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The First Step to Creating Smart Destination Development

The world’s most famous attractions didn’t come out of focus groups.  There wasn’t likely a visitor’s board in Paris in 1880 saying: “You know what this city needs . . . a giant flag pole!”  There wasn’t a research team in India in the 1600s looking at visitor data and suggesting a blindingly white Mausoleum. Whether it’s the Great […]

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Can Frank Gehry get people to visit Panama?

  This year will see the opening of an exciting new building by architect legend Frank Gehry: the BioMuseo in Panama City, Panama. Gehry’s impact on tourism was famously made in 1997 with the opening of his instantly iconic Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain.  Perhaps more than any other building that wasn’t challenging a height […]

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British Museum allows visitor experience to be ravaged by vikings

Viking Sword

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Held in a new state-of-the-art gallery, the British Museum’s exhibition, Vikings: Life and Legend, was meant to consolidate the museum’s reputation as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking in the world. Instead that reputation has been severely dented as disgruntled visitors take to social media to complain about long queues and massive overcrowding. I […]

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Nashville’s musical offerings start right at the airport… as they should

Nashville understands that music is at the core of their visitor experience. It therefore makes perfect sense to welcome their 10 million annual visitors and bid them farewell with a taste of that music.  Nashville International Airport (with funding from Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority and the Tennessee Arts Commission) started offering live music in 1988, then […]

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World’s oldest temple takes thoroughly modern approach to tourism

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Gobekli Tepe, a recently excavated temple site in Turkey, is set to become a model for sensitive tourism development with the help of the Global Heritage Fund. Predating the Great Pyramids, Stonehenge and the invention of written language, Gobekli Tepe is the oldest temple site in the world. With excavations advanced enough for visitor numbers […]

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How do you make your destination appealing in the winter… on a budget… and do it overnight? How about an art installation in the snow?

Okay, there’s on major draw back. Or two. 1) You might need a helicopter to fully appreciate it. 2) It will only last until the next snowfall or wind storm.   But imagine having this artistic snowshoer Simon Beck as an artist in residence, creating new art works around your destination all the time.  And maybe on […]

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