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Leisure communities of practice

Using leisure as knowledgebuilding

A practice is defined (Shove) as  ‘a process of integration resulting in a structured arrangement’. It results in a practice that exists for a while as a recognisable entity (Richards; Shove)

Within leisure and community of practice, all the basic elements are present to facilitate learning-environments. However inherent to the structure of international citytour companies and the way they function, also gives little affordance to co-learn, collaborative teaching and flow of knowledge through actual practice. The quality of staff is not always high enough to do it, although all the ingredients for successful knowledgebuilding are present.

Quote Greg Richards:

Most leisure practices also involve the development of particular skills, competences or knowledge. When we play sport we increase our level of skill, and this increases our desire to participate (what Scitovsky (1976) has termed ‘skilled consumption’).

Ofcourse, most activities in travel and leisure have a more or less fixed timescale and are modular. In travel, people share a space and place and move on, either into their ordinary lives or the next travel location.

Let guides learn from eachother, from experience, co-production and co-creation, and let them pass the knowledge on to eachother.

Knowledge creation takes place through practical interaction and informal learning, making it accessable to new and even temporary tourguides and several stronger local leadership-roles. They create “communities of practice.”

Why optimism guides your guiding

Optimists are attractive!

Your guides in the various European cities are valuable hubs of knowledge! They are usually popular- certainly withing pubcrawls and partytype groups and the have an optimistic quality about them.

In networks- both virtual and in real-life, optimism is seen as attractiveness. Further more, other people react to an attractive quality in a positive way. Optimists are usually more liked. Even the ones that don’t like him or her, will react in a positive way, as it is strategically unwise not to, as other perceive them with a positive outlook.

They have a high-degree centrality within their networks, which means they are the local connectors, the hubs; although perhaps not the best connector to the wider network.

Organisations like yours can be made to be perceived as entities, with structures, a face of faces, local presence and be laden with attractive traits. They can alternate in being extraverted and intraverted. That requires depth! Depth you cannot give if you are too transient in your local presence.

Hostels and the city: 5 ways to engage local networks

Hostels and local networks: Scaling up your localness!

You can be a big ass hostelchain or a small and cozy local hostel, running on volunteers, depending on your uniqueness locally. In both cases there are effective and affordable ways of making the most of your localness!

Below are 5 scalable ways to engage local networks with. Scalable in the sense that all 5 of them are reachable for small and big hostels alike!

1) Be a local stakeholder, not (just) an international one

A hostel or cityguiding company, aswell as touroperator, should try and be a local institution. Tapping into the local urban grain actually connects you to the local culture, cultural institutions, startups and local networks;

Source: Bevolo 2016
Source: Bevolo 2016

2) Local culture is a carrier of localness, not of your brand

You’re being all wonderfully local and all that, ofcourse. Remember to see local culture as carriers of localness- your main trait -and not neccesarily lf your brand. Don’t make them wear your t-shirt but BE  the t-shirt; adopt it and it’s underground qualities!

(...) we’ve set up programmes like Stay ‘n’ Play and ClinkCREATIVE which give musicians and artists free accommodation at the hostels in exchange for playing a gig or displaying their work (...) Liam Doyle (Clink Hostels)

3) Use your international network!

Most tourism stakeholders forget to utilise to local stakeholders, that what would give them actual influence: their own international networks!

4) Utilise the non-tangible networks the city has to offer

Where there is culture, there are buildings. Where there are buidings there is place, mobility, perception of practice and hundreds of years of mobility along the same structures. They are more often than not tangible in their form, nor are they easy to discover and address. People around cultural hubs in cities, are highly mobile within different kinds of networks.

Generator Hostels has become known for its successful use of urban, local networks. ClinkNoord in Amsterdam, part of Clink Hostels, try to integrate local culture and art as much as possible within design and events.

www.urbanexploringtours.nl/
www.urbanexploringtours.nl/
Urban grain and tourism-coproductions
Urban Exploring tours seeks to integrate local urban grain into the localness as understood by the travel industry.

The commercial interaction-chain of buying, using and selling, has different rules there, as it utilises ways of reciprocation that run through several layers of exchange and mobilty, often hidden from sight by for instance local habits, festivals, exchanging gifts, producing services and by perceptions of the urban grain.

Artists are wellconnected and move around different networks they don’t neccesarily use directly, but will know when to access through embeddedness and communities of practice.

Liam Doyle of Clink hostels continues:
It gives creativity and collaboration – between tourists and locals, artists and audiences – the chance to flow through our hostels and out into the cities. We really love that and think it makes Clink really unique,
Liam Doyle at WYSE Tavel conference 2016

5) When you’re starting up, why not be a startup?

Since you’re starting out- beit a hostel, a cityguiding company or even just a new local project, why not actually be a local startup?

  • It positions you on the new-and-happening side of entrepeneurship;
  • You can actively penetrate the local businessmarket;
  • Tap into local business-networks and expats;
  • Leverage your ideas and investments
  • Expect to be smiled upon by large community of highly skilled and well networked people.
  1. https://angel.co/amsterdam/online-travel/jobs
  2. https://www.startupfesteurope.com/site/traveling-to-amsterdam/
  3. http://startupamsterdam.org/partner/travel-bird/
  4. http://www.eu-startups.com/2016/03/amsterdam-based-travel-tracking-app-polarsteps-secures-e500k-in-funding/
  5. amsterdam startups-list.com/startups/travel

5 Tools for tour-production and planning

Amongst the thousands of tools you can use within the field of citytour-production and ideation there are several I personally use all the time. Below are 5 of my favourite tools.

Enjoy!

Timelines

There are quite a few commercial timeline sites outthere but the best ones I find, are the Knightlab timeline creator, Timemapper and Timelinesetter. All 3 tools use google spreadsheets as their source, hosted on your own cloud.

Knightlab timelinecreator

Simply edit the provided template in google docs, publish it to the web and paste the link into the generator page to generate an html code to embed into your site.

Example of timeline made with TimelineJS
Example of timeline made with TimelineJS

Timelinesetter

TimeMapper

Voicethread

This wonderful tool allows you to place several media like soundfiles and video in a timeline and collaboratively comment on each second of it, through text, speech or annotations.

Vialogues

Create a virtual classroom to discuss video material, like the recording of a pubcrawl.

See more tools

Knowledge-creation software

Tools and software

And even more here

Timeline tools assorted

City PubCall – Calling the shots!

Why crawl the shots if you can call them?

City PubCall is a completely new way of creating & market pubcrawls, connecting travellers to the local!

Pubcrawls and stories of drinking: some tips for guides

More often than not, pubcrawls and stagparties have a very bad reputation indeed. Part of the problem in relation to pubcrawls, is the active participation of the pubcrawlguide in both the formation of the travelstory created and repeated by the tourist, as in his part of the tour-dramaturgy, leading up to- during the pubcrawl and the creation of the narrative afterwards.

Telling, retelling, living and reliving of stories, is closely linked to drinking.

  1. Make clear “chapters” within the tour, clearly marking each one with storytelling opportunities.
  2. Format the dramaturgy of the tour, leading up to the first location, in such a way that a sense of achievement is created, such as introducing a gaming element after having finished the first location. Make sure you assign a role to one or more pubcrawlers, giving him or her a higher status within the group.
  3. Make the story unique but with interexchangable elements, drawn from other “drinkingstories”, narrated by key-players within your pubcrawl group.
  4. The drinking itself is not seen as anything special. They turn into stories if they involve one or several acts of transgression, defined as the crossing of boundaries set by an authority or convention (Tutenges; Jenks, 2003).
  5. Pubcrawlers actively seek out structures and situations that give affordance to the forming of narratives; You can utilise this within the planning of your pubcrawl;
  6. Not every “chapter” within tbe tour-dramaturgy has to be clearly outlined. They can also be construed into a narrative by the actual turn of events.
  7. Try to pre-construe storylines by, for example, theming, making it easier for the participants to form a cause-and-effect relationship between the demarcation of locations and chapters.

For collecting and archiving stories and narratives:

Stories Matter

Several flashcard tools

Text transcription and annotation tools

Timeline creator

Mobile diary study

 timeline Experience Design for hostels and bed breakfast La Clappeye22

More tools

Read also:

Staging the tour-location for groups: Event-space and perception

Some reading for you

  • Briggs, D. (2016) ‘Risk and transgression on holiday: “new experiences” and the pied piper of excessive consumption’, .
  • Richards, G. (2016) ‘Power of youth travel 2016’, .
  • Tutenges, S. (2016) ‘Pub crawls at a Bulgarian Nightlife resort: A case study using crowd theory’, .
  • Tutenges, S. (2016) ‘Stirring up effervescence: An ethnographic study of youth at a nightlife resort’, .
  • Tutenges, S. (2016) ‘The influence of guides on alcohol consumption among young tourists at a nightlife resort’, .
  • Tutenges, S., Hesse, M. and sebastientutenges (2008) Patterns of binge drinking at an international Nightlife resort. Available at: https://alcalc.oxfordjournals.org/content/43/5/595 (Accessed: 15 March 2016

Staging the tour-location for groups: Event-space and perception

Staging the tour-location for groups: Event-space and perception

Free course excerpt

When staging a tour-location, we use several techniques, deriving from different research- and practice-areas. When staging a tour-location- regardless of the research and theoretical backgrounds used, always remember that you are part of the group, room and space aswell. If it doesn’t feel right to you, you might very well be right. The trick then, is to find out what exactly is “wrong” and what to do about it.

This lesson excerpt is free to download below!

The group versus the interior

You can pre-stage the location, to work in your advantage. Before you arrive with the group, make sure you have set everything up and discussed this with the pub owner.

Instead of asking the owners permission on several small actions, ask them if it’s alright to “set the location”. It prevents having to explain every detail. The theoretical part of this is abstract and not everyones cup of tea, so take your time.

Using some basics of Grouping in Gestalt, Ï will show some examples of use in practice.

Join the locals

How do the participants know who are locals and who aren’t? Most of them will want to meet locals and be part of them, for the duration of the tour and foreseeable period of time afterwards.

There are many semiotic features that define who is part of which group, how they comunicate with eachother and other groups. Meaning, inclusion, exclusion- basically all communication that we perceive and can process, is transfered by “language” both parties can understand and can communicate about on meta level, using the modalities they know but also the modalities they know, the other “party” will understand and and communicate about.
There is much, much, much more going on than that! There are forms of communication going, that not yet have means of both sending and receiving from one set to an other. There simply is no language to describe the unknown. This produces an alternative form of sending and receiving that is formed by proximity and the amount of events wherein different groups meet eachother within a certain space. This is called emergent effects, as opposed to stereotypical effects.

Using “similarity” and “closure” as metaphors, when arriving at the pub the “opening-scene” of the tour-location, can be made to invite the participants to join a setting that has an opening, just for them. An oval table with a few locals sitting on just one side of it, looks inviting to join (using “closure” as visual metaphor) and the tour-participants can easily feel welcomed by either the locals themselves or the familiarity of the tourguide with the locality itself. Use your position to link the physical local to the tour participants.

bar stoelen tafel op tour graphics
Open shape, but closed-off and uninviting, because of use of different materialities (wood, vs cushions), shape and grouping

In the bar-picture below, the “localness” is emphasised by the broken circle of locals on bar-stools. The broken space can be very inviting to join them but can also be potentially threatening. In this case, the empty space is used as service-space (vitrine), which would be less inviting for this particular purpose.

bar met citytour green

A table is a much more inviting environment for the tour participants to join the locals. Hospitality is conveyed and experienced through the righ modalities: texture, materiality of space, light, heat, brightness, scent, atmoshpere, a turntaking of reciprical behaviours, food and drink!

Sitting on one side of the table (staged by you as tour director), the other side seems welcoming and intices to join. Whatever you do, do not place a “reserved” sign on the table.

