In this episode #22, we speak with Eric Aebi. In his current position as Program Chair of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Chemeketa Community College, and President of Ethos Hospitality & Tourism, Eric’s focus is on workforce development in the US State of Oregon, as well as abroad. He is an advocate for authentic food tourism experiences that connect guests with local farmers, entrepreneurs and places, to the mutual benefit of all. The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus became Eric’s guiding influence when he first heard his words of wisdom, “It’s not what we have, but what we enjoy, that constitutes our abundance.” Eric seeks to create abundance and share it with others.
In this episode you'll learn:
- Why too many visitors can ruin a destination’s authenticity & what to do about it
- Why we need to promote the value of hospitality careers, to industry, youth and the media
- How globalization has adversely affected the food-loving visitor experience
- Why food memories last so long
- What zero-sum thinking is and why it’s a bad deal for everyone
- How food can break down the walls of fear