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Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Interests: music, softball, b-movies
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I once had a Mayor of a destination wink at me and say, "Son, you know that Hotel Tax is just funny money." But, that's just it. It shouldn't be. It is a punitive tax upon hoteliers that was initially... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I'm a sucker for a great lyric...and even more for a gender change-up that gives a song a new twist. Such it is with a song called "Dusty Boxcar Wall" by one Eric Anderson. First released in 1965 on his... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I'm guessing it might have something to do with the translation from Hungarian to English...but Prime Minister Viktor Orbán recently said that "Hungary was created by God to enable tourism to be one of its driving sectors." But, that may... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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With the exception of one of my daughters, I don't think I've ever known someone as freaked out by spiders as the person with whom I live this blessed life. My daughter came by her phobia understandably, having been in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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We recently received an invitation from a DMO to a reception to celebrate and show off their new office location. The graphic invitation was colorful, enticing...and totally useless. They had failed to include the address. It's why so many communities... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Destination Marketers can be forgiven for desperately wanting to assure consumers that their region is "open for business" after a high profile catastrophe has befallen the community. But, if it was, indeed, a high profile crisis, consumers will be skeptical,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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When he burst on the rock scene in 1974 as the lead vocalist of Montrose, he was billed as Sam Hagar. Today, not unlike Bono, Sting and Pink, one only needs to say "Sammy," and everyone knows who we're talking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I have an exceptionally low tolerance for bad customer service. But, my ire is rarely directed at the employee...as the reason behind most bad customer service can be found in bad management (and, sometimes, that emanates from the mothership). I'm... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I've always been fascinated that Forbes magazine feels the need to ridicule some municipalities as being among the most "miserable" in America. Why a publication that generally highlights the "best" in business lowers itself like this is a mystery...but, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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The losses don't get much bigger, nor sting quite as much. Tom Petty has departed terra firma. I (sorta) met Tom on an elevator at a Radio and Records Convention in Columbus OH in early 1978. These were affairs where... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Just when it couldn't get any stupider yesterday (Sonoma County elected to pull $1 million from its DMO to cover the costs of early responders), the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is considering a measure to tack an addition 4% of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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The timing could not have been worse (or more politically motivated). Last week's local TV story that cited what reporters felt was excessive spending on alcohol and concert tickets by Visit Austin dropped the day before the City Council was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Yeah...that's a blast from the past. But, they're still out there, still making magic and still touring. And, they opened for Sammy Hagar a couple weeks ago at the way cool new performance venue called the Pavilion at the Irving... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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You want to be an "investigative reporter" (isn't that redundant?)? No need to go to some high powered university to get a degree. These 4 simple steps are all you need to know to wow a prospective employer. In the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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If I had a Franklin for every time a community leader, politician or DMO Board Member asked me how their Destination Marketing Organization compared to others, we'd be able to take a round-the-world vacation with cash to spare. Unfortunately, such... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Had the chance to catch these guys opening for Trombone Shorty last week at the sensational new Irving Music Factory...and we were suitably impressed. If you're anywhere near the Mad City this weekend, they're playing the Capital Brewery on Saturday.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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United Airlines has announced it will fly the last domestic 747 flight as it did its first route of the iconic aircraft that is being mothballed after 47 years: San Francisco to Honolulu. And, the carrier is going all out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's the same feeling (kinda) as when the new Phonebook arrives for Steve Martin in "The Jerk." The new Book is here! The new Book is here! And, it feels so good. Taking orders now. Operators standing by. And, thanks... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It was a spur of the moment joy ride prior to hitting the stage for a concert with his longtime musical collaborator that robbed us all of Troy Gentry. Investigators are now saying that the helicopter crash that killed Troy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Honestly, the crazy shit that comes out of politicians' mouths sometimes? And, I'm not talking about the totally unhinged things they say about gender, ethnicity, age, God, etc. I'm talking about a complete and utter lack of understanding of how... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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After 9/11, Bill Marriott infamously called for the suspension of Hotel Room Taxes to help spur a resumption of travel in America. While a nice thought, saving five bucks on a room wasn't going to inspire anyone to travel that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Steely Dan was one of those bands that defined FM Rock Radio in the '70s. And, not just because they wrote the song that celebrated the medium. Early FM Radio was the realm of Dylan, the Dead, Quicksilver, Jefferson Airplane,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Regardless of one's political affiliation, the notion that a President who makes a shit ton of money in the Tourism sector might be a good thing has pretty much been proven to be beyond wishful thinking. After an initial surge... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Great companies make their customers feel great. Most companies, however, make their customers grit their teeth. While they won't open at home this Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons are poised to delight their fans next weekend with something more than just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As I've said before, there was a time when music was music...before the "bifurcation" of genres, as Lefsetz calls it. When it was perfectly acceptable to hear the Stones, Glen Campbell, Abba and the Jackson 5 in the same set... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist