April 12, 1995
Ms. Elizabeth Beetschen
Assoc. of American Geographers
1710 16th St., NW
Washington, DC 20009-3198
Dear Ms. Beetschen--
The following represents my effort at a 1994-95 report. Sorry for the delay, but I was working on the old May 31 timeframe.
I. RECREATION, TOURISM, & SPORT: To provide a forum and to encourage research and teaching of applied and academic aspects of recreation, tourism, and sport geography. Dues $3 (student $1). Alan A. Lew, Department of Geography & Public Planning, Northern Arizona University, Box 15016, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5016.....ph 928/523-6567, FAX 928/523-4230 e-mail: email@example.com
[please verify the area code before publishing; I believe the old area code of 601 has been phased out or is being phased out]
II. Officers (terms of office: 1995-1997)
Alan Lew, Northern Arizona University
Lisle Mitchell, University of South Carolina
BOARD MEMBERS (FULL MEMBERS)
Rob Bristow, Westfield State College
Barbara Carmichael, Central Connecticut State University
Neil Heywood, Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Mark Okrant, Plymouth State College
STUDENT BOARD MEMBER
RTS NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Bob Janiskee, University of South Carolina
III. Last year's accomplishments.
The major accomplishments of 1994-95 transpired at the 1995 AAG meetings in Chicago:
1. Student Awards
The 1995 RTS student paper competition was quite successful as ten students from across North America competed for 3 prizes. Based upon the written papers, wh
ich followed the format of the Professional Geographer, three prizes for awarded as follows:
1. ($150) T.C. Chang, Ph.D. student, Dept. of Geography, McGill University, for his paper "The United Colours of Heritage Tourism: Local Uniqueness in a Global Village"
2. ($100) Michael Hawkins, Ph.D. student, Dept. of Geography & Anthropology, Louisiana State University, for his paper "Guides to Paradise: Tourist Images of Jamaica from Victoria to Posttourism"
3. ($50) Jennifer B. Beltz, Masters student, Dept. of Geography & Planning, Northern Arizona, for her paper "Ecotourism in Brazil"
Due to the success of the student paper competition, incoming chair Alan Lew will actively promote the event for the 1996 Charlotte meetings.
2. IGU interaction
Just as the AAG in general has been encouraging links with the IGU, the RTS group has been in touch with the IGU Study Group on the Geography of Sustainable To
urism, specifically its chair Dr. Fred Helleiner. Although communications thus far were mostly by e-mail (especially while I was on sabbatical in Yucat agreed to share info in our respective newsletters and attempt to attend each others' meetings. Alan Lew is very supportive of continuing these efforts d
uring his term as chair.
3. AAG highlights
The Chicago meetings were quite productive. RTS sponsored ten sessions, including 1 panel session, in which 45 papers were presented. We co-sponsored a field trip to an Indian casino (with the Native American specialty group), although various snafus led to only the leader and back-up leader actually participating. Our one casino gambling session received national press coverage. (Also, as a result of last year's casino gambling sessions, an edited book on the subject is being submitted to the University of Pennsylvania Press for review this month!) Dr. Jerzy Jemiolo organized a "Polish meeting" at the Polish consulate in the which the Polish minister of tourism participated as well as several RTS members.
IV. Activities scheduled for the coming year.
A. To organize several paper, poster, and panel sessions, as well as a field trip to the Grand Strand, for the '96 Charlotte meetings (see copy of attached business meeting agenda)
B. Bob Janiskee, who resurrected the RTS Newletter to augment RTS news that appears in the AAG Newsletter, has nearly completed a database of all RTS members. This database will list proficiencies and E-mail addresses inter alia and will assist the AAG in its push to make geography more visible in public affairs. Bob has also set up an electronic discussion group listserv called RTSNET-L. While minor kinks still need to be worked out, the RTS infobahn is virtually reality!
C. Other goals include to actively promote the increase of student membership and participation in the RTS specialty group, as well as to work closely with the IGU study group as previously mentioned.
V. Roy Wolfe Award
The 1995 Roy I. Wolfe Award is given to Dr. Charles A. Stansfield, Rowan College (New Jersey), for his outstanding contributions to the field of recreation/tourism geography. Dr. Stansfield has an outstanding record of publication centered upon cultural, economic, and urban aspects of recreation and tourism, particularly in seaside resorts. In the 1960s, he delineated "recreational business districts" (RBDs) in New Jersey resorts, and this land-use category has endured to the present day in tourism geography. He has conducted research in areas including resort cycle analyses, urban recreation, wilderness land use, Caribbean cruiseship patterns, historic preservation, and socio-economic impacts of casino gambling. Dr. Stanfield has served as co-editor of book and media reviews for the Annals of Tourism Research since 1978, and he is author (or co-author) of various topical and regional geography textbooks in which recreation and tourism are strongly emphasized.
Charles A. Stansfield thus becomes the eighth honored recipient of the Roy Wolfe Award, following the distinguished Lisle Mitchell (1988), John Rooney (1989), Dick Smith (1990), Geoff Wall (1991), Peter Murphy (1992), and Carlton S. Van Doren (1993), and Richard W. Butler (1994).
VI. see IV.
VII. Although membership is about 247 (at last count), only about 10% are "hard-core" members. (Because of the successful Chicago meetings, we had about 40 in attendence at the annual business meeting--close to the record set in SF in 1994!) Even though the RTS interests of this core group are quite diverse, there is a strong sense of cohesiveness and enthusiasm. As usual, we would like to increase the numbers of active participants--especially students!
VIII. Financial Report
A. Columbia (SC) Teachers Federal Credit Union
3122 Millwood Ave.
PO Box 5846
Columbia, SC 29250-5846
Acct #: 6030205
Routing #: 253978617
B. 1994 Income: $173.29 (prior to March 15) + $546 (?) deposited by the AAG on March 31 (or does the $546 include the $173 figure that secretary Lisle Mitchell gave me earlier?)
C. Expenses: $633.89
D. Dues: $3 regular, $1 student
E. Estimated income, 1995: $600
Estimated expenses, 1995: $900
i. $300 RTS Newsletter
ii. $300 STudent Awards
iii. $300 RTS Directory (one-time expense)
F. Estimated income, 1996: $600
Estimated expenses, 1996: $600
i. $300 RTS Newsletter
ii. $300 Student Awards
Hope this helps. Business meeting agenda coming separately.
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