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Critical Perspectives on Soka’s Lu’au
"In its 10th anniversary this year, the Lū’au performance is one of our oldest traditions here at Soka. The club which spearheads it every year is called, “Ka Pilina Ho’olokahi,” which means “the coming together in harmony for peace” in the Hawaiian language.

Growing up in Hawai’i, we understood how direly peace in the Pacific was needed. I watched as the place where I grew up ballooned with military bases and personnel. We watched the Hawaiian Islands bend beyond their capacity to host tourists. We saw the cost of living skyrocket and the number of people evicted from their homes turn into a crisis overlooked every year. I am not Kānaka (Native Hawaiian), and I cannot say I have experienced the same displacement and loss of agency over land as Native Hawaiians have in the last century. However, as the daughter of a Filipina immigrant, I can say I know what it’s like to hear that you will never be able to go back to your home because it is too polluted, too politically unsafe, and void of opportunity. For Filipinas, the displacement of our people was mechanized by the same forces which continue to displace and extract from Native Hawaiians. The parallels of the occupation of our homelands have been, at times, painful to compare because of their stark similarities.

So, when people ask me about the Lū’au or Hawai’i, I’m met with conflicting feelings. It touches me that people are so dedicated to planning and executing an event meant to celebrate a place I care for and want to protect. However, when people ask me about the Lū’au, I can’t help but think of my own experiences in Waikīkī, where I would pick up my cousins after their shifts working at “lū’aus.” After working in the tourism industry since I was 14, I’ve become critical of its mechanisms. In this article, I hope to unpack our involvement in Hawaii’s history of colonization, cultural extraction, and commercialization by tourism developers.

Activist, author, poet, and Professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai’i, Haunani-Kay Trask, wrote the essay “‘Lovely Hula Hands’: Corporate Tourism and the Prostitution of Hawaiian Culture,” [https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/bl/article/view/24958/28913 ] which delineated the cultural commodification mechanized by tourist industries she witnessed as a Native Hawaiian woman. She provides her analysis placed amongst the backdrop of the linguistic genocide, land theft, and unjust annexation to statehood Native Hawaiian people faced. Trask posits that the tourism industry extracts and commercializes Hawai’i and Hawaiian culture into a consumable and often times sexualized fantasy. She writes, “To most Americans, then, Hawai’i is theirs: to use, to take, and, above all, to fantasize about long after the experience…. Just five hours away by plane from California, Hawai’i is a thousand light years away in fantasy. Mostly a state of mind, Hawai’i is the image of escape from the rawness and violence of daily American Life.” In her essay, Trask argues that these fantasy-based images of Hawai’i strip it of its political history, culture, language, and people.

Other Native Hawaiian scholars such as @haymakana [https://twitter.com/haymakana/status/1036950291902590976 ], a Ph.D. student with interests in indigenous education and race in Hawaii, have spoken out against the exploitation of Native Hawaiian culture through the tourism industry. Here, she explains how images and fantasy of escape come at the expense of Native Hawaiians, leading to more Kānaka (Native Hawaiian) displacement: “When you fantasize about laying on our beaches you fantasize about tearing us away from our homeland and our ‘ohana that still live there … Kānaka are being displaced by hotels, rich people’s summer homes, Airbnbs, etc.”

From the perspective of a resident, I can also attest that the overwhelming presence of tourism contributes to the rising cost of living, homelessness, environmental destruction, and sex trafficking within our communities.

Other scholars such as Gregory Pōmaika’i [https://twitter.com/gspomaikai/status/1112163934734172162 ], a Ph.D. student at UC San Diego with interests in the Hawaiian diaspora in Las Vegas, Nevada, militarism, and queer Indigenous relations of off-island resurgence, responded to @haymakana’s thread with their own.

In this instance, Pōmaika’i affirms the sentiment originally proposed by @haymakana. They argue that the extraction of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) otherness is exploitive, but goes mostly unchecked by the usual assumption of innocence under Euro-American audiences. They expound upon the common phenomena of Asian Americans who, due to their proximity based on settlement, diaspora, or existing within the category of Asian American Pacific Islanders, reap social or material capital off of Hawaiian culture due to their proximity to Hawai’i. Because of this and the universal ideas of “Hawai’i,” which are formed and normalized by the tourism industry, most audiences are less likely to question the cultural appropriateness of demonstrations of “Hawaiian culture,” especially those led by people who consider themselves proximate to Hawai’i.

Pōmaika’i later goes on to stress the importance of solidarity, rather than extraction, when it comes to showing up for indigenous folk. As settlers within a system of settler-colonialism, which automatically defers to our protection rather than indigenous folk, how are we showing up for them? Are we still following outdated models of racism and settler-colonialism where we are only assessing our liability based on our conscious prejudices and attitudes? Or are we critically evaluating our involvement within systems which subjugate others based on race and class?

I’ve spoken to Ka’pilina members who, from the bottom of their heart, believe they are part of the preservation of Hawaiian culture. However, I think Pōmaika’i, @haymakana, and Trask would all agree that the very concept of a Lū’au pulls from tourism-based ideas of Hawaii—ideas inevitably predicated on Native Hawaiian displacement. I’ve spoken to Lū’au officials who have told me that they don’t know about the Kanaka Maoli. These interactions led me to question what qualifications officials who have either varying or no connections to Hawai’i have for culture preservation. In what way are we actively able to combat Native Hawaiian stereotypes if there is no one involved who can call them out and unpack them? To what point is our relationship to Hawai’i extractive, especially if we’re, intentionally or not, upholding fantasy ideals of what Hawai’i is? These are questions of self-reflection which I hope my article can help facilitate within our community. Images of a commodified culture, made accessible to us and which remain pervasive after years of colonization, will persist in spaces vacuous of critical thought. So from here, I hope we may critically assess, how to move forward without perpetuating the commodification of Native Hawaiian culture.

