27 December 2011
See my post.
Aided by a deep harbour on Grand Turk, one million visitors has a tremendous impact obn the island.
I mean, who will sell those t-shirts made in Malaysia, right?
Given the current economic conditions, one million folks is pretty impressive, but is is sustainable?
17 December 2011
Instead went hiking up at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Noble View property.
A bit cooler than two weeks ago, when we hiked in Chester, we even saw some flakes for a few moments.
The picture shows Big Pitcher Falls.
16 December 2011
"Globalisation: Islands Adapting to Change"
29 May – 1 June, 2012
The Virgin Islands (BVI)
Sounds pretty nice, eh?
08 December 2011
- U.S. travel to Europe was 5.2 million visitors, with an 18 percent share;
- Asia was 2.0 million, with a seven percent share;
- Caribbean was 3.2 million, with an 11 percent share;
- South America was 810,000, with a three percent share;
- Central America was 1.1 million, with a four percent share;
- Middle East was 665,000, with a two percent share;
- Oceania was 249,000, with a one percent share; and
- Africa was 175,000, with a one percent share.
04 December 2011
I shot this picture will hiking the H. Newman Marsh Memorial Trail in the Chester-Blandford State Forest yesterday. It is a great looking waterfall that is found east of the more famous Sanderson Falls along this trail. There are several "vista" along the loop trail found on the top of the 500 foot or so climb.
02 December 2011
26 November 2011
Spent a few hours off trail in the Appalachian Trail Corridor yesterday. Needed to burn off that Thanksgiving Turkey and boy, I sure did. Bushwhacking through hill and dale, swamp and brush was fun. The weather was great too.
15 November 2011
11 November 2011
I asked my friend Mike to lead a trip to the Clarksville Cave in NY and today, we ventured over to it (about 2 hours west of us). An expedition of 6 took on the fun challenge, and all survived!
Visit this site for more info on the Clarksville Cave.
10 November 2011
The top five destination countries in 2010 for U.S. visitors were: Mexico (20.0 million), Canada (11.7 million), the United Kingdom (2.4 million), Dominican Republic (1.8 million), France and Italy (both 1.8 million). Six of the top 10 destinations visited by U.S. travelers posted increases in 2010. PRC moved ahead of Japan as the most visited Asian country.
For details, see:
09 November 2011
Dr. Brad Daniel of Montreat College will help participants become better outdoor educators by presenting a variety of mistakes made by those who teach in the outdoors. After a short video illustrating many of these mistakes, a comprehensive list will be compiled and solutions to each one will be presented and discussed.
03 November 2011
So if you need a break from clearing the broken trees off your property, head on out to the Parks. Find one close to home by visiting this link.
02 November 2011
Typical snow hits New England later in November after the fall foliage season. Well, I am looking at my yard right now, trees with green leaves, snow on the ground and a mountain of branches scattered around the property.
IMHO this is worse than Hurricane Irene or the 1 June 2011 tornado.
We have it pretty bad. Three hundred thousand homes and businesses still without power. Westfield State University is closed for the week (yippee), and that gives me the time to catch up on school work in between cleaning up the yard.
Since many gas stations are without power, lines of impatient drivers remind me of the gas crisis days of the Seventies and early Eighties.
Who needs to go to the gym when you got a yard.
27 October 2011
This is the kind of film that makes your jaw drop! Anyway, showed this bad boy to my students this evening for the annual 16mm Halloween Movie and Food Drive. Collected some 6 boxes of food that I'll take to the local Food Pantry tomorrow.
The students had a break from studying for midterms (yeah, right), and we collected food to help those who need a little extra.
23 October 2011
2012 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium
The Sagamore Resort on Lake George
Bolton Landing, NY
Sunday, April 1 - Tuesday, April 3, 2012
December 2 , 2011 One page abstract must be received via the abstract submission website by this date.
January 23, 2012 Notification of acceptance.
February 10, 2012 Preliminary schedule (without presentation times) posted on website
TBA Full schedule (including presentation times) posted on website.
