Year of Natural Scotland VisitScotland, the national Tourist Board of Scotland has designated this year as the Year of National Scotland. Every year Scotland promotes it brand in unique ways. They have encapsulated the attributes of their brand by affixing the adjectives, Enduring, Dramatic and Human. These words have been around for awhile now and allow for adaptation [...]

New Presentation in development

The laws of the heart are fickle. Why we love one place over another is  wholly individualistic. What tugs at one heart, doesn’t another. Perhaps this lends credit to the thought that there is no perfection in the world.  Perhaps we need to see past the labels, look beyond the obvious and accept places for what they [...]

Reflection: Can this day be better…

So yesterday was 'one of those' days. It's gone; it's dusted; it's binned. Hopefully, today is better. I'm in the midst of grading career plans and trying to think of new ways to 'push' my students into thinking about their careers in hospitality and tourism.  The constant question that I ask and receive blanks stares, [...]

Our Social Fabric…

I love the Budweiser's commercials and especially, when in my Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism, we start our module on Food and Beverage Management.  Now I have other disciplines in my class, notably this semester consumer affairs and merchandising, even two students from psychology and one from journalism.  I try to draw parallels and inter-relationships between the [...]

The Push and Pull of Tourism

I enjoy teaching Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality.  Last Thursday, I was talking about customers, stakeholders motivations for travel in defining what tourism really is as we headed into discussing the hospitality sector.  I gave examples about my own motivations and asked them to keep in mind their own reasons to travel and use the [...]