Many cities throughout the United States are known for their tourism, and after the global economic recession things got a little tough in many of these regions of our country. For those in Orlando, Nashville, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and many other tourist destination points they watch the tourism and hospitality industry that jobs and fall into the economics abyss.
Luckily, things are changing again. People are traveling for both business and personal reasons, and airlines are showing that their airplanes are 90% full or more. Part of the reason is they had taken out capacity out of the industry, parked more old planes in the desert, and cut routes. There will be expansion in the airline industry in the next few years, even if we double dip recession. You see, the airline, hotel, tourism, Rent-A-Car, resort, theme park, and hospitality industry was down so far, that there is only one way to go now and that is up.
Not long ago, I was discussing this with an acquaintance, and they mentioned that they were going out to one of the desert cities in California for a retreat calling it the; mind, body, and spirit rejuvenation – rebalancing program. Interestingly enough, I have a little bit of knowledge about that area, having traveled through it, and they do say that is a perfect city for a retreat.
Who says that? The “travel economic development marketers” of course, ha ha ha, and really, I guess the gulf beaches are out of the question now this year, as hurricane season is starting, and it is expected to be quite wicked, along with the BP Gulf Coast oil spill. What a bummer, such nice beaches too. Well, I guess if you are all into that new-wave spiritualism stuff may as well head out to California, and see if that works for you.
My idea of mind, body, spirit rejuvenation – sure, I’d say that my idea of spirit rejuvenation is riding my bicycle 1000 + miles. Because nothing can make you feel more alive than battling the elements, and pushing yourself to sheer exhaustion, forcing yourself to go beyond your ability and beating the odds. Sure you will be sore as hell, tired beyond belief, but you will have persevered and enjoyed your life experience to its fullest. Besides, what was Vince Lombardi’s famous statement?
Sometimes when you travel for a retreat or for personal business, in a way you are resetting your mind so you can do more in your business, profession, or career. Please consider all this.