In the picture below, you see 2 examples. One of them is configured as “closed”, the other one is “open.”

tourlocation open en gesloten opstelling

Mediating objects

In other content (posts, blogs, lectures and articles) I have written about mediation, mediating qualities of objects and spaces. Make sure the participants recognise typically local objects or habits and behaviour typical for local or national life, without trying to be too spefic. It is better to let the participants weave threads together and arrive to conclusions themselves. It enriches the experience and gives them a sense of insight.

In the stillframe below, we see a drinking vessel, typical for Valencian culture. The tour participants are asked to engage in drinking from the vessel (there’s a trick to it; I’ve tried it), but later on in the evening. In this case the tour is very clearly about tapas and the guided consumption of it. People are less engaged with local culture in a participatory manner, but very much consume the experience.

The cityguide in this example is Suzy Anon y Garcia– a tourguide from Valencia I know personally and can recommend her to everyone! She’s a foodie if ever I met one and knows everything there is to know about food and Valencian food in particular!

Want more? See our courses section!

Your place isn’t just anywhere

And neither are you

It takes understanding your customer, their movement and expectations, but also the pacing of their day and time and their perception of “homeness” . In that respect, the locations travelled through some of the locative games, are consumption zones, without semiotic narratives or meaning, other than the often very real sense of fun, associated with it. However not as authentic.

Creating Homeness with more than optional thrillseeking

Due to several factors such as better infrastructure and public transport and commodification of rural difficult to reach areas- formerly the realm of the adventure-backpacker, the thrill and exitement for the actual act of traveling, has decreased. At the same time, the desire to engage in other specifically designed activities within a smaller scale, has increased greatly. A sense of authenticity is still very important.

Backpackers want to feel the real atmosphere of the destination and therefore do not fit within the the package arrangements, often intended for mass tourism.

Remember, there is a difference between backpackers, travellers and tourists. I will go into these differences some other time, but the point is: they all share the same infrastructure. Different needs, wants and expectations.

Travel and the body

The mind does not only exists within the bounderies of our skulls. We experience the world and the act of travel through our bodies aswell. Mediated by, guided by, formed and transformed by the landscape and our bodies.

Through walking, we are allowed to know the landscape in all its features. Step-rhythm generates thought rhythm. The path through the landscape activates a path of thought.

A new thought often looks like an old landscape feature, as if thinking were travelling» (Solnit, 2000). There is a vast body of knowledge on the relationships between travel, the body and mind and landscapes. It is quite impossible to create a singular structure within the boundaries of this blog (and my expertise). However, a few founded and grounded topics, I shal not withhold from you.

A lived experience

Backpackers use their body as an instrument of passage, not just movement. The act of leaving for a new destination and arriving there, through travel, is as much meaningful to his sense of selfness, as is the pre-travel dream and its representations. There is a shift in research towards the multisensory experience and corporeal engagement. Big hotel chains have yet to embrace this, which gives them an immense backward position. Embracing new and less common insights, does not make everything else obsolete! As experience designer and concepter, I find this highly remarkable and ignorant. Furthermore is the tourist not just gazed upon as a mere consumer, but approached from a wide variety of scientific research.

As a professional, I find this highly remarkable and ignorant.

The bodily sensation, corporeal experience has gained in interest and popularity, also by professionals such as myself. I use all manner of research from different scientific sources, to be able to do my work as best I can. The deliverables usually, are written in the language of the client and stakeholders. I can acknowledge the fact that a more holistic approach in the deliverable, usually conjures up more questions than can be answered in a few oneliners.

Tourism research is very much focussed on the visual. By commodification of image culture, place branding, city marketing, placeboosting, this was very much about politics of representation.

To be perceptive of the landscape, is more than just travelling in it. The landscape has given us- since the time ot the hunter-gatherers -ways to make meaning and to remember. To remember more than just the individual life and lifespan. To cite Ingold:

‘‘To perceive the landscape is to carry out an act of remembrance, and remembering is not so much a matter of calling up an internal image, stored in the mind, as of engaging perceptually with an environment that is itself pregnant with the past.’’

Landscape, travel, mind and body are very much culturally linked. Vast distances to travel between families for instance, will produce a totally different sense of space and distance, aswell as time. Tourism has both spatial and temporal dimensions. After the journey people describe themselves as being wiser and emotionally and more socially adept. A very noticeable characteristic of backpacking narratives is the way they describe deep and profound personal changes, after having made the trip.

