31 October 2013

Publication coming soon

We just sign our 2nd 'Agreement in Relation to Copyright in an Article' (1st with Taylor & Francis). 
Early December the link to the publication.

29 October 2013

Remembering Atatürk: Turkey’s Founding Father Appeared on TIME’s 4th Issue Reblog

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish republic, which emerged out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire as a sovereign, independent nation thanks in large part to the leadership of one man: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Nine decades ago, too, a new American newsweekly had started shaking up New York’s media scene. TIME’s fourth-ever issue placed “Mustapha Kemal Pasha” — he had yet to win his sobriquet “Ataturk,” or “father of the Turks” — on its March 24 cover, hailing him as the “Emancipator of Turkey” who had “lifted the people out of the slough of servile submission to alien authority, brought them to a realization of their inherent qualities and to an independence of thought and action.”
From being an officer in the Ottoman army, Ataturk went on to marshal Turkish forces in the political mess that followed the empire’s collapse at the end of World War I and preserve it from the predations of Western European empires. Here’s what TIME wrote in 1923, as Turkey moved toward becoming a new republic:
Kemal is pure Turk… and has proved to the whole world that he is the core of Modern Turkey. He is a fine type of professional soldier, who has earned his laurels by sticking to his calling. Professor Arnold J. Toynbee, in his admirably written book, The Western Question in Greece and Turkey, says of him: “He proved by a personal demonstration that a Turk can be his own master in Anatolia without having to wait for a better world, and under his inspiration the National Movement sprang to life.” Without doubt Mustapha Kemal Pasha is one of the great figures in contemporary history. He stands now against the unseen forces of Western civilization, determined to hold what Turkey has won.
But as Turkey’s first President, Ataturk went on to refashion a land that was once part of a sprawling, multi-ethnic empire along the lines of modern Western nation-states. Ataturk’s militarist and secularist brand of nationalism would define Turkey — for good and for ill — for decades to come. No single 20th century statesman meant as much to his nation as he did; he remains, as TIME wrote 90 years ago, very much at the “core” of the Turkish story.

Read more: http://time100.time.com/2013/10/29/remembering-ataturk-turkeys-founding-father-appeared-on-times-4th-issue/#ixzz2j7WgQitj

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Today’s piece was going to be an op-ed column in the New York Times.
But they declined to publish what I supplied. Which was this...

Turkey's Bosphorus tunnel to open sub-sea Asia link

via http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24721779

Turkey's Bosphorus tunnel to open sub-sea Asia link

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A railway tunnel underneath the Bosphorus Strait is due to open in Turkey, creating a new link between the Asian and European shores of Istanbul.
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for years championed the undersea engineering project, conceived by an Ottoman sultan in 1860.
Work began in 2004 but archaeological excavations delayed the construction.
Japan invested $1bn of the $4bn total cost of the 0.8 mile (1.4 km) tunnel, designed to withstand earthquakes.
It is scheduled to be inaugurated at 13:00 GMT.
The BBC's James Reynolds in Istanbul says that now the tunnel is finished, the Turkish government hopes the new route under the Bosphorus will eventually develop into an important trading route, extending from China all the way to western Europe.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves as he leaves from Tokyo International Airport for Turkey on a government plane on 28 October, 2013.Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be at the inauguration
Critics of Mr Erdogan have seen the tunnel as one of his grandiose construction projects for the city where he used to be mayor.
Detractors of his proposals, including a third airport, a parallel canal and a third bridge over the Bosphorus, say they illustrate Mr Erdogan's "pharaonic" ambitions.
Authorities came under fire earlier this year when protesters opposed plans to redevelop a park in Istanbul. Widespread violence between anti-government demonstrators and security forces ensued.
The rail tunnel will not be fully operational after its official opening on Tuesday, the news agency AFP reports.
"The part that is in service is very limited. All that has been delayed until much later," said Tayfun Kahraman, president of the Istanbul Chamber of Urban Planners.
"We are wondering why this inauguration is happening so soon."
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be present at the official opening in recognition of the Bank of Japan's status as the project's principal financial backer.
City officials say the tunnel will relieve pressure on the two existing bridges, as well as ease traffic congestion and pollution.

