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Wednesday, August 18, 2004 www.imninc.com/tourism   VOLUME 3 ISSUE 6  
A publication of the Michigan State University Tourism Resource Center and the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies
 
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Donald F. Holecek

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CHANGING THE K-12 CALENDAR

After a busy summer of project work and vacation time, Don Holecek has chosen to write an editorial for this month's newsletter issue titled, "Weather Matters to Tourism Industry Profitability & Policy Formulation:  The Case for Changing Michigan’s K-12 School Calendar."
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AWARDS & APPOINTMENTS

To learn about the recent retirements of Arthur Tebo of Boyne USA Resorts and Phyllis Dowsett of the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, as well as about BoatingLife magazine's designation of Michigan as the Best Boating State, and the Michigan Historical Museum System's accreditation by the American Association of Museums, click the link below.
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CONFERENCES & TRADE SHOWS

To view recently updated lists of travel, tourism and recreation industry conferences and trade shows, click on the link to your preferred viewing format:

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TOURISM PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
U.S. Consumer Confidence Index
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$Canadian/$U.S. Exchange Rate
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Statewide Unleaded Gasoline Prices
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Hotel/Motel Sales Tax Collections
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Mackinac Bridge Crossings
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MICHIGAN'S WINE TRAILS

Linda Jones of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council writes, "The recent growth of the Michigan wine industry has prompted the formation of regional groups of wineries that are working co-operatively to promote winery tourism in their regions."  To learn more about these wine trails, click the link below.
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INDUSTRY NEWS & REPORTS

To view an extensive collection of links to recent news stories and research findings about the travel, tourism, and recreation industries, click on the link to your preferred viewing format:

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“BUILDING AMERICA'S BEST TRAILS... IN MICHIGAN”

The Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMBA) recently announced that a new on-line Trail Guide is available at their web site, www.mmba.org.  The guide includes valuable information such as: park hours, entry fees, and driving directions; trail length, difficulty, and maps; other trail uses such as hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding; current trail weather; updated trail conditions; a public forum for posting trail comments or issues; and park and MMBA contacts and related web links.
 

TRAINING ACADEMY NEWS

The Michigan Tourism Virtual Training Academy courses will remain available online through September 2004.  Please conclude your coursework by the end of that month.  To refresh your memory, those courses include: 1) Overcoming Challenging Service Situations in Tourism, 2) Communications to Develop Relationships in Tourism, 3) Advancing Your Service Expertise in Tourism, 4) Dynamics of Leadership in Tourism, and 5) Writing a Marketing Plan for Tourism.  The BeeFreeway training modules are also anticipated to go off-line at that time.
 

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