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  • Classy But Comfortable: Men’s Alternatives to Jeans

    Plum Deluxe
    Andy Hayes
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Dearest dapper gentlemen: You’ve been a student of Plum Deluxe and know how to rock a pair of jeans and a blazer. Your know that jeans with a cool shirt and nice shoes can get you through most dress codes and occasions. But then you’re invited to a formal occasion or a work affair where you know jeans will be a major faux pas. And nobody likes renting a tux unless it’s truly black tie. How do you handle the middle ground? Here are a couple of excellent alternatives to jeans that are comfortable AND fashionable. Slip into Some Bluffs The wrinkle-free, quick dry, easy care,…
  • Wego debuts TV ads, MatchByte gets more Scoot, Air Costa packages with TripFactory, and more…

    Tnooz
    Tnooz
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel MARKETING in tourism and hospitality for September 2014. 20 September 2014: Wego debuts TV and online video ads  The Asia-Pacific metasearch engine has created three 30-second and three 15-second ad-spots to bolster its brand with leisure travellers. The ads are currently running in Indonesia, with plans to extend the campaign to other markets in the region. MatchByte secures Scoot ecommerce contract The Singapore Airlines off-shoot worked with MatchByte to get its original website off the ground in 2012. MatchByte says the new…
  • Don’t be Afraid to Fail

    Resort Marketing
    Eric Hoffman
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    “Don’t be afraid to fail” is a common refrain in business. It’s one which is easier to say than to do. This is why it’s so interesting to see how one of the most powerful companies in the world, Google, really does act out this mantra. As a recent example, here’s a recent Google+ post in which it was announced that Google search results will no longer display authorship results: Google has used authorship as a ranking factor in their search results dating back to about 2011, but they have been phasing it out over the past year or so. There’s a…
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  • Storytelling and Tourism Marketing: Alentejo Tourism, Visit Alentejo

    Canadian and World Tourism
    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    This video is just about a year and half old as of this writing, but I just recently discovered it when a friend posted on Facebook.  I post it here as a great example of video storytelling and content marketing. It was not an inexpensive video to make, that's clear from the photography and travel required to complete it. But if everyone who sees it reacts like me, the video is successful. My wife has wanted to visit Portugal for a long time, but I have been resisting because I would prefer to go back to Spain. After I saw this video, I changed my mind. I now want to visit Portugal,…
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    Plum Deluxe

  • Classy But Comfortable: Men’s Alternatives to Jeans

    Andy Hayes
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Dearest dapper gentlemen: You’ve been a student of Plum Deluxe and know how to rock a pair of jeans and a blazer. Your know that jeans with a cool shirt and nice shoes can get you through most dress codes and occasions. But then you’re invited to a formal occasion or a work affair where you know jeans will be a major faux pas. And nobody likes renting a tux unless it’s truly black tie. How do you handle the middle ground? Here are a couple of excellent alternatives to jeans that are comfortable AND fashionable. Slip into Some Bluffs The wrinkle-free, quick dry, easy care,…
  • “World’s Longest Beach:” A Weekend Getaway in Long Beach, Washington

    Andy Hayes
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hanging out on a narrow peninsula off the southwestern coast of Washington State, Long Beach is indeed very long — 28 miles to be exact. It is one of many tourism destinations that claims a stake at the “world’s longest beach.” Regardless of whether the claim is true or not, Long Beach offers a quiet Pacific Northwest getaway full of good food, luxurious accommodations, and a handful of attractions both indoor and outdoor. Here’s a quick peek at a weekend getaway to Long Beach, Washington. Where is Long Beach, WA? Long Beach is located just north of the…
  • Herbal Tea Ingredients that Improve Your Health

    Carrie Keplinger
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but I don’t really like reaching for the pill bottle whenever I don’t feel well; it’s kind of strange to go around heavily medicated, and I often worry about the side effects. Now, I do believe in using medication when I really need it, but with smaller, more common ailments I prefer to use some of the herbal wisdom I’ve picked up over the years. With a little knowledge, you, too, can turn your tea cupboard into a medicine cabinet. Preparing Herbals Preparing and taking your herbal “medicine” is as easy as drinking tea. Simply place your herbs in a tea…
  • Perfectly Pumpkin Seeds: Getting Sweet and Savory with Pepitas