25 October 2013

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Stories from streets & markets: Once upon a time in Istanbul

Friday, the weekend is just around the corner, so its the perfect time to catch up with fresh writings on PlacesBrands blog and read:

"Stories from streets & markets: Once upon a time in Istanbul"

Blog post by Eduardo Oliveira and Strategically Thinking

"Streets and markets are not only routes of urban mobility, nor only places for trade. They are informal platforms for discussion and cultural development. Each one tells a small story that, if smartly integrated, will contribute to a genuine brand identity."#Istanbul #Turkey #placebranding 

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Editor  - Sam M

22 October 2013

Excellent idea from University Council of the University of Groningen

Develop Entrepreneurship


The Executive Board of the RUG has submitted a note on entrepreneurship. The Executive Board wants to create a centre of entrepreneurship which is aimed at students and alumni. 

The name of the centre will be the University of Groningen Centre for Entrepreneurship (UGCE). In this centre educational facilities, facilities for start-ups and bringing other entrepreneurs together. Furthermore, lessons and lectures are organized on entrepreneurship. The University council has asked questions about the ability to engage students and student associations in this plan.


21 October 2013

Have you ever been to Myanmar?

Burmese Visa in Bangkok and A detailed cost break-down for traveling in Burma


"Lisbon's nightlife scene is one of the most impressive and deeply nocturnal in Europe."

by The Guardian

New on PlacesBrands: Izmir: Branding a Frontier Mentality

Posted by Samantha Manniex on Oct 21, 2013

Izmir’s political allegiances were made clear during Turkey’s recent summer of protests. This city supports Atatürk, the founder of a secular Turkey. The huge rocky carving of his face on one of Izmir’s major highways proves it. There are no such depictions of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the current leader, except in mocking graffiti on the street. Such rebellion hints strongly at a certain type of personality in Izmir, a mentality that makes the city stand out from its rivals.

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12 October 2013

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend. Love it or hate it, utilizing the morning hours before work may be the key to a successful and healthy lifestyle. That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people. Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m.; Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am just to name a few. I know what you’re thinking – you do your best work at night. Not so fast. According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive. In addition, the health benefits for those with a life before work go on and on. Let’s explore 5 of the things successful people do before 8 am.
1. Exercise. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. Most people that work out daily, work out in the morning. Whether it’s a morning yoga session or a trip to the gym, exercising before work gives you a boost of energy for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment. Anyone can tackle a pile of paperwork after 200 ab reps! Morning workouts also eliminate the possibility of flaking out on your cardio after a long day at work. Even if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of a 5 am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a quick bedside set of pushups or stretching. It’ll help wake up your body, and prep you for your day.
2. Map Out Your Day. Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to dos. The morning is a good time for this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. The early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities. They also allow for uninterrupted problem solving when trying to fit everything into your timetable. While scheduling, don’t forget about your mental health. Plan a 10 minute break after that stressful meeting for a quick walk around the block or a moment of meditation at your desk. Trying to eat healthy? Schedule a small window in the evening to pack a few nutritious snacks to bring to work the next day.
3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast. We all know that rush out the door with a cup of coffee and an empty stomach feeling. You sit down at your desk, and you’re already wondering how early that taco truck sets up camp outside your office. No good. Take that extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead of it. It will help keep you mind on what’s at hand and not your growling stomach. Not only is breakfast good for your physical health, it is also a good time to connect socially. Even five minutes of talking with your kids or spouse while eating a quick bowl of oatmeal can boost your spirits before heading out the door.
4. Visualization. These days we talk about our physical health ad nauseam, but sometimes our mental health gets overlooked. The morning is the perfect time to spend some quiet time inside your mind meditating or visualizing. Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.
5. Make Your Day Top Heavy. We all have that one item on our to do list that we dread. It looms over you all day (or week) until you finally suck it up and do it after much procrastination. Here’s an easy tip to save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from first coffee through your lunch break, get it out of the way. The morning is the time when you are (generally) more well rested and your energy level is up. Therefore, you are more well equipped to handle more difficult projects. And look at it this way, your day will get progressively easier, not the other way around. By the time your work day is ending, you’re winding down with easier to dos and heading into your free time more relaxed. Success!

10 October 2013

Next week Strategically Thinking will attend the:

Next week Strategically Thinking will attend the:

EuroPCom 2013: Public communication in period of (EU) elections

Key note speakers
- Matthew McGregor (director of rapid response on Obama's 2012 re-election campaign)
- Johan Peter Paludan (of the Copenhagen Institute of Futures Studies)
- Anthony Zacharzewski (of the Democratic Society)
- Simon Anholt (independent government adviser).


Looking forward to meet with some of the followers of this page. Stay t

Groningers are the happiest in Europe

Groningers are the happiest in Europe

Thursday 26 July 2007
People living in Groningen are the happiest in Europe about their city according to European Commission research. The researchers looked at 75 different cities. Amsterdam and Rotterdam ranked in the middle.
Least happy were people living in Athens, Naples and Istanbul.

