Signs of the Times?

As I was driving through a section of I-75 recently, the actual numbers of billboards assaulted the senses!   Even more disconcerting were the numbers of EMPTY billboards!    I counted 77 empty boards in the space of 50 miles.   Why?  I wondered if this scene were indicative of the economic downturn, an example of supply and […]

Strong Southern Women

Having been reared in a generation where young lasses only aspired to being teachers, nurses, secretaries or “stewardnesses”, I especially appreciate the modern Southern women professional with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work. These Steel Magnolias are mistakenly described as “sweet” because of their gracious manner; but that belies an ever-present determination, independence, and […]

Planning National Tourism Week? May 7-15, 2011

Need a motivational luncheon speaker for National Tourism Week, May 7-15, 2011?  Contact me ASAP, I am already booking.  I have a 30 minute presentation that celebrates the tourism industry’s recovery, but asks  your community:  “ARE YOU READY”?

Vacations Plus Learning Experiences

Whether it’s beautiful Calloway Gardens near Columbus, GA and hearing a gardening expert or it’s Historic Savannah, GA  and benefiting from the teaching of a culinary expert, more and more vacations are coupling with fun opportunities for learning. Recently in the foothills of North Carolina near Ashville, I attended a Plein Air workshop in Saluda. […]

What’s in a Name? for travel destinations

If, like Savannah did recently, you inquired of the man on the street in your destination:  “What is a CVB?”, I contend you would get the same  answers varying from “It’s a governmental agency or it’s a bank!”  Even when local citizens do know, they are often heard saying, “Visitors and Business Bureau” or other […]

Facebook Marketing for Travel

At a recent Regional Tourism meeting, the speaker, Amber Thomas with Engage, shared some astounding statistics.  No doubt there is a decided movement from Internet static links to an Internet of linked people.  According to Thomas, in January 2010 there were 400 plus Million Facebook users!  If Facebook users were a country, they would be […]