The city of Venice has installed tourist turnstile checkpoints at main entry points to divert visitors along separate routes. Some residents last week protested the turnstiles (see photos in tweet below) and feel their city is increasingly becoming a theme park. Last month, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro announced an ordinance that was in effect from April 28 to May 1, a busy holiday weekend in Italy, that set up multiple checkpoints to inspect identification of people wanting to enter the city. Residents and tourists with Venezia Unica Cards were allowed to take a different and ideally less-crowded route to their homes and popular attractions than tourists who didn’t have the card. Although some European destinations have taken steps to better manage tourism growth and arrivals in the past year, many popular cities and towns are facing another crowded summer. READ ARTICLE … [Read more...] about Overtoursm Trend: Venice fights back with”Disneyfied” turnstyle entrances to city streets
The deadline for compliance with the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is just around the corner, and even if you’re a U.S.-based DMO, the privacy law WILL apply to you. Since you’re most likely collecting personal data in your CRM and CMS from customers or contacts in the EU, it is important to educate yourself and your team on GDPR requirements, and to review and adjust your policies and processes as needed to make sure you’re lawfully handling the data. Don’t Get Scared, Get Prepared It can be easy to feel intimidated or overwhelmed by the requirements of this new regulation, so we’d like to help you ease into what you need to know with this blog: build your awareness of the regulation, give you some key points to keep in mind, and some questions to start you off on reviewing your policies and processes for compliance. At the end of this blog, we’ll provide some further resources for you. What GDPR Means to Destination … [Read more...] about Destination Organizations: Are You GDPR Ready?
Sharing our recent work on sharing economy (in collaboration with Sangwon Park) in Tourism Management. Free access to the article for 50 days. #sharingeconomy #peertopeeraccommodation #airbnb In order to better understand the dynamics of user behavior in the sharing economy platform, a multi-stage study was conducted on how Airbnb hosts articulate themselves online and how consumers respond to different host self-presentation patterns. First, using text mining techniques on a large dataset consisting descriptions of Airbnb hosts in 14 major cities in the United States, two patterns of host self-presentation were identified. Hosts generally present themselves online as (1) a well-traveled individual, eager to meet new people or (2) an individual of a certain profession. This contributes to the conceptualization of profile as promise framework for online self-presentation in mixed-mode interactions involving peer-to-peer accommodation platform. Second, consumers respond to the two … [Read more...] about When Guests Trust Hosts for their Words: Host description and trust in sharing economy
Peter Nash saying goodbye as he retires from the board of TTRA Europe. TTRA thanks you for your dedication. … [Read more...] about Peter Nash Retires From the Board of TTRA Europe
TTRA Europe holds its final board meeting before their conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia (April 23 to 26, 2018). … [Read more...] about TTRA Europe Preparing for April Conference
The Leadership of the Travel and Tourism Research Association wishes you a merry & bright holiday season and happiness, good health & prosperity in your new year! … [Read more...] about Merry & Bright!
TTRA Europe’s 2017 Conference was successfully held in Angers, France focusing on: " EMBEDDEDNESS OF TOURISM WORLDS: TOWARDS NEW FRONTIERS?" CONFERENCE PICTURES AND CONTENT AVAILABLE HERE See you all in Slovenia next April 2018 for another exciting Europe Chapter Conference! … [Read more...] about A successful TTRA European Chapter 2017 Conference in Angers, France !