The experience of mobility is conditioned and co-produced through interaction and engagement (willingly, non-willingly, accidental, subconsciously) with ordinary structures, shapes and materials, such as a folded newspaper, a laptop, mobile phone. Not to mention the circulation of affects such as stress, being tired, irritated etc. They all play roles in the creation of a particular travel atmosphere.

Although backpackers seek to connect with different cultures and localities, they have the tendency to very easily become part of an isolated and self-contained community of travellers, with little to no local connections. The backpacker enclaves have become important surroundings for exchange. The provide an important source of information and information-exchange.

The backpacking sociability and presence as ” a community on the road” was in the past a fleeting and short-term sight, as a perceivable community. Now, in the age of social media, not only the tourist-geography but also the construction and location of social bubbles and hubs, are more visible and traceable.

As traveller by train or bus, your perception of time, travel time and transit, is part of a delicate interaction-sequence and performative structure that defines mobility; Complex socio-technical systems, that afford, restrict or prevent particular mobile practices. Refer to Wilsons Affordance theory here.

These can be seen as the design-structure of your mode of transport. This design-structure includes not only the above and you- it is comprised of different materialities. Textures, movement, hardness, colour etc.

Tourism research is very much focussed on the visual. By commodification of image culture, place branding, city marketing, placeboosting, this was very much about politics of representation.

The Nature of Cities

To be perceptive of the landscape, is more than just travelling in it. The landscape has given us- since the time ot the hunter-gatherers -ways to make meaning and to remember. To remember more than just the individual life and lifespan. To cite Ingold:

‘‘To perceive the landscape is to carry out an act of remembrance, and remembering is not so much a matter of calling up an internal image, stored in the mind, as of engaging perceptually with an environment that is itself pregnant with the past.’’

Volunteering abroad: New tourist or passers by?

Changing travellers and work

Whether be it from loving to travel. doing things for others, having a cheap alternative to travel and stay in another country, having something to do for the summer or fleeing from everyday life and home… All people working as volunteers abroad, have their own reasons for doing so.

Usually, it is a combination of backpacking, wanting to do something for others and sheer opportunism. A combination of both being there for others, and by doing so, implying an reasonable reciprical action. This works usually through social travel and social accommodation. Much like Couchsurfing and houseswapping, the need for symmetrical swapping or exchange, does not apply when bound by certain common qualities. Contact through a community, trust, mutual interests and being endorsed by others, are commonly seen as deciding factors for housing someone, either on their sofa or as guest with more freedom in movement and stay.

Volunteers, working abroad, are usually not familiar with the term volunteer-tourism and don’t like to be called `tourist’, which indicates- similar to backpackers -volunteering abroad is still seen as (partially) idealogical in nature. Baring in mind ofcourse, the idealogical traits can be interpreted as being “social currency”  for travel and staying abroad.

Motives

On the subject of motives for volunteering abroad, there are numerous studies and theories to be addressed. In a study by Tomazos & Butler (The Volunteer Tourist as ‘Hero’; 2010), participants explained their engagement in a programme in different ways:

  • a wish to get away from the everyday routine at the permanent place of residence,
  • a fondness for travel.
  • a wish to repay one’s life of privilege and the need to give help to those who are poor and whose poverty is no fault of their own.
  • growing distrust of all kinds of charity organisations which bring help to victims and collect funds in developed countries.

As the backpacking community changes, so do the parties that provide in voluntary work, that work on a voluntary basis and exceedingly so: the go-between party. Often providing extra services that require payment and registration and work along reciprocal routes that have less bearing on peoples willingness to exchange things without currency, in a symmetric way. When such parties require payment, they can no longer rely on the willingness of travellers, to be as open as they were before. They become “customers” instead of traveller or volunteer, providing and demanding different qualities altogether. People volunteering abroad, increasingly use more bi-directional reciprocity to get where they want to be, meaning that an exchange is made based upon more or less the same value: work for accommodation and food and drink. One example I can mention is the new startup Amons.

amons.co

The way people make use of working abroad as volunteer is highly bound by cultural differences in leisure-experience, the experience of time, global routines and seasonality. American students for instance, will have a summer break for a specific duration. Having a gap-year has more flexible time boundaries and often involve a combination of paid and voluntary work.

