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  • The Stoopid Season has Commenced

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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    20 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
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  • Time to rejoice? NDC has finally had its I’M HERE party

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    Timothy O'Neil-Dunne
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    IATA has obviously used previous World Passenger Symposiums as a platform to advance the concept of its NDC (New Distribution Capability). But this year’s gig in San Diego was different. At the first WPS session in Doha three years ago, the overall concept was named and announced by IATA. It was unveiled by director general Tony Tyler, who had signaled his intention to tackle the thorny subject of distribution reformation in the airline market. Some of the IATA member airlines at that meeting quickly adopted NDC as a vision, however exactly what NDC was and what it meant quickly became…
  • 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.
  • Going to Nashville for #SoMeT14US? Here - some musings.

    Canadian and World Tourism
    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…
  • Brew your own Beer in Bourbon Country

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    17 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    My Old Kentucky Home Brew can now help you brew your own batch.
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  • Time to rejoice? NDC has finally had its I’M HERE party

    Timothy O'Neil-Dunne
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    IATA has obviously used previous World Passenger Symposiums as a platform to advance the concept of its NDC (New Distribution Capability). But this year’s gig in San Diego was different. At the first WPS session in Doha three years ago, the overall concept was named and announced by IATA. It was unveiled by director general Tony Tyler, who had signaled his intention to tackle the thorny subject of distribution reformation in the airline market. Some of the IATA member airlines at that meeting quickly adopted NDC as a vision, however exactly what NDC was and what it meant quickly became…
  • Steps to protect guest-facing apps and networks from unwanted hackers

    Nick Vivion
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Guest-facing apps are one of the most visible and high-profile rising trends in the hospitality sector. Guest-facing applications enable the guest to access a variety of hotel information, services, in-room dining and also to control the room environment, such as lights, AC controls or the TV. NB: This is a perspective by Florian Kriechbaumer, Product Development Director, iRiS Software Systems. By now there is little doubt about the fact this concept will become a de facto standard in the industry. Indeed by 2020, 95% of guests believe hotels ‘will increasingly look to new technologies…
  • Why this roll-aboard suitcase has a companion app for traveling

    Nick Vivion
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    We don’t regularly cover crowdfunding campaigns here on Tnooz, as it can often be difficult to determine who is likely to succeed at building the promoted product and who may not manage completion despite the funds raised. However, the Bluesmart is a bit different, offering a newly minted way to interact and travel with a suitcase while also heralding a pedigreed team of engineers, industrial designers and MBAs. The product is essentially a smart suitcase, which has a companion app to facilitate the free flow of information that is the hallmark of the digital age. The app will be…
  • Why selling a startup for $20 million could better than selling it for $200 million

    Tnooz - Talking Other Tech
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    STARTUPS: All about the cash, right? Well, perhaps not… In a world where valuations and exits are seen through the prism of the bigger-the-better, perhaps the starry (greedy?) eyes of entrepreneurs should take a closer look at what actually happens to the money which is supposedly trousered by those that have cashed in. Read more on Business Insider. It sounds impressive when a founder sells a startup for tens of millions of dollars. But it sounds really impressive when a company sells it for hundreds of millions of dollars. As a founder, which option is better? For many, a smaller exit…
  • Share your views – Travel search and shopping: are your needs being met?

    Kevin May
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:20 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…
 
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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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  • The Stoopid Season has Commenced

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  • 22 a Day

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    16 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
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  • Uber User Opts to Hide in a Hotel Rather than Go Home

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    15 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
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  • My Congressman is Like a Nigerian Prince

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    14 Oct 2014 | 6:44 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

  • #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…
  • Reviews Increasingly Drive Booking Decisions

    William
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    REPORT FROM THE U.S. – Online reviews increasingly are affecting booking decisions, although not all traveler segments behave the same way, according to research and various industry sources. Multiple studies recently have highlighted the importance of guest reviews and ratings in the booking funnel. A study conducted by TrustYou and Donna Quadri-Felitti, clinical associate professor at New York University’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, concluded that guest reviews have a significant impact on hotel conversion rates as well as the rates that travelers…
  • How to Create a Unique Social Hotel Experience

    William
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    Since social media is now commonplace, especially when it comes to travel, hotels are burdened with the additional responsibility of standing out among the noise. While having a strong, consistent social media presence is essential, hotels can take their guests? experience to the next level by injecting social into the overall culture of the property. Of course, this is easier said than done as it would involve a complete overhaul of the operational structure. However, if done well and incorporated throughout various phases of the booking and staying cycle, a hotel can cultivate a truly…
  • #Top30 Hotels UK Hotels on Twitter #Top30UKHotels

    William
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 UK Hotels on Twitter list. Well done to Jurys Inn Hotels and The Connaught for moving up this week’s Top30 list. Download this list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Fairmont Hotels Nationwide 102,000 2nd Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair, London 76,600 3rd The Savoy London 39,300 4th Premier Inn Nationwide 38,200 5th Beech Hill Hotel Windermere 38,000 6th Celtic Manor Resort Newport South Wales 37,300 7th Claridge’s London 34,500 8th Fallowfields Oxfordshire 28,500 9th Le manoir Oxfordshire 27,300 10th The Dorchester London…
  • Top 30 Irish Hotel Pages on Facebook #Top30IEHotels

    William
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 Irish Hotels on Facebook list. Congratulations to all who have made the Top30This week! Congrats to the Maldron Hotels and Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel for moving up this week’s Top30 list. Download list as PDF here Rank Hotel/Group Location Fans 1 Galgorm Resort & Spa Antrim, Ulster, Ireland 61653 2 The Glenside Hotel Louth, Leinster, Ireland 59182 3 Bewleys Hotels Dublin, Leinster, Ireland 57447 4 Slieve Russell Hotel Cavan, Ulster, Ireland 56591 5 The G Hotel Galway, Connacht, Ireland 48355 6 Fota Island Resort Cork, Munster, Ireland…
 
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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

  • 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…
  • Is Your Tourism Marketing Stuck in the Membership Rut?

