Gulf Oil Spill –Impact on Tourism

May 5, 2010

In addition to being an environmental disaster, the oil spill in the Gulf is affecting travel and tourism  in and around our coastal areas.  Potential visitors are beginning to reconsider travel to the threatened areas in anticipation of beaches being impacted. Today’s Miami Herald article Florida Tourism in Fear Over Gulf Oil Spill likens this response as similar to a hurricane threat. Florida state tourism officials face  difficult decisions in how to address this issue particularly in regards to how to disseminate information to the public (and potential visitors).

I thought that the author poses an interesting question:

“As tourists mulled their summer plans, Florida’s tourism officials debated the best way to influence those decisions. The fight mirrored familiar tension that builds whenever a hurricane looms: how much information about a potential catastrophe is too much information?”

What do you think?

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/05/05/1613588_p2/fla-tourism-industry-awash-in.html#ixzz0n4MfOLLb

Particularly for our hospitality students — below is a suggested list of resources where you can find more about management strategies used for issues affecting tourism and travel:

Books :

Restoring tourism destinations in crisis : a strategic marketing approach / David Beirman G155.A1 B385 2003

Safety and security in tourism : relationships, management, and marketing / C. Michael Hall G155.A1 S25 2003

Databases :

ABC-CLIO eBook Collection

GreenFILE

Hospitality & Tourism Complete from EBSCO

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection from Gale


Holiday Gift Giving Dilemma: What to Do with Used Electronics

December 14, 2009

A great gift idea often times involves an electronics product. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection encourages the reuse and recycling of electronics in order to protect our environment from toxins contained in most of these items. Recycling centers, located throughout the State, can be found using the map on the FDEP site.

Miami Dade County has several locations  where residents can drop off televisions and computer monitors, personal computers, keyboards, hard drives, printers, VCRs, audio and video equipment, cell phones and hand held radios.

More environmentally friendly information can be found in the Environmental Science and Going Green! LibGuides. These guides provide links to resources about current research on environmental issues, sustainable development, energy use, and the connection between the green/sustainable culture and the Business, Hospitality and Culinary Arts majors offered here at JWU.

May Your Holidays be Happy…and Green!


IRS Extends Food Industry Tip Reporting Program

December 6, 2009

The Internal Revenue Service announced on December 1st that it is extending the Attributed Tip Income Program (ATIP) to December 31, 2011. The program was scheduled to end as of December 31, 2009.

The program simplifies the recordkeeping required for reporting tip income in the food and beverage industry. Participating employers report the tip income of employees by using a formula that uses a percentage of gross receipts, which are generally allocated among employees, based on the practices of the restaurant. Participating employees do not have to keep a daily tip log or other tip records. The IRS will not initiate a tip examination during the time the employer and employee participate in ATIP.

Employers enroll in the ATIP program by checking a box on IRS Form 8027. Employees of a participating employer need to sign an agreement with their employer to have their tip income computed under the ATIP program and reported as wages.


NEW DATABASE! Global Road Warrior

October 13, 2009

The library has purchased access to a fabulous new database: Global Road Warrior. Focused on countries and their cultures, this database is an excellent tool for looking up points of interest, travel essentials, business culture for women, and demographics. There are also maps and images!

Global Road Warrior (Charlotte, No. Miami, Providence Campuses)

on campus |  off campus


Emerging Opportunities for “Green” Wine

April 20, 2009

“Going green” is becoming an increasingly hot topic in the wine industry. It appears that it also becoming more profitable for wine retail and this will certainly affect restauranteurs and consumers alike. According to a recent article in Cheers, retail opportunities for wine produced with sustainable practices is on the rise. Sarah Baisley, contributing editor of Cheers and the wine steward at Malibu Pavilions, states that “the public is beginning to believe that “healthier” can also taste good–the term “quality” is starting to be applied to wines produced by green methods.” This article provides evidence that there is increased market growth for these products. Read the article yourself! Follow the steps below to access the journal through the Culinary Arts Collection database:

  1. Go to http://library.jwu.edu
  2. Choose Databases
  3. Scroll down to Culinary Arts Collection
  4. Choose On Campus or Off Campus (enter name and barcode)
  5. Type the keywords: green wine into the search box
  6. Click on the article title: Green movement sprouts opportunity for wine & spirits.(Guide to Green Wines).

