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 [...]

Daily Prompt: Border (s) mean so much in tourism

Daily Prompt: Border (s) mean so much in tourism

The Johnstown Flood Memorial/ St. Michael, PA #SouthForkFishingHuntingClub #SouthForkDam #JohnstownFloodof1889 Border (s) exist on a map, in different geographic markings, and man-made signs to denote a boundary.  In tourism, boundaries are blurred more today than 100 years ago.  As tourist we are constrained only by the regulations to move from one place to another.  Most [...]

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…

Understanding Sense of Belonging

Lost in Tourism

Stormy skies over Ring of Brodgar
Stormy skies over Ring of Brodgar, Orkney

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 own passions, and how this will aid in becoming a better overall manager.  Yet, I continue to ponder the questions in my own life as a tourism researcher, as a tourism educator.

Why do people travel?  Why do we feel a kindred spirit with certain destinations?  Why are we tugged towards something that we have never really been before, and feel at home?  Why do we have a physiological, psychological, and cognitive response to a destination?  Finding out those answers is gold for a destination marketing organization.  If…

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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 [...]

Place Attachment and more…

Place Attachment and more…

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