Slides #1: Introduction to Demystifying Tourism - Hi, my name is Dr. Stan McGahey. Welcome to my series of videos. They will attempt to “Demystify Tourism” as I explain many of the basic concepts of the tourism industry in short, 3-5 minute videos. Some of the topics are listed on the next couple of slides. The content of these videos is based on my experiences as a professor, consultant, writer, manager, and tourist in over 80 countries on 6 continents.
Slide #2: Demystifying Tourism Videos (1) - Topics of the first few videos are the Tourism Model, Golden Rule of Tourism, Tourism Stakeholders Triangle, Four Operational Sectors of Tourism, Transportation, Attractions, Accommodations, Food & Beverage, Three Impacts of Tourism, Three Types of Tourists, Tourism Destinations, and Three Tourism Carrying Capacities.
Slide #3: Demystifying Tourism Videos (2) - Topics of additional videos are Tourism Values, Philosophy, and Vision; Tourism Organizations & Associations; Special Interest Tourism; Evaluating Inbound Tourism Numbers; Tourism Policy; Tourism Planning; Tourism Development; Tourism Promotion; Tourism Distribution; Careers in Tourism; and many, many more!
Slide #4: Purpose of Videos - Why the need to demystify tourism? Because it’s the world’s largest industry, and it grows everywhere, whether it’s well planned and managed, or not. Tourism’s components are simple, but as a system, it’s quite complex. Often, people in decision-making positions, and people who are impacted by those decisions, know little about the tourism industry. But they should!
Slide #5: Orientation of Videos - These videos are designed to help anyone who is curious about how the tourism industry works grasp its basic concepts quicker and easier, so they are industry-oriented, rather than consumer-oriented. But I think they will also help individual travelers gain valuable insights into the industry they use. Of course, I hope they will also be helpful to tourism educators, trainers, and students.
Slide #6: Thank You! - During my long and interesting career, I’ve learned a few things about the tourism industry, and this is my opportunity to share them with you. So, I hope you will find these videos both enjoyable and useful, as they attempt to demystify tourism. Now I invite you to watch Video #2: The Tourism Model. I await your comments. Thank you!
My Professional Background and Goals
My doctor’s degree is in International Tourism from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea, and I have developed and taught many courses in international tourism, both in the classroom and online, for more than 25 years at universities in Asia, the Pacific, Eastern and Western Europe, and the United States. I have also written several books on various aspects of the tourism industry; plus hundreds of articles for tourism trade publications and academic conferences and journals, and I have created and co-hosted two radio programs on the tourism industry.
My professional experiences within the tourism industry range from tour operations and destination management to hotel promotions and tourism journalism. I have also served as an international tourism consultant on projects for U.N. organizations, government agencies, NGOs, and tourism businesses and associations in places such as Korea, China, Guam, Macedonia, Indonesia, Iraq, and the United States. Since 2004, I’ve served as a member of the UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts.
I have worked in tourism my entire adult life, except for military duty, because I love traveling abroad and experiencing different cultures and places, and when I’m not traveling, I want to help others see the world. I also believe that along with the joy of traveling comes the responsibility of being good travelers; those who not only get the most out of their travels, but also leave the most positive impacts on the people and places they visit.
From these experiences, I’ve developed my own professional philosophy and goals. Trying to boil down your professional goals into one compact, logical sentence isn’t easy. But here’s mine. I would like to: “contribute to the strengthening of communities and nations through the development, management, operation, and promotion of responsible tourism for the purpose of enhancing economic well-being, environmental sustainability, cultural enrichment, social harmony, and international peace.” I take my work in tourism seriously, because it has enormous power to make the world a better place, or a worse place, in which to live. As such, I divide everyone in the world into two groups: there’s tourism people and there’s everybody else. Tourism people get it and do the right thing. I hope this series of videos, and the Tourism Model that goes with it, helps you not only demystify tourism, but also helps you become a tourism person.