A hiking sign in the Sawtooth Mountains of central Idaho. Tourism is Idaho’s third-largest industry, according to state officials. Photo by Anne Wallace Allen. Introduction Hundreds of thousands of people visit Idaho each year to hike, hunt, fish, bicycle, swim, and carry out other recreational activities. Tourism and travel in Idaho is a $4.5 billion industry that employs about 29,000 Idahoans. At IBR’s breakfast series on June 5th, a panel of travel and tourism professionals discussed their experiences about tourism marketing and the future of Idaho’s tourism industry. The panel of the Breakfast Series: Ida-Go! Tourism in Idaho on June 5 at The Grove Hotel. The Panel Melissa Barry, Executive director, Southern Idaho Tourism Scott Fortner, Director, Sun Valley Marketing Alliance. Andrew Mentzer, Executive director, West Central Mountains Economic Development Council. Josh Mercaldo, Brand director, Drake Cooper Carrie Westergard, Executive director, Boise Convention … [Read more...] about Breakfast Series report: Ida-Go! Tourism in Idaho
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Unless you’ve been holed up in a cave somewhere outside of Abbottabad for the last few weeks, you’ve probably seen it. I’m talking about the viral video of local TV anchors at stations from coast to coast that are all owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group — uttering a warning about “fake news” that sounds as if it were ripped directly from President Trump’s Twitter feed and then read aloud by those animatronic figures from Walt Disney World. “The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media,” read the uncomfortable-looking news folks from Maine to Oregon and dozens of cities in between. “Some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias.” Still, the bizarre editorial about the state of American journalism probably would have remained one of those small “inside baseball” stories among media and politics junkies, were it not for an enterprising, … [Read more...] about How you can stop Sinclair’s apocalyptic zombie journalism from coming to Philly
SIREN -- DAVID IGNATIUS column – “A White House shake-up?” (online: “Obama may be looking to shake-up his White House team”): “[If top aides] all stay on board for the last two years, that would at least delay publication of their autobiographies. But loyalty aside, Obama appears to be interested in a talent infusion that would add depth and expertise; a model was his recent appointment of retired Gen. John Allen as special envoy for Iraq and Syria. More such top-level hires may be coming in an effort to widen the administration’s bandwidth. ‘We are aware that the next two years will be transformative in the Middle East, the Iran relationship and Asia,’ says a senior White House official. “‘The John Allen appointment symbolized a broader openness to bringing in the best people in the country to think through and manage these problems.’ ... The benefits that can come from new blood can be seen in Bush’s … [Read more...] about 27 days to midterms – DAVID IGNATIUS: ‘Obama interested in talent infusion that would add depth and expertise’ on Middle East, Iran, Asia – ABC “WORLD NEWS” topples NBC
Last Updated Mar 16, 2009 7:55 AM EDT Back in August, I suggested that Amazon was strategically pushing far past its retailing business model. If you include any sort of electronic retailing, some new business areas that the company is undertaking provide additional support of the view. Two of the latest are downloadable games and selling webinars. But it also seems logical to ask if be long before the natural outcome of Amazon's cloud activities and massive information on consumers is a set of crosshairs on Google. It was big news that Amazon was entering the used game market, which could eat into one of the most profitable aspects of GameStop's operations. But there another aspect of gaming where Amazon's activities have been less noticed: downloading PC video games. The announcement of game downloading came in early February on one of the company's blogs. The beta version is already available, with 600 available for a 30 minute online trial and then purchase and download. All … [Read more...] about Amazon: Game Downloads, Webinars, Positioned to Attack Google
Last Updated Mar 29, 2010 11:44 AM EDT Google's (GOOG) business model operates by its own economic laws: most of its services are free, and it happily takes big losses on YouTube. But the company's new plan to build a free, super-fast broadband network for several hundred thousand Americans is perhaps its most bizarre endeavor yet. What does Google gain by building a no-charge broadband infrastructure? Telecom flacks have called it a PR stunt, but the more qualified reactions have been no less simplistic. Back when it was announced in February, the free broadband project earned comments like this one from David Yoffie, Harvard Business School professor: Google, indeed, appears to be playing a chess game. If they can create an even mildly credible commitment to offer superfast broadband to the home, it could strike fear in the hearts of cable and telcos, stimulating an arms race of investment -- just as they did in the auction for spectrum a few years ago." I suppose it could, but how? … [Read more...] about Why Is Google Building a Free Broadband Network?