Post notes: Soka’s Lū’au will be donating a small amount of the proceeds, all accumulated through the raffle, to a Hawaiian cultural preservation non-profit. I am happy about these donations, but I hope this will not excuse us from engaging in critical reflection of our actions."
sokauniversityofamerica  via:sophia  2019  hawaii  cultue  criticism  luau  haunani-kaytrask  tourism  exploitation  solidarity  extraction  indigeneity  indigenous  gregorypōmaika’i  kanakamaoli  commodification  stereotypes  kapalina 
5 weeks ago by robertogreco
Ringing the Fourfold: A Philosophical Framework for Thinking about Wellness Tourism: Tourism Recreation Research: Vol 31, No 1
"Perhaps no other area of tourism more needs a philosophy than wellness tourism with its transcendental aims and spiritual dimension. This paper explores Heidegger's rich philosophical concept of the ringing of the fourfold—an intimate relationship between earth, sky, mortals and divinities that Heidegger says reveals wholeness and authenticity and brings us into intimate contact with the world in the amazing event that is human existence. This paper argues that the ringing of the fourfold may be a philosophical basis for wellness and suggests tourism may actually facilitate the ringing of the fourfold. It uses the fourfold to explore how wellness tourism might balance and integrate lives unsettled and fractured by runaway time, frantic busyness, disconnection from the natural world and other people, loss of spirituality, and longing for a sense of place in an alien, impersonal and out-of-control world. First, it explores the possible origin of our lack of wellness by explicating Heidegger's ‘epoch of technicity’, a time when the world is seen as something to be managed and exploited for human gain by people who are reduced to little more than the engineer-servants of this management and exploitation. This part of the paper uses tourism literature to confirm the accuracy of Heidegger's predictions of rampant consumerism, ecological devastation, corporate greed, personal hubris, artificial community created by technology, and stress created by too little time, isolation, loss of identity and exhaustion. Next, the paper proffers a philosophical description of existential wellness by exploring Heidegger's concept of the fourfold as an alternative way to understand and experience the world. By returning to the tourism literature again, we show how touring may facilitate appreciation of the fourfold (and a sense of wellness) by bringing tourists into an authentic encounter with not only earth and sky (grounding and freeing nature) but also divinities and mortals who together create a world unlike the world of technicity. Finally, the paper looks at the implications of wellness tourism as a site for the ringing of the fourfold."
via:bopuc  wellness  consumerism  capitalism  2005  carolsteiner  tourism  heidegger  greed  corporatism  environment  sustainability  technology  stress  time  isolation  identity  exhaustion  work  labor  philosophy 
may 2018 by robertogreco
After Authenticity
"Meanwhile, years of semantic slippage had happened without me noticing. Suddenly the surging interest in fashion, the dad hats, the stupid pin companies, the lack of sellouts, it all made sense. Authenticity has expanded to the point that people don’t even believe in it anymore. And why should we? Our friends work at SSENSE, they work at Need Supply. They are starting dystopian lifestyle brands. Should we judge them for just getting by? A Generation-Z-focused trend report I read last year clumsily posed that “the concept of authenticity is increasingly deemed inauthentic.” It goes further than that. What we are witnessing is the disappearance of authenticity as a cultural need altogether.

Under authenticity, the value of a thing decreases as the number of people to whom it is meaningful increases. This is clearly no longer the case. Take memes for example. “Meme” circa 2005 meant lolcats, the Y U NO guy and grimy neckbeards on 4chan. Within 10 years “meme” transitioned from this one specific subculture to a generic medium in which collective participation is seen as amplifying rather than detracting from value.

In a strange turn of events, the mass media technologies built out during the heady authenticity days have had a huge part in facilitating this new mass media culture. The hashtag, like, upvote, and retweet are UX patterns that systematize endorsement and quantify shared value. The meme stock market jokers are more right than they know; memes are information commodities. But unlike indie music 10 years ago the value of a meme is based on its publicly shared recognition. From mix CDs to nationwide Spotify playlists. With information effortlessly transferable at zero marginal cost and social platforms that blast content to the top of everyone’s feed, it’s difficult to for an ethics based on scarcity to sustain itself.

K-HOLE and Box1824 captured the new landscape in their breakthrough 2014 report “Youth Mode.” They described an era of “mass indie” where the search for meaning is premised on differentiation and uniqueness, and proposed a solution in “Normcore.” Humorously, nearly everyone mistook Normcore for being about bland fashion choices rather than the greater cultural shift toward accepting shared meanings. It turns out that the aesthetics of authenticity-less culture are less about acting basic and more about playing up the genericness of the commodity as an aesthetic category. LOT2046’s delightfully industrial-supply-chain-default aesthetics are the most beautiful and powerful rendering of this. But almost everyone is capitalizing on the same basic trend, from Vetements and Virgil Abloh (enormous logos placed for visibility in Instagram photos are now the norm in fashion) to the horribly corporate Brandless. Even the names of boring basics companies like “Common Threads” and “Universal Standard” reflect the the popularity of genericness, writes Alanna Okunn at Racked. Put it this way: Supreme bricks can only sell in an era where it’s totally fine to like commodities.

Crucially, this doesn’t mean that people don’t continue to seek individuation. As I’ve argued elsewhere exclusivity is fundamental to any meaning-amplifying strategy. Nor is this to delegitimize some of the recognizable advancements popularized alongside the first wave of mass authenticity aesthetics. Farmer’s markets, the permaculture movement, and the trend of supporting local businesses are valuable cultural innovations and are here to stay.

Nevertheless, now that authenticity is obsolete it’s become difficult to remember why we were suspicious of brands and commodities to begin with. Maintaining criticality is a fundamental challenge in this new era of trust. Unfortunately, much of what we know about being critical is based on authenticity ethics. Carles blamed the Contemporary Conformist phenomenon on a culture industry hard-set on mining “youth culture dollars.” This very common yet extraordinarily reductive argument, which makes out commodity capitalism to be an all-powerful, intrinsically evil force, is typical of authenticity believers. It assumes a one-way influence of a brand’s actions on consumers, as do the field of semiotics and the hopeless, authenticity-craving philosophies of Baudrillard and Debord.

Yet now, as Dena Yago says, “you can like both Dimes and Doritos, sincerely and without irony.” If we no longer see brands and commodity capitalism as something to be resisted, we need more nuanced forms of critique that address how brands participate in society as creators and collaborators with real agency. Interest in working with brands, creating brands, and being brands is at an all-time high. Brands and commodities therefore need to be considered and critiqued on the basis of the specific cultural and economic contributions they make to society. People co-create their identities with brands just as they do with religions, communities, and other other systems of meaning. This constructivist view is incompatible with popular forms of postmodern critique but it also opens up new critical opportunities. We live in a time where brands are expected to not just reflect our values but act on them. Trust in business can no longer be based on visual signals of authenticity, only on proof of work."
tobyshorin  2018  authenticity  culture  anthropology  hispters  sellouts  sellingout  commercialism  kanyewest  yeezy  yeezysupply  consumerism  commercialization  commodification  personalbranding  branding  capitalism  shepardfairey  obeygiant  tourism  sarahperry  identity  critique  ethics  mainstream  rjaymagill  popculture  aesthetics  commentary  conformism  scale  scalability  venkateshrao  premiummediocre  brooklyn  airbnb  wework  local  handmade  artisinal  economics  toms  redwings  davidmuggleton  josephpine  jamesgilmore  exclusivity  denayago  systems  sytemsofmeaning  meaning  commodities  k-hole 
april 2018 by robertogreco
Berlin Is the ‘Post-Tourist’ Capital of Europe -- Next
"Irritating as this may be, this blurring between the local and non-local is likely to continue shaping the future of Berlin – and the future of tourism itself. Johannes Novy, an urbanist at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, one of the country's top technical universities, argues that Berlin has become a test case for what some academics and journalists are calling post-tourism. “Many of the tourists we see here don’t fit the conventional image we have of tourists in Rome or Paris,” he says.

Novy has reservations about the term, but here's the idea: “Post-tourists” tend to avoid staying in hotels, they aren’t as interested in major tourist attractions, they combine work with travel, they’re looking for unconventional experiences, and they prefer to hang out in residential neighborhoods. Because Berlin is cheap, fun, and accessible, it's attracted an unusually high number of these types of visitors, who can spend months here before moving on."



"In many ways, the debate about post-tourism in Berlin echoes the one about gentrification everywhere else. In both cases, formerly sleepy neighborhoods become more upscale and exciting, while long-term residents and businesses are forced out and replaced with laptop-filled coffee shops. But in Berlin it also taps into a host of other resentments — about American entitlement, about being required to speak English, about a calm neighborhood being hijacked for the sake of someone else’s cliché idea of Berlin hedonism. “Berlin is the kind of place where people go if they want somewhere that is messy and complicated in ways that aren’t messy and complicated,” says Jason Clampet, the co-founder of Skift, a travel news site. “You can go to the orgy, but on the way home people will still wait for the light to change.”"



"According to Novy, the notion of “post-tourism” doesn’t represent a change in the way we travel so much as a change in the way we think about travel – and it primarily shows the extent to which technology and heightened mobility have helped obliterate categories like “work” and “vacation,” “local” and “visitor.” “The idea of this new tourism puts into question a lot of fundamental things about the kinds of lives people live these days,” he says. “We are in a world of endless mobility, and so we are all tourists all of the time.” Although many of these post-tourists come to Berlin looking for an “authentic” Berlin experience, that experience may never have existed in the first place, outside of their imagination."
post-tourism  tourism  berlin  travel  2015  cities  gentrification  messiness  johannesnovy  mobility 
march 2015 by robertogreco
The Official Website of Virunga National Park - The Virunga Alliance
"Born of a Congolese commitment to the protection of Virunga National Park, the Virunga Alliance aims to foster peace and prosperity through the responsible economic development of natural resources for four million people who live within a day’s walk of the park’s borders.

A minimum of 30% of the park’s revenues is invested in community development projects. These projects are defined by the community and are based on the principle of free and informed consultation with civil society groups.

Virunga Alliance is the intersection of civil society, private sector and state institutions working together toward sustainable development goals in eastern Congo. Virunga Alliance will deliver large-scale opportunities to tens of thousands of Congolese men and women who are ready to rebuild the region and redefine the country’s future.

We propose a three-phase approach and identify four main sectors for development, including Energy, Tourism, Agro-Industry, Sustainable Fisheries, and Infrastructure."
virunga  parks  africa  congo  drc  sustainability  fisheries  agriculture  tourism  energy  infrastructure  economics  development 
january 2015 by robertogreco
Great Bear on Vimeo
"A Coastal First Nations led collaboration with researchers from leading academic universities provides remarkable insights into the importance of bears and the other keystone species to the ecosystems of the Great Bear Rainforest."

[See also: http://www.spiritbear.com/
https://vimeo.com/73403026 ]
bears  wildlife  animals  science  tourism  ecotourism  2014  britishcolumbia  greatbearrainforest  nature  cascadia  firstnations  economics  ecosystems 
september 2014 by robertogreco
The Catch-22 of San Diego’s Tourism Economy | Voice of San Diego
"Marney Cox, chief economist for the San Diego Association of Governments, said the increased tourism that’s helped San Diego County recover from the recession more quickly than inland regions has come with a side effect.

“We’re a little bit of a victim of our own success because even if those hotels are filled and all the convention space is used up, the structure of the industry is that 75 percent of the jobs in the industry pay less than the median wage,” Cox said.

That’s not to say San Diego County isn’t seeing an uptick in some higher-paying jobs.

Management consulting firms, which help other businesses work more efficiently, have risen even more dramatically. The county has seen more than 2,400 new companies in that category since late 2009. Some of them may be led by a sole proprietor but new jobs in this category totaled nearly 12,000 in the last four years.

Some of the more lucrative new jobs are for highly skilled workers.

For example, since the end of 2009, the region has added more than 150 new companies and nearly 8,000 jobs tied to scientific research and development, a category that includes engineering and biotechnology jobs.

The city’s economic development strategy acknowledges the uneven job growth patterns that have played out since the recession.

The regional economy is increasingly seeing job growth attached to industries that either pay a lot or relatively little.

The city plan approved this June emphasizes both the region’s burgeoning status as an hourglass economy and the need to foster middle-class job growth in key sectors, including manufacturing and trade."
inequality  economics  sandiego  tourism  2014  jobs 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Fotos de la biografía - Christopher Glazek | Facebook
"I can't be the first to point this out, Fiona Duncan, but doesn't your NYMag piece confuse #Normcore with #ActingBasic, a separate K-Hole concept? Dressing neutral and normy so you don't stand out is #ActingBasic. #Normcore means you pursue every activity like you're a fanatic of the form. It doesn't really make sense to identify Normcore as a fashion trend--the point of normcore is that you could dress like a NASCAR mascot for a big race and then switch to raver-wear for a long druggy night at the club. It's about infinitely flexible, sunny appropriation. As K-hole puts it, “You might not understand the rules of football, but you can still get a thrill from the roar of the crowd at the World Cup. Normcore moves away from a coolness that relies on difference to a post-authenticity coolness that opts in to sameness. BUT INSTEAD OF APPROPRIATING AN AESTHETICIZED VERSION OF THE MAINSTREAM [i.e. Acting Basic], IT JUST COPS TO THE SITUATION AT HAND." I'm raising this because Acting Basic, while certainly a recognizable trend, isn't that new or exciting of a concept. Normcore, on the other hand--the real version--is genuinely new and consequential. Normcore describes personalities, not clothes. Its icon is not Preston Chaunsumlit, it's James Franco.