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Resources on the Web: Hospitality and Tourism

January 13, 2009

 Association/Organizational Websites

 Commercial Websites

Center for Gaming Research –Univ. of Nevada

Gaming articles and info.

 

Cost Guard

Food service software and educational materials.

 

Food Quality

Current issue and newsletter available for food quality information and issues.

 

Hospitality Jobs Online

Career links and position information. Browse by position, location, company, or property.

 

Hospitality Net

A portal for hospitality industry information.

 

Meetings.net

Information on planning and professional resources.

 

Nations Restaurant News

An industry magazine offering articles ranging from “food trends and financial matters to consumer trends and the latest equipment innovations”.

 

Restaurants and Institutions Magazine

Articles, news, blog links, and educational resources.

 

Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory

Links to tourism offices around the country and worldwide.

 

Zagat’s

Restaurant and review search

 Government Websites

Bureau of Labor Statistics-

Hospitality –Going Green

 The following are links to Web resources that offer information on going green and eco-friendly practices in the hospitality industry:

 

American Hotel and Lodging Association –Green Resource Center

 

Environmental Leader

 

Green Meetings Industry Council

 

Green Meetings –U.S. EPA

 

U.S. Green Building Council –LEED

 

 

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Pathfinder of the Week: Beverage Service Management

December 5, 2008

 Looking for books? Articles? Maybe a few websites resources for your next paper or project? The JWU North Miami Library can help! Phone us, email, Instant Message, or come in and meet with a librarian for assistance anytime!

This week’s highlighted pathfinder is focused on the topic: Beverage Service Management.

 

Books:

At your service: a hands-on guide to the professional dining room / The Culinary Institute of America; John W. Fischer

TX925 .F573 2005 

 

Bar & beverage operation : ensuring success & maximum profit / by Chris Parry TX950.7 .P37 2003

 

Contemporary restaurants and bars / Martin M. Pegler NK2195.R4 P445 2004 

 

Food and beverage cost control / Lea R. Dopson, David K. Hayes, Jack E. Miller TX911.3.C65 M55 2008

 

Food and beverage cost control, third edition, student workbook / National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

TX911.3.C65 M55 2005 Supp    

 

Principles of food, beverage, and labor cost controls / Paul R. Dittmer, J. Desmond Keefe III TX911.3.C65 D57 2006 

 

The hospitality manager’s guide to wines, beers, and spirits / Albert W.A. Schmid TX950.7 .S36 2008 [Reserves]

 

The professional bar & beverage manager’s handbook: how to open and operate a financially successful bar, tavern, and nightclub / Amanda Miron & Douglas Robert Brown TX950.7 .M57 2006

Periodicals:

All About Beer [print], American Brewer [print], Beverage Industry [print, electronic], Beverage World [print, electronic], Club Management [print], Decanter [print], Foodservice & Hospitality [print, electronic], Journal of Foodservice Business Research [print, electronic], Night Club & Bar Magazine [print], Southern Beverage Journal [print], Tea [print], Wine Enthusiast [print], Wine Spectator [print], Wine & Spirits [print], Wines & Vines [print, electronic]

 

Videos and DVDs:

Beverage & food service [videorecording] / The Culinary Institute of America TX925 .B48 1998

 

Food and beverage suggestive selling [videorecording] / Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Motel Association 

TX925 .F66 1994

 

Introduction to food & beverage [videorecording] TX943 .I58 2006

 

Managing service in food & beverage operations [videorecording] : or, Food & beverage service / Educational Institute, American Hotel & Motel Association TX911.3.M27 M36 1998

 

Mixology [videorecording] : making great cocktails / Food & Beverage Institute, Culinary Institute of America ; producer, Philip E. Miller TX951 .M59 2001

 

Wine service [videorecording] / The Culinary Institute of America ; a Culinary Learning Resources production ; producer/writer, Philip Miller TX925 .W56 1991

 

Web Resources:

Hospitality Net: http://www.hospitalitynet.org/home.htm

 

Just Drinks: http://www.just-drinks.com/ (requires free registration)

 

The Beverage Information Group: http://www.beveragenet.net/ME2/Default.asp

 

The Beverage Network: http://www.bevnet.com/

 

**Please go to the library catalog to view the entire collection at: http://library.jwu.edu/florida/index.htm

 

 

 

 

 


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