23 November 2015

November 26-27, 2015 World Summit on Sustainable Tourism ST+20 - Spain

Happen to be in Europe now?  Check out the World Summit on Sustainable Tourism in Spain.  For details. see the page.   Lots of good resources for educators too.

07 November 2015

RIP Dr. Wolfgang Haider (1953 – 2015)

I was saddened to hear about the unexpected death of Wolfgang Haider.  I first got to know Wolfgang at the early years of the Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium and later at the International Symposium of Society and Natural Resources.  He was always pleasant and encouraged me and others in recreation and geography.
There is a nice bio found at this link.

04 November 2015

travel trophies

It always amazes me when the conversation gets around to vacation places and someone announces they have been to 7 islands in the Caribbean or something like that.  Upon closer investigation, I discover they were on a cruise and visited 7 ports.  And if my experience can be the basis, every port in the Caribbean looks, feels, smells the same.  Same trinkets, same food and so on.
This commentary notes this and hopes that after a "taste" the cruise tourist may return to get the real experience.

I wonder about the sample?

02 November 2015

Haymarket ends tipping and raises wages

Another Kudos for a local eatery who is trying to make a difference for their employees.  By raising the hourly wage to 14 bucks (almost $30 k for an annual full time salary), this place only has to raise prices 10 percent in the cafe and 20 percent in the restaurant.
So next time you are in NOHO, check out the Haymarket Cafe.

31 October 2015

Scream ...... TCM and halloween

So today is Halloween and on TCM the day is dedicated to the genre.  Check out these films....
Doctor X, White Zombie, Dementia 13, the Fearless Vampire Killers, Homicidal, The Tingler,, House of Wax, The Devil's Bride, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Curse of the Demon, Dead of Night, Mark of the Vampire and many more this past month.
enjoy....and as Vincent Price suggests ...... SCREAM!

28 October 2015

Kudos to REI

Recreation Equipment Inc (REI) is keeping the 143 stores closed on black Friday and paying employees to be outside!

Is this a cleaver marketing plan or just good plain sense?  I suspect both, since REI will probably gain more online sales this year due to the good publicity.

So, everyone, skip black Friday and finish up the yard work; or better yet, go hiking.