Acting Basic, a temptation to which the best of us sometimes succumb, is snotty and superseded--the bad old days of downtown cool. Normcore is what comes after: fresh, pozzy, net-native, living every day as a tourist, unbothered by the politics of appropriation--and probably a little naive about politics in general. It really is a profound and illuminating concept, but it's sad to think that during its viral moment it's been reinterpreted into something pedestrian and regressive."
normcore  2014  tourism  adaptability  assimilation  appropriation  netnative  authenticity  coolness  sameness  culture  christopherglazek  k-hole  openmindedness 
july 2014 by robertogreco
Report Finds Los Angeles at Risk of Decline - NYTimes.com
"From the 73-story skyscraper that just broke ground downtown (the tallest in the West), to the blizzard of office, shopping and apartment complexes rising from there to the Pacific, construction is bustling in Los Angeles. Home prices are up, and the foreclosure rate is declining. Crime is down. There is a new mayor in City Hall. In many ways, Los Angeles, like many once-beleaguered cities across the nation, seems on the upswing.

Yet at this presumed moment of promise and potential, Los Angeles is enduring a series of blows that have challenged its self-esteem and even its long-term stability. Some appear more symbolic, like the departure of “The Tonight Show” for New York, followed by the plaintive appeal by Mayor Eric M. Garcetti that CBS move “The Late Show” to Los Angeles when David Letterman retires next year. Others are beyond its control, such as the disconcerting wave of earthquakes that have rumbled the region in recent weeks, reminding residents of how unprepared Southern California is for a cataclysmic temblor.

But the most worrisome blow by far is a scathing verdict on Los Angeles’s civic health that was delivered in a one-two punch — the second on Wednesday — by a committee of lawyers, developers, labor leaders and former elected officials who make up something of the Old Guard here. The Los Angeles 2020 Commission presented a catalog of failings that it said were a unique burden to the city: widespread poverty and job stagnation, huge municipal pension obligations, a struggling port and tourism industry and paralyzing traffic that would not be eased even with a continuing multibillion-dollar mass transit initiative."
2014  losangeles  decline  socal  california  cities  stagnation  poverty  unemployment  costofliving  tourism  traffic 
april 2014 by robertogreco
You Are Not Here
"You Are Not Here (.org) is an urban tourism mash-up. It takes place in the streets of one city and invites participants to become meta-tourists of another city. Download a map, take your phone with you and go tour Gaza through the streets of Tel Aviv or Baghdad through the streets of New York."
maps  mapping  via:savasavasava  youarenothere  place  nyc  baghdad  telaviv  gaza  tourism  mobile  art 
august 2013 by robertogreco
Experimental travel - Wikipedia
"Experimental tourism is a novel approach to tourism in which visitors do not visit the ordinary tourist attractions (or, at least not with the ordinary approach), but allow whim to guide them. It is an alternative form of tourism in which destinations are chosen not on their standard touristic merit but on the basis of an idea or experiment. It often involves elements of humor, serendipity, and chance.

There are a number of approaches to experimental tourism:

• Aerotourism - in which a tourist visits the local airport and explores it without going anywhere.

• Alphatourism - in which a tourist finds the first street alphabetically on a map, and the last street alphabetically, draws a straight line (or any other figure they desire) between them, and walk the path between the two points.

• Alternating Travel - in which a tourist leaves their front door, turns right, turns left at the next intersection, turns right at the next, and so on, alternating each direction, until they are unable to continue because of an obstruction.

• Cecitourism - in which a tourist is blindfolded and allows a friend to escort them through the city.

• Contretourism - in which a tourist visits a famous tourist site, but turns their back on the site and takes photos of, or just examines, the view from that direction.

• Erotourism - in which a couple travels separately to the same city and then tries to find each other.

• Monopolytourism - in which a tourist takes the local version of a Monopoly board with them and visits places on the board as determined by a roll of the dice.

• Nyctalotourism - in which the tourist only visits tourist attractions between dusk and dawn.

Other ideas do not have particular names:

• "Touring" a home town. Stay at a youth hostel, backpack through town, meet new people, do not go home until the vacation is over.

• Taking a map of the town being visited, selecting a random map grid, and exploring every bit of the grid.

• Visiting a bar, asking the bartender where their favorite bar is and what they drink there. Visit that bar, do the same with the bartender there, and continue.

The concept of experimental travel was developed by writer Joel Henry, the French director of the Laboratory of Experimental Tourism (Latourex).

In 2005, Lonely Planet published The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel [http://www.amazon.com/Lonely-Planet-Guide-Experimental-Travel/dp/1741044502 ], which formalised and developed many of Henry's ideas."
travel  serendipity  experimental  experimentaltravel  tourism  psychogeography  situationist  chance  humor 
july 2013 by robertogreco
What Could Stymie Innovation and Discovery in San Diego? | Voice of San Diego
"I know life scientists, researchers and technologists play a gigantic role here. Real estate developers and artists are invoking “innovation” at their conferences and meetings. But despite reporting for years about San Diego’s economy and job market, I hadn’t really thought about what the innovators among us need — or what may keep them from making discoveries.

Politicians love staging campaign speeches at companies that turn algae to fuel and sunlight to electricity, ones that have found new orifices through which to perform surgeries, or that turned telecommunications on its head, or that advance military strategy or that integrate robots with live actors onstage. Federal initiatives for brain exploration and drone development made recent headlines for their local impacts.

But how far do those conversations advance in the public realm when the pols move on? And how should we talk about the times when federal initiatives aren’t aligned with San Diego specialties? Or when local policies unwittingly drive those people away?

Compare this realm with tourism, another huge sector of San Diego’s economy. We have a whole tax for hoteliers and tourism boosters, and as the last few months show, we hear about the slightest impact to their bottom lines. Politicians love speechifying about our beaches and attractions, too, but tourism industry leaders keep the conversation going.

There are some obvious reasons for the contrast. It’s often simpler to follow tourism logic than to study what the breakthrough at the biotech firm in Sorrento Valley means for disease prevention. And the whole “innovation” world is nebulous — are we talking about a sector? What about companies that are still making something that someone came up with decades ago? Should that still be deemed innovative?

