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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.

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 Tu…

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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's Bosphorus tunnel to open sub-sea Asia link Related StoriesTurkey profileIn pictures: Exploring IstanbulCleaning up the BosphorusWatch 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. 'Pharaonic' 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 al…

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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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Simon Anholt at EuroPCom 2013, Committee of the Regions

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.


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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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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 ou…

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 EuropeThursday 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.
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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 fromEvery 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 citie…

The Ottoman love for cats large and small

The Ottoman love for cats large and smallNiki GAMMHürriyet Daily News Print PageSend to friend » 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 …

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 pointMaking 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 PortugalSeriously. 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 thatPortugal 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 PortugalWe have 3 of the best beach…

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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].

Abstract 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 d…

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:

Journal of Vacation Marketing Online Table of Contents Alert

ArticlesThe travel behaviours of international students: Nationality-based constraints and opportunitiesSarah Gardiner, Brian King, and Hugh WilkinsJournal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 287-299
Consuming tourism experiences: Mainland Chinese corporate travellers in AustraliaAnna Kwek and Young-Sook LeeJournal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 301-315
‘I am very straight in my gay life’: Approaching an understanding of lesbian tourists’ identity constructionAnette Therkelsen, Bodil Stilling Blichfeldt, Jane Chor, and Nina BallegaardJournal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 317-327
Hotel brand personality and brand qualityXuan Tran, Camille Dauchez, and Anna-Milena SzemikJournal of Vacation Marketing 2013;19 329-341
Studying factors influencing repeat visitation of cultural touristsElisabeth Ka…

Eduardo Oliveira Presentation at Bogazici University Istanbul