See more at: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2007/07/groningers_are_the_happiest_in.php#sthash.Q0f58SJC.dpuf

You've seen Amsterdam and Copenhagen, now check out Groningen where 50% of trips are done by bike


One more awesome bike-friendly city to learn from

Every time I look at the bike culture and infrastructure in Copenhagen orAmsterdam, I feel inspired and hope that people around the world will learn from these great examples. There are many other great bike cities, but those two are generally at the top of most people's list, including mine. Well, thanks to this video (below) by our friend Clarence, I've just added Groningen to the top of my list.
They do amazing things that must be seen to be believed. Sit back and enjoy a look into what most dense cities should look like:
Clarence's remark about how quiet the city is reminds us that we don't have to live with noisy cities. As long as there are lots of people, some noise is impossible to avoid, but it could all be made much more pleasant if bicycles were central to how people get around in cities.

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What must be highlighted here, as with Amsterdam and Copenhagen and all other great bike cities, is that this didn't all happen by accident. There was a time when these weren't such great bike cities, and people decided to transform them. That's what we've started to see in some US cities like New York (a lot of work still left to do), which is encouraging. But we could do so much more.

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The Ottoman love for cats large and small

The Ottoman love for cats large and small

Niki GAMMHürriyet Daily News

Provincial governors sent to Istanbul Van cats and other kind that were not found in the capital.
Provincial governors sent to Istanbul Van cats and other kind that were not found in the capital.
When you mention cats in Middle Eastern history, one first thinks of the Egyptians and the regard in which they held cats, deifying and mummifying them. No other ancient civilization seems to have held the little domestic cat in such high regard but preferred instead their big cousins, the lion, leopard and cheetah, the latter being particularly suited to hunting. Recent research has shown that today’s domestic cat is more closely related to leopards than other type of cat, although there’s such a mixture of colors and markings you’d be hard to understand that any other way. 

Etymologically, the word “cat” may have come down to us from the Latin word “catta,” which has spread to almost all of Europe’s languages. Byzantine Greek had the word “katta” and possibly from there the Arabs took the word “qitt” meaning tomcat.

With the advent of Islam, the little domestic cat came into its own. One of the best known stories has the Prophet Muhammad cutting the sleeve of his garment off when he heard the call to pray rather than his disturbing his cat, Muezza, who had fallen asleep on it. The Prophet is said to have touched the head of another cat who saved him from a snake, which is how the cat came to have stripes on its head and how it acquired the ability to right itself when falling. One of the Prophet’s companions was named “Father of the Kitten” because of his love for a little cat he used to carry with him wherever he went.

Throughout the Middle East, cats were taken care of because their worth as hunters of mice and other vermin was particularly important. They were regarded as pure so they were welcome in people’s houses, even to the point of sharing food from the same dish as their owner and drinking from the same water. Sultan Baibars in 13th century Egypt set up a garden especially for cats, which was still extant in the 19th century, according to a British orientalist. 

HDNOttomans loved cats

Perhaps in today’s Turkey one wouldn’t think that cats were particularly loved (except in Istanbul’s Cihangir district), but in earlier centuries the Ottomans loved cats as much as the Arabs and Egyptians did. But others set up cat hospitals – there was one in Üsküdar and a second one at Dolmabahçe for instance, and foundations were established to ensure that the small cats were fed and well-looked after. One has only to read the memoirs of Baron Wenceslas Wratislow, published in 1599, to understand how extraordinary the Turks’ love of cats was. This was quite different from the fear that Europeans had for the cat.

“In Constantinople, there are also large gardens, surrounded with walls, on which cats jump and assemble, waiting for certain people to come and give them alms. For it is customary for Turks to boil and bake paunches, lights, liver and pieces of meat, and carry them in wooden buckets up and down the city, crying out ‘Kedi et, kedi et’ i.e. ‘Cat’s meat!’… and it is an undoubted truth that it is on the walls of these gardens the cats breakfast in the morning and assemble for the second time at the hour of the evening meal, in large bodies out of the whole city, and stand on the lookout; and we went purposely to these walls and listened to their caterwauling, and watched how they ran out of the houses and assembled.” The Baron continued, noting that the Turkish matrons would provide chunks of meat, saying prayers at the same time.

The sultans, of course, had leopards and cheetahs that they used when hunting. While leopards and lions were native to Anatolia until they went extinct, the cheetah had to be imported from Persia. In a miniature that shows Khosrau going on a hunt, the artist has depicted him being accompanied by a lion, leopard and two cheetahs in addition to dogs and birds. The cheetahs are seated on the backs of horses. 