I want to learn over the next several weeks. What could stymie the kind of invention and innovation that San Diego strives to be known for? Let’s learn together how innovation shapes San Diego, now and in the region’s history, and what could impede discovery from continuing to happen here."
innovation  discovery  sandiego  economics  politics  policy  2013  research  science  technology  biotechnology  tourism  kellybennett 
june 2013 by robertogreco
Marfa, Texas: An Unlikely Art Oasis In A Desert Town : NPR
"Johnson runs Marfa's bookstore, with an unsurprising emphasis on art books, art theory and poetry journals. Yoga classes are held there in the morning. It's the only place that sells The New York Times. But even though the Marfa Book Co. makes the town more tourist-friendly, Johnson does not believe Judd would approve of Marfa's emergence as a chic art world destination.

"He thought that making an arts-based cultural tourism was necessarily carnivalesque, which was, for him, anathema to the experience of art," he explains. "He knew that people would come see it, but he did not want that to be a large part of the economy, because he thought, socially, that would have a negative impact."…

We've never marketed…No marketing plan…No marketing director…

Unlike other towns that try to reinvent themselves as arts destinations, it has happened organically in Marfa…

…most newcomers are incredibly well-intentioned, but there's a give and take.

"Sometimes it feels like there's more taking,""
travel  tourism  2012  donaldjudd  cultureclash  revitalization  art  chinatifoundation  marfa 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Why Foreigners are Still Attracted to Detroit | PRI's The World
"I asked Murielle if she thinks Detroit is America. The answer: Detroit is as American as it gets."

"“I got driven to this hostel, because I arrived in the middle of the night, by the former mayor of Detroit, Ken Cockrel,” she said. “I was just sitting close to him and found out he was living quite close to the hostel. It’s just [that] people are very helpful.”

I asked her why on her first trip to the United States she is visiting Detroit, and not, say, New York.

“New York, you can go when you’re old, when you are 50 and you can afford it and it will be still the same,” she said. “Detroit, I came now because of a lot of coincidences I heard [about] what was going on here.”"
us  europe  cities  resilience  decay  americandream  2012  tourism  detroit 
june 2012 by robertogreco
In Pablo Escobar's footsteps | Travel | The Guardian
"A controversial Pablo-Escobar-themed tour has been launched in his home town of Medellín, once Colombia's notorious cocaine-trafficking capital but now a growing tourist destination"
colombia  medellin  2011  pabloescobar  tourism  travel  medellín 
september 2011 by robertogreco
The Technium: Laser-Back Travel
"This method is somewhat contrary to many people's first instincts, which are to immediately get acclimated to the culture in the landing city before proceeding to the hinterlands. Get a sense of what's going on, stock up, size up the joint. Then slowly work up to the more challenging remoter areas. That's reasonable, but not optimal because most big cities around the world are more similar than different.

In Laser-back travel what happens is that you are immediately thrown into the Very Different, the maximum otherness that you will get on this trip. You go from your home to extreme difference almost like the dissolve in a slide show. Bam! Your eyes are wide open. You are on your toes. All ears. And here at the end of the road (but your beginning), your inevitable mistakes are usually cheaper, easier to recover from, and more fun. You take it slower, no matter what country you are in."
travel  tourism  kevinkelly  laser-back  otherness  cultureshock  immersion  vacations 
april 2011 by robertogreco
The Post-Tourist « Spacing Montreal
"In theory, the post-tourist eschews authentic attractions (the ones traditionally marketed by tourism boards) for experiences not unlike those he enjoys back home. The goal of travelling is no longer to “tour” the city but to live it – on your own terms. My mother, whilst visiting the city for the first time last summer, didn't check out Olympic Stadium, or La Ronde, or The Biodome. Instead, she went to the library, hung out in the park, and sipped sangria on a restaurant patio - things she would have done had she been back in Ontario. The kicker: she stated how lovely the Montreal lifestyle was."
tourism  post-tourism  cities  travel  cv  slow  authenticity  glvo 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Medellin, Colombia, from drug violence to tourist destination
"The cable cars were originally built to connect Medellin's poorest neighborhoods to the rest of the city, but they've drawn tourists with their spectacular views. In February, the city extended the original cable car line from Santo Domingo Savio, which has struggled with drug violence, to Parque Arvi. Santo Domingo is the site of one of the many libraries that former mayor Sergio Fajardo had built to revitalize neighborhoods throughout the city. Designed by architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, the black three-building complex stands out on the mountain slope."
medellin  colombia  design  tourism  architecture  sergiofajardo  giancarlomazzanti  2010  travel  medellín 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Global Migration - A World Ever More on the Move - NYTimes.com
"At least one other trait amplifies the impact of modern migration: The expectation that governments will control it. In America for most of the 19th century, there was no legal barrier to entry. The issue was contentious, but the government attracted little blame. Now Western governments are expected to keep trade and tourism flowing and respect ethnic rights while sealing borders as vast as the Arizona desert and the Mediterranean Sea. Their failures — glaring if perhaps inevitable — weaken the broader faith in federal competence.
transnationalism  immigration  migration  people  tourism  trade  women  world  global  history  policy  politics  2010  research  gender 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Locals and Tourists - a set on Flickr
"Some people interpreted the Geotaggers' World Atlas maps to be maps of tourism. This set is an attempt to figure out if that is really true. Some cities (for example Las Vegas and Venice) do seem to be photographed almost entirely by tourists. Others seem to have many pictures taken in piaces that tourists don't visit.

Blue points on the map are pictures taken by locals (people who have taken pictures in this city dated over a range of a month or more).

Red points are pictures taken by tourists (people who seem to be a local of a different city and who took pictures in this city for less than a month).

Yellow points are pictures where it can't be determined whether or not the photographer was a tourist (because they haven't taken pictures anywhere for over a month). They are probably tourists but might just not post many pictures at all.

