City to Cut Ribbon on New Basketball Court

WHO: Richmond Chief Administrative Officer Byron MarshallCarMax President and CEO Tom FolliardCarMax Foundation President Lynn MussattRichmond Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities Dr. Norman C. MerrifieldOther City and CarMax Officials and Youth Basketball TeamsWHAT: A ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a new basketball court and recognize the CarMax Foundation for its donation of a

2nd International Forum, Russia

The Second International Forum
St Petersburg, Russia 23rd - 26th November 2011

Organised by St Petersburg State University for Service and Economics, in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, the Forum will feature key speakers from the Russian hospitality, tourism and events industry. The aim is to identify the key problems and challenges faced by these industries and to find practical solutions for these. There will also be ample opportunity to network with many other organizations from around the world.

The Conference takes place in Tavrichesky Palace, the headquarters of Inter-parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States The agenda  will be linked to the preparation for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi 2014.

Academic papers submitted will be published after the event as a book chapter. For more information and to register your interest, email


Whether you are a first-time traveller, seasoned explorer or experienced traveller, this website aims to offer a 'travel writing home' to share your adventures. It has a search facility to see posts with photographs of visits from around the world as well as featured journals. There are useful resources and tools and current geo-related information – all in a 'state of the art and fun environment'. 

The winner of the 2011 World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship was named as Zoe Smith. She’s currently in Turkey with her Rough Guides mentor, Terry Richardson. If you want to follow Zoe’s adventures, keep an eye out for #RGZoe tweets and tales from the road in upcoming Rough Guides newsletters.

The Michael Hoppen Gallery are pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Ruth Orkin including American Girl in Italy, one of the most widely known photographs ever taken. Co-curated by Orkin's daughter, Mary Engel, the exhibition will feature rarely seen photographs from Orkin's travelogue encapsulating the tourist's experience in Italy alongside iconic images spanning Orkin’s career.

World was launched in 2002, with an aim to provide a range of  services to help ensure the safety of independent travellers. As well as flexible travel insurance,  they have created a number of tools such as language guides and travel blogs plus current travel safety information.

They also run a number of travel programs such as scholarships,  where they partner with companies such as National Geographic, Sydney  Morning Herald and ABC Radio to provide unique learning experiences for  travellers looking to further their experience in the fields of travel  documentary, podcasting, writing and photography.

Children Encouraged to Join Guinness World Record Attempt

City children between the ages of one and 14 are invited to join the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities and other children at sites around the world to help set a Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™.All children need to do for a chance at becoming a world record holder is come to the department’s Swansboro Pool at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, and

Discount Theme Park Tickets Available

The department of is selling discount tickets to Kings Dominion, Water Country USA and Busch Gardens at prices that range from $31 to $54.Kings Dominion Good Any Day tickets are on sale for $42 for adults and $32 for youth and senior citizens. In addition, discount tickets for admission on Park and Recreation Days, July 1 through Aug. 5, are available for $32 for all ages.Water Country discount

'Tourism and the Truth: Stacey Dooley Investigates Kenya'

In case you missed it last night, here's a link to a TV programme with Stacey Dooley investigating the side of tourism the average holidaymaker doesn't see, from hotels exploiting workers to tourist developments affecting the environment. Click here to view


The Association for Tourism in Higher Education is pleased to announce its
Annual Conference and Call for Papers

Capitalising on HE-Industry Links

7th-9th December 2011, St Anne's College, Oxford

Kurt Janson, Policy Director for Tourism Alliance
Professor Chris Cooper, Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School
Find out more here...

Sport and Recreation Alliance

The Sport and Recreation Alliance is the new name for the Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR) and is the umbrella organisation for the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK, representing more than 320 members – such as the FA, the Rugby Football Union, UK Athletics, the Ramblers, British Rowing and the Royal Academy of Dance.

Their role, as a trade association, is to speak up on behalf of their members and represent their views. They promote the interests of sport and recreation and also campaign on major issues such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy, the regulatory burden on Sports and Recreation Clubs, attracting major sporting events to the UK and improving access to waterways and countryside.

City to Kickoff 55th Annual Festival of the Arts June 10

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and the City of Richmond will kick off the 55th annual Festival of the Arts on Friday, June 10, at 8 p.m. on the Dogwood Dell stage with the Upper East Side Big Band. The festival features 30 evenings of outdoor family entertainment at Dogwood Dell throughout out the summer that are free to attend.Highlighting the annual festival will be the city’s Fourth of July Celebration

Report - More than a Game

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) was set up in 2004 to help find solutions to poverty in parts of the UK. They have since produced over 50 publications looking at asocial issues and seeking to harness the experience and dedication of grass-roots organisations into the policy formation process. In January 2010, they launched six new policy areas, expanding the CSJ’s overview into areas such as youth justice, mental health, older age and sport. 

This report is the second of those new areas to publish after Outcome-Based Government in January 2011, while the rest will be released over the course of the summer and autumn. 'More than a Game', seeks to examine the use of sport as a tool to engage and work with young people in deprived communities. Topics covered in the report are:

  • Sport, disadvantage and social reform
  • Governance and leadership
  • Maximising the potential of coaching
  • Access to facilities
  • Overcoming the barriers – volunteering and sport
  • London 2012 and the legacy
'Man Diving', Ustinov Studio, Bath, Wed 15 June, 7pm. A play about the Bosnian civil war.

"One day I am close to there. It is on the frontline now. On their side... We are hunting Croats. Besnik and I. And I look out across the street, over the frontline, and there is the window of our bedroom. Where Marketa and I have slept. Only then I see - like slow motion - smoke comes out of it. Then boom. And then fire. Up the side of the building, turning concrete black. And I run out into the street, duck behind a car, and shoot and shoot and shoot at the Croats, all the time that my home is burning."


The latest  online  magazine from TravelGBI is  now available here.

Voluntary Code of Good Governance

A new 'Voluntary Code of Good Governance for the Sport and Recreation Sector', has been published by the Sport and Recreation Alliance to help sporting and recreational bodies aspire to and maintain good governance and assist those in senior management positions to run their organisations more efficiently. It has been welcomed by UK Sport and the Sport and Olympics Minister Hugh Roberts. More...

View the Code of Governance in full here