Special movie night set for Oct. 29

Families are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes to the final film in the department’s fall series of free outdoor movies, which will be shown at Dogwood Dell in Byrd Park on Friday, October 29. The department will show Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” from 7 to 9 p.m. “Our movies in the parks have been a huge success," said J.R. Pope, director of the department. "Families from all over

Leisure Opportunities

Leisure Opportunities is a magazine offering the latest news from the leisure, tourism and hospitality industries as well as information on property, jobs and training. In a recent issue of Leisure Opportunities, read the Student Special article 'Jumping into Leisure' which discusses careers in the leisure industry and the range of choices available for students considering a career in this field.  
Pick up your free copy at Summer Row Library.

The latest edition of the the magazine can also be viewed on the website; you may want to sign up for a free e-zine subscription or the digital edition to be sent to you by email.

DCMS Funding Announcement 2011-2015

A Message from Sandie Dawe:

"The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has today outlined our funding settlement for the next four years. The new funding level means that in cash terms our grant in aid will be £26.5 million in 2011/12 reducing to £21.2 million in 2014/15. This compares with the current year’s grant in aid of £28.8 million.

While this is a significant reduction in our funding, it does not change our objectives, which remain sound. These are: inspiring the world to visit and explore Britain, delivering a global network capable of promoting Britain; championing the tourism industry and creating a sustained increase in UK tourism as a result of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Our aim now is to tighten our focus clearly onto the UK’s key markets: ones that are already delivering for us and those emerging markets that are key to our future. We will use new technology including our award-winning suite of multi-lingual websites, social media platforms and international public relations expertise to maintain our global footprint as well as a staffed presence in key locations.

It is less than two years until the eyes of the world will be on the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games. We have a great chance to use the unprecedented level of media exposure that the event will bring to boost Britain’s image abroad.

We are determined to do our utmost, despite this reduced funding, to grasp that opportunity and are already in discussions with Ministers about how to create the strongest possible campaign around the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, working with you to promote this country as the great tourism destination it is."

Special interest tourism

Alternative tours draw travellers to Mexico - This article gives a new twist to slum tourism; meanwhile Fabian Frenzel a researcher from the University of the West of England's Bristol Business School travelled to Brazil this year, to try and answer the question of whether Slum Tourism makes us better people? Pre-disastered destinations are discussed here and good news for dark tourists - the dungeons beneath the Colosseum in Rome have opened to the public.

Finally...is this the solution to get passengers to pay attention whilst flight attendants demo safety procedures?  Forget trying to sleep through this one...

Some of the  articles above came from Relax.com which offers tourism news, quirky travellers' tales, videos and pictures.


CIRET is an International Centre for research and study on tourism and provides a comprehensive online encyclopedia, which offers lists of journals, publishers, researchers, and research centres relating to tourism. They also encourage researchers to register their details, to be included on the website.
The Guild at University College Birmingham is proud to announce the launch of its new monthly sport magazine – the BULLETIN. This will feature the highs and lows of our HE and FE sportspeople and sports teams, in all their chosen pursuits. The BULLETIN is designed not only to provide an informative insight into UCB teams and players but will also include a range of sport-related issues that may be of interest to other students at UCB. Furthermore, the BULLETIN invites and encourages debate and discussion via the letters page, featured articles and other commentaries. Finally, to celebrate the launch of the BULLETIN, the Guild have teamed-up with Adaptable Travel to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a weekend break for two to Barcelona.

To peruse the BULLETIN and get involved, just log into UCBOnline and scroll down the page to click on the BULLETIN icon.
Providing guidelines for the evaluation of social, economic, environmental and media related impacts associated with staging major sporting and cultural events, the eventIMPACTS toolkit aims to help develop an industry standard in evaluating the impact of events. It has been created by a range of organisations and in particular for event owners, funders, sponsors and event industry employees across the UK.

Seven years after the Gulf

There are words we would rather skirt around.
Every day the sky becomes an excuse,
or appears to consist of an arrangement
of ducks on sloping cobbles,
that thing you talked of last night.

There was nothing to be said, for example,
which might not offend at this table.
We were only hypothesising, weren’t we,
about a society of amputation,
the whole bloody foreign situation?

At the turn of the road – rage
between drivers who, moments ago,
had never encountered each other.
From here, from this angle,
the phrase ‘Everything is wrong’
behaves like a cliché, precisely.
It contains a would-be full stop
and an effortless change of gear:
the bottle reached for from the mat
and fingerprints on the neck
just above the label.

So say it, go on: beyond those willows,
how easy it might have been
to dissolve whatever was happening elsewhere
in the drawn-out fade of a sunset.

Tom Phillips 2010

The Value of Sport monitor

The Value of Sport monitor is part of the Sport England site; it provides the latest research providing evidence of the benefits of sport. Topics included are:
  • Crime reduction
  • Economic impact
  • Education
  • Fitness and health
  • Measurement and evaluation
  • Participation
  • Psychological health
  • Social capacity
  • Inclusion criteria

The HE Academy

The Higher Education Academy provides support to the higher education sector by developing and disseminating evidence-informed practice on enhancing the student learning experience.   Their subject centres include:
Each of the subject centres offers a full spectrum of resources such as publications, teaching materials, events, projects, case studies, online magazines and book reviews.

Academy Exchange is their free online magazine which encourages the exchange of views and practices as well as supporting learning and teaching.

Atlas Events

October 14, 2010 :
Tourism Geographies Group meeting
European Regional Perspectives on Tourism Geographies –
Contrasting Research Approaches and Linguistic Traditions
Tarragona, Spain
November 2, 2010 :
The Doctoral Colloquium; Poster Session
Limassol, Cyprus
November 3 - 5, 2010 :
ATLAS annual conference 2010
Mass tourism vs. niche tourism
Limassol, Cyprus

November 14-17, 2010 :
Business Tourism meeting
Advances in Business Tourism Education and Research
Estoril, Portugal
January 27-29, 2011 :
Tourism Geographies Group meeting
The Changing World of Coastal, Island and Tropical Tourism
Martinique, French West Indies
June 6-8, 2011 :
ATLAS Africa conference 2011
Sustainable tourism and environmental education: A natural link
Kampala, Uganda
September 21-23, 2011 :
ATLAS annual conference 2011
Tourism and landscapes
Valmiera, Latvia

For more info on these events, click here...