The maps are ordered by the number of pictures taken by locals."
mapping  maps  geotagging  geography  flickr  infographics  information  visualization  tourists  tourism  photography  cities  infographic  culture  data  density  design  graphics  travel  experience 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Quo vadis guiri? Get on the bus with mycitytrip!
"Mi amigo Marco nunca coge el autobús, dice que es el medio de transporte menos accesible para alguien que viene de fuera. Y no me extraña. Para utilizar el bus tienes que, además de tener tiempo o ser tu única opción, conocer la ciudad con cierta soltura. Nada ha aprendido el bus del metro con sus planos y sus paradas bien señaladas en los recorridos, en los andenes y en el interior de los vagones.
via:adamgreenfield  buses  travel  staycation  tourism  subways  maps  mapping  online  mycitytrip  cities  urban  information  interaction  urbanism  services  servicedesign  transit  urbancomputing  mobility 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Op-Ed Columnist - The Happiest People - NYTimes.com
"Cross-country comparisons of happiness are controversial and uncertain. But what does seem quite clear is that Costa Rica’s national decision to invest in education rather than arms has paid rich dividends. Maybe the lesson for the United States is that we should devote fewer resources to shoring up foreign armies and more to bolstering schools both at home and abroad."
conversation  happiness  society  culture  education  economics  psychology  environment  military  trends  nicholaskristof  costarica  tourism  americas  green  2010  well-being  priorities  shrequest1 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Giving tourists a look at gang culture -- latimes.com
"A group of civic activists is preparing to offer bus tours of some of the grittiest pockets of the city, with profits funneled back into the community. Some of the particulars are raising eyebrows."
gangs  tourism  losangeles  travel  crime  class 
december 2009 by robertogreco
.: Jackrabbit Homestead :.
"JACKRABBIT HOMESTEAD is a forthcoming book and web-based multimedia presentation featuring a downloadable car audio tour exploring the cultural legacy of the Small Tract Act in Southern California's Morongo Basin region near Joshua Tree National Park. Stories from this underrepresented regional history are told through the voices of local residents, historians, and area artists—many of whom reside in reclaimed historic cabins and use the structures as inspiration for their creative work."
art  culture  architecture  losangeles  photography  california  desert  memory  economics  history  books  geography  travel  landscape  journalism  tourism  law  place  land  cabins 
december 2009 by robertogreco
San Diego Reader | Pedicab Wars
"This is how bad it’s gotten, the tension between local pedicab riders and the foreign students who swell their ranks in summertime till they outnumber locals about six to one. This explosion is part of 60-year-old ex-chef Harinton’s pedicab life, captured on video by fellow pedicab rider Paul Reeves and filmmaker Rigo Reyes.

But Reeves and Reyes’s documentary was made before the death-by-pedicab of visiting retired schoolteacher Sharon Miller last Fourth of July. She was a passenger in a pedicab ridden by a Turkish student. That event has worsened the conflict, bringing public attention to the perceived “problem” of downtown’s pedicabs: they’re overpopulated and underregulated."
sandiego  pedicabs  regulation  bikes  biking  business  tourism  safety  immigration  economics 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Hidden Los Angeles
"After moving away from Los Angeles for four years, I’m looking at it with new eyes now. L.A. has its bad points – every place does – but it also has a lot more truly interesting history and dimension than most visitors and residents expect. Especially during a time in history where many people are struggling, I wanted to create a site that focuses on the positive and maybe makes a difference in the way Los Angeles is perceived by residents and visitors alike."
losangeles  travel  events  tourism  food  entertainment  music 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Driven down by debt, Dubai expats give new meaning to long-stay car park - Times Online
"For many expatriate workers in Dubai it was the ultimate symbol of their tax-free wealth: a luxurious car that few could have afforded on the money they earned at home. Now, faced with crippling debts as a result of their high living and Dubai’s fading fortunes, many expatriates are abandoning their cars at the airport and fleeing home rather than risk jail for defaulting on loans. Police have found more than 3,000 cars outside Dubai’s international airport in recent months. Most of the cars – four-wheel drives, saloons and “a few” Mercedes – had keys left in the ignition. Some had used-to-the-limit credit cards in the glove box. Others had notes of apology attached to the windscreen."
economics  debt  dubai  bubble  immigration  migration  crisis  2009  finance  peakoil  tourism  expats 
february 2009 by robertogreco
New York heart Chile, Melodic Death Metal « Chile From Within
"It is to be seen if Chile can finally, for once in its tortured life, present itself as one in a time in its history where a pluralistic, democratic society is beginning to have meaning. ... Chile has a strange, incoherent history with the promotion of itself. Maybe it is because it’s base level of division and insecurity. A proud country with proud countrymen, it is a fragmented society. I speak not only of Pinochet, but of the feudal and colonial history. ... Wealth and culture were generated in rural areas, and society as we know it was reinforced. Then things moved to Santiago. The Mapuche’s tried to blend in, erasing their last names and shedding their past. The elite secured their hold on finance and society. ... And then there was Pinochet, who made it all worse. A divided Chile was solidified and cultural icons became politicized. Chile began to talk poorly of its own country."
chile  history  identity  branding  culture  society  tourism 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Ry Cooder’s American West - NYTimes.com
"El Mirage Dry Lake sounds like a place one step away from nonexistence, but it’s about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, out among the Joshua trees. It’s not far from Edwards Air Force Base, in the Mojave’s military-paranormal sector, where secretive government installations lie low among the jackrabbits — a land of spy planes, space aliens, off-road vehicles, sturdy reptiles and people with freaky desert habits, like racing vintage hot rods on dry lakebeds.

It is, in other words, a critical stop on Ry’s California trail.

