Category Archives: Economic Development

Economic growth and development topics for towns and cities.

The 2 things you must do for online marketing

What if your time for online marketing is incredibly limited, and the boss or powers-that-be simply will not budget for another staff member, or even part-time freelance/contract assistance? What do you absolutely HAVE to do to avoid being invisible online? … Continue reading

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Strong individually, strong collectively

One of my Tourism Currents business partner Leslie McLellan‘s favorite quotes is this one…. “It’s the CVB, Tourist Board, or Chamber’s job to get people to your town. It is YOUR job to get them through your door.” Leslie and … Continue reading

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Making the cultural arts work for your community

Although there are examples and case studies about how the arts can revitalize a town, you probably have anecdotal evidence from your own experiences, too. What is often the first step to a downtown renewal? Artists and creative types move … Continue reading

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Travel Post Friday: Tech and Travel in India

By the time you read this, I’ll be in the Kerala region of India for a conference about travel, technology and tourism: ICTT 2013, the International Conference on Travel Technology India. It’s an incredible chance to talk about my favorite … Continue reading

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Personal experience still trumps everything

The human brain is a stubborn, funny thing. It believes what it wants to believe, and trying to get someone to change that – to literally “change their mind” – is one of the most difficult challenges faced by communications … Continue reading

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You can bring clean water to Haiti through Passports with Purpose 2012

How often as a traveler have you gone to a country where you were warned not to drink the water, not to swallow any when you brush your teeth and not to get any in your mouth as you shower? … Continue reading

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Picking between two don’t-miss social media conferences: SoMeT and SmallTown

This year, two of my very favorite conferences fell on the same day, November 8: the Social Media Tourism SymposiumĀ (SoMeT for short) (update – now, sadly, defunct) in El Paso, Texas and State of NOW SmallTown in Hutchinson, Kansas. It … Continue reading

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Help lay the foundation for a better world: Passports with Purpose in Zambia

While we mess around with our Facebook Pages, mobile devices and tweet-crafting, I’d like to pause for a moment and talk about books. Lots of books, in a place that doesn’t have them, for people who want them very badly. … Continue reading

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Travel Post Friday: Billy’s Downtown Diner

This is Billy Kounoupis, owner of the most excellent, most “not your ordinary diner” – Billy’s Downtown Diner in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley. After a recent speaking engagement for the regional tourism organization, I asked my hosts for … Continue reading

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Travel Post Friday: Guided by someone who lived it

This photo is of the ID tag that Loretta’s father wore during his 40 years working as a crane operator at Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania. She wears it around her neck today as she gives guided tours of the industrial … Continue reading

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