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Recreational opportunities through educational rural tourism

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Week 2 p.22 Growing Markets, now the market is changes faster than years ago, generations change, needs are more specific. People is looking for their holidays share a relax time with their famillies. Now they looking different places to have a rest totally different of the daily place as a office, city, etc.

We are not just focus in bring a entretainment, also we want to target the educational area, so we have to work togheter to identify what the tourist looking for make them the agrotourism enjoyable.

 

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The best indoor ski experience - Snow World Landgraaf, Landgraaf Traveller Reviews - TripAdvisor

The best indoor ski experience - Snow World Landgraaf, Landgraaf Traveller Reviews - TripAdvisor | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
Snow World Landgraaf: The best indoor ski experience - See 25 traveler reviews, 14 candid photos, and great deals for Landgraaf, The Netherlands, at TripAdvisor.
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This Tripadvisor comment gives us an idea on what ski lovers think about indoors ski slopes regarding their experiences elsewhere. Trip Advisor is usually a site where most people look for informations in regards to where to go. The review on this page would make them choose our indoor ski as their next destination.

 

 

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Creating space for sustainable food systems: Lessons from the field

Creating space for sustainable food systems: Lessons from the field | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
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Today, across the tourism and hospitality industry there is a growing trend in term of acting more responsibly. This article discusses the implementation of a learning environment for customers, local communities and employees regarding providing more sustainable food. In addition, it explains why the local community should be involved?  The eco-farming concept will integrate the community through partnerships; it will also allow the public participation on the growing process. The whole concept and process should lead to an economic growth for both the business and the community and should make the experience for the customer more enjoyable. This concept can be part of the business’ corporate social responsibility.

 

 

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Largest indoor sports complex plans public open in June

Largest indoor sports complex plans public open in June | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
By Stephanie Jordan, LANCASTER, PA – About two years ago, construction of Spooky Nook Sports began with the vision of bringing families together through sports, entertainment and events.
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It fits with what we want to achieve with our indoor ski resort and farming project which bringing different range of customers as well as providing a high quality services, entertainments and products delivery.

 

 

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Agritourism in WA

Agritourism in WA | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
Agritourism, remaking the connection betwewn farmers and consumers in Western Australia
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Knowing that agroturism is a good day life farmer expirience for tourist, we are interesting in offer also an entrateiment animal show to make more grateful a day visit or the long stay.

 

Agroturism is a concept that we definetely look at in order to better undestand the concept of farming for our business.

 

 

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Ecotourism and the empowerment of local communities

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The idea to make a farm theme park is projecting a programs that makes farm industry have a growing in the area. Also linking farmers and their jobs to our project to guaranty a good quality of our products and services using their knowledge. We can produce, process and sell the production to our customers.

 

 

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Sustainable and Resilient Socia Structures for Change: Th organic movement

Sustainable and Resilient Socia Structures for Change: Th organic movement | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
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Tis article is related to the eco-farming theme park. We can focus on planing and poducing organic fruits and vegetables as it is a growing trend.

 

 

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The Canary in the Coalmine: Australian Ski Resort and their Response to Climate Change

The Canary in the Coalmine: Australian Ski Resort and their Response to Climate Change | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
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 I thought this journal article is interesting because, by building an indoor ski resort in Australia, people would not have to travel outside the country during the summer season (in Australia) to find a place where they can enjoy skiing. As most people know, airplane is the number one transport that emits a lots of carbon. Even if some travellers have the possibility to offset their carbon by paying a little bit more for their tickets, it does not stop the emission of carbon dioxyde which contribute largely to the polution of the atmosphere. 

 

 

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The lost art, science of front-desk yielding

The lost art, science of front-desk yielding | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
HotelNewsNow.comdelivers hotel industry news to executives who own, manage, or finance hotels, as well as the hotel managers and employees who oversee the operations of hotels worldwide.
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It is important to understand that according to the article no matter how good the property management system is displaying rates to assist with yield management, many of the skills are dependent on effective front office Staff. Employees should start by offering the highest, value-add rate and then work downward from there. A One-hundred precent capture of walk-ins is always the goal as this is a key performance indicator as a 100% occupancy rate should be the main target to achieve because at the end of the day a hotel’s fixed costs will occur whether a guest stays there or not.

There will be two separate front office receptions with one for the sky complex and another for the farming village themed appropriately. Implementing a few of these ideas might help to improve profits and generate better customer service.

 

 

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Optional Hotel Housekeeping: Radical Concept or Great Idea?

Optional Hotel Housekeeping: Radical Concept or Great Idea? | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
When you offer travelers something they like over and over, or just about anything repeatedly, they will come to expect it. That's certainly been the case with towel and linen reuse programs.
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The concept of green chose is an excellent way of creating less impact on the environment. It also helps to reduce costs of operations. This is a perfect concept to incorporate to the ski and farming resort as one of our main forces will be to make the hotel sustainable in every aspect of its operations and also the creation of awareness to guests on sustainable practices.

 

 

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SkiCity | Australia’s Only Urban Ski Training Centre

SkiCity | Australia’s Only Urban Ski Training Centre | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
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Skicity provide indoor ski training in Melbourne. This business combines indoor ski and new technology. Skicity Sydney is building up at the moment. It means that they are running the business successfully and found potential market to success. We have different type of ski slop but we could expect positive potential market interest as Skicity is running successfully at the moment.   

 

 

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New Trends in Hotel Room Service

New Trends in Hotel Room Service | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
In-room dining at many hotels is being kicked up a notch.
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The guests find that room service is no longer an afterthought but an integral component of the overall food-and-beverage picture. These trends expressed on the article are all factors that need to be taken into consideration. But due to the local production of organic food at the resort the trend will lean towards a more healthier approach by dining with quality service as described in lecture 4.

 

 

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Motivations of farm tourism hosts and guests in the South West Tapestry Region, Western Australia: A phenomenological study

Motivations of farm tourism hosts and guests in the South West Tapestry Region, Western Australia: A phenomenological study | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it

The purpose of the study was to gain an understanding of what motivates people to operate a farm tourism business, and what motivates people to seek farm tourism holidays. In this context, phenomenology was applied as action research into the human dynamics of tourism.

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 We are offering what people want. Nowadays, many people choose their holidays, according to their expectations towards more positive experiences as well as changes in their everyday life. Our resort offers the indoor ski as a sport activity, that make people burn adrenaline and whcich also make them feel more relax after the practice. On the other hand, they can get involve with animals' feeding, planting vegetables and fruits and much more.

 

 That is a good article because it does demonstrate that the farming part of our resort is not a very well known part of the industry,however there is a big potential because a lots of people are interested in learning from local businesses when it comes down to positive local experiences..

 

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Farming and Other Stakeholders in a Tropica Highland: Towards Less Environmental Damaging and More Sustainable Practices

Farming and Other Stakeholders in a Tropica Highland: Towards Less Environmental Damaging and More Sustainable Practices | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
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This example of Tropical Highland in Malaysia has a lesson to teach us through why and how farmers have change their ways of doing things in order to reduce environmental damage which help to sustain production. This is a good example that the actual business concept of eco-farming could use as guidelines among many other from accredited organisations.  This is part of the business’ corporate social responsibility viewed in class.

 

 

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Adaptation of Finnish cross-country skiers to climate change

Adaptation of Finnish cross-country skiers to climate change | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
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That will help us whn we are doing our market research to find out which group of skiers do we have here. And then decide if it's worth it or not.

 

 

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Why Ski Fitness Training Is a Great Way To Keep Fit

Why Ski Fitness Training Is a Great Way To Keep Fit | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
During the winter season, if you are looking for a new and exciting challenge to your fitness levels, you may want to consider ski fitness training.
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 This gives us ideas on our marketing strategies to attract people who usually have to pay huge amount of gym membership if we offer better deal in summer when more people are on holidays.

 

 

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World's largest indoor ski park planned for Denmark

World's largest indoor ski park planned for Denmark | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
Danish architecture firm CEBRA is working with the travel company Danski on a proposal for a huge alpine ski dome to be situated in the city of Randers, Den...
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 This project can help Australia to get in the list of the most important indoor ski complex around the world. It is very attractive design, which the indoor ski and eco farm resort could use as a design example but with its own touch.