Ry Cooder — the rock and blues guitarist, roots musician, record producer, songwriter and composer — is a son of Santa Monica who has spent nearly 40 years exploring all corners of the musical planet, like a sharp-eared extraterrestrial on a lifelong voyage of discovery."
via:javierarbona  west  us  music  culture  space  travel  tourism  military  landscape  extopia  utopia  utopian  nytimes  races  california  drugs  economics  elmiragedrylake  mojave  desert  rycooder 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Southern Cone Travel: Mismarketing Argentina - the Disaster of Discriminatory Pricing
""differential prices" which, over the last several years have become a plague and an excuse to rip off foreign tourists even as Argentine prices return to their pre-crisis levels, when the dollar and peso were one to one (at present, the dollar is slowly regaining strength against the Argentine currency). In March, the federal government finally acknowledged the problem by passing a Defensa del Consumidor (Defense of the Consumer) law that prohibits differential rates in hotels and other services, but the problem has not gone away. According to the Buenos Aires daily Clarín, in hotels, restaurants and taxis, services often continue to cost more to the client who's obviously foreign. In some cases, advertised peso prices are claimed to be dollars or even euros - three or four times the true cost."
argentina  pricing  prices  tourism  discrimination  opportunism  buenosaires  travel 
october 2008 by robertogreco
36 Hours in San Diego - NYTimes.com
"IF San Diego feels half empty, that's because it is. At any given time, swarms of residents have decamped a few miles south to Mexico or a few miles north to upscale resort towns. Also, the Navy is the area's largest employer, so a sizable chunk is presumably floating around on aircraft carriers somewhere. Is it any wonder, then, that the town leans so heavily on big tourist attractions (Shamu, the zoo)? A deeper look, however, will reveal more personality than you think. A necklace of quirky, sun-kissed neighborhoods rings downtown, from surfer hangouts like Pacific Beach to gentrifying neighborhoods like University Heights. Restaurants are flourishing, too. There is even an emphasis on preserving history, which, for Southern California, is a headline in itself."
sandiego  travel  tourism  via:javierarbona 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Sendero Bicentenario - Valparaíso
"Esta guía online le servirá para conocer uno de los proyectos más ambiciosos de Fundación Valparaíso el gran Sendero Bicentenario de Valparaíso."
chile  valparaíso  tours  maps  tourism  travel 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Los peores turistas del planeta « Clan-destinos - "Entre los peores turistas destacan los chinos, los indios y los franceses. Son considerados maleducados, quejicas, y reacios a lo local....
"Especialmente, el estudio destaca la falta de voluntad de los franceses para hablar la lengua del país, y el poco interés de los chinos por la cocina local...mejores sobresalen los japoneses ...seguidos por los alemanes, británicos y canadienses."
tourism  french  chinese  indians  international  globalism  nationalism  japanese 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Newsvine - Travel experts: US share of foreign tourists slips
"Despite the weak U.S. dollar, a boom in international travel around the world hasn't translated into an explosion of foreign tourists to the United States."
tourism  travel  us  economics  international  policy 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Por los sucesivos robos, estudiantes y turistas extranjeros tomaron un hostel en San Telmo
"Se quejan por la falta de seguridad y el maltrato que reciben de los administradores. "Pedimos hablar con el dueño, pero jamás dio la cara", dijo uno de los jóvenes que residen en el lugar. "
argentina  buenosaires  tourism  travel  culture  service  students  business  protest 
june 2008 by robertogreco
GOOD Magazine | Goodmagazine - Wish You Were Here?
"Dispatches from places you didn't think had tourists...Iraq, Venezuela [really? people aren't aware that many people travel as tourists to Venezuela?], Pakistan, Kosovo, Kenya"
travel  tourism  international  global 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Foreign Policy: The List: Top Tourist Spots Americans Can’t Visit
"Looking for someplace special to spend the Fourth of July? FP investigates five fabulous destinations where a summer getaway is next to impossible."
travel  us  politics  international  geography  freedom  foreignpolicy  world  tourism 
june 2008 by robertogreco
You Are Not Here...is an urban tourism mash-up.
"It takes place in the streets of one city and invites participants to become meta-tourists of another city. Download a map, take your phone with you and go tour Gaza through the streets of Tel Aviv or Baghdad through the streets of New York."
mapping  googlemaps  baghdad  iraq  telaviv  nyc  location  location-based  arg  virtual  tourism  society  globalism  geography  digitalstorytelling  mashup  narrative  mobile  phones  cities  interactive  urban 
june 2008 by robertogreco
GOOD Magazine | Goodmagazine - Project 011: Promote Your Hometown
"Tell us about your favorite local spot, or better yet, take us on a video tour of it. The most illuminating tour guide will be rewarded with two domestic plane tickets anywhere JetBlue flies."
classideas  local  travel  tourism  video  marketing  goodmagazine 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Pankaj Mishra: At war with the utopia of modernity | Comment is free | The Guardian
"Tibetans' rage is directed not at communist rule, but the consumerist threat to their traditions and sacred lands"
tibet  china  communism  culture  consumerism  migration  politics  tourism  religion  development  Economics 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Sleeping Is Giving In
The bug and his crew had incredible stamina and the ability to stay hidden in the tiniest of crevices for months at a time without eating; I had a brain the size of a cauliflower and a high-speed internet connection. It was on.
bedbugs  coding  culture  humor  sleep  via:plasticbag  maciejceglowski  tourism  travel  sanfrancisco  maciejcegłowski 
january 2008 by robertogreco
EveryScape
"EveryScape isn't an online world, it's the world online. EveryScape takes you from the streets to the sidewalks and through the doors of the world's cities and tours. Letting businesses organizations and consumers build and share their world the way they
maps  mapping  photography  virtualworlds  virtual  urbanism  travel  tourism  visualization  visual  geotagging  collaborative  location  locative  local  navigation  360  3d  buildings  cities  collaboration  internet  online  webapps 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Blog de Viajes » Blog Archive » Turistas, restaurantes e informacion privilegiada
"os restaurantes en los lugares turísticos tienen pocos incentivos para brindar comida de calidad o económica. ¿qué podemos hacer como turistas en las ciudades que visitamos? Se me ocurren algunas sugerencias rápidas"
restaurants  tourism  economics  travel 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Tourists on the march | csmonitor.com
"Martin Parr uses his camera to capture the absurd moments of global tourism."
books  photography  tourism  absurdity  travel 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Talking Street™ - Discover Where You Are
"Talking Street offers a completely new, convenient way to explore a destination and discover where you are. Just choose a stop, call the phone number for the tour, and enjoy an audio segment about the place where you're standing."
annotation  local  locative  location-based  location  geography  technology  guides  tourism  cities  tours  travel  ubiquitous  mobile  phones  nyc  audio  stories  everyware  ubicomp  mapping  maps  geotagging 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Soundwalk - Audio Tours for People Who Don't Normally Take Audio Tours.
