Attractions aren’t just pretty…

Attractions aren’t just pretty…

Attractions aren't just pretty places. For the most part they are the reasons why most people travel to a destination.  There is a whole list of different types.  Natural or man-made.  National parks to amusement parks to museums. Even restaurants and hotels can be attractions in and of themselves. So an attraction has a broad [...]

Everything in life is negotiable…

Everything in life is negotiable…

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 colors around you. Spring break is upon us, and the week [...]

Revisiting Value Chain…

Revisiting Value Chain…

Understanding tourism goods and services can be deceiving. We can articulate that they have a tangible and intangible divergence. It is when we get into that thinking on higher and complex terms that it becomes blurred, complex and competitive. One can argue that a tourism's tangible products cannot be consumed until the prospective tourist evaluates [...]

If you build it, will they come?

If you build it, will they come?

Yes and no, and if they do, not always will tourist return. Tourism, like any other industry, is a complex set of functions, processes, and activities. You can't develop an attraction without some thought to why you want it in the first place.  A feasibility study should be conducted of the area and thus, an audit [...]

Developing managers…

Developing managers…

In my convention and meeting planning class, I have them do a lengthy scenario based project. They are broken into teams, and given a type of meeting or event. Over the course of the 16 weeks, they are given information, and curve balls to develop the scenario.  The purpose of the project is to develop [...]

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 [...]