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Tourism's Educational Origins: Part 2
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What is it? Is it a useful idea?
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Shades of Light and Dark in the Garden of England
An exploration in East Sussex and Kent, June/July 2010
Hunting the Gladiator and the Gecko
A thirteen-year search for a wartime adventure
Steam Up For A Famous Film's Birthday Party
The Railway Children weekend on the Worth Valley line raises questions about heritage presentations
Anne-Marie Rhodes: Making a Difference in South East Asia
Leeds Met graduate of '07 describes her activities
Discoveries in Northumberland, April 2010
Alnwick Gardens; Winter's Gibbet; Holy Island, Cragside, Wallington Hall
Discoveries in the Midlands, March 2010
Bletchley Park National Codes and Cipher Centre; and the Rollright Stones
Alan Machin's Blog - April 2010
The development of tourism as education continued
Jigsaw Puzzle!
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Leaders Into The Field
People who inspired everyone to explore
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Alan Machin's Blog - November 2009
Visitors' Views of Stonehenge, West Sussex - and other Postings
Are Universities Losing Their Way?
Reflections having retired
Teaching Tourism At Leeds Met
Remembering the Best
Alan Machin's Blog - October 2009
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Further postings about a trip last month to the USA, and about higher education
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The Story So Far reaches the summer
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Another month of The Story So Far
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More of The Story So Far
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No Place Like Rome
The eternal city with the eternal tourists
Charleston, South Carolina
A photo essay about a fine historic city
Idealog - December 2007
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Idealog - November 2007
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The Educational Origins of Tourism
Discussion paper
Idealog - October 2007
Coton Military Cemetery; Education and Tourism; Chatham Maritime; Dickens World; Quiz Answers; Tourist Guides; Mediation In Tourism
Idealog - September 2007
Plane Paradox;Tour Guiding; Where in the World?; Do Tourism Students Know Where They Are?; Leeds Met's Wow!; Sea Harrier; Scarborough and Tourism As Education; Doing A Dissertation; Types of Tourist; A Media Lens; Cost of Travelling Alone; Risk of Bias?
Idealog - August 2007
A People Industry; Heritage Interpretation; Lud's Church; Tourists Go Home!; Stone Gappe YHA; Insight Guides; Eyewitness Guides; Bramhope Tunnel; Elizabethan Progress; Information Quality Matrix
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Hidden Heroes, Health Tourism, Holme Fen Posts; Harrogate (again); Whitby Abbey; Dramatic Interpretation; Harrogate Interpretation, Attractions and Royal Hall
Idealog - June 2007
Christian Pilgrimage; Cincinnati Museums Centre; The Coming of the Guide Book; Talking to Tourists - Media, Stages of the Visit, The Service Journey; Tourism's Missing Link; The Final Call; SATuration level; Halifax's Edwardian Window on the World
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Martin and Osa Johnson, Wensleydale Creamery, Malham Tarn, Thomas Cook, Northern Ireland's Tourism Rebuild, Jamestown Festival Park, Cite des Sciences
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The Promenade Plantee, The Jardin des Plantes, Environmental Data, Victorian Beauty Spot Rediscovered, Jamestown, The Anglers' Country Park, Children's Museums, Fairburn Ings
Idealog - March 2007
A Sense of the Past- The 'Amsterdam', The Outdoor Classroom, Film-Induced Tourism, Making Tracks for the Coast and Country, Pictures, Context and Meaning, Classics-on-Sea, Hi Hi Everyone!, Dark Side of the Dream, Holodyne - The Action Cycle
Idealog - February 2007
Don't Go There!, Space Tourism, The Crystal Cathedral, New Books on Tourism, Dark Tourism - Undercliffe Cemetery, Showcase - The Louvre, A Class Act, First Impressions Count, Postal Pleasures, Canaletto in Venice, Serpent Mound, Capsule Culture etc
Idealog - January 2007
Capsule Culture,Seaside Style, Poble Espanyol, Mallorca, Edgar Dale, Children's Holiday Homes, Representations of Reality, Outdoor Education in Germany, Baedeker Guides, Geography Textbooks, Environmental Data Theory etc
Idealog - December 2006
Writers on Landscape, Story Books, The Deep, Flour Power and the Archers,Showcases: Grand Tour, Halifax Piece Hall, Books of Concern about Tourism, Tourist Traces, Tourist Typologies, The Growth of Educational Tourism, The Field Studies Council, etc
Idealog - November 2006
A blog of ideas, comments and notes
Travel To Understand: Belfast
Telling the stories of troubled times
World Quiz 2010
Geography with a tourism angle
The Monterey Bay Aquarium
An outstanding educational facility in California
Chicago: Tourism Re-Imaging
A closer view of an iconic city
Colonial Williamsburg
A Virginia history showcase
A Social Club Outing By Train, 1935
How to do Scotland in 30 hours flat
Going Dutch
Presenting the past in the Netherlands
Keukenhof: Business is Blooming
Using tourism to promote an industry
A View of Italy for the City
Trentham Gardens Revived
A Case Study in Heritage Management
A curious tale of misleading publicity
Old Rice Farm
The story of the house in the 'holler'
Perfection in Paradise: The Eden Project
New page being added: The Eden Project's design for success
Escaping From Slavery: Facing Our Past
The US National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Prague Tourist Shows
Outstanding showcase attractions in the city
Retracing the Steps: Tourism as Education
ATLAS Conference paper given in Finland, 2000
Tourism and Historic Towns: The Cultural Key
A background paper for a Council of Europe Conference
The Social Helix
Visitor Interpretation as a Tool for Social Development, 1989
Malta Residential, 14-21 Feb 2006 - Page 1
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Malta Residential, 14-21 Feb 2006 - Page 2
Photos and reports of Friday 17 Feb onwards
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Reports and pictures from Sunday, 19 February onwards
Tourism Alumni Reunion, 8 March 2003
Leeds tourism students reunion 2003
World Geography Quiz 1
A test of your knowledge
The Adventure of the Timely Tourist
The answers
Tall Ships Race 2010 Converged on Hartlepool
A major event-based boost for tourism in the town
Plymouth: From the Tamar to the Sea
Starting point for explorations round the globe
Plimoth Plantation
A reconstruction of the Mayflower settlers' village of the 1620s on the north east coast of North America
World Geography Quiz 2010 - Answers
Geography with a tourism angle
World Geography Quiz - Answers
Christmas Quiz 2009 - Answers
A day in the city including the Botanic Garden
Tourist Showcases
Examples from around the world