"An innovative product appropriate to this new millennium, Soundwalk is a new form of media, whereas one virtually interacts with his or her surroundings. How is it done? Easy, you purchase the walk, go to the starting point, put your headphones on, press
annotation  walking  urban  technology  tourism  running  podcasts  audio  geotagging  geography  travel  local  locative  location-based  location  ambient  everyware  ubicomp  ubiquitous  gps 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Walk this way - web - Technology - smh.com.au
"Location-based technology is putting indie tourism on the map. Katie Cincotta reports."
australia  gps  mobile  phones  locative  location-based  location  travel  tourism  maps  mapping  geography  annotation  immersive  contextual 
september 2007 by robertogreco
SPACE.com -- Spaceport America: First Looks at a New Space Terminal
"Selected from an international field of eleven firms, the winning design is the work of URS Corporation - a large design and engineering enterprise - teamed with Foster + Partners of the United Kingdom, a group with extensive experience in crafting airpo
virgingalactic  space  flights  travel  tourism  architecture  design  spaceport 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Travel Writing & Photography | Matador
"More than just a free travel blog, Matador is a passionate community where you can meet people in the places you're going, volunteer with organizations abroad, get info and advice from experts, become a paid travel writer, and get inspired everyday with
blogs  travel  wiki  socialnetworking  usergenerated  community  culture  international  guides  tourism 
august 2007 by robertogreco
San Francisco Restaurant Reviews, Doctors, Bars, Salons, Dentists and More | Yelp
"Yelp is the fun and easy way to find, review and talk about what's great (and not so great) in your world. You already know that asking friends is the best way to find restaurants, dentists, hairstylists, and anything local. Yelp makes it fast and easy b
consumer  ratings  reviews  search  restaurants  community  local  social  shopping  advice  business  comparison  recommendations  reputation  socialnetworking  socialnetworks  socialsoftware  stores  tourism  travel  trust 
august 2007 by robertogreco
TODO interaction & media design : AreYouHere?
"AreYouHere? is an urban mobile game that aims to explore Venice through its inhabitants/migrants."
italy  venice  cities  play  games  migration  immigration  population  photography  tourism 
april 2007 by robertogreco
Lost City: The Death of Peripheral Vision
"I was brought up to be constantly aware of others around me, to keep a sharp eye out to see if I was blocking someone's way, holding someone up."
awareness  society  tourism  urban  nyc  mobile  ipod  phones  vision  sociology  culture  etiquette 
april 2007 by robertogreco
The Art’s Here. Where’s the Crowd? - New York Times
"While New York, London and Paris each attract 10 million to 15 million such visitors per year, Los Angeles draws only about 2.5 million, according to a 2004 study by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation."
art  losangeles  local  nyc  tourism  museums  architecture  cities  culture 
march 2007 by robertogreco
Next Stop, Squalor
"Is poverty tourism—"poorism," they call it—exploration or exploitation?"
globalization  tourism  trends  poverty  travel  poorism  world  international  economics 
march 2007 by robertogreco
Subtraction: Cities as Applications
"But it struck me ... that these are things that should be inherently usable, as well."
architecture  cities  design  infographics  information  tourism  usability  travel 
march 2007 by robertogreco
AudioSnacks.com: Podcast and MP3 Audio Tours for Travel, Museums, and More!
"AudioSnacks is a new website and community dedicated to helping travelers and tourists appreciate their environment on the sly - no more big tour groups, no more following the lady with the umbrella, and no more tipping."
audio  podcasts  teaching  technology  travel  guides  tourism  music  community 
february 2007 by robertogreco
The pulse of Rio de Janeiro's slums luring foreign guests | csmonitor.com
"Tourists and expats are flocking to the city's favelas for 'authenticity' while fearful middle-class Brazilians stay away."
culture  favelas  slums  poverty  brasil  latinamerica  americas  travel  tourism  economics  urban  urbanism  brazil 
february 2007 by robertogreco
The New Yorker : Foreign Exchange : Say Cheese!
"Paris syndrome, a form of psychiatric collapse prevalent in young Japanese tourists on their first visit to Paris"
tourism  japan  nyc  paris  france  culture  japanese  travel  psychology 
january 2007 by robertogreco
Technology Review: Space Suits: The Next Generation
"Several companies are designing novel suits for space tourists."
fashion  space  technology  science  travel  tourism  clothing 
december 2006 by robertogreco
Ironic Sans: Idea: A building shaped like Godzilla
"The people of Tokyo should construct a giant building shaped like Godzilla. Imagine what it would do to the city’s skyline, and to the tourism industry."
architecture  art  cities  design  japan  tokyo  scifi  urban  tourism  movies  film  fiction  culture  popculture  humor 
december 2006 by robertogreco
Tourism Victoria Get Lost in Melbourne » Television Adverts at Duncan’s TV
"Tourism Victoria has Australians talking about getting lost in Melbourne with ‘Labyrinth’, the latest television commercial promoting the city of Melbourne."
video  advertising  place  labrynth  tourism  travel  wayfaring  australia  melbourne 
november 2006 by robertogreco
Constructed Leisure-land
"Flying over Dubai, one is confronted with a new type of 21st century urbanism, which is both diagrammatic and prosthetic in the form of islands. As a tourist, there is no need to travel to distant destinations, to desolated islands. Islands are now close
geography  environment  dubai  land  place  islands  construction  tourism  cities 
october 2006 by robertogreco
things magazine - SpaceShipTwo issue
"When one considers the architects and designers who have theorised extensively on the shape of the future (ever since Raymond Loewy's work on Skylab), it seems strange not to reward those for whom space has long held an aesthetic fascination."
space  design  future  history  skylab  rockets  tourism  logos  interiors  travel 
october 2006 by robertogreco
the cool hunter - KIDS SPHERE HOTEL - Cocoons for sleeping
"It’s the ultimate experience for kids – a night in an alternative universe at the Kids Sphere Hotel in Belgium. Known as the Atomium, a replica of an iron molecule with nine aluminum spheres (built for the World Fair of 1958), the complex has been re
children  travel  tourism  architecture  europe  belgium 
september 2006 by robertogreco
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Branson unveils Virgin spaceship
"Sir Richard Branson has unveiled a mock-up of the rocket-powered vehicle that will carry clients into space through his Virgin Galactic business."
future  space  travel  tourism  business  rockets  transportation 
september 2006 by robertogreco
The Musty Man - Hating America
"An aversion to whitehats and fast food might be a reason to leave the country, but it's no reason to bash it."
travel  psychology  society  us  politics  economics  world  international  perspective  learning  education  consumerism  culture  poverty  geography  global  human  tourism  introspection  reentry  nationalism  patriotism  familiarity  luxury 
august 2006 by robertogreco
Wayfaring: Maps, your way. (built on Google Maps)
"With Wayfaring.com you can explore maps created by others, or create your own personalized map. Share them with friends or the whole world."
online  annotation  internet  maps  mapping  geography  web  tools  social  software  collaborative  make  howto  cartography  collaboration  googlemaps  socialnetworking  wayfinding  wayfaring  directions  travel  googleearth  geotagging  locative  location  location-based  storytelling  visualization  tourism  walking  tagging 
november 2005 by robertogreco

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