 

 

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Managing ski resorts: perceptions from the fiel regarding the sustainable slopes charter

Managing ski resorts: perceptions from the fiel regarding the sustainable slopes charter | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
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 The US example of slop charter can also be used as guidelines for our idea of making our project more sustainable in all aspects as much as we can. Then as it is in Australia we can try to find out what are the best practices used in Australia.

 

 

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The diffusion of environmental sustainability innovations in Nort American hotels and ski resorts

The diffusion of environmental sustainability innovations in Nort American hotels and ski resorts | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
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The fact that the actual business has its originality of being a ski and eco-farming resort, the owners can claim their own brand. This is related to the 'Power of Bran studied in class during week 2, p. 9.

 

 

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Details on Hilton's new full-service F&B concepts | Hotel Management

Details on Hilton's new full-service F&B concepts | Hotel Management | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
Hilton Worldwide has several new food-and-beverage options in the works for its Embassy Suites, DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Hotels & Resorts brands, designed to make F&B a true differentiator for the full-service brands.
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The new concepts can save a lot of money for the operating companies as they minimize a lot of cost involved in food and beverage operations and set up. As they are in the testing phase it is hard to predict whether this is going to be accepted by customers because they are different to the norms of dining. But this can be a suitable solution for F & B operations in the ski resort as customers will only need snacks and light meals as they will be active on the slopes.

 

 

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Skiers Enjoy Column Free Indoor Slop In Middle East

Skiers Enjoy Column Free Indoor Slop In Middle East | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it

http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=0e90cf61-572e-4411-8c26-ccf2c9dc476f%40sessionmgr112&vid=5&hid=114

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This is good article which can give us some ideas on our indoor ski complex project in Melbourne. Also, as the season’s changes in Australia, another indoor ski is a good idea. At least people can enjoy some winter activities outside of winter season.


It is interesting bring the opportunity that Victorians have a good ski complex as an innovative entertainment option. Also it is an exclusive project in Australia with good references from other Overseas. Could be one of the biggest indoor ski complex around the world but the only one here.

 

 

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Innovations In Hotel Minibars

Innovations In Hotel Minibars | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
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This concept of adding value and making profits through sales in the minibar is a really important aspect as suggested in the article. Since there is money to be made and it’s up to management to incorporate food items that guests want. Using local items will be a key to the new resort concept as there will be in house beer brewed and other organic food items that are also produced in house available in the minibar retaining all profits and minimizing environmental impacts such as transport of other external products.

 

 

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Next (A Special Report) --- Cooking With Mr. Green Jeans: 'Agritourists' are signing up for culinary classes with the farmers who grow their foo falseTergesen, Anne. Wall Street Journal, Eastern ed...

Next (A Special Report) --- Cooking With Mr. Green Jeans: 'Agritourists' are signing up for culinary classes with the farmers who grow their foo falseTergesen, Anne. Wall Street Journal, Eastern ed... | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it

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[...] motivated by health concerns and such trends as the "field to table" and "slow food" movements that have elevated locally sourced food to haute cuisine, a growing number of foodies, cooking enthusiasts and "agritourists" are seeking culinary instruction from the farmers who grow their food.

  

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Our concept of ski and eco-farming resort is a combination of an innovative technological concept as well as to provide the best service of organic food.

 

 

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“Panaca” Theme Park in Quindio

“Panaca” Theme Park in Quindio | Ski+mal Ski and Farming Resort | Scoop.it
PLEASE LOCATE THE PARK GEOGRAPHICALLY THEN SEE IF YOU CAN TALK ABOUT CHALLENGES, EXTREME ADVENTURES AND FULL EMOTIONS IN A PARK LIKE SO.
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This example is also a good start for our research on how to implement our farming theme park. we can then use our own ideas on how we want to run it in term of trading hours, staff required, agreements principles for what sort of school group we can get etc.. But it is good choice of theme park's example.

 

This Park is our inspiration; we want to introduce this concept in Victoria. Our proposal is to have a resort with practically the same characteristics of this park. But we also want a combination with a ski complex, making our own concept. Mixing two different concepts, one sport using advance technology with a totally eco farm concept.

 

 

Topic: Farming by Karen Nava

 

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