    Krista Bjorn
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Pumpkin seeds are pint-sized powerhouses of nutrition and a delicious addition to the hors d’ouevres table at your next dinner party. Loaded with magnesium and zinc, you can rest easy as you set out platters of pumpkin seed nibbles knowing your guests are getting mouthfuls of deliciousness and a zing of nutrition at the same time. Seedy Surprises Pumpkin seeds come in two forms: green (hulled) and white (not hulled). White pumpkin seeds are the ones you scrape out of the bowels of your pumpkin before carving it at Halloween. They are rendered scrumptious from a good cleaning, a dunk in…
  • Deluxe Apple Slaw Sandwich

    Andy Hayes
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    This recipe was shared with us by Jarlsberg®, sponsor of our upcoming Seattle wine pairing dinner. There’s more to autumn flavors than apple cider doughnuts and pumpkins spice lattes (both of those being beautiful things, of course). For me, some great autumn meals include grilled cheese sandwiches and hot apple dishes. Today’s featured recipe brings those two great flavors together for an apple slaw sandwich. Yes, that’s right – slaw sandwich. Personally, I think you can put anything into a sandwich, though I realize there are probably some practical limits to that…
 
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  • Wego debuts TV ads, MatchByte gets more Scoot, Air Costa packages with TripFactory, and more…

    Tnooz
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel MARKETING in tourism and hospitality for September 2014. 20 September 2014: Wego debuts TV and online video ads  The Asia-Pacific metasearch engine has created three 30-second and three 15-second ad-spots to bolster its brand with leisure travellers. The ads are currently running in Indonesia, with plans to extend the campaign to other markets in the region. MatchByte secures Scoot ecommerce contract The Singapore Airlines off-shoot worked with MatchByte to get its original website off the ground in 2012. MatchByte says the new…
  • Concur, SAP, data and the pivoting of corporate travel

    Timothy O'Neil-Dunne
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    The rumoured bidding war is over – Germany-based SAP emerged as the victor in the battle to acquire Concur. The deal for the US expense management and corporate travel IT company was $8.3 billion, more than three times as that much paid by Priceline to buy OpenTable earlier this year. SAP was mostly known as a back office financial vendor but has clearly set its sights on expanding the footprint of the company. First of all, there is some obvious synergy between Concur and SAP. And with travel being so pervasive across every vertical industry, Concur is an obvious fit. SAP, it is worth…
  • Voyage Prive subsidiary acquires Darjeelin, plans human travel search engine

    Linda Fox
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Darjeelin, a France-based startup which describes itself as a crowd-sourced travel agency has been acquired by l’Officiel des Vacances, a travel deals site. Darjeelin, which launched almost two years ago, allows users to access ‘flight hackers’ including frequent flyers, travel agents and other experienced travellers to help find the best priced flights. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but the two companies hope to combine to ‘offer a human travel search engine.’ L’Officiel-des-Vacances.com is a subsidiary of Voyage Privé Group and a statement about the…
  • Spottly raises seed round for video-based social travel app

    Linda Fox
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Spottly, a mobile social travel app based around video has raised $850,000 in seed funding. Investors in the Hong Kong-based startup include incubator 500Startups, Cherubic Ventures, Gobi Partners and a number of angel investors. Spottly, launched earlier this year, says it wants to be the first video focused travel app and that funding will go towards growth in local markets as well as expansion to new markets. The idea behind the venture is to provide a more immersive experience for users to view and share travel recommendations. Spottly has just released an enhanced version of the service…
  • How airports are leveraging technology to drive revenue

    Nick Vivion
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Travelers have been embracing technology for years, relying on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to stay informed on the day-of-travel. Airports, for the most part, have bought in too, and have invested heavily in the past few years in self-service technology that keeps travelers informed and improves the airport experience. NB: This is a viewpoint by Mike Benjamin, CEO of FlightView. Recently, though, airports have uncovered an important secret about passenger-centric technology and information transparency: the more they provide, the more comfortable the traveler becomes –…
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    Resort Marketing

