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CultureMoves Project
CultureMoves is a user-oriented project that aims to develop a series of digital tools that will enable new forms of touristic engagement and educational resources by leveraging the re-use of Europeana content. via Pocket
culture  dance  intangible  tourism 
11 hours ago by kintopp
Why Australia is banning climbers from this iconic natural landmark
After decades of controversy, Uluru or Ayers Rock, will close to climbers in October 2019—a decision welcomed by the area’s Aboriginal owners.For the rock’s Aboriginal owners, whose tenure here goes back tens of thousands of years, this is a momentous decision, one they have dreamed of and worked toward for decades. To them, Uluru is an intensely sacred site and a potent link to spirit ancestors who shaped the land. For the best part of a century, they have felt sickened as people defecated on, stripped naked on, and drove golf balls off this spot where Aboriginals believe that the spirits of ancestral beings continue to reside.Today, at the start of the path up the rock, several large information panels express the local Anangu people’s feeling both for their most sacred place and for the visitors’ well-being. Under the headline “Please don’t climb,” the sign says: “This is our home. As custodians, we are responsible for your safety and behaviour. We worry about you and we worry about your family.”This is not empty emoting. Since the 1950s at least 36 people have died while climbing Uluru. Between 2002 and 2009, 74 climbers needed medical rescues. The Anangu take their role as hosts seriously.At nearby Kata Tjuta—36 domes of conglomerate rock scoured and smoothed by eons of wind and water—signs invite visitors to relate to the place as the indigenous people do. Signs say, in part: “Kata Tjuta is sacred. Our people have always shown respect when visiting this place. They would camp a short distance away and walk in quietly. It is the same now. It is the same for you. Hold in your heart the knowledge that this is a special place. Walk quietly, tread lightly.”The Anangu welcome tourism but not at culture’s expense. “Whitefellas see the land in economic terms,” Sammy Wilson, chairman of the park board, has said, “where Anangu see it as tjukurpa [the ancestral source of being]. If tjukurpa is gone, so is everything.”There is a moment just before the sun sets when the west-facing flanks of Uluru blaze orange as if the rock has caught fire. The glow is fierce, intense, alive. A quarter of a million people come each year to watch this symphony of light and, increasingly, to learn something of the oldest living civilization on Earth.By not climbing, they honor Aboriginal tjukurpa. By honoring tjukurpa, they honor the land.
Australia  tourism  places  faith  aborigines  mythology 
4 days ago by thomas.kochi
The X-rated marketing campaign increasing tourism to this little visited country
"The G-spot of Europe," read the adverts encouraging visitors to come to Vilnius. "Nobody knows where it is but when you find it -- it's amazing."The tag line was accompanied by a photo of a woman lying down, eyes closed in apparent ecstasy, grabbing at the sheet beneath her, which was printed with a map of Europe. She was, of course, clutching at the spot that marked Vilnius.And the specially created campaign website -- which is still going strong -- urges visitors to "get down to business" and "build your personal pleasure map."They can do this either by taking a test, in which they can judge how much they agree with statements like "there is no such thing as too much tongue," "real pleasure doesn't come without breaking a sweat," and "the right accessories can enhance any experience."They're then presented with a Tinder-style array of 48 activities which they can like or ditch, resulting in a "personal pleasure map" urging them to "be brave to experiment" (ghost tours or escape rooms), "do it in the dark" (nightlife) and "use your tongue" (eat).Alternatively, visitors can "skip the foreplay" and "browse through the pleasures of Vilnius."In 2016, currency website FairFX rated it the third cheapest destination for a "stag do" (bachelor party) in Europe...surrounding capitals including Riga and Tallinn are major destinations for rowdy bachelor parties,
Lithuania  tourism  travel  places 
5 days ago by thomas.kochi
Kino International | visitBerlin.de
you can discover other modern Berlin buildings from GDR times: take a look at Josef Kaiser's Café Moskau, the Mokka-Milch-Eisbar and the confectioner buildings of the former Stalinallee [internal links] east
berlin  film  tourism 
6 days ago by Chichibio
Tsugaru Railway's stove train showcases Japan's wintery landscapes | CNN Travel
From December till the end of March, it runs along a snow-covered stretch of farmland in Aomori Prefecture's remote Tsugaru Peninsula.
Winters in Aomori, on the northern tip of Honshu island, are bitter cold. Last year, more than six and a half meters (21 feet) of snow fell here.
But you won't feel the chill onboard Tsugaru's train. Conductors warm the 1950s-era passenger car by burning embers in potbelly stoves at either end of the train.
train  japan  tourism 
6 days ago by gsanders
Dyckman Farmhouse
The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is a visual treat for everyone who looks up and sees it perched above Broadway at 204th Street. The Dutch Colonial style farmhouse was built on this site by c. 1784. Opened as a museum in 1916, today it is nestled in a small garden and is an extraordinary reminder of early Manhattan and an important part of its diverse Inwood neighborhood.

The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and is a member of The Historic House Trust of New York City. The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance (DFMA) was formed to help raise crucial funds to ensure the continued preservation of this amazing historic site.

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, the last farmhouse in Manhattan, is a vital cultural asset in New York City. The mission of DFMA is to support the preservation of the historic site, to be a catalyst for engaging, adventuresome programming and to be a good neighbor and a dynamic resource for the community.
NYC  tourism  history 
14 days ago by jpom
Center for Cuban Studies
Group arranging trips to Cuba.
cuba  tourism  travel 
16 days ago by angusm
Iceland’s tourism boom, reconsidered - Vox
In the face of overtourism, I want to make an argument for the inauthentic. Not just the spots flooded with tourists but the simulations and the fictions, the ways that the world of tourism supersedes reality and becomes its own space. It is made up of the digital northern lights on an 8K movie screen, the manmade turquoise geothermal baths, and the computer renderings of high-budget television shows overlaid on the earth. I don’t regret any of these activities; in fact, the less authentic an experience was supposed to be in Iceland, the more fun I had and the more aware I was of the consequences of 21st-century travel.

This is not to discount the charm of hiking an empty mountain or the very real damage that tourists cause, disrupting lives and often intensifying local inequality. But maybe by reclaiming these experiences, or destigmatizing them, we can also begin regaining our agency over the rampant commodification of places and people. We can travel to see what exists instead of wishing for some mythical untouched state, the dream of a place prepared perfectly for visitors and yet empty of them. Instead of trying to “live like a local,” as Airbnb commands, we can just be tourists. When a destination is deemed dead might be the best time to go there, as the most accurate reflection of our impure world.
tourism  overtourism  personalaccount  simulacram  Iceland  Vox  2019 
17 days ago by inspiral
Iceland’s tourism boom, reconsidered - Vox
on how everyone is a tourist right now - how to control tourism - what it means even to have an "authentic" experience, etc.
travel  iceland  northernlights  tourists  tourism 
18 days ago by emmacarlson
Iceland’s tourism boom, reconsidered - Vox
Tourists are still flocking to see Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon, and the Northern Lights.
iceland  tourism  news  trip 
20 days ago by xer0x
Green and pleasant land: readers on six of the best places to visit in England | Travel | The Guardian
Guardian piece published after Lonely Planet names England 2nd best place to visit in 2020
england  travel  tourism  trips  visit 
21 days ago by piperh

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