what’s happening in town while they’re in Milan for the World Fair. Expo in Città has ten keywords: Performance, Art, Media, Creativity and Style, Leonardo, Kids,…
  • Fuori Expo Milano

    Easy Expo Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals Expo Milano 2015 won’t take place only inside the World Fair’s exhibition area. It will likely involve Milan itself. Fuori Expo Milano, following the model of the Fuori Salone during the Milan Design Week, will group thousands of big and small events throughout the city, making it a part of the Expo as well. Food, Nightlife, Shopping and so on: the Fuori Expo Milano events schedule is already quite rich and will involve a large number of stores, boutiques, squares, cafes and clubs in Milan. It’s not easy to stay up to date…
  • Expo 2015 Mascot: Foody

    Easy Expo Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals Is there an Expo 2015 mascot? Of course: Expo Milano 2015 has its own official mascot, named Foody. It’s difficult to think about a more appropriate name, since the 2015 Universal Exhibition is dedicated to the topic of Food, with the claim: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. But what exactly Foody is? Let’s discover! The Expo 2015 mascot is a bizarre character made of… fruits and vegetables. Once again, this seems a perfect choice, since fruits and vegetables are a fundamental part of our nutrition, with the…
  • Space exhibition at Museo della Scienza

    Easy Expo Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Easy Expo 2015 - Your Own Expo, Powered by Locals From Tuesday 29th of October, Museo della Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan hosts a brand new permanent exhibition entitled Spazio. This new Space exhibition area is dedicated to the exploration of Space and to Astronomy and is set aside the Leonardo Da Vinci gallery. The Space exhibition at Museo della Scienza, inaugurated by legendary US astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon, is divided in two great areas: Observing the Space and Going to Space. The first one shows how the sky was observed throughout…
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