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Tourism and Pandemics

June 2006

The recent outbreaks of Avian (Bird) Flu in various nations around the world have caught the tourism industry’s attention. While there is certainly no reason for anyone to go into a panic mode, and there is a good possibility that there the feared human-to-human outbreak may never occur, it still behooves the tourism industry to use this as an opportunity to be prepared.

Firefighters can be tourist attractions too!

May 2006

Many communities throughout the world depend on tourism dollars to generate revenues for their local coffers. An often overlooked tourist “attraction” is the local fire department.

Balancing Tourism Marketing and Security Needs

April 2006

The 21st century has experienced a major marketing paradigm shift.

Surviving Tourism Office Politics

February 2006

Convention and Visitor Bureaus (CVB) in the United States and national and local tourism offices around the world are notorious for office politics and for rapid changes in leadership.

Insights into the wisdom of Stanley Plog

January 2006

ne of the great research minds and tourism theorists is Stanley Plog. He recently published a new book called “Leisure Travel” and gave Tourism Tidbits permission to feature some of his insights in this month’s edition.

Tourism Surety

December 2005

From hurricanes to earthquakes, from crime to acts of terrorism, 2005 was a year that ought to have taught the tourism industry that without a strong tourism surety program the industry will suffer and profits will decrease.

When visitors ask what is there to do in your community

November 2005

There are few tourism officials whose communities do not suffer from local negative publicity. Often this negative publicity is so strong as to undermine the best marketing campaigns.

Oil and Tourism

October 2005

If we like it or not, tourism entities need to begin to consider the relationship between the cost of oil and the tourism industry.

Relationship building

September 2005

Every aspect of tourism has its primary basis in the concept of relationships and relationship building. This basic rule applies to all aspects of the industry, from frontline personnel to tourism security professionals.

Dealing with difficult customers; finding ways to make your tourism more succesful

August 2005

August is often called the “dog days” of summer. The name derives from the fact that it is often too hot for even a dog to want to wander along the streets. The end of the summer is also high tourist season in much of the world and a time when planes and hotels are full and nerves are often frayed.

The tourism time-experience continuum

July 2005

Many tourism centers falsely believe that they are selling a tourism product. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Protecting our Cultural Property

June 2005

More and more tourism offices and convention and visitor bureaus are becoming aware that cultural property, such as the tangible (often called the plastic) arts and architecture are not only a major attraction but also need special protection.

Why Tourism Industries Fail (Part 2)

May 2005

Tourism and travel industries often do not take the time to analyze failures. Like all businesses, tourism involves business risks, and it is only through a careful analysis of these risks that we are able to see past problems and work to avoid these problems in the future.

Why Tourism Industries Fail (Part 1)

April 2005

Much of the tourism literature is dedicated to tourism successes or how to succeed. Rarely do we examine our failures.

Reassessing Tourism Security

March 2005

As the winter winds down and we begin to prepare ourselves for the high tourist seasons of spring and summer, this is a good time to begin to reassess our tourism security.

Tourism Trends

February 2005

While no one can predict the future the careful observer of the world of tourism can note various trends that are taking place throughout the Western world when it comes to tourism and travel.

Some New and Old Ideas in Tourism Marketing

January 2005

With the start of the new year, it is always a good idea to think about our marketing strategies. Not all new ideas are great and not all old ideas are bad.

Getting a Tourism Management check-up

December 2004

With the end of the summer tourism season and heading into the winter tourism season, the month of November is a great time to give your office a “tourism check-up.”

Health on the Road

November 2004

Although many of our guests claim they seek fine dinning at a leisurely pace, all too often the opposite is true.

Dealing with Natural Disasters Before and After

October 2004

The recent bad weather both in the Caribbean and in much of the Asian Pacific area ought to be a wake-up call to everyone in the tourism industry that theirs is a very fragile industry that is often weather dependent.



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