The sultans seemed to have a love of the big cats and there seems scant evidence that there were any cats around Topkapı Palace, especially since we know that the palace was filled with birds. 

However, after the imperial family moved up the Bosphorus, the sultans had some of their provincial governors send them Van cats and other types from Ankara that were not found in Istanbul. It’s not clear whether these were meant to be bred or were allowed to roam freely around the palace grounds. But it certainly made sense to downsize the cats just as the empire was being downsized.

At some point, a little contribution to the country brand


I am your average Canadian young adult spending a year abroad living with two Portuguese women in Iceland. I can say I’ve learned a few things from my faithful Portuguese at some point or another.

1. Every recipe should contain onions at some point

Making rice? Fry some onions first. Pasta? Same deal. If you want to eat it for dinner, you better throw in some onions.

2. Your shoes are ugly and cost less in Portugal

Seriously. Your shoes probably smell like rubber. That means they are bad quality. Your shoes aren’t sexy with that outfit. Don’t wear those. They don’t make your calves look nice. I could buy those for 5 euros in Portugal.

3. They actually conquered lots of shit or something like that

Portugal was an empire! A big one. We discovered more than Brazil – we promise! Those British just stole our glory from us.

4. If you want to go to the beach, go to Portugal

We have 3 of the best beaches in the world. In the world. Why don’t they teach you these things in school.

5. Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world

We understand Italian, French, and Spanish. It is just because they are all like Portuguese. Brazilians – they speak cute Portuguese. It is only funny if you speak Portuguese.

6. Walking too fast is rude

You are walking too fast. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Slow down. It is rude to walk in front of me, walk beside me.

7. The play-by-play is required

Where are you going? What are you doing? Who are you texting? What are you cooking?

8. Hair Conditioner and Air Conditioner are pronounced the same

We just don’t pronounce the “H”. The author would here like to point out that if you say you bought “air” conditioner and you mean hair conditioner, English native speakers will be very very confused.

9. It’s Lisboa

Not Lisbon. Lish-bow-ah. Say the city properly.

10. Pastries are better and more proliferous in Portugal

You will walk into a shop and the walls will be lined with pastries and they all cost like 50 cents. O you get a coffee with this too and not like this North American watered down thing, real coffee. TC mark

9 October 2013

My most recent publication: Message or comment for PDF. I will be happy in send it to you.

Oliveira, Eduardo (2013), "Making Strategies in Destination Branding: What is the online tourism promotional material saying about Portugal?", Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Issues and Challenges in Tourism, 3-5 October, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey [ISBN 978-975-518-354-1].

The need for strategic thinking in destination branding has been demanded regarding the challenges tourism destinations are facing nowadays, such as at the digital level. The utilization of Information Communication Technology by tourism destinations, when well-articulated with a destination branding strategy, could be a driving force to improve their strategic positioning, competitiveness, and to optimise the benefits they derive from tourism. The aim of this paper is to explore developments in branding Portugal as a tourism destination, namely what the online tourism promotional material is saying about the country. We intend to contribute to the discussion concerning the best strategies for Destination Portugal.

8 October 2013

Call of abstracts AESOP 2014

'call of abstracts' that is now open for the Aesop annual conference at Utrecht, July 2014. You will find info at: http://aesop2014.eu/

Journal of Vacation Marketing Online Table of Contents Alert

The travel behaviours of international students: Nationality-based constraints and opportunities
Sarah Gardiner, Brian King, and Hugh Wilkins
Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 287-299

Consuming tourism experiences: Mainland Chinese corporate travellers in Australia
Anna Kwek and Young-Sook Lee
Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 301-315

‘I am very straight in my gay life’: Approaching an understanding of lesbian tourists’ identity construction
Anette Therkelsen, Bodil Stilling Blichfeldt, Jane Chor, and Nina Ballegaard
Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 317-327

Hotel brand personality and brand quality
Xuan Tran, Camille Dauchez, and Anna-Milena Szemik
Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 329-341

Studying factors influencing repeat visitation of cultural tourists
Elisabeth Kastenholz, Celeste Eusébio, and Maria João Carneiro
Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 343-358

Mainland Chinese gamblers’ casino design preferences
Yim King Penny Wan
Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 359-374

Journal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 375

Special issue in European Planning Studies Spatial planning and place branding: rethinking relations and synergies

Introduction:  Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen and Eduardo Oliveira  Rethinking planning-branding relations: an introduction . https:...