Malta Residential, 14-21 Feb 2006 - Page 1

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Episode 1 - which means Tuesday!

Arrived at Calverley Street at 5:50 (impressive or what?) to find Godson's coach already there. Within half an hour nearly everyone had arrived and by 6:40 we were away. Some light rain turned heavy by thetime we were over Windy Hill and running down in to Lancashire. Heavy, heavy traffic and a long crawl to the airport, but the two-hour planned journey proved its worth and we were there at 8:30. Even the sun was beginning to show.

The Air Malta Airbus took off 25 minutes late but arrived at Luqa five minutes early (must be because it's downhill). The daylight approach (our groups have usually had to take night flights) meant a good view of the islands for those sat on the right-hand side ... Gozo and Comino, then on Malta itself could be seen in turn Bugibba, St Julians Bay and Portomaso, then Sliema and Valletta between Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour. The long turn in over the container depot at Kalafrana revealed also Marsascala where we will be lunching on Thursday. Landing was easy, and within under an hour our next coach was on its way to Bugibba. A lot of money has been invested in a new road acros the island and it showed its worth.

So ... 40 people settled in to the hotel with great hospitality from the staff ... dinner in the Ta Piju Restaurant, and a small amount of socialising will probably give way early to collapsing in small heaps ...

Flying to Malta
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Tourism guides and guests

Episode 2 - Wednesday - with more photos - scroll down!