You walk the voluntary walk of a pilgrim

Volunteering is specifically popular in Europe. This has a very interesting bit of background. Doing volunteering is related to pilgrimage and religious travel. Although obviously many other factors are important, volunteer-tourism is often been associated with being interested in other cultures; wanting to get to know them better. The length of stay is quite long. Many tourism volunteer projects are also based on the conservation or restauration of heritage. The cultural routes have a strong potential link to volunteer tourism through heritage and through the desire to have intensive experiences with local people. (Greg Richards, 2011)

Poland

In Poland there is a high rise in movement-possibilities, due to emergent new ways of very cheap travel like Polskibus, covering long distances for a very low price. Polish people themselves are as yet less familiar with the concept of Couchsurfing and social travel and are quite pragmatic in their use of transportation and covering large distances, putting an emphasis on the act of arriving, rather than the travel itself. In the past 3 years, the use of and familiarity with social travel and accommodation has increased greatly in Poland.

This brings me to the ideological aspect of social travel within Poland. As much of voluntary work in Poland is regulated through Non Governmental Organisations with quite good and large networks, the possibilities for cultural exchange are huge and rhich in meaning. They provide excellent opportunities for artists applying for grants for cultural exchange programmes and for volunteers abroad, to engage in more spatial experiences, not particular to one single space or place of work. A very good example on a cultural low-threshhold scale, is the work of Kinderzirkus Wanjanini in Germany, with affiliated organisations.

Scholarly travel

Researchers also find an increase in scholarship schemes, to provide Polish young people to travel, work, stay and study. The two largest programs now, are Erasmus and CEEPUS, covering most of Europe. (Joanna Kowalczyk-Anioł)

In commercial tourism, research is often directed towards conversion, to understand motivation just enough to earn money.

In my personal opinion, the tourist geography of both backpacker and volunteer-tourist, should be seen as an organic entity, bound by structures that rise above and flee from the commodified nature of spatial and experiential structure of the everyday world. Don’t forget, travel is an act of cultural production, of meaning making and placemaking along a network of incorporated symbolic boundaries.

Angloville banner

Zach
Volunteer at Angloville (Poland)

Circus-game-in-Malaysia

Polskibus routes
Polskibus routes

Music-travel and opportunities

Working abroad as an artist or busker? There is an increasingly larger amount of academic funding you can apply for, for working and work-exchange on an academic level.

There are numerous reasons why art in general and street theatre and busking, are important in everyday life. Music travels through time and space through a number of modalities, most of which are nowadays considered to have “un-natural” rhythms, in the sense that we are so much attuned and formed by the commercialisation of both music and rhythm that it is hard to concentrate on, and be influenced by sounds that matter for wayfinding, for instance.

Ofcourse, music transforms particular places into tourist hotspots. If you’ve been to Rynek square in Krakow, you know how throughout the day, the square is filled with music. The place is filled with sound and the sound of a place, enters the consciousness of the tourist and becomes part of the experience of the place.

Some links

Interested in more background? A few (of many) readings:

  • Tourist product in experience economy (Institute of Urban and Tourism Geography andrzej.stasiak)
  • The role of experience in consumer behaviour in the tourism market: concept of experience economy and experiential marketing; (Agnieszka Niezgoda)
  • Motivations and Behaviour of Independent Travellers Worldwide (Greg Richards and Julie Wilson)
  • The Volunteer Tourist as ‘Hero (Tomazos & Butler; 2010)

Interested in putting everything into practise and see welldevised concepts turn into proper, unforgettable experiences? Contact me! 

Renk van Oyen

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Nieuw: Experience design for hostels and B&B

Experience Design for Hostels and Bed & Breakfast

Experience design for hostels is an as yet not fully explored way of engaging and maintaining their clientèle aswell as the hostel, in a way that suits the scale of their venue and ambitions, is maintainable on all sides and is highly social.