17 October 2011
15 October 2011
Southeastern Recreation Research Conference
February 26th – February 28th 2012
See the website for more information.
I presented at this conference as a grad student back in the 80's and it was a great experience.
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29 September 2011
The MBA student asked how can we afford this in the poor economy.
I answered that it is an investment in the future.
Maybe, I should have suggested that he watch "Wall Street".
21 September 2011
19 September 2011
Let's hope that fair and thoughtful negotiations move us all forward.
18 September 2011
Proposed RTS Sessions
1. "When 'the Rest' enters'the West': (Re-)Negotiating identities in touristic settings". Sybille Frank
2. Developing tourism by indigenous people in indigenous areas and challenges. Anne-Marie d'Hauteserre
3. Managing ethical consumption in tourism: Compromise and tension. Karla Boluk and Clare Weeden
4. (Im)mobilities of dwelling: Places and Practices. Sybille Frank, Lars meier & Silke Steets
5. Film/TV/ Media and tourism. Daniel Knudsen
6. Rural and Peripheral Tourism. Patrick Brouder
7. Moral encounters in tourism. Mary Conran & Kevin Hannam
8. Biopower in tourism. Amy Gray and Claudio Minca
9. Tourism Geographies and Global Climate Change. Jarkko Saarinen and Alison Gill
10. Round Table Discussion: Enclave tourism. Dimitri Ioannides
11. Tourism post-9/11. Anne-Marie d'Hauteserre
12. Dark tourism. Rudi Hartmann Rudi.Hartmann@ucdenver.edu
13. Historical geography of the environment. National parks and protected areas. Yolonda Youngs & Terence Young
14. Privatization and bio-conservation: exploring social/ecological trends.
Jason Abdilla and Melissa Wiggins
06 September 2011
Glad that is behind us, but we are still in line to get some more hurricane like weather over the next few weeks. But hopefully, nothing significant.
27 August 2011
It is wonderful to see mainstream press using GIS applications to note physical or human events.
To see the link at the NY Times, click here.
26 August 2011
While most sane people are moving inland, there are surfing fans enjoying a rare opportunity to "hang ten" on the eastern seaboard. This area is not well know for serious surfing, but when a storm comes in the area, you are not going to waste the opportunity.
See this news site for more info.
The Weather Channel has some info on wave heights.
A final thought...the leading edge for this storm gives us winds from the north-east and east, but once the eye has past, the winds will reverse to come from west and south-west. Remember, a cyclonic disturbance in the northern hemisphere has counter clockwise winds toward the low pressure.
25 August 2011
the National Hurricane Center
Lots of good graphics, maps and data and none of the commercials or advertisements you'll get on other sites.
Plugged in our dehumidifier in the basement to prepare. Oh yeah, maybe I'll stock up on some goodies too!
22 August 2011
U.S. Department of Commerce Releases First Cultural Heritage Visitor Profile
International Cultural Heritage Traveler Arrivals Up 14 Percent Over 2009
The U.S. Department of Commerce announces the release of its first Cultural Heritage Visitor (CHV) Profile. The CHV profile showcases select characteristics of overseas visitors who participated in one or more of the following activities: art gallery/museum, concert/play/musical, cultural heritage sites, ethnic heritage sites, American Indian community, historical places, and national parks.
The profile can be accessed directly from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries' website:
14 August 2011
Hungry for conch? I am partial to cracked conch and this a really good place to get it.
They also participated in our Sustainable Restaurant Study, so take this as a shameless plug for their food.
12 August 2011
INTERNATIONAL VISITATION UP THREE PERCENT IN MAY 2011
The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 5.2 million international visitors traveled to the United States in May 2011, a three percent increase over May 2010. For the first five months of 2011, visitation (23.7 million) was up five percent compared to the same period in 2010.
01 August 2011
So summer vacations in the tropics are always a gamble. In 2009, I made travel plans about a week out since hurricanes move slowly, say 15-25 mph.
Should Emily pick up, you can download GIS tracking data.