Everyone up bright and early (well, early anyway)walking to the bus station. 40 passengers all looking for the number 49 to Valletta stimulated the usual discussion between bus inspector and drivers and an extra bus was arranged. There seem to be fewer old third-hand, ex-Australian buses (which might say 'Kalgoorlie' or 'New South Wales' on the back). The mobile museum of Malta is fading fast: newer vehicles are taking their places, most with doors! Ours was still rattly, but the driver smiled and was cheerful, so maybe they traded in some of the terminally unhappy older ones, too.

At City Gate we unloaded and dodged the criss-crossing buses and horse drawn 'karrozin' that give tourist rides. There by City Gate - which is not all that attractive as an entrance - were the Malta Institute of Tourism Studies students with Vincent Zammitt, their lecturer (and frequent star of photos on these pages). It turned out that the ITS students had been in the city since 8:00am walking the route and reciting to themselves what they would say. These people are becoming real professionals, reaching the end of a three-year full time course. And they get paid for being students, unlike our home-grown varieties. There was a large group of them, so the Leeds Met people were divided into twos and threes and set off for their guided tours.

For the next hour Louise Hung and myself as Leeds tutors joined Vincent in high-level conference in the heart of Valletta, comparing methods, modules and motivations over cappuccinos at the Cafe Cordina. Well, its a tough job and someone has to do it. Actually, a lot came out of the discussions, including the pattern of some of the lectures to be given the Leeds Tourists on Friday and some extra elements to tomorrow's itinerary.

We also called in to the National Museum of Archaeology which has been upgraded in terms of visitor interpretation, as a result of which the Malta story, which is of world-wide significance but little known, is beginning to look a lot more attractive and easier to understand. It was also possible to arrange for a small group of us to visit the Hypogeum in Paola on Monday. It's a two-storey structure carved into the living rock in pre-historic times. It had importance in rituals for the early inhabitants and several unusual figurines were discovered there which are now on show in the Museum. Numbers at this tourist attraction are limited for conservation purposes to 10 visitors per hour, with a guide, so booking is compulsory.

We all met up again at 1:30 and legged it to the Malta Experience, a 45-minute audio-visual show on the story of Malta, the English commentary (chosen on headsets provided out of several languages) being by Derek Jacobi. Its an amazingly varied tale which brings home the fate of this little set of islands in the middle of the Mediterranean as being ruled by somebody else for centuries, and having to endure seiges and invasions. The world war II story of withstanding the heaviest bombing that any community has had to suffer is deeply moving, especially the episode where food finally gets through to a starving populace in the face of German and Italian bombing.

After the show and a brief recap on activities - and a preview of tomorrow's tour of the southern part of Malta - the time was the students' to explore or return to the hotel. Dinner as usual at 6:00pm and a free evening.

The agreed highlight was the excellence of the Maltese students, who knew their stuff (even those younger than our crew) and were able to put it over with confidence and some style. Most had been walking and talking the route from 8:00am, ready for our visit. Whether it was the AV show, the Museum display, the guided tours or some of the guide books purchased, visitor interpretation has helped bring our British visitors closer to the lives of the people of Malta.

Guides and guests - and archaeology

Photos above are of
Malta students with
Leeds students just
before setting off
on their tours: plus
the Malta National
Museum of Achaeology

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One of the best days we have had in Malta - but not without it's problems! - the bus was poorly all day long and our helpful driver had to nurse it along.

Below are shown - scenes in Sliema and Marsamxett Harbour; Marsaxlokk and Mdina.

Sliema, Malta - transport
Marsaxlokk lunch people
Marsaxlokk lunch people 2
Marsaxlokk boats and bus
Marsaxlokk to Mdina - time and dates
Mdina, Malta
Conservation in Mdina
Mdina - panoramic view
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A glorious day - but lectures indoors the whole of the morning: Tania Sultana, Alan Vella (both the Malta Tourism Authority) and Vincent Zammit (Institute of Tourism Studies).

Afternoon - a tour of the stupendous new Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort Hotel overlloking one of the best bay-and-beach combo in Malta. Students had to be prised away with crowbars .... FOR PHOTOS OF TODAY SEE THE NEW PAGE 2 LISTED TO THE LEFT

Reports from the next days will also be on page 2.

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