Sunday, April 27, 2008

Oman's Musandam Peninsula - A Travelography 2.0 Podcast

Three Photos from Oman's Musandam Peninsula. More photos can be found in my Oman Set at:

Our "Dhow" - traditional Omani wooden fishing boat -- though these are for tourists.

View of part of Bhuka, Oman

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Friday, April 25, 2008

TGPodcast #63: A Rennaissance in the 21st c. - by D'Arcy Dornan

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REPOST WITH SLIDECAST: This Podcast was originaly posted in late November 2007. I recently made it into a Slidecast (with the original slides from D'Arcy Dornan), so am reposting it today.

Today's podcast is the last of my recordings from the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, held in San Francisco, CA in April 2007. I also talk about changing the name of the Geography for Travelers Podcast to the Travel Geography Podcast.

And I talk about my new Travelography 2.0 Podcast for NaPodPoMo on

Length: 36min 03sec

Abstract from the website:

Tourism Geographies: a Renaissance in the 21st Centurytrave
Author: D'Arcy J. Dornan, Ph.D. - Central Connecticut State University

Geography departments are seemingly well positioned to take advantage of the growth in the popularity of tourism as a field of study. The ever-growing international reputation of the journal Tourism Geographies is a good case in point if we can use this journal's success as an indicator of this trend. This paper aims to evaluate and discuss the impacts of academic managerialism and capitalism and related processes to the development of programs, both academic and professional, relating to the geography of tourism, the geography of tourism and hospitality, and to the professional development of tourism. Concrete and recent examples of the aforementioned program types will be drawn from program development efforts in both California and Connecticut. These 'case studies' will be examined and used to illustrate their significant impacts on the growth of this field within geography. Additional comments and conclusions will be taken from one of last year's panel discussions on a different but related topic entitled: 'Tourism geography: lost realities and prospective opportunities,' which sought to assess the current situation and future trends in the academic tourism geographer community in its ability to meet the needs and challenges of the tourism and hospitality industry and of academia.
Keywords: tourism, geography, impacts, California, Connecticut

Sunday, April 13, 2008

TGPodcast #62: Defining Place Authenticity: My Heritage Can Beat Up Your History

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This is a recording of a classroom presentation made by me in April 2008 at the National University of Singapore. The entire podcast is 50+ minutes long. I do two things in this podcast: (1) discuss four thematic communities / retail districts in the state of Oregon (Sisters, Junction City, Oakland and Florence) -- based on my Master's Thesis from many years ago; and (2) discusses five perspectives on authenticity which are then applied to the four cases studies. There is also some background perspectives on the issue of authenticity and some conclusions at the end.

The powerpoint slides for this presentatin can be found here:

I also created the Slidecast, below. However, I had a hell of a time working with the interface -- not sure what the problem was. So only the first few slides are synchronized with the lecture. You have to make your own way through the remainder.

Direct download: TGPod62-13Apr08-Defining-Authenticity.mp3

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Travelography #112: Airline Bankruptcies - Global Implosion

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Bankrupt Airlines to date: Maxjet (December), Aloha, ATA, Skybus, Adam Air (Indonesia), Oasis (Hong Kong) - all in these past 2 weeks. Coming soon: Champion Air (pretty much confirmed), and Mesa and Go (rumors on the last two). My prediction: look for the airline bankruptcy disease to spread internationally in the coming months.

Experts see regional airlines at risk now (SF Chronicle)