“Bruce’s special understanding of the needs and circumstances of emerging and growing destinations stems from his personal life experience growing up in, and serving smaller regional and rural communities ...”
[* Formerly known as ‘Tourism and Community Development Solutions’/TCDS]
Our consulting teams: Significantly, all our TDS Associates are hands-on, senior level practitioners, with decades of tourism development experience. Together, we have been involved in the branding and marketing of well over one hundred destinations: communities, cities, regions, states and nations. When the need arises we have the flexibility and depth of expertise among our specialist Associates to assemble project teams with the appropriate skills and credentials for the assignment. The difference:  And it is our Associate-led approach to providing consultant services that makes us inherently far more efficient in delivering the precise results clients seek. The lean structure and reduced overheads do mean superior value for money. But also of special significance is the fact that only the most experienced and capable consultants actually get to do the work on any project. Your project will not be handled by anyone with less than 20 years of in-depth, real world destination marketing experience. Outlook on tourism:  If your goal is enhanced economic & community development through tourism, we believe that desirable visitor experiences, coupled with incisive market research and strategic excellence in destination branding and communications, are central to tourism competitiveness and success. And consequently, at TDS we commit ourselves to always providing clients with not only a fresh perspective, but also genuinely effective solutions to their tourism assessment, brand strategy and tourism development planning needs.  TDS & Associates provide services to a broad range of clients including: Tourism Associations, DMOs and CVBs; Cities and Precincts; Regional economic development bodies; Chambers of Commerce; Visitor centers; Not for profits; County, State and National government agencies; Festivals, Tourism Attractions and Operators.
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ABOUT TDS
WHO WE ARE Tourism Development Solutions (TDS & Associates):  Specialists in strategic tourism destination development, place branding, tourism assessment, marketing and integrated tourism planning.  A dual citizen of America and Australia, TDS owner Bruce Dickson works out of Portland, Oregon. He established TDS & Associates* in 2002, as a tourism and community economic development consultancy - with a focus on assisting emerging and growing tourism destinations. (Primarily regional, rural and coastal towns, cities, downtowns and counties.)  Bruce did so following years of hands on experience working professionally in these closely related sectors with industry, community and government - at both higher management and grass roots levels. Rural origins: His special interest in (and understanding of) the needs and circumstances of enterprising smaller destinations partially flows from his own life experience. Growing up in, and later professionally serving smaller, regional & rural communities for many highly instructive years. Bruce knows only too well how the community leaderships of such self-reliant & independently minded places, are often forced through necessity to be as resourceful, smart and cost effective as possible. Passion & Commitment:  And it is because TDS so intimately knows  and respects these values, that our specialist consultant teams bring to your tourism & economic development projects a more passionate personal commitment. It explains why we invariably make such a special effort to add value and exceed expectations wherever possible, when assisting clients and their communities to achieve their goals. As Associate-based teams, we find that the well developed collaborative skills we have acquired from our previous experience of professionally working together, also allows us to effortlessly build upon each other’s strengths, while meeting clients’ needs.
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