  • Don’t be Afraid to Fail

    Eric Hoffman
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    “Don’t be afraid to fail” is a common refrain in business. It’s one which is easier to say than to do. This is why it’s so interesting to see how one of the most powerful companies in the world, Google, really does act out this mantra. As a recent example, here’s a recent Google+ post in which it was announced that Google search results will no longer display authorship results: Google has used authorship as a ranking factor in their search results dating back to about 2011, but they have been phasing it out over the past year or so. There’s a…
  • Dare to be Different

    Eric Hoffman
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    This is something that always gets me in ski resort marketing. The powder shot The happy family The carved turn on a groom groomer The rail slide The big hit in the park The refreshing aprés ski beverage Do all the ads you see for resorts feature the same looking people doing these things? I thought so. Seth Godin recently wrote a post on this topic about the ads he saw in an issue of Vanity Fair in which out of 108 ads, 84 featured models were all Skinny, Sad and Pale. Sound similar? What to do? Find a new way to market based upon analytics that move the business forward. Each resort…
  • Passwords, yeah, passwords.

    Eric Hoffman
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Passwords are the necessary pain in the backside that we know are very important, but that also cause us all to waste a lot of time trying to remember our passwords, and trying to make sure we change them when prompted, yet keep from wasting large chunks of time when we have to “recover” a password that we forgot. And yes, when passwords are used by someone who shouldn’t have them, it can certain wreck a lot of havoc – yikes! As someone who is online nearly constantly during my work day, and quite a bit outside the office as well, I have to admit that my personal…
  • Drones and Ski Resorts

    Eric Hoffman
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    Drones, particularly those that can film video or still photos, present a huge opportunity for ski resorts. With that opportunity come many challenges as well. It wasn’t many years ago that the only way to get quality aerial images and video was to head up in a plane (tough to get video and not easy for photos either) or a helicopter (better for photos, but need a special mount to get usable video). We even tried a small tethered blimp which could lift a decent digital camera, but it didn’t work out for usable images. Fast forward a few years and technology has advanced…
  • A Solution to Impossible to Watch POV Video?

    Eric Hoffman
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    I’m not a big fan of point of view (POV) video, as I find almost all POV videos next to impossible to watch more than a few seconds. POV videos have a lot of sudden pans and tilts and are often very bumpy as they follow the head movements of the shooter, or the handlebar or pole that the cam is mounted on and no matter how smooth a shooter tries to be, things inevitably get bumpy. There’s a new algorithm being worked on that should help solve these issues. Check out First-Person Hyperlapse and let me know if that doesn’t look like a very elegant solution to the problem I…
 
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  • Foo Fighters

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    19 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
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  • Air Law 20

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    17 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
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  • How Much?

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    15 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
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  • Going Home Tonight

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
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  • Energy, Frequency and Vibration

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
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    Canadian and World Tourism

  • Storytelling and Tourism Marketing: Alentejo Tourism, Visit Alentejo

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    This video is just about a year and half old as of this writing, but I just recently discovered it when a friend posted on Facebook.  I post it here as a great example of video storytelling and content marketing. It was not an inexpensive video to make, that's clear from the photography and travel required to complete it. But if everyone who sees it reacts like me, the video is successful. My wife has wanted to visit Portugal for a long time, but I have been resisting because I would prefer to go back to Spain. After I saw this video, I changed my mind. I now want to visit Portugal,…
  • Spectacular time-lapse video of Barcelona by Jordi de Temple

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    This is not an official tourism video, but it does wonders for Barcelona. The shot of the Sagrada Familia is enough to make you want to book a trip there. Filmmaker Jordi de Temple is a time-lapse photography film-maker that many a destination would be lucky to hire. I wonder if BarcelonaTurisme has seen it? They should license the video, cut a 30 sec spot and launch a marketing campaign with it. Into the Night from Jordi de Temple on Vimeo.
  • Want to see the real Australia? Follow Fabienne Wintle's This is Our Australia

