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Comments March: Giving Back


RE“WHERETHESTREETS HaveNoName…”:Years ago when I was in Atlanta for a confer- ence, I had the opportunity to take an evening walk downtown. Almost as soon as I got started, I was approached by a man who offered to bemy“homeless guide.” He explained that panhandling (my word) was against the law and strenuously prosecuted, but provid- ing a tour-guide experience for a tip was permitted. I have no idea how close to the


actual Atlanta bylaw his explana- tion was, but I do know this:I admired his entrepreneurial spirit, and the couple of hours we spent walking and talking were some of the most enjoyable I have ever spent in conversation. His view on life was different and enlightening on so many levels.We argued politics and who was to blame for his situation, and conceded that both social and personal culpability have a part to play in homelessness. At the end of the tour we shook hands, I tipped him well for his hospitality, and I went onmyway. We’re in the people business—


not just the “peoplewhocanafford the hors d’oeuvres and conference rates” business.Congratulations to SockMob Events’ UnseenTours for reminding us, and thank you, [Execu- tive Editor] ChristopherDurso, for a great article. Jeremy Tyrrell Senior Manager, Resorts Hotel andConvention Sales CaesarsWindsor


February: Second-Tier Cities


IREADWITHINTEREST Michelle Russell’s article about the definition of second-tier cities (“Time for theTiers to Fall?”). This definition was actually developed by myself and the late Dr. Kathleen B.


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Nelson,CMP, CSEP, of the Univer- sity of LasVegas in Nevada, in 2001 from an extensive review of indus- try literature that was available at the time. Later, this definition was used by the Convention Industry Council in their APEX glossary of terms. However, the original defini- tion was developed by Dr. Nelson and myself as editors of The Inter- national Dictionary of Event Management(Wiley, 2001). Although the individuals you


have interviewed may have further


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“There is and always will be a differentiation in perception among destinations by visitors and planners. In a global marketplace, second-tier can often be preferable in many ways to first-tier.”


expanded the original definition, it is still (as your article demonstrated) difficult to quantify using specific metrics from industry. One of the reasons for this is the lack of uni- form metrics used to measure hotel rooms, airlift, etc. Regardless, there is and will


always be a differentiation in per- ception among destinations by visi- tors and planners. As your article so wisely suggests, in a global market- place, second-tier can often be preferable in many ways to first-tier for many different types of groups. That is what Kathy and I tried to convey in the original definition. Joe Goldblatt, Ed.D,CSEP Professor and Executive Director International Centre for the Study of Planned Events Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh


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