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Canada Facts, Canada Flag -- National Geographic

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Get Canada facts and information and see the Canadian flag in this country profile from National Geographic.
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Top 10 Events in Latin American History

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Latin America has always been shaped by events: wars, rebellions, invasions and more. Which have been the most important? My top ten are based on international and domestic impact.
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Commission for Africa | Afrika von seiner außergewöhnlichen Seite

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Economic Impact Statement - Serengeti Watch

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Effects of a Proposed Commercial Route Through the Serengeti National Park on Tanzania’s Tourist Industry The Serengeti National Park is not only a priceless World Heritage, it is also a vital part of Tanzania’s future economic development. Download the Presentation: Economic Impact of Serengeti Highway KeyPoints The worldwide recession and resulting decline in tourism has led many African nations to develop new and more aggressive marketing strategies. South Africa and its neighbors are benefiting form tremendous World Cup exposure. Tanzania is attempting to climb out of a tourism decline with an increasingly negative image among the media and traveling public due to publicity about a highway across the Serengeti. A Serengeti highway will damage the tourist industry in three stages: threat of the highway, construction, and aftermath. The first two do not depend on environmental impacts but only world opinion. The third stage will be ongoing and therefore the most damaging. The Full Cost of the highway = (construction costs )+ (future infrastructure for management of wildlife + traffic + human settlement) + (loss of tourism revenue + jobs in years to come). The true cost to the economy of Tanzania would be hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs, increasing over time. There would also be intangible cultural costs due to the loss of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, damage to both the national heritage and image of the country. A petition from the international travel industry, with more than 5,900 signers around the world warned, The position of Tanzania in the world travel marketplace will drop, along with the future of your tourism industry. Billions of shillings in foreign exchange needed for development will be jeopardized as travelers look elsewhere. (See Appendix) Tanzania’s Tourism Challenge Global tourism is recovering from one of the worst economic crises since the Great Depression. 2009 was a particularly bad year, but fortunately, the early months of 2010 suggest that recovery is underway and stronger than expected. International tourist arrivals grew by 7% in the first four months of 2010, with Africa increasing at that same average. (Source: UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.) The decline in tourism has led many African nations to develop new and more aggressive marketing strategies. One country, though, has received an extraordinary amount of exposure from another source – South Africa, host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The value of this event in terms of boosting interest in travel to South Africa and the surrounding region cannot be overestimated. A gain in one area of Africa is likely to be accompanied by a decline in another. Historically, Kenya knows this lesson well. In a few decades, it went from the premier sub-Saharan African destination to having only a fraction of Africa’s international visitors. Other regions, including Tanzania, took away market share. There were various causes, but among them was poor planning and management in the face of mounting competition. It is in this setting that Tanzania begins the second decade of its 21st Century tourism…amid strong competition for a travel market during a fragile rebound from recession. Unfortunately, Tanzania is attempting to climb out of recession with an increasingly negative image among the media and traveling public. Controversy over the construction of a commercial highway through its primary tourism asset, the Serengeti National Park, has caused an outcry among the press, the international travel industry, and a growing segment of travelers. Stages of Decline The specter of the  Serengeti highway will cause damage to the tourist industry in three stages. The first two do not depend on environmental impacts but only public perception and world opinion. Stage I.  The threat of a highway: This stage is already in progress, beginning with an announcement by the government that the project had been approved. World reaction was swift, with internet blogs and social media instantly taking up the cause. Comments on social media sites include disbelief, shock, anger, and defiance. A petition against the highway by international tourism companies and associations quickly brought thousands of signers. There is a long lead time for planning safaris. And as one tour company has already said. “With over 22 years of designing safaris in East Africa behind us, we, at Safari Professionals, have advised the Tanzanian government that we are now re-evaluating our current practice of recommending Tanzania to our prospective safari travelers. Since most of our safaris are designed 1 to 2 years in advance, we have to… assume that the current plans will go forward and are likely to have a negative impact on the wildlife and our travelers’ experience.” Stage II. Construction of the highway: If and when the highway construction begins, world reaction will certainly intensify, with an increase in articles, photographs, and films confirming that the threat has become a reality. Comments on social media sites indicate that the reaction will become increasingly hostile. As the Serengeti lose its UNESCO World Heritage Status, Tanzania will cease to be seen as a protector of its natural heritage in the eyes of many throughout the world. Although the authors of this do not agree, there will certainly be a call by many around the world for a general boycott of tourism to Tanzania. In an online survey of travel companies, the questions was asked: “Some travelers have said they will not visit Tanzania if the highway is constructed. Do you think there will be a more widespread call for such a boycott if the highway is built?” 72% said this would be likely! Stage III. Damage to the Serengeti: The highway will have an ongoing and increasing negative impact on the Serengeti and the migration. The damage to Tanzania’s tourism industry will grow accordingly. As news of conflicts among wildlife and highway traffic, human settlement, and other factors mount, the negative press will increase. There is likely to be cross-border disagreements between Kenya and Tanzania, as the highway affects tourism to Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve. Negative press, the degradation of the Serengeti itself, and competition from …
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Southeast Asia :: Mainland Southeast Asia

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Vast region of Asia situated east of the Indian subcontinent and south of China. It consists of two dissimilar portions: a continental projection (commonly called mainland Southeast Asia) and a string...
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World Regional Geography: People, Places, and Globalization 1.0 | Flat World Knowledge

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Flat World Knowledge, the world's largest publisher of open college textbooks
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Convert Euros (EUR) and United States Dollars (USD): