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 [...]

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 [...]

Tourism and Crisis Management

Tourism and Crisis Management

The Turkey Bombings this past weekend demonstrated the worst of our society.  In my lodging class this week, we are weaving the elements of communication, security, and safety.  We are examining the effects of current events such as the Boston Marathon Bombings, 9/11, and other crises on hotel management.  What should you do in the event of....? [...]

What does Service mean in Hospitality?

What does Service mean in Hospitality?

So I have been noodling around YouTube, Google and other materials to find out more about service.  There are a host of resources out there, both factual, and opinionated.  So I went to the source for an example of exemplary service.  There is perhaps one name, that has stood the test of time for consistently [...]

The Tourism Business Environment, part 2

The Tourism Business Environment, part 2

The Functions of Managment So as we tumble into the first areas of hospitality, understanding careers and the different opportunities, I want to expand on the business environment (part 1). In hospitality sector, if we are talking about any business entity there are several different departments that comprise operations.  In a hotel for instance, we [...]