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It's not McD0nald's. But, if you're under 50, you may never have heard of Howard Johnson's. Not the hotels...the restaurants. While they often resided within the "HoJo" Motor Lodges, there were over 400 Howard Johnson restaurants before the first motel... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
The migration of amazing musical talent continued this week as jazzman Al Jarreau departed terra firma. A 'Sconnie by birth, he always exuded a European flair. And, in the days before radio bifurcated into strict genres, it wasn't unusual to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
It was ten years ago that I delivered our analysis and recommendations following a Destination Assessment to a room full of Quad Cities community leaders. Imagine my surprise in seeing my "Tourism is like Rodney Dangerfield...No Respect" quote as the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
After a week of watching the politically fueled machinations in Florida, it's refreshing to see a City Administrator in a small town who "gets it." For your consideration, I give you the City of La Mars IA, population 10,000. Described... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
The Destination Marketing sector reacted with shock last week as a Committee of the Florida House of Representatives voted 10-5 to eliminate Visit Florida. And, as we offered last Thursday, the legislators' minds were made up before they entered the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Is anybody else picking up on the irony that, last Wednesday, a Florida House of Representatives Committee on something or other voted 10-5 to eliminate that State's Destination Marketing Organization. The very next day, in the opposite corner of the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
There was a time in the not too distant past in which music aficionados discovered new music (and, more importantly, new artists) on MySpace (I quaint). And, that's where I found the Scottish band Driveblind, a group fronted by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
They had already decided before they walked into the room. With thousands of constituent communiques and hundreds of people in the Hearing Room ready to express their opposition to the proposed draconian exorcism of Visit Florida and the State's Economic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
The most aggressive (and public) attack to date on Destination Marketing in America begins this afternoon in Tallahassee. The House Careers & Competition Subcommittee (how ironic) will hear testimony on a bill to eliminate Visit Florida. What started as a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
The alternative reality in which we now live (thanks to the 24/7 media's reticence to call a lie a lie and "fake news"...which is far from new) is enough to spin anyone's head, exorcist style. But, one of the most... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
I was in Peoria a couple years ago when Caterpillar announced it would move its corporate presence downtown. For a proud community with a struggling urban core, it was sweet news. But, it never happened. Last week, the company divulged... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
There was a sound in the '80s...the power chord, semi-ballad with a certain undeniable British vocal richness. While it existed as a division within the hair metal movement, it possessed an ethereal quality that the other hair bands lacked. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
To say that it's getting strange out there is an understatement. And, it just got a whole lot stranger. The Florida Speaker of the House has been on a tear, as of late, targeting not just Visit Florida for their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
As I posted up in the Z-News Commentary last Spring, successful tourism is rapidly sowing the seeds of its own destruction. The other day, my friend Amir Eylon shared an article that highlighted Amsterdam's recent moves to halt new hotel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
By now, you've heard the statistic: Americans leave over 658 million vacation days on the table each year. So, do something about it. Today. Because it's National Plan for Vacation Day. No...really, it is. Check out the video. And plan... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
I was searching for an old blog post over the weekend when I stumbled upon a eulogy for a dearly departed friend and mentor. And, as readers come and readers go, some may not have heard about my friend George... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
I first heard Susan Tedeschi on our local "progressive rock" radio station back around the turn of the century. I was transfixed by her rich snarl...which she could produce with both her voice and her guitar. During the first decade... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Or, do you call it Alternate Facts? From the President's Press Secretary's math to a local government official that proclaims a Destination Marketing Organization is out of touch because they don't (fill in the blank), when they clearly do. A... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
It’s always fun to imagine the future. From the Jetson’s to The Time Machine and Star Trek to Soylent Green, we’ve envisioned the years ahead in a myriad of ways. But, no one has ever envisioned the hotel room of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Telling stats from eMarketer Daily yesterday in which they shared data from last week's study from Nielsen on how we all consume Social Media. The amount of time spent on Social Media as a percentage by platform? 18-34: 78% (desktop... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image happened. To the disbelief of a majority of Americans, Donald Trump is officially the President of the United States of America. And, now...the great dismantling of iconic institutions such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
You gotta love the first few lines of his online bio: "So, what to make of this Rick Brantley? This seeker of the life-changing novel and the perfect pair of beat-to-hell boots; this connoisseur of the cool classic movie and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Terri and I were on a Destination Assessment assignment a couple years ago when we stumbled upon a Farmer's Market. I was instantly drawn to one vendor that was offering his best produce...along side his "worst" (click on image to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
As citizens of the world travel in increasing numbers, the inevitable residential push back is sure to occur. And, as we've said before, responsible Destination Marketers need to be sensitive to the fact that our success bears the seeds of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Then why are you (fill in the blank)? Jon Schmieder (of the Huddle Up Group) writes one of our Monday morning must-reads. Today, he took deadly aim at some sacred cows in the Destination and Sports Marketing world. Well, are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist