Developing managers…

Developing managers…

In my convention and meeting planning class, I have them do a lengthy scenario based project. They are broken into teams, and given a type of meeting or event. Over the course of the 16 weeks, they are given information, and curve balls to develop the scenario.  The purpose of the project is to develop [...]

Daily Prompt: Underground

Daily Prompt: Underground

The other day, as I was driving home, I was contemplating all the states and cities I have lived in to this point.  My bags have been packed numerous times, moving between seven different states, their cities, and one country.  The average length of time I have spent in any one city is seven years. [...]

Daily Prompt: Promises in tourism

Daily Prompt: Promises in tourism

When I begin classes, I have to revisit the tourism business environment.  I explain that the drivers of that system are information, money and promises.  Promises are paramount in meeting the expectations and wants of the consumer. A destination's marketing organization as well as individuals within the infrastructure, can paint this rosy picture, and beautifully [...]

If not now, when…

If not now, when…

If not now, when...words I contemplate every single day.  I want to get real about motivations.  To this day, I still don't think we truly understand why people do what they do. Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 Performer on The Mound at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on Flickr Edinburgh Fringe, VisitScotland Flickr It's that old adage, [...]

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 [...]

Place Attachment and more…

Place Attachment and more…

Place attachment, sense of place and more #tourism #place #senseofplace #Outlander #definitions