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    My friend Fabienne Wintle, her husband Warrick and their two lovely and very young daughters have embarked on one of the biggest eTourism, social travel adventures I have come across. I met Fabienne through other eTourism friends. We have not had much contact in person but have participated in virtual conferences and stayed in touch. A few months ago, Fabienne told about her plan to travel around Australia with her family embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime trip for 2 years (at least). Fabienne wanted to know if I had any suggestions regarding social media in relation to her trip. While I had…
  • A great video of underrated Marseille, France

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    My friend Claude Benard posted this video on his Facebook page and I thought I'd share it hear. I must visit Marseille one of these years. It's always Paris and the Riviera, but Marseille sounds like an exciting French destination that should get more recognition: Marseille in Motion from Mayeul Akpovi on Vimeo.
 
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    Charleston CVB Visitors News

  • Charleston Pirate Tours Launches New Tour Just for Kids

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Charleston Pirate Tours offers award-winning tours and storytelling presentations on Charleston history. Now they've launched a new tour just for children.
  • Chick-fil-A Cow Found In Eight Acre Corn Maze At Boone Hall Plantation

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Chick-fil-A cow has been found in a corn maze at Boone Hall Plantation. That's right. The signature cow which is the marketing icon for the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States, has come to rest right smack dab in the center of the giant eight acre corn maze at the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch located on Boone Hall Plantation.
  • 2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival Will Boast A Chart-Topping Soulful Vibe

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The 2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival features so many award-winning, genre-crossing jazz-soul-R&B-pop artists that organizers had to add an extra day to the schedule.
  • Touting the Turtles

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Residence Inn by Marriott Charleston, SC Riverview loves loggerhead turtles. In fact, the staff is so committed to preserving this special animal, an educational campaign has been created to help visitors understand the plight of the turtle.
  • Lowcountry Conservatory of Music Opens in Charleston/Georgetown Counties

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Lowcountry Conservatory of Music, (LCM) a newly established nonprofit music education program serving Charleston and Georgetown SC counties by promoting excellence in music through high-caliber private music education and public performance, is pleased to announce its inaugural enrollment for Fall 2014.
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    Awesome Alpharetta

  • FREE Family Reunion Workshop hosted by the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Join the expert staff at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for a free Family Reunion Workshop on Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta North/ Alpharetta, 4025 Windward Plaza.
  • Alpharetta CVB Wins Best of the Best in Information Services

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to be voted as the Best of the Best in Information Services through the Appen Media Group’s Best of the Best of North Fulton awards. Appen Media Group gave its readers a chance to vote on their favorite businesses in the area depending on a variety of categories. The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau was voted Best of the Best in Information Service.
  • The European Market Makes its way Back to Alpharetta

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    The European Market is making a return for its third year in downtown Alpharetta on September 20 and 21 between Main St. and Roswell/Canton St. The market will take place September 20 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on September 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will experience a European-style shopping experience with authentic and cultural selections. Local artists and craftsmen will be showcasing hand-crafted jewelry, stunning works of art, unique fashions for the entire family, and a variety of other treasures and decorations.
  • Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Announces Wine and Dine Giveaway

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Alpharetta, Georgia is filled with limitless dining options, exciting food events and authentic culinary experiences. The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to showcase those experiences with its Wine and Dine Getaway Giveaway for 2. The giveaway includes a weekend itinerary packed with culinary experiences and a two night stay at the Hyatt Place Windward Parkway. Enter at www.awesomealpharetta.com.
  • Largest Youth Triathlon in U.S. to Return to Alpharetta, Georgia

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    For the sixth year, IronKids is returning to Alpharetta on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Wills Park. Over 1,300 new and returning participants from around the U.S. are expected to visit Alpharetta in order to compete in the race, which is the largest youth triathlon in the U.S.
 
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    *Star In The Margin

  • 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…
  • The Art of Gift Giving

    [Your Name Here]
    29 Nov 2013 | 12:00 am
      The power of a gift has nothing to do with price. What matters is the effort it took to create it, the inconvenience to the giver and the unexpected result. A small surprise far outweighs grandstanding with your wallet. Happy shopping season.  
 