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16 July 2011
This morning I spent a few hours walking around downtown Westfield with my friend Mike Young of the Westfield River Watershed Association. We placed these labels next to storm drains to alert the public that things dumped in the drain go straight into the river.
09 July 2011
(The Most Comprehensive Bibliography on the subject on the web)
(Last update 8 July 2011, n=251 references and counting!)
08 July 2011
07 July 2011
One Third of our Time? An Introduction to Recreation Behavior and Resources by Michael Chubb and Holly R. Chubb (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 605 Third Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10016, 1981.
27 June 2011
Westfield Dog Bark becoming a reality. Yes, that is the way we spell it. The City Parks and Recreation Commision gave us permission to lease the property known as Arm Brook as seen in this image from the City's GIS. We scouted out the park area this morning and will meet at the University on Wednesday to do some more serious planning.
26 June 2011
18 June 2011
I find a lot of pleasure in our local Stanley Park. And the remarkable thing about it is that it is a private park, open to the public free of charge. It puts the local public parks to shame, but we can be thankful that it is here!
I often walk my dog in the back woods area, called the Frank Stanley Beverage Wildlife Sanctuary. It is very peaceful.
And sometimes, like when I shot this picture, all you hear is the rustle of leaves and birds chirping. No automobile noises, no bombers from the local air base, and no lawnmowers, blowers or chain saws. ahhhhhh.
17 June 2011
UPDATING STATE COMPREHENSIVE OUTDOOR RECREATION PLANS, AN APPLICATION OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND CENSUS DATA
that is the full name. This is the paper Rod Warnick and I have submitted for publication in the Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium Proceedings. The abstract:
Modeling supply and demand data is useful for regional outdoor recreation planning. At the statewide level, a State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is prepared to satisfy the requirements of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). In Massachusetts, the most recent SCORP was prepared in 2006. One of the primary tasks in the preparation for this document was the updating of recreation resource inventory statewide and the development of an extensive GIS data base. For the demand side, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts utilized data collected in 1995 that emphasized usage patterns, tested satisfaction of outdoor recreation areas and evaluated unmet needs. This paper presents an example of updating SCORPS using current demographic data (US Census) and geographic supply data (MassGIS).
16 June 2011
An Act relative to geography education in Massachusetts found at:
If you want to support, email one of the sponsors and if you are local, contact your rep or senator!
11 June 2011
See http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=50854&src=nha for an image of the Western Mass weather event of 1 June 2011.
03 June 2011
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to ascertain the relative importance of sustainable tourism practices to medical tourists. Sustainable management practices have become the accepted and appropriate model for tourism. Medical tourists, those who visit a foreign country for a medical procedure unavailable at home due to high costs, timeliness or local laws and customs, are asked how important a set of sustainable management practices are in their experiences. Selected for this study are the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC). These criteria have been designed to be the minimum practices to ensure sustainability for the business as well as protect the natural and cultural resources.
Design/methodology/approach – An online survey was employed to gather the travel patterns, motivations and socio-demographics of medical tourists and to test their ranking of the GSTC on a five-point Likert scale.
Findings – Medical tourists who travelled to Costa Rica, a recognized ecotourism destination, are more likely to support some of the sustainable criteria designed to maximize social and economic benefits to the local community and minimize negative impacts, than those who travelled elsewhere.
Research limitations/implications – While the sample size is modest, this is an exploratory assessment by medical tourists of sustainable management practices.
Practical implications – Research into sustainable medical tourism practices is timely given that hospitals are not traditionally in the tourism business, but are now rapidly seeking to provide this service to their foreign patients.
Originality/value – The paper presents what is believed to be the first investigation into medical tourists' preferences in sustainable tourism practices.
02 June 2011
Over the Memorial Day weekend at a friend's picnic party, the discussion came around to being thankful that we don't live in a part of the world besieged by floods, earthquakes, wildfire, hurricanes AND tornadoes.
Sure we get them all, but generally these natural hazards are weak fortunately infrequent.
Well I eat my words, when yesterday, while we lost power for 2 hours, all hell was breaking loose 5 miles to our east.