Hostel experience design is fully customisable, consisting of :

  • pre-defined programs in several relevant subjects, in loose modules;
  • Custom made experiential Concepts- in theory aswell as in practice, following the hostels core-values and strengths
  • Custom made events for hostels;
  • Implementation of Event-Concepts

Including locative- and urban gaming for hostels!

General information

Click here for abbreviated outline.

Experience Design for low-budget or small hostels!

Have a hostel.. big one, small one, familiy hostel? Discover a new way to get your guests to have a superior experience for little money, at your hostel- before and beyond their stay.

Experience concepts are not only meant for big companies, large hotels and events.
Also smaller and family run hostels, can benefit from an allround, well thought through concept, to get your guests to have a wonderful time, remember their stay and to tell fellow travellers about their experiences. Although within the leisure- and tourist industry, hostels participate in a world where common tourist geographies apply in a very different way.
Even with a small budget, it is wholely possible to make it work!

Read some reviews for examples.

Abbreviated outline of the service

  • Quickscan of the hostel facilities
  • Interviews with the hostel owner, manager and staff
  • Guest-safari: Going on a trip as your guests’ guest

Topics

  • Domestic bliss as tourist-geography
  • Changing characteristics of the backpacker
  • Off-season trafic
  • Experiencemapping the custumers stay
  • Defining and using rhythmic behaviour and patterns
  • Servicedesign;
  • The hostel as a being-space or point of sale? Different functions
  • Your guests as a group

Modeling hostel entertainment

The machinations and meaning of pubcrawls and stag nights

  • Why do they do it?
  • How to handle drunk people
  • How to maintain authority over your group
  • Why it is a good idea to dress them as ducks
  • Offering an external photographer to accompany your group, reduces bad behaviour

Eventing en event-design for hostels & small hotels

  • How to handle changing tourist-geographies?

  • How to co-create your services with your guests;

  • How important are your guests? The hugely important backpacker.

Tourguide training

Basics

  • Pacing the tour, pacing the experience

An itinerary is about scenography and tension planning, not just about logistics;

  • Tour-operation training for guides!

Advanced and themed tourguiding

  • Immersive guiding: Keep your distance?
  • Being part of the group is only one of the guides many roles
  • Several types of analysing tours. Annotating video and hypervideo, from different points of view.

All observational notes, texts of the guides, their scripts and interviews, will be transcribed in software called ADVENE . ADVENE is designed to analyse audiovisual documents.

http://liris.cnrs.fr/advene/examples/nosferatu/exercises.html

Analysis of audiovisual content’ (http:// www./liris.cnrs.fr/advene/)

For instance:

  • POV1: Films te tourguide, talking about an item on the tour;
  • POV2: Films a spec. groupmember, listening to the guide
  • POV3: Films the behaviour of the group as a whole
  • Using and understanding space, speed, time and the senses
  • Using different modalities, affordances and mediators

Advanced training for museum guides

The use of the five senses allows the interpretation to rely less on the actual words and more on the overall experience,

An individual’s behaviour can be affected by rhe timing of the tour, environmental factors and emotional states.

Locative- and urban gaming

Be the one and only truely original source for unique gaming- and traveling experiences for your guests… wherever they are!

Through local activities and your own already running (succesful??) events and activities, I design urban and locative games, in which your guests get the unique local en special experiences they seek.

Although specifically made for each participating hostel, the backpacer-user of the app and programme, can actually use the app for their further journeys and experiences! The app and its content are only activated after booking at your hostel. After that- besides benefitting from the fluid and adaptive content within, they get to use all the social functions, the app and concept has to offer them and fellow travelers. Discounts, insider tips, curation, motivation, an alarm-system and direct contact.

Concepts are designed with in mind a wide corpus of knowledge about urbanism, tourism, backpacking-behaviours, tourist geographies, gaming-essentials, event-design and lots of hands-on experience.

Locationmanagement and placemaking

  • What makes a spot a tourist location?
  • What is the genus loci and does it matter for you?
  • The trinity of creation

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CONTACT

Renk van Oyen

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