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    Softscribe Inc.

  • How to Create B2B Content That Entertains & Sells: Video

    Julie Squires
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    Many of us who market B2B technology focus on one question: “What business problems do our solutions solve for clients?” With the rise of the Millennials – estimated to be 50% of the US domestic workforce in 10 years – tech marketers have permission to boldly add the personal touch. I am a big advocate of the Micro + Visual trend for storytelling-that-sells. There is a reason both YouTube and Twitter hire from the same Millennial talent pool. They understand that entertainment = interest. American adults like creative, entertaining video content almost as much as primetime TV.
  • Terrain, Technology or People? (“Why Do You Ask?”)

    Julie Squires
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of my colleagues is an avid reader of military strategy. He recently shared an insight: “Battles are not about terrain, or technology – they’re about people. You fight people.” “Homecoming Marine” by Norman Rockwell It is the same with marketing. It’s not about data, technology or markets; it’s about people. We marketers fight to understand the user experience. We battle for mind share. How do we win a valued relationship with a customer or prospect? Questions. We ask questions and then LISTEN, says my colleague. “Relationships let people communicate their experiences.
  • What Makes Offline, Online Marketing Effective? You.Softscribe Inc. Tech Trends: Operators, the Traveling Public Use Mobile Online Tools to Improve Their Offline Experience

    Julie Squires
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Atlanta – June 19, 2014 – Softscribe Inc., an Atlanta-based technology public relations firm, will be at the 42nd annual HITEC conference, June 24 to 26 in Los Angeles, with a group of its best-in-class technology company clients. Softscribe Inc.’s CEO, Julie Keyser-Squires, offers all tech companies exhibiting at the show these 3 tips to turn prospects in to sales. Prospects Access Your News in the Palm of Their Hand. Make it Actionable. “Are you exhibiting at HITEC?” asks Squires. “As you plan your branding, sales, and tech PR strategies, consider giving visitors and…
  • What Makes Offline, Online Marketing Effective? You.

    Julie Squires
    1 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    I recently attended the hugely impressive Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, with 108,000 other people from around the world. What made it possible for me to calmly stroll along 2,500 exhibits from 43 countries, view a fleet of helicopters for sale (you have to fly your manpower out to the offshore deepwater platforms), and be informed as I met with 12 new qualified leads and as many prospects in one day? I also easily found my luncheon table, and heard a keynote on Deepwater Brownfields (fields with some development). What made this rich offline experience possible? The…
  • How to Use Tumblr for Storytelling

    Julie Squires
    1 May 2014 | 2:00 am
    Be Ahead of the Crowd: Illustrate Your Story With An Image and A Few Words Last month I wrote about two converging marketing trends – Mobile and ‘Micro + Visual’ – and how they impact the way people read news about your company. Good timing. Ritz-Carlton adopted Tumblr to tell the story of its high-end Reserve collection.  Ritz-Carlton is a subsidiary of publicly traded Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR).   That might be a signal for B2B companies to look again at this visual, micro blogging platform. Here are 2 tips to get you started on how to use Tumblr to tell your story, and…
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    Marketing Times for the Hotel & Travel Industry from Net Affinity | Hotel Marketing News

  • Marketers invest more in brand awareness as SEO benefits increase

    William
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Article Source :Brafton.Com Brand awareness will be a top priority for marketers over the course of the next year, and their investment plans reflect that. According to eMarketer’s Visitor Survey, 55.9 percent of marketers say they plan to increase their budgets for brand awareness over the next 12 months. It’s a good time to put greater focus on this goal because it’s becoming more important than ever to successful SEO strategies. We saw it coming: Brands do better in search In a panel with Search Engine Land’s Danny Sullivan at SMX West 13, Matt Cutts said,…
  • Net Affinity Scoop Two WEB AWARDS for Responsive Website Design

    William
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Dublin based Net Affinity is delighted to announce their recent award scoop from the 2014 Web Awards. The Web Awards, which are now in their 18th year is the longest running annual website award competition dedicated to naming the best Websites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development. Net Affinity have been awarded 2 awards from the 2014 web awards, representing a high standard of responsive web design from our team of in-house designers: MONART SPA (Co. Wexford) Awarded: Hotel and Lodging: ?Outstanding? Design Award Design by: Dave Kearney…
  • Mobile travel bookings increase more than 20% in the first six months of 2014

    William
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    Performance advertising technology company Criteo revealed its Travel Flash Report that highlights the increased use of mobile devices in consumer travel planning and purchasing worldwide. This report provides insight on both the share and value of bookings generated from mobile devices for travel websites, including airlines, hotels, car rentals, cruises and apartments, and the impact this has on marketers? advertising campaigns. The Travel Flash Report represents the activity of more than 1,000 travel websites worldwide in the first half of 2014. Key takeaways include: Global Findings: -…
  • #Top30 Hotels UK Hotels on Twitter #Top30UKHotels

    William
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:53 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 UK Hotels on Twitter list. Congratulations to the Travelodge UK for moving up this week’s list. Download this list as a PDF here Rank Hotel Location Followers 1st Fairmont Hotels Nationwide 99,000 2nd Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair, London 77,000 3rd The Savoy London 37,900 4th Premier Inn Nationwide 37,600 5th Celtic Manor Resort Newport South Wales 36,400 6th Beech Hill Hotel Windermere 36,300 7th Claridge’s London 33,500 8th Fallowfields Oxfordshire 28,500 9th Le manoir Oxfordshire 26,900 10th The Dorchester London 26,300 11th May Fair…
  • Top 30 Irish Hotel Pages on Facebook #Top30IEHotels

    William
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    It’s time for this week’s Top 30 Irish Hotels on Facebook list. Congratulations to all who have made the Top30This week! Well done to Galgorm Resort and Spa, Jurys Inn, Hastings Hotel, Radisson Blu Farmham Estate Golf & Spa Hotel, Redcastle Oceanfront Golf & Spa Hotel and Killyhevlin Hotel for moving up this week’s Top 30 list. Download list as PDF here Rank Hotel/Group Location Fans 1 Galgorm Resort & Spa Antrim, Ulster, Ireland 59397 2 The Glenside Hotel Louth, Leinster, Ireland 58935 3 Bewleys Hotels Dublin, Leinster, Ireland 57025 4 Slieve Russell Hotel…
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    The Travel Word

  • 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…
  • The 2014 New York Travel Festival – A Transformative Experience

    editor
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    A lot of buzzwords out there are used to convey a sense of mindful connection with the people and places you visit when you travel: ecotourism, geotourism, responsible and sustainable travel, local and slow travel, conscious and transformative travel, community-based and pro-poor tourism, immersive and experiential travel, agritourism, voluntourism… and oh so much more. You’ve probably heard or read some of these terms and then perhaps dismissed them or not fully understood them. Often enough, though, they resonate and stick. And they can be very important, which is why we have chosen…
 
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    Small City Branding Around the World

  • 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…
  • Are You Missing the Customer’s Most Important Question?

    Bill Baker
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    At the invitation of a friend I recently sat in on a Chamber of Commerce meeting where one agenda item was the design of their new website and brochure. Once attendees started discussing the merits of the designs, I was immediately struck by how their comments were limited to their personal preferences and own travel behavior, and were not focused on the Chamber's marketing and brand strategy and what will resonate the most with customers.  One way to check that marketing communications are customer-focused and convey enticing benefits is to not only conduct research, but to also imagine the…
  • What’s the Value of Beach Tourism?

    Bill Baker
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    A few months ago I was asked by a City Manager on the East Coast why he should allocate money from his City budget to a natural public space such as a beach.  This City Manager struck me as the kind of person who was a “numbers man” and would only be convinced through purely quantifiable evidence. As obvious as the answer may be to those of us involved in destination marketing, I instantly recognized that this must be a common challenge for city administrators across the country. The source of the answer was as much a surprise to me as were the details of the answers I found.  The…
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  • 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.
  • Book Now In A New Browser Window?

