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Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Interests: music, softball, b-movies
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Hanging in a bar last night with my friend Jay Graham (curator of Rick's Picks and empresario of Graham Spencer, the agency behind the very cool "Misery Loves Company" video for the Rockford Area CVB)...and he was clearly excited about... Continue reading
Posted 13 minutes ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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For Destination Marketing Organizations and Sports Commissions, third-party housing bureaus (and the restrictions on choice that they often foist upon communities and participants) are both a bane and a blessing. A blessing, in that the host community doesn't have to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Those of us in Destination Marketing are continually attempting to convince a skeptical public that investing in tourism promotion is one of the only (and best) ways that government can generate significant levels of non-resident taxes. The supporting data is... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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So many of the pilgrimages travelers make are to historic sites that commemorate the loss of life. Battlefields, terror and holocaust sites, and places where other horrible events occurred seem to hold a real magnetism for many of us. I'm... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's always with an attempt at a suppressed chuckle that I listen to public officials proclaim a statement that is either patently false or totally backwards, smug in the knowledge that a) they are right or b) they know they... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Hard to get my head around that it's been a year since his purpleness departed terra firma. Being in Minnesota this week probably exacerbated the awareness, as media there was awash in how purple the Twin Cities would be this... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Seen during our travels last month: A message on the wall of a local Post Office, urging customers to not litter (click to enlarge). But, as I have no need to post a letter, this sign clearly doesn't apply to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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An icon of Ohio Tourism announced his retirement earlier this week. Doc Householder has been the CEO of the Belmont County Tourism Bureau for 28 years. He began with the DMO when he was 60. Yes...Doc is 88. And, in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As the tortured machinations over the budget and transparency of the Chattanooga CVB continue to unfold, we note a recent op ed piece to the Chattanoogan, in which the author scolds the CVB for its reluctant stance regarding releasing competitively... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Up until just a few years ago, three Destination Marketing Organizations represented the coast of Mississippi, an area the spans a mere 80 miles. In 2011, an effort was initiated to create a single DMO to more efficiently and effectively... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It is usually the the vocalist for whom the band is named. But, not the J. Geils Band. While Peter Wolf was the flamboyant face of the band from Worcester, it was John Geils that was its heart and soul.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As the meme-fest that has kept us all amused in the aftermath of United Airlines' significant fail slows (and the resulting loss of over a half billion dollars of capitalization grows), management still can't buy a clue. Even in his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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A few years ago, we told you about the Global Soap Project, an initiative to repurpose used soap from hotels into fresh new bars to be distributed in emerging nations where hygiene is poor. Check out this story behind the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's not just you. United feels that way about the families of their employees, too. But, in the aftermath of Sunday's videoed removal of a passenger that the airline described as "belligerent," United once again took the side of its... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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By now, you've no doubt heard that United has done it again...gone viral for a bad decision upon which they chose to double down. Since they haven't seemed willing to apologize or explain their policy any more than, "that's the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It was a song for Ringo. Lennon and McCartney owned most of the tracks on Beatles albums. George had his tracks. And, Ringo needed one for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band...so Paul and John wrote this one as Ringo's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Today is the National Day of Silence in Bali. Honestly. No one speaks. All day. Really. Called Nyepi, this Hindu celebration calls for a day of silence and is intended as a time for self-reflection. There is to be no... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Those of us in the Destination Marketing sphere are no strangers to witnessing the "logic" that some electeds use to divert Room Tax to uses that have nothing to do with the original reason for the tax: to increase visitation... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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What else can be said that hasn't. From his induction in first class of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: "While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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For those watching the evolution of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) over the past year, this probably comes as no surprise. But, come July, the association will officially change its name to Destinations International. One of the reasons that the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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If you don't follow Mike Rowe, you should. In his most recent Facebook post, someone commented that he is becoming this era's Paul Harvey. And, I can't deny that he very well could be. Yesterday, he posted up in celebration... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As Austin takes a deep breath after hosting the world at SXSW, political leaders will need to take a serious look at the brand hit the city took this year in the wake of shooing away Uber and Lyft. Last... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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For those outside of the State of Florida, this blog's recent preoccupation with the political machinations there may be wearisome. But, as we offered in last week's Z-News, it's a marvelous case study in real time on how both sides... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Our friend Lee Tasseff (Destination Mansfield-Richland County) was one of the readers of this blog that took up our invitation yesterday to request a song for today's Music Friday. And, he suggested two. Given the world in which we live,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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There's a kind of pecking order for my musings. My Twitter feed is a series of often infrequent, random one-offs about whatever crosses my mind. My blog, repurposed most weekdays through Facebook, is a slightly more focused screed, often addressing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist