Category: Business Environment

More to attractions than meets the eye…

Mom at Atlantic City

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…

More on defining Organizational Culture…(PPC and more)

Core Values

We have a host of authors within our book by Kersten and La Venture  1 that exposes the various definitions of organizational culture. There is a theme that emerges based on shared core values, beliefs, and principles.  This hints at behavior and how that…

Defining People Process Culture ~ Organizational Culture.

Perhaps, our discussion on PPC should begin with trying to define the concept of organizational culture. Heck, we could use this for all of my classes as well, because inherent within each course should be an understanding of organizations, culture, leadership and so forth….

Location, Location, Location…

Visit to Walt Disney World, 1977

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…

Everything in life is negotiable…

Colorful pens

Everything in life is negotiable… Not necessarily. Negotiation or the act of negotiation is an art form.  Some would argue that life is nothing but black and white.  I would then ask that person, when was the last time you noticed the range of…

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 and geography: Understanding the Landscape

Powerpoint Presentation Scotland's Landscape: The Making of Scottish Tourism

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….

Weekend fun…

Front Desk JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America

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…

Tourism and Crisis Management

BBC Report on Turkey Attack

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…