Archive sections: ‘Tourism’

Maxim is currently studying Tourism in one of Bishkek’s Higher Education Institutes, and the other day he was working on an assignment and started asking me questions like:what is a tour? and what is a tour operator? I am fairly sure that he knows the answer, but instead of trying the Socratic Method and drawing […]

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Definitions

I was in a meeting recently and a lot of ‘old chestnuts’ cropped up on the agenda … issues that seem to have been around forever … discussed over and over … everyone agrees that they are important … but nobody really knows how to address them … the discussion is minuted and maybe a […]

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on A win-win situation

“You only get one chance to make a first impression!” … and it’s obviously important that you want to make a Good first impression … isn’t it? It takes just a few seconds for someone to form an opinion – for good … or bad.    It sets the tone … and that can affect […]

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Dobro pozhalovat … Kosh Kelingizder … Welcome!

Isn’t the internet wonderful! Here I am in Bishkek, thousands of miles (kilometers) from home but I can still keep up to date with events back home … thanks to the internet.  For example: over the weekend, a story in the local paper from my home town, Malvern in Worcestershire, (The Malvern Gazette), caught my […]

Monday, February 15th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on If you can’t afford the insurance … you can’t afford to travel

They say that “no news is Good News” … but that’s not always the case. Perhaps the most frustrating guest that we have in the hotel is the one that, ironically, we never get to see – the No Show. The definition of a No Show is someone who fails to keep an appointment or […]

Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on No Show

Little did I know last week, when I prepared last Saturday’s postcard, An After Dinner Question …, how timely it would turn out to be … In it, I described how, having given an after dinner speech about Tourism in Kyrgyzstan, one of the audience had posed the question: Which tourists spend the most money? … and how […]

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on To hunt … or not to hunt? … that is the question

When I growing up, many years ago, back in the UK, some of the men of the local church decided that they were feeling a little ‘left out’: “The women members of the Church have their Wives’ Club, the young people have their Youth Club … but there isn’t anything for us”.  So, they decided to […]

Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on An after dinner question …

I got a bit of a surprise the other day when I received a link to a news item: Rating deductions – The “Jannat” hotel chain pays less to the budget than the hotel “Dostuk”. The article was published on the well known and respected Tazarbek site of the AkiPress news agency, which specializes in business news […]

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 at 12:10 Comments Off on Under the microscope

One evening, just before the New Year, I tuned the TV into one of the local channels and settled down to watch the news  … but, then, I got called to the door because one of the cats had misbehaved on the stairwell, (I won’t go into details, but I am sure you can guess […]

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 at 06:00 1 comments. »

As a ‘foreigner’ in a ‘foreign land’, especially one involved in tourism, I find that conversations often turn to questions of passports and visas … and, over the weekend I came across an interesting statistic – and, as is usual, I found myself asking questions about how reliable it was. Being a former teach of […]

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on 147 – 54