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Albergo diffuso: An alternative form of hospitality

Buildings located in historic areas are given a second life as they welcome visitors eager to learn about and experience local culture. This is the albergo diffuso, an Italian concept that combines the very old with the contemporary. Concept An albergo diffuso is a type[...]

Global ranking of destinations and source markets

The flow of tourists to various destinations around the world has changed drastically in recent years and data compiled over the past decade corroborates certain trends. New outbound markets occupy the top spots and the ranking of destinations has been turned upside dow[...]

Restaurant industry in change: be proactive!

New regulations are being introduced in the restaurant industry. Now that consumers want to eat better and know more about the origins and composition of their food, some lawmakers are taking action. Not to be outdone, Canada will likely follow suit and pass its own new[...]

Exploiting the “Gap Year Travel” niche

Although the idea of taking time off in order to travel is by no means a recent one, “gap year travel” is both a relatively new and a relatively unknown market segment. Travellers in this segment do not spend a great deal, yet nonetheless make a significant [...]

Culture: The key to urban tourism

In the new millennium, Montréal’s leaders and opinion-makers have continually emphasized that the future of their metropolis is tied to culture. But it isn’t the only city to have recognized the value of culture. Toronto has decided to invest heavily in its [...]

Adopting a leisure-orientated marketing mix: some challenges and opportunities for airports

This article aims to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that are faced by airports whe[...]
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Airports in the marketing era (Conference summary)

Northern Europe has a large number of secondary airports, many of which were built for military or regional development purposes. Until recently, the primary role of these airports was to provide a public service to small communities located far from big centres, by lin[...]
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Up close and personal

As has been said before, the quest for authenticity has become a general trend. Beyond the major natural attractions and must-see sites, travellers visiting foreign countries are interested in experiencing the local culture and soaking up the lifestyle. Rural tourism fi[...]

Amusement parks: What can we expect in 2005?

The opening of the gigantic Tropical Islands theme park just outside Berlin has all of Europe talking. What amusement park trends will emerge in 2005? +++ The Commentary from Liping A. Cai, Professor and Director at the Purdue Tourism & Hospitality Research Center. [...]
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Hotel classifications vs. customer expectations

Spain's Cantabria University conducted a study to determine whether that country's hotel classification system was an accurate indicator of the quality of actual hotel experiences. The results showed that customers staying in luxury establishments had proporti[...]
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