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Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Interests: music, b-movies and bourbon
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We all have our own "Modus Operandi" when we travel. A select few of us abide by Air Laws and are far from the maddening crowd of self-absorbed assholes that make travel almost unbearable. Some of us travel for business.... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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In what was probably my favorite class in my quest for my MBA, our professor would pit members of his class against each other in search of the truth amidst an ethical dilemma. The results were often fascinating, opening our... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Woodstock. That it was 50 years ago this weekend seems impossible to those of us that were alive in the late 60s. I mean, that's half a freakin' century! Music Friday already shared our two favorite moments from the three... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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A few weeks ago, the City of Solvang abruptly severed its contract with its Destination Marketing Organization without an apparent Plan B. Realizing its error (shutting down its Visitor Center and festival and event support in the middle of high... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Those of us in Destination Marketing often chuckle with each other that our families simply have no idea of what we do. Destinations International's Jack Johnson is on a mission to ensure that what we do is a shared community... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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A recent article in Travel Weekly cites tourism providers and experts claiming that Mexico's current Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year is because of an over-supply of hotel rooms and Sargassum. And, while these two forces are never good,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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At a convention last month, I noticed a trend among guy speakers. They were rolling up the bottoms of their jeans like we did in the '80s (and did as kids in the '60s). And, then I thought of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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The Out-of-Office e-mail Auto-Response is fairly ubiquitous...and generally ignored. Get a load of the Auto-Response from Visit Pensacola CEO Steve Hayes: I am taking the advice of the U.S. Travel Association and taking a vacation! Vacations help our economy and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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According to new data from Skift, we eat when we travel. That is, of course, not a surprise...but just how much we spend on culinary experiences may be. If one takes transportation to and from a destination out of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As the legislative machinations continue in the drive to federally reauthorize Brand USA (this country's Destination Marketing Organization) a travel industry association is lobbying to effectively kill the bill. It's no surprise that Congress is thinking nothing of increasing the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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We've really gotten to a point in our society that we elect people that clearly don't understand how all this works. Take Solvang CA. Some City Council members there decided that they should put the contract for Destination Marketing up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Imagine, if you can, meeting a fellow musician, finding common ground and wanting to perform together...but because you were of different races, the government wouldn't allow it. That was apartheid South Africa in the late '70s when Johnny Clegg met... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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A great article in Skift yesterday (and, who knew their mission was to keep the travel industry accountable?) on how IHG is pledging to not only do away with plastic straws but eliminate those mini-bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As the saying goes, "when somebody hands you a lemon, you make lemonade." It was more than a lemon that America's sitting President lobbed at Baltimore over the weekend...and the team at Visit Baltimore took the opportunity to acquaint readers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Returning home from our international association's annual convention, we are awash with smiles. Getting to reconnect with so many of our friends and clients in one space over three or four days is what makes Destinations International such a valuable... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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We hear that question a lot. Since we all carry more computing power and information on our mobile devices that the astronauts did 50 years ago on the trip to the Moon, who needs physical Visitor Centers anymore? The answer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's always dangerous to base an opinion regarding a destination news story on one source; nuance is everything. But, the story coming out of Putnam County NY over the past few weeks is almost too weird not to believe it.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Paul McCartney's just completed Tour Across America continues to accumulate raves for the sensational production as well as the length of performance. We missed him when he was in Madison due to client commitments...but our friends simply raved. On this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It was ten years ago this month that Irving's Maura Gast unleashed the phrase "It All Starts with a Visit" during her closing address as Chair of Destinations International. If she had a Franklin for every time that phrase has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Often, in this rough and tumble world of full-contact Destination Marketing, it is easy to forget what really matters: Family. I direct you to a story posted last evening on nwi.com, the online version of the Northwest Indiana Times. It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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One of the most forgotten innovators of the early rock years was one Lee Michaels. Steve Winwood is often mentioned near the top of any list of early rock organists (Rick Wakeman, Ray Manzarek, Keith Emerson and Ken Hensley deserve... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Yesterday, we announced, through our (almost) monthly Z-Newsletter (and, if you're not a subscriber...WTF?), that we are bringing DMOU back. Destination Marketing Organization University was our answer to the reality that our peers were forgoing industry conferences in the wake... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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We hear it all the time. Elected Officials often reject the idea of raising Hotel taxes because, regardless of the ROI, they fear that voters won't understand (maybe they're the same people that don't understand that vegi-burgers are made out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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When a State Legislature passes a law that forbids plant-based meat providers from using the word "burger," I guess that should signal to us that they've already tackled all the really pressing issues of the day. Except Mississippi was recently... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I remember chuckling upon seeing Taco John's use a stock photo of a woman that we had used for the original iteration of DMOU. It's not like Taco John's (or DMOU) was selling something that needed to exude authenticism. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist