More to attractions than meets the eye…

More to attractions than meets the eye…

Attractions have a lot of complicated parts, both intangible and tangible. They have a wider impact that many realize.  A whole mess of questions in a complicated world. Attractions evolve from the three environments:  socio-cultural, economic, and physical (natural and man-made).  They take many forms and trying to define them can be a delicate journey.  [...]

People Process Culture (PPC): What it is and why study…

People Process Culture (PPC): What it is and why study…

So, this year I've taken on the duties of the People Process Culture Endowed Chair here at Stout.  I am looking forward to delivering on previous contributions to organizational behavior as well as some aspects that are pertinent in today's global society.  Basically, developing the 'service heart' concept.  So, what is PPC and why study [...]

Guest Cycle in Tourism…

Guest Cycle in Tourism…

If any of you have visited here before, there are several post devoted to the guest cycle. Most of these post have to deal with a hotel or lodging environment, but I wanted to devote some time to what it means in tourism. In tourism, the guest cycle is still cyclical in nature, in that [...]

Tourism and geography: Understanding the Landscape

Tourism and geography:  Understanding the Landscape

Last year I was granted the privilege of speaking in a geography class on my favorite subject, Scotland and its' landscape.  I wanted to talk about the making of the tourism landscape, and I knew some of my own students would be in the class.  And had to put a different twist on it to keep [...]

Weekend fun…

Weekend fun…

Visited Mall of America this weekend to shop and to see the new JW Marriott hotel attached to the Mall of America. Awesome property, and employees so welcoming. The design of the front desk caught my eye because I have been saying for years that eventually we will be getting rid of the front desk [...]