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Tourism Tidbits Archive

Tourism Tidbits on the Swine Flu: A Special Edition

June 2009

The recent arrival of Swine Flu has once again proven the validity of Talcott Parson’s famous statement that “Society is an integrated system of social structures and functions.”

Using Ancient Principles for a Successful Tourism Business

May 2009

Not all successful business models come from advanced educational centers. Often some of the most creative ideas come from classical sources.

Creating Passion for Your Tourism Business in Difficult Times

April 2009

Tourism is a business and like all businesses its purpose is to make money. Simply put a tourism business that does not turn a profit dies.

Building Customer Loyalty in A Global Economy

March 2009

In the current economic situation developing and keeping customer loyalty is essentially. Recognize that in a global economy customers have many more choices than ever before.

Winter Travel and Tourism

February 2009

Much of the world lives or travels to climates that are especially inhospitable during the winter months.

It’s a Global World

January 2009

The start of the year is a good time to take a deep breath and reflect upon the many changes and challenges that have occurred in tourism during these last 12 months.

Tips on Merchandising

December 2008

There is little doubt that December is all about merchandising. Due to the economic meltdown in many parts of the world, how we market may determine the difference between a successful year and a failure.

Post Crisis Marketing

November 2008

While there is little doubt that the best crisis recovery-plan, is to do everything possible to avoid the crisis, at times crises occur despite our best efforts.

Food Safety and Tourism

October 2008

The recent food scares, such as the recent outbreak of contaminated milk in China, once again serve to underline the important interconnection between tourism and food safety.

How to use education to create “eduvacations”

September 2008

Educational vacations are one of the fastest growing areas of the tourism world and offer new and innovative ideas for almost any community to expand its product offering.

Successful Parades

August 2008

Parades may have existed since the beginning of history. Not only are they one of the original tourism attractions, but also they seem to touch something deep in the human soul.

Dealing with Dissatisfied Customers

July 2008

Although we spend a great deal of time on “customer satisfaction” in reality the real issue may not be how do we keep customers satisfied, bur rather what do we do about “dissatisfied customers.”

Dealing with Event and Festival Security: Part 2

June 2008

Last month Tourism Tidbits focused on some of the key security planning stages for festivals and events. This month Tourism Tidbits provides more insights into event and festival security by featuring some of the principle ideas of Greg Mullen, police chief of Charleston, South Carolina, a major event/festival city.

Dealing with Festival Security: Part 1 – The planning stage

May 2008

The summer and fall months are often filled with festivals and out-of-doors events. These can be wonderful opportunities to showcase a community and to produce added revenue.

Making our Travel Experiences Enchanting

April 2008

The December 2001 issue of Tourism Tidbits was dedicated to the idea of “re-enchanting tourism.” Some seven years have now passed since that edition, and travel and tourism officials are still struggling with this issue.

Half the Fun of Being There Is Getting There

March 2008

Once upon a time, the old saying “half the fun of being there is getting there” used to be tru. Our visitors and clients used to see the trip as exciting, fun, and filled with romance. Unfortunately this no longer holds true.

Developing Employee Loyalty

February 2008

Everyone seems to want loyal employees, yet few tourism businesses seem to know how to win this loyalty. In fact tourism is known for high employee turnover, low pay, and often capricious management.

Dealing with the Challenges of High Prices.

January 2008

There is little doubt that the tourism industry is facing some interesting and challenging times. Its transportation component has to deal with not only the higher cost of fuel, both in the form of gasoline and jet plane fuel, but also the fact that antiquated air systems combined with a major decline in customer service have made millions of travelers understand that travel has become hard work.

Protecting and Serving Conventioneers

December 2007

Conventions and meetings comprise a significant portion of many world destinations’ tourism business. This issue of Tourism Tidbits outlines how law enforcement, security professionals, and tourism sales/marketing personnel can collaborate better to address the concerns of meeting planners and convention managers.

High Tourism Job Turnover and the Need for Tourism Mentoring Programs

November 2007

One of the areas in which tourism officials and professionals find troublesome is the lack of trained personnel. Tourism is a fast paced industry and often has high personnel turnover.