    Scott (BookingCounts)
    6 May 2014 | 10:54 am
    A subscriber to our “Get More Booking” email newsletter proposed an excellent question. Should your “Book Now” button open in a new window (a new browser tab) or in the same window (same browser tab)? On the one hand, you don’t want to pop up unexpectedly and annoy your booking prospects. On the other hand, making […] The post Book Now In A New Browser Window? appeared first on BookingCounts.
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    We LOVE Roatan Blog!!

  • 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…
  • Mailing A Postcard From Roatan

    Rika in Roatan
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    One of the best quirks about Roatan is the mail service, or lack thereof. No bills, no junk mail, no credit card offers. No mailboxes to check. No nosy postman. No searching for a mail drop. There is apparently a post office on Roatan where mail can be sent to general delivery, but you have to there to pick it up and it can take months to arrive, if it even arrives at all. Mailing postcards from your travels has been a part of visiting new destinations for a long time. Visitors to Roatan often ask me how to mail postcards off the island. I happen to love postcards. I am a little bit…
 
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    ReadyClickAndGo'S Blog

  • Spade Oak Nature Reserve

    Tara Goldsmith
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
    The lake is a flooded gravel pit and in the middle is a spit of land where there may be anything from a few dozen to a few hundred water birds going placidly about their business – gulls, geese,... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • Beijing Hongqiao Market

    Tara Goldsmith
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
      The shirt came in a box, wrapped in fine yellow paper and for a moment I was under the impression that I was in Bond Street in London not at a market in Beijing. “Only 560 yuan.”  - the... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • River Cruising on Danube – Visit four Fortresses in Serbia

    Tara Goldsmith
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Petrovadin Fortress, known for its “reverse clock” with the longer hand showing the hours instead of minutes in order to help local fisherman to see the time from a distance, is located on the Danube... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • Qingdao – Ganbei with the World!

    Tara Goldsmith
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
      The flight was very short; less than 45 min over the Bohai Sea and the only service we received was a small bottle of water.  It was a very unusual gift considering that we were flying to... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
  • Cruising to Durres, Albania – Things to see and do

    Tara Goldsmith
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    When you’re cruising the Adriatic Sea one of the most popular cruising stops in Albania is Durres. The cruise ship port is in the heart of the city, so when you disembark you won't have to travel far... If you enjoyed the post, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed.
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    Tourism Exposed

  • 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".
  • Understanding Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    New ideas are constantly being developed across every area of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, from innovative mobile applications and distinctive menus to creative hotel room design and imaginative tour itineraries. What this means for professionals on the inside of the industry, is that they have the challenge of ensuring that their tourism and... [Continue Reading]Understanding Travel, Tourism and Hospitality was first posted on August 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm.©2013 "TourismExposed".
  • How to Get a Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Job Without Experience

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    The travel, tourism and hospitality industry has remained to be one of the top industries that is recession resistant and is the only industry that has continued to add jobs to the global economy on a consistent basis. Therefore, it’s no surprise that many people who want to combine their love of travel with making a... [Continue Reading]How to Get a Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Job Without Experience was first posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm.©2013 "TourismExposed".
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  • LEGOLAND Florida is now LEGOLAND Florida Resort

    Mark Layton
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:29 pm
    It’s official, LEGOLAND Florida is rebranding itself as LEGOLAND Florida Resort.  I received a September news letter for Annual Pass Holders in my inbox stating: LEGOLAND Florida is now becoming the LEGOLAND Florida Resort with the addition of the new LEGOLAND Hotel, coming Summer 2015!  Booking is now open for the hotel and Annual Pass […] The post LEGOLAND Florida is now LEGOLAND Florida Resort appeared first on . Related posts: New Announcement from LEGOLAND Florida coming soon REMINDER: Join our LEGOLAND Florida Forum, it’s fun and easy! Annual Pass Center
  • REVIEW: LEGOLAND Florida Water Park

