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Upcoming events...

Mapping the territory: social tourism in regeneration and social policy
30th March, 5 pm– 8 pm, Seminar 1 - University of Westminster

14-16 April 2011 in Innsbruck, Austria

Valmiera, Latvia, 20 - 23 September 2011

19– 21st October 2011 in Savonlinna, Finland 

+ 3rd CALL FOR PAPERS for the Tourism and Hospitality Track 
(including the sports and events industries)
22-24th November 2011 - Organised by Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

Tourismos - Vol. 6, no. 1

Research Papers:
  • Nicosia - concerted retailing and tourism strategies to awaken a neglected and sleeping beauty
  • Local residents' preferences for second home tourism development policies: a choice experiment analysis
  • The management of uncertainty in tourism: strategic paradoxes and communication
  • Community-based tourism in developing countries: a case study
  • Ethical approaches and their application in hotel managers' decision making
  • Gendered leisure: are women more constrained in travel for leisure?
  • Market segmentation in wine tourism: a comparison of approaches
  • Second homes and the need for policy planning
  • New tourism in a new society arises from “peak oil”
  • Measuring results of training with ROI method: an application in a 5-star hotel in Antalya region of Turkey
Case Studies:
  • Mice tourism in Piedmont: economic perspective and quantitative analysis of customer satisfaction
  • Nautical tourism in fostering the sustainable development: a case study of Croatia’s coast and island
  • International tourism, domestic tourism and environmental change: environmental education can find the balance
  • Ecotourism and its impact on the regional economy – a study of North Bengal (India)
  • Rent-a-car industry: a case study in Argentina
Research Notes:
  • Assessment of nature-based tourism in South Kelantan, Malaysia
  • The role of transportation in the development of tourism in Nigeria 

City to Celebrate Tennis

The department in partnership with the Richmond Tennis Association will hold a Tennis Night in America celebration on Thursday, March 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Arthur Ashe Center. Tennis Night in American is a national program of the United States Tennis Association to register youth for tennis classes with park and recreation departments and community centers throughout the month of

Department to Present Pine Camp Plan for Comment

The department has developed a campus plan for its Pine Camp Arts and Community Center grounds which it will present to the public for comment on Wednesday, March 30. The plan is based on the two public meetings the department held in January and March to discuss ideas to guide the long-term development of the property. The meeting will be held at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center,

Spotlight Gallery to Feature Local Seniors in Exhibition

Local art lovers will have an opportunity to view artwork created by area seniors at Richmond’s Spotlight Gallery in an exhibit hosted by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. The exhibit, titled “Continuing to Create! A Senior Group Art Exhibition,” will open with a reception from 6 - 8 p.m. on April 1 at the gallery, located at the department’s Pine Camp Arts and

Sports Grounds Safety Authority Bill

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority Bill was given an unopposed third reading in the House of Commons on Friday, 11th March and will now go to the Lords for further deliberation. If passed through the Lords, it will mean that the Football Licensing Authority (FLA), set up in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster, would for the first time be able to advise on safety at stadiums used for sports other than football under the changes agreed by MPs.

At present the FLA's role is limited to providing specific advice on spectator and venue safety in relation to football stadia only. Speaking in the House of Commons when the Bill was being debated, Sport Minister Hugh Robertson said,  "We are absolutely committed to maintaining the services and standards provided for football but believe there is a unique opportunity to extend the reach and remit of the FLA for wider benefit....Of course, the fact that the London Olympics is upon us in 18 months time means that it is important and timely to do this today." more...

Special Issue - Sandals Resorts

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes (Vol 3, issue 1) 
publishes a themed issue entitled:
To what extent can action learning enable Sandals Resorts International to sustain its position as the world’s leading luxury all-inclusive resort company?

This issue is based on the workplace learning experiences of Sandals Resorts International, the world’s most celebrated ultra all-inclusive resort company. Six of the articles are founded in the work of Sandals professionals. The theme issue charts aspects of the progress made and assesses the role and impact of action learning as an enabling process for personal change, professional development and business innovation and management.
Available in Emerald (Athens)

Report - Visitor Attractions

This is a detailed report produced by BDRC for VisitEngland that gives an insight to visitor attractions trends in England, over 2008-09. Contents include attraction category, admission type, volume of visits to attractions, geographic location, overseas and child visits. It also considers revenue and marketing expenditure. A useful breakdown of visits to individual attractions across England between 2006-09 is also provided.

The latest England Attractions Monitor - Quarter 4 report is also available here.

Tell him not to look so intense

Tell him not to look so intense.
The house shakes and that word
is meaningless, anyhow.

I was like that once, only
looking at a map of river deltas,
sunken green land between tawny ridges,
it seemed as if the inevitable rising tides
might stretch as far north as Minnesota.

Or that I would have to kill my father.

It never came to either.

At the sea’s edge,
where Freud caught eels,
and sharpened his scalpel,
a thousand pebbles dried.

We think we know the world too well,
inventing convenient melodramas,
exit strategies, complications
to be met with knitted brows.

Svalbard: perhaps I’ll go there.

Tom Phillips

After Asculum

"And I, Pyrrhus," he said
"might well stand
above such blazing campfires
coding victory."

These losses, in each individual case,
mean no more or less,
viewed from this angle,
than the dead and the redundant.

Arithmetic exists at the sword’s edge.
Years pass in their thousands.
Here’s one – a mosaic
on the museum floor:
the writer on his knees
before the emperor.

Conference & Call for Papers

The School of Adventure Studies UHI in Fort William and Lochaber Outdoor Learning Partnership are pleased to announce an upcoming Conference

“Meanings, markets and magic” -  2011 Adventure Conference
Dates: 15th/16th September 2011
Venue: School of Adventure Studies, Fort William, Scotland

Click here for more details

Tourism Review

Tourism Review have recently published a special issue on 'Destination Governance', which looks at how tourist destinations must be organized, coordinated and governed through mechanisms of action and control.

  • Governance: a review and synthesis of the literature
  • Analysing tourism stakeholders networks
  • Park visitors' perceptions of governance: a comparison between Ontario and British Columbia provincial parks management models
  • Improving tourism destination governance
  • Archetypes of destination governance: a comparison of international destinations
  • Roles and opinions of primary and secondary stakeholders within community-type destinations

Stories of the World London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Shropshire joins the national Stories of the World programme as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

One of 60 museums across Britain preparing to welcome more than 2.5 million visitors to Stories of the World projects, the Ironbridge Gorge Museum will present Science, Sport, Life. A celebration of sport and science, and an exploration of the stories behind the headlines from 19th century sporting heroes to the latest 21st century space-age materials that help to create the record-breaking performances of the world’s greatest athletes, it will encompass a thrilling series of exhibitions, events, festivals and fun hands-on activities. More on this story...

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