This week's podcast (19 min, 55 sec long) covers a variety of topics as I ramble my way through the close of the Winter Holidays and the start of the next semester. (Click on the title above to download the MP3 file). I mentioned in the podcast that I am still on Winter Break, though that is not exactly correct. Faculty (professors) are officially back at work today, while classes do not start until next Tuesday (Jan 17th). As I also mentioned in the podcast, I have been working many hours a day for over a week now to get my classes ready for the start of the semester, so I have already been easing my way back into the swing of things. Meetings starting tomorrow will further that transition along.
The more serious theme of this week's podcast is a rather quick overview of some of the top travel news and trends in 2005. I rely on Ed Hewitt's list (independenttraveler.com), though it is highly US-centric. He goes into it in a lot more depth on his website (link below). I am actually borrowing heavily from my new Travelography podcast at Podcasternews.com. In fact, I close this podcast with a preview of my forthcoming (on Jan 12th) Travelography podcast on tourism and terrorism last year.
I also mention an email question about the best atlas for travel planning. I will post a separate blog about that.
Cheers - Alan
LINKS to items mentioned on Today's Podcast:
- 2005: The Year That Was - Ed Hewitt
- Tourism 'worse hit than forecast' [London] - BBC
- Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh on the rebound - TravelVideo.tv
- PATA Bali Situation Update - TravelVideo.tv
- List of terrorist incidents - Wikipedia
- After disaster, tourism's quick rally - IHT
- Terror threat not halting tourism - USA Today
- The new normality: Travel in an unpredictable world - Asia Travel Tips
- Travelography: Travel and Tourism News - Podcasternews.com