Tourism News

July 2021

I was reading recently that United Airlines have ordered 15 supersonic jetliners for delivery later this decade.  I also saw that a new residential cruise ship called Njord is being launched that will sell residences (not cabins) for between $8 and $30 million.  That got me thinking about the romance of travel, something of which … Continue reading July 2021

June 2021

We are now past Memorial Day and for the Northern Gulf Coast, we’re into the Peak Summer tourist season.  It’s the time when the visitors flock to the Gulf to have their traditional summer vacation. It means the highest prices, the most crowded beaches, the busiest roads, restaurants bulging with diners – well, you know … Continue reading June 2021

May 2021

Happy May!  We’re now well into Spring and heading for Summer. Can you believe it? Time for a quick update on how tourism is progressing here on the Northern Gulf Coast. Talking to the hospitality folks here, things are going really well.  Hotels and vacation rentals are reporting very high occupancy levels, something that has … Continue reading May 2021

April 2021

Remember tourism before this pandemic?  One of the big topics across the world prior to 2020 was the concept of over tourism. Many destinations were suffering, if that’s the word, from more visitors than they wanted.  Our natural desire as humans is to travel, explore and visit new places.  The industry that’s been my career … Continue reading April 2021

March 2021

March is Women’s History Month in the USA and indeed in many other countries.  International Women’s Day is March 8th. It marks the contribution made to history and contemporary society by women.  So what has the effect been on the tourism industry? Having been in the travel, tourism and hospitality business for a long time … Continue reading March 2021

February 2021

Last month I was reminiscing about how we booked flights when I first started working in the travel and tourism business some 50 years ago. I promised that I’d tell you about booking hotels and tours back then.  Of course with no on-line systems in those days and no internet to check hotel reviews and … Continue reading February 2021

January 2021

For a Christmas present my wife gave me some travel books, but with a twist.  These are about what it was like to travel during the 1930s, 1950s and ‘60s. I find these fascinating trying to imagine what tourism was like a few decades ago.  It got me thinking about how things have changed in … Continue reading January 2021

December 2020

With Christmas and the New Year approaching, I think it’s time for a little ‘end of the year’ story or a Christmas Carol……. Once upon a time, in the old days, as the days got shorter and winter storms piled snow around the door, those in the travel and tourism industry reflected on the past … Continue reading December 2020

November 2020

It’s November and therefore time for Thanksgiving. From a tourism point of view you may ask what do we have to be thankful for this year, but without too much deep thinking I can think of many things. Up here on the Northern Gulf Coast, we did have an initial lock down for the pandemic … Continue reading November 2020

October 2020

I’ve been looking back on the Let’s Talk Tourism articles for the past two and a half years to see what I’ve written about, partially because I don’t want want to repeat myself (as if I would!) and also to see what has changed.  In that time we’ve shared the history of tourism, how those … Continue reading October 2020