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.  [...]

Location, Location, Location…

Location, Location, Location…

I have lived in a host of different cities, states and one country.  The depth of knowledge about those locations various with experience.  I love to get out and talk to people, and I've met some interesting people along the way.  I love to explore and more than likely will get lost.  I always find [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

“Heritage is a thoroughly modern concept” *…

“Heritage is a thoroughly modern concept” *…

Heritage is a thoroughly modern concept ~ McCrone, Morris and Kiely (1995, p. 1) As McCrone, Morris and Kiely assert in their seminal work on Scotland - the Brand: The Making of Scottish Heritage (1995), heritage as we know it today is not the same concept of heritage from hundreds of years ago. The depictions [...]

Sense of Belonging…

Sense of Belonging…

So my tourism class has finished up for the most part motivation and I am sitting here reflecting on what we talked about.  I tried to convey to the students that they have to develop their own understanding of the functions of motivations for their own career aspirations.  To apply what we learn to their [...]