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Resources to support the NSW secondary Geography curriculum
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Will Gold Coast 'oasis' resort and cruise hub get green light?

Will Gold Coast 'oasis' resort and cruise hub get green light? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The largest piece of integrated tourism infrastructure in Queensland's history could be just weeks away from getting the green light.
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Wanderlust and the environment: can we afford to keep traveling?

Wanderlust and the environment: can we afford to keep traveling? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Tourism comes with a high environmental cost. But it’s hard to give up the experience of seeing the world. What might travel look like in the future?
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Australia courting danger with the Great Barrier Reef

Australia courting danger with the Great Barrier Reef | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has announced it will allow the dumping of three million cubic metres of dredge spoil from the Abbot Point port redevelopment within the marine park’s boundaries…
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, July 20, 2014 8:09 PM

Option : Marine environments and management 

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Secondary - Geography - ABC Splash

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"Splash now has an entire section devoted to the new Geography curriculum including video, animation and audio resources.

We have resources on bushfires and coral reefs right through to global population pressures and tourism." 

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Can Australian tourism pass the taste test?

Can Australian tourism pass the taste test? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
In contrast to the gloom enveloping manufacturing and the slowing growth in commodities, tourism is expected to be a bright spot for Australia’s economy this year. In his final public address, Tourism…
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52 Places to Go in 2014

52 Places to Go in 2014 | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
From No. 1 Cape Town all the way to No. 52 Niagara Falls, N.Y., explore the vibrant cities and spectacular coastlines, unexpected spots and new attractions that made our list this year.
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Introductory activity to Geography - have students plot these on a world map, look at climate graphs & time zones, plan a trip etc.

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Timothy Roth's curator insight, January 16, 2014 1:29 PM

now all I need is the money ;-)

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The Rights and Wrongs of Slum Tourism

The Rights and Wrongs of Slum Tourism | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Researchers are heading to Dharavi, Mumbai, to study the impact of slum tours on the residents.

Via Seth Dixon
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I've thought the same as Seth about the tours of the rubbish dumps in Manila. Do people go on these tours to become aware of problems in the developing world and to become advocates for improving the issue, or are they just there to see how the other half lives (and to thank their luckstars that "there bit for the grace of God go I")? This article would be a great discussion stimulus for students.

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Ana Cristina Gil's curator insight, November 6, 2013 8:36 PM

I don’t find nothing right about tourist visiting the slum, I feel that the tourist are violating there privacy. They are human being not some historical landmark. If the tourist are not helping this people why are they going? If you are going to visit this places do it because you want to help them, not because you think is interesting their way of living.

Cam E's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:57 AM

Moral questions are always fun. Personally I don't think going to see slums is all that exploitative in itself, but I would make a distinction between guided tours that cost money, and self-directed tours though. In a guided tour you are paying money to walk through a community and view what life is like for those people, but in a self-directed tour you are just another person walking down the streets and viewing whatever you stumble upon. There are plenty of tours within neighborhoods of different economic value the world over, but these tours are scrutinized because the people touring are as wealthy, or less wealthy, than the people living there. I don't think that a poor community changes this dynamic in an immoral way, as the perceptions of which group is superior come from the own minds of those who feel uncomfortable with it.

 

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 10, 2014 9:41 AM

This article rises in interesting question.  Are tours of slums exploitive or beneficial to the slum dwellers?  On the one hand the tours could feel like exploitation and the tourist is viewing attractions at a “zoo”, on the other hand it brings people far removed from slum life in contact with it and can change people’s point of view on the slums.  It can be beneficial if the tour guides donate money to the slums or jobs are sought by slum dwellers to become tour guides.  The question is should slums be hidden away from view or opened up to tourists so that they can see the hardships first hand.  I think that this is an issue that is not clearly black or white; there are many shades of gray involved in this issue.

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The Antarctic is left defenceless to tourism

The Antarctic is left defenceless to tourism | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Across most of Earth, a tourist attraction that sees 35,000 visitors a year can safely be labelled sleepy. But when it's Antarctica, every footstep matters.
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Galapágos menaced by tourist invasion

Galapágos menaced by tourist invasion | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Tourism will wreck the wonders of the Galápagos – where animal and plant life is being wiped out by the arrival of aggressive new species – unless action is taken soon, writes Carole Cadwalladr.

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Taming the tigers: tourism in Asia to become a two-way street

Taming the tigers: tourism in Asia to become a two-way street | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA IN THE ASIAN CENTURY – A series examining Australia’s role in the rapidly transforming Asian region.
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Bali: why bother?

Bali: why bother? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Build the economy by attracting more tourists, but is there a downside of tourism for Bali?

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3.3 Leisure Activities & Tourism

Objective: To be able to explain the growth in the leisure and tourism industries and to study the positive and negative impacts of tourism in Bali.  In the 1970's, Bali became very popular with a...
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Great resource on tourism. Lots of resources on other topics. I would like to thank the author, but was unable to find his name.

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Tourism threatened by climate change as ski slopes thaw, seas rise

Tourism threatened by climate change as ski slopes thaw, seas rise | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Climate change is a growing threat to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its soaring greenhouse gas emissions, a study showed on Tuesday.
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World's biggest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, moves to Europe

World's biggest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, moves to Europe | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Allure of the Seas, one of the two largest cruise ships ever built, is to be based in Europe for the first time next year.
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Insider Guide: What to do in Beijing

Insider Guide: What to do in Beijing | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
China's capital is a city of extremes. Here's how to take them all in
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This guide is one of a series that provides some basic information about 'Where to stay' and "what to do.' 

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Bali's rubbish tsunami

Bali's rubbish tsunami | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Indonesian monsoon rain, storms and wild winds have sent a wave of plastic into Bali's beaches in the month of January like Bali has never seen or had to contend with before.
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Not quite the Bali that appears in the travel brochures!

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Ocean Health Index

Ocean Health Index | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Index is a comprehensive scientific measure of the ocean’s overall condition. It advances ocean policy, compares future progress, and informs decisions regarding marine ecosystems worldwide.
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Wow. This is a great resource. There's a lot of information, so take your time exploring all the options.

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The Threat We Pose To Antarctica

The Threat We Pose To Antarctica | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
ROSS ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) — Across most of Earth, a tourist attraction that sees 35,000 visitors a year can safely be labeled sleepy. But when it's Antarctica, every footstep matters.
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New travel data shows importance of Asia routes to Qantas

New travel data shows importance of Asia routes to Qantas | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Qantas’ decision to strengthen its ties with Dubai-based airline Emirates and scale back its relationship with British Airways has been placed under a new shadow, following the release of new travel data…...
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Tourism Australia targets China

Tourism Australia targets China | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Tourism Australia has the launched the next phase of its global advertising campaign in China. The updated "There's Nothing Like Australia" campaign video is being rolled out in 25 countries in 17 languages.

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Fiordland sustainable improvements or world heritage at risk ?

Fiordland sustainable improvements or world heritage at risk ? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Both world heritage sites and national parks are, by their very nature, representations of special landscapes with unique flora and fauna. The balancing act – between managing protection and managing people who visit – is complex and needs to be sustainable."

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