    Michelle Layton
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    It’s Summertime,  it’s warm and it’s time for the LEGOLAND Florida Water Park! This wonderfully designed water park is sure to capture the fun and memories of both children and adults alike. As you enter the water park area, the Build-a-Raft River is awaiting you. You can choose a one person raft or a two person […] The post REVIEW: LEGOLAND Florida Water Park appeared first on . Related posts: LEGOLAND Water Park FAQ The Beginning Attractions
  • LEGOLAND Florida to celebrate Halloween Brick-or-Treat 2014

    Mark Layton
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Guests will invade LEGOLAND Florida Resort during its kid-friendly Halloween celebration of Brick-or-Treat presented by Wells Fargo this Fall.  This spooky event takes place weekends in October, and features trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail, super brick build activities, the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world, Halloween entertainment and an all-kids costume contest with brick-tastic prizes! […] The post LEGOLAND Florida to celebrate Halloween Brick-or-Treat 2014 appeared first on . Related posts: LEGOLAND Florida Brick-or-Treat Tips LEGOLAND Florida’s…
  • REMINDER: Join our LEGOLAND Florida Forum, it’s fun and easy!

    Mark Layton
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
      If you haven’t already, now is the time to join our LEGOLAND Florida Forum! When you join you become a member of a family fun community with the following benefits: Friendly community where you can ask your questions and get answers. Easy registration with your Google+, Facebook account or register for a new account. […] The post REMINDER: Join our LEGOLAND Florida Forum, it’s fun and easy! appeared first on . Related posts: About LEGOLAND Florida’s List of 2013 Calendar of Events Welcome to Behind the Brick
  • LEGOLAND Florida’s Move It Movement Tour Aug 9th – 10th

    Mark Layton
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Cartoon Network’s Move It Movement Tour is a summertime traveling event targeting youth 6-14 and their parents, presented in partnership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. Traveling from coast to coast, the tour will ultimately make its way to the gulf coast for […] The post LEGOLAND Florida’s Move It Movement Tour Aug 9th – 10th appeared first on . Related posts: LEGOLAND Florida to celebrate Halloween Brick-or-Treat 2014 Miniland USA Attractions World of Chima at…
 
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    CAPTURE AFRICA TOURS

  • Portable Hard Drives

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

    africa
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    With the precipitous decline of black rhinos across Africa in the 1970s, government wildlife agencies and conservation organizations increasingly turned to private landowners, non-profit organizations and indigenous communities to protect the few remaining animals. In Kenya, the number of black rhinos dropped from an estimated 20,000 to fewer than 300 animals, and the only way to prevent their complete extinction was to create high security sanctuaries. In 1983, David and Delia Craig set aside 5,000 acres of their ranch as the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary; Anna Merz, a conservationist and…
  • Walk With Rangers

    africa
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Have you always wanted to support a cause and wondered how you as one person can make a difference? If you’re ready to take action, join me this June on a “Walk With Rangers” through Kenya and Tanzania! We’ll be walking side by side with Rangers from these two countries to raise awareness of the unprecedented rate these countries are losing wildlife, to gain funds for critical projects, and to promote education on conservation and wildlife protection. On June 10, 2014, Raabia Hawa, the Honorary Game Warden for the Kenya Wildlife Service, will embark on an iconic “Walk With…
  • Emuratare

    africa
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:48 am
    Africa is rich in wildlife and immense never ending landscapes. People come from all over the world to witness all that Africa has to offer, yet what truly holds the continent together are it’s people. This image is a prime example of the people that welcome you with open arms and warm smiles. These young Massai boys are on their way to becoming men. They have recently undergone the ritual of Emuratare which is indicated by their white geometric face paint. The young warriors wear paintings on their face after their circumcision has taken place. What amazed me about these young men was the…
  • Wild Clips

    africa
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Wild Clips will feature some of the best videos I can find on the web dealing with nature and wildlife in Africa. Some of these short videos will be my own and I will indicate if they were filmed by myself and where. This first clip has to do with a Gnu crossing a river in the Maasai Mara which is in Kenya. Hippos are extremely dangerous animals and kill more humans than any other animal in Africa. Seeing this hippo advance on a croc which was ready to take the Gnu underwater is amazing but whats even more insane is that the hippo actually sticks around and seems to guard and protect the Gnu.
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