My thoughts go out to all who were impacted by this event and any natural disaster.
30 May 2011
Yep, been doing movies in the backyard for 10 years or so. I think the first film I showed was "Reptilicus", so that will give you an idea of the genre!
This year we will start in a couple of weeks, rain or shine, and after a BBQ of pork patty palooza, show an Abbott and Costello films called "Time of their Lives."
Should be a fun evening.
23 May 2011
Now, given the horrendous loss of life in the Midwest over the weekend, I offer this question. Should we, as tourists, exploit the damaging impacts of Tornadoes?
I am reminded of this every time I am on the road, and a fire truck or cop car or ambulance scream down the highway and drivers do not get out of the way. Come on folks, let these people do their job. someone's life may be at risk!
21 May 2011
17 May 2011
Since the American and Canadian Dollar are about the same in value, this number is probably fueled by the GST!
Mexico follows in numbers while Japan follows in money spent.
14 May 2011
Anyway, she has passed and will be missed.
08 May 2011
Peace to you and yours. Me? I walked Biscuit in the Frank Stanley Beverage Wildlife Sanctuary in Westfield MA. Strange thing, I walked along this fence line that borders our campus and the Park.
Shot this with my cell phone and must have clicked on black and white? Anyway, met lots of mom's today and several four legged ones greeted Biscuit.
02 May 2011
Why coconut? Well probably the first time I ever had it was in 1997 in Belize. I mean you can get coconut and chocolate ice cream but I am talking about 100% coconut. I then found that when you travel in the Caribbean or Central America you can get this wonderful dessert, but not easily in the States.
In Martinique earlier this year, I had coconut ice cream for dessert at every dinner. We also came across a beach vendor at La Plage des Salines. For a Euro, you got some fresh homemade coconut ice cream!
Life is good.
30 April 2011
The 2012 Annual Meeting will be held much earlier than previous meetings; therefore, presenters will need to submit their abstracts and proposals earlier. Presenters can register for the AAG Annual Meeting and submit abstracts for presentations and sessions as early as May 15. The Call for Papers will end on September 28, 2011.
The AAG Annual Meeting is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone with an interest in geography and related disciplines. All scholars, researchers, and students are welcome to submit abstracts for papers and presentations. The Call for Papers and abstract guidelines are available at www.aag.org/annualmeeting/call_for_papers.
25 April 2011
Even when adjusted for different current weather conditions, the area has grown for urban heat islands in our little town of Westfield.
How adjusted? well the median temps for each period was used to reclassify the maps into area of UHI and not. Simple right?
24 April 2011
Forsythia is in bloom. I was walking the dog in Stanley Park this morning and saw this growth patter. I mean, no flowers 2-4 feet above the ground. Can you guess why?
Well probably it is due to the cold winter and the piles of snow we got. With a couple of feet of snow on the ground from Christmas to the middle of March, a lot of buds were exposed to the elements and froze.
23 April 2011
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is closed indefinitely due to severe storm damage on Friday, April 22.
All departing and arriving flights are cancelled until further notice pending full safety assessments of Airport facilities.
Contact your airline for latest updates and options for all departing and arriving flights.
St. Louis City, St. Louis County and surrounding municipalities are actively assisting the Airport with cleanup efforts and safety review of all operations in and around the Airport complex.
You can also stay tuned to local media for further updates on the situation at Lambert.
22 April 2011
10 April 2011
The Changing World of Coastal, Island and Tropical Tourism Conference
Martinique, French West Indies
27 - 29 January 2011
Sea, sun, sand and ... Selecting Surgery, an exploration of Medical Tourist Travel Behavior
Keywords: medical tourism, travel choice behavior, sustainable tourism
A challenge for marketing coastal and island destinations is the recognition of the spatial choice behavior of tourists. Mass tourism facilities depend on repeat visitors as well as attracting new first time tourists. As these traditional sun and sand holiday destinations mature, tourism promoters are expanding opportunities to attract a different kind of tourist. Since many of these resorts are all-inclusive facilities including a Spa, one potential expansion may be to market to health, wellness or medical tourists.