    Bill Baker
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Last week I spent some time waiting in a Chamber of Commerce visitor information center before a meeting. Glancing through many of the tourism brochures for nearby destinations, I was surprised to see how many did not immediately convey a reason to visit their community. They simply launched straight into pages of local businesses and service listings, many of which were of little or no relevance to visitors. These destination marketers provided no compelling reason to visit their city. They provided nothing to differentiate one place from another, and they failed to engage the reader with…
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    BookingCounts

  • Be Human When Responding to Negative Hotel Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

    Rika in Roatan
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    As you glide through the water, concentrating on making perfect frog kicks and using your lungs to keep yourself at just the right place in the water column, you peek around a corner and look for colorful nudibranchs on the swaying soft coral. Right as you’re about to signal to your buddy that you’ve spotted a flamingo tongue, a huge flash of grey rips by your eyes at a thousand miles an hour and you are suddenly face to face with five rows of massive razor sharp teeth coming straight at your neck while you scream in your regulator… Sorry, nope. That’s not how shark…
  • All About: The Monkey La-La

    Rika in Roatan
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    When you hear ‘monkey la-la’, what pops into your head? Maybe a funky dance move, or a fancy gorilla? It seems that every tropical island has their own special frozen blended drink to call their own… picture pina coladas, strawberry daquiris, margaritas. On Roatan, it’s the monkey la-la. The drink is named after the ubiquitous lizard you will see running across the road up on its hind legs – the islanders call it a monkey la-la, but its scientific name is the basilisk and is also commonly known as the Jesus Lizard because it can walk on water for a bit before…
  • Beautiful West Bay Beach

    Rika in Roatan
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
      When you see a magazine photo or a postcard of Roatan, usually what you’re looking at is a shot of West Bay Beach. One of the most stunning Caribbean beaches is paired with plenty of large resorts to create a fun atmosphere where lots of people are out and enjoying everything the beach has to offer. Although it is a fairly short stretch of beach (you can walk end-to-end in about 5 minutes), there is plenty to do at West Bay Beach. Maybe you’d like to try stand-up paddleboarding? The coral reef that fringes the island provides a natural barrier between the beach and the…
  • Avi Stories: Chance and Transvestites In India

    Avi DSouza
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    It all started on a busy train platform in Bombay. My then to be mother was en route to an Air India interview. A job which could fulfil her dreams of leaving the predictable village life. A progressive thinker, beautiful and determined. Qualities which would have surely landed her the job. Qualities which still hold true to this day. Getting on a train in India is similar to a salmon swimming upstream. You have to fight your way on and off. No mercy. As the train slowed to a stop the crowds began to  push out of the ladies compartment.  My mother found herself face to face with a Chacka…
  • Punta Gorda: Seaside Haircuts & Conch Soup

    Rika in Roatan
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Punta Gorda is one of the most interesting places on Roatan to visit. Now a must-stop site on any island tour, Punta Gorda has a distinct personality from the rest of the towns on Roatan. There is different food to try and a different language to hear. A short version of Punta Gorda & Garifuna history on Roatan: They trace their ancestry back to a slave ship that wrecked on the reefs off the island of St. Vincent (Lesser Antilles) in the early 18th Century. As a result of intermarriage, the Garínagu (this is what the Garifunas call themselves in their own language) are a mixture 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

  • Oktoberfest 2014 Final Giveaway

    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 →
  • Fairplex Weekend Recap: Three festivals, one campus

    Heather
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    It was another rockin’ weekend at Fairplex! We had not one, not two, but three festivals happening at Fairplex, all at the same time. We stopped by on Saturday to see how things were going: We started the day off … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: Beer, music and ramen at Fairplex

    Heather
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    TGIF! We couldn’t be more excited for the weekend, considering all the fun that’s happening on our campus over the next three days. Keep reading for a special Fairplex edition of the L.A. Weekender! Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Oct 17-19): Oktoberfest … Continue reading →
  • 3 Things To Bring To Oktoberfest + Giveaway [Contest Closed]

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Everyone knows you need two things for a successful Oktoberfest: dancing and beer. Okay, mostly beer. We have a few other “must-have” items we suggest you bring with you on your journey into the land of beer and brats: 3 … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Weekend Recap: Opening Weekend of Oktoberfest

    Heather
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Fairplex campus buzzed with fun this weekend! Keep reading to see what went down: Oktoberfest Opening Weekend  Oktoberfest at Fairplex opened this weekend to a crowd 10,000 guests, dead set on eating, drinking and being merry. And merry they were! … 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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    Travel Tourism News Nepal

  • 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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