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China's Sustainable Cave Hotel Under Construction

China's Sustainable Cave Hotel Under Construction | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

Construction has started on a cave hotel resort by Atkins that will nestle into the rockface of an abandoned water-filled quarry near Shanghai, China.

Once complete, the hotel will offer around 400 rooms, as well as conference facilities, a banquet hall, restaurants, a swimming pool and a water-sports centre.

The building will use geothermal technologies to generate its own electricity and lighting, while greenery will blanket a roof that extends just two storeys above the edge of the quarry.

 

Sustainability is integral to Atkins' design of this unique resort, built into an abandoned, water-filled quarry.


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John Blunnie's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:20 AM

It seems even the Chinese tourist industry is at the forefront of hotel construction. This place looking breathtaking.

Carol Thomson's curator insight, July 17, 2013 4:51 AM

China is a major topic this year, could be good.

Resort and Hotel Mythbusters's comment, September 10, 2013 2:08 AM
This sustainable hotel is one another impressive work that architecture has been done. The basic idea itself is impressive considering its built in a cave over a waterfall and 3 storeys of them were beneath the water. However, the most important thing is this hotel generates their own energy which is incredible considering most new hotel nowadays have to promote their sustainability in the future. We can't wait to see the hotel to be finish and ready to use.
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Extension to tram network opens

Extension to tram network opens | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
An extension of Greater Manchester's Metrolink tram network linking Rochdale with Manchester opens.
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Rochdale extension to the tram is 4.6 miles and provides better commuter service along with rail service connections.  Plans to connect to new lines to the airport are underway.  Fare increases will be bout 4%.  This is part of a larger plan to be completed by 2016 to improve transportation infrastructure and improve tourism and the economy and allows better accessability for business people and tourists.

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Central America sees boom in European visitor numbers

Central America sees boom in European visitor numbers | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Central America received a total of 9,577,114 foreign visitors during the first ten months of 2011, according to preliminary data provided by the ministries of tourism of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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Over 9 million tourists to Central America in 2911 with an increase in European visitors, especially to the ex-British colony of Belize to see coral reefs and the Mayan ruins.  Other sites include the Oroetope Island Unesco Biosphere Reserve along with the Coffee Trails and Water Trails which has added to the development of tourism attractions.

 

 

 

 

 

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chris tobin's comment, February 21, 2013 12:37 PM
thanks for the article- Lots of tourist sights and these countries offer a rich heritage along with much to experience and see
Nicholas Patrie's curator insight, December 17, 2014 7:11 PM

With a 12% increase in these Central American countries from European tourists this will help these mostly under-developed countries make more money and help them develop a well functioning country and make even more cash. With great weather and scenes and animals you won't be able to see anywhere else in the world Central America makes perfect sense to go visit. Not too mention that with so many tourists coming there are just as many investors coming through the region as well.

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TA kangaroos | Top 10 Tourism Australia photos

TA kangaroos | Top 10 Tourism Australia photos | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
FROM curious kangaroos to spectacular beaches, take a look at Tourism Australia's top 10 most-liked Facebook photos of 2013.
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Tourism Australia's 10 most liked photos!

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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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This is a very good article from National Geographic.  I feel the tourist guides exploit the poor in the slums as a way to make money.  Tourists 'gawk' at the people in the slums, talk with them and tour the area.  Do the people in the slums benefit from this in any way?  Tourists gain knowledge of the slums and the people share stories with them, but do the people actually benefit by this or gain anything other than letting the tourists know how they really live?

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