One primary goal of travel research is to understand what factors might influence the decision-making process. In this manner, tourism planners can identify the determinants of patronage patterns in order to estimate the returns on investments. Travel occurs because people seek alternatives in space where participation in some activity takes place. Like any travel, medical travel is where an individual seeks to meet some desired objective by selecting among alternative hospital destinations and choosing one.
Geographic research in travel and tourism has found that individuals either repeat visits to the same destination or diversify their choices. Since medical tourists are facing travel for a sensitive personal issue, awareness of their travel behavior is important for island and coastal destinations electing to market medical tourism.
For example, in Costa Rica, the Medical Tourism Development Project is proposing the construction of a private hospital, a Robert Trent Jones golf course and complementary support and living facilities. This 1000 hectare property is minutes from the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia and thirty minutes from the beaches of the Guanacaste Province. Will this facility attract individuals who have vacationed in Costa Rica before or will it attract new tourists?
This presentation highlights the finding of an survey that gathered the travel patterns and motivations, preferences of sustainable tourism management practices and socio-demographics of medical tourists. Medical tourists considered several different destinations prior to their treatment. The data suggests that repeat visitors are more likely to have a level of comfort in their chosen destination. On the other hand, those who exhibited diversified travel behavior were more likely to want their hospital choice to be affiliated with an American Hospital and accredited. There were no differences for preference of sustainable management practices between the repeat and diversified travelers.
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|Lunes, Marzo 21, 2011||Ubicación||Hora|
|18||Envío entregado - Firmado por: ROBERT||WEST HARTFORD, CT - USA||17:35|
|17||Envío en ruta de entrega.||WEST HARTFORD, CT - USA||09:10|
|16||Llegado a oficinas de DHL en WEST HARTFORD - USA||WEST HARTFORD, CT - USA||08:51|
|Domingo, Marzo 20, 2011||Ubicación||Hora|
|15||Salida de un centro de tránsito de DHL en CINCINNATI HUB - USA||CINCINNATI HUB, OH - USA||22:46|
|14||Procesado en CINCINNATI HUB - USA||CINCINNATI HUB, OH - USA||14:20|
|13||Salida de un centro de tránsito de DHL en MIAMI GATEWAY - USA||MIAMI GATEWAY, FL - USA||13:18|
|12||Llegada a un centro de tránsito de DHL en CINCINNATI HUB - USA||CINCINNATI HUB, OH - USA||12:25|
|Sábado, Marzo 19, 2011||Ubicación||Hora|
|11||Procesado en MIAMI GATEWAY - USA||MIAMI GATEWAY, FL - USA||19:02|
|10||Proceso de Aduana finalizado en MIAMI GATEWAY - USA||MIAMI GATEWAY, FL - USA||07:58|
|9||Llegada a un centro de tránsito de DHL en MIAMI GATEWAY - USA||MIAMI GATEWAY, FL - USA||07:58|
|8||Salida de un centro de tránsito de DHL en PANAMA CITY - PANAMA||PANAMA CITY - PANAMA||03:06|
|7||Envío en tránsito por PANAMA CITY - PANAMA||PANAMA CITY - PANAMA||03:04|
|6||Llegada a un centro de tránsito de DHL en PANAMA CITY - PANAMA||PANAMA CITY - PANAMA||00:09|
|Viernes, Marzo 18, 2011||Ubicación||Hora|
|5||Salida de un centro de tránsito de DHL en SAN JOSE - COSTA RICA||SAN JOSE - COSTA RICA||22:33|
|4||Envío en tránsito por SAN JOSE - COSTA RICA||SAN JOSE - COSTA RICA||22:31|
|3||Llegada a un centro de tránsito de DHL en SAN JOSE - COSTA RICA||SAN JOSE - COSTA RICA||21:42|
|2||Procesado en SAN JOSE - COSTA RICA||SAN JOSE - COSTA RICA||21:07|
|1||Envío retirado/recolectado.||SAN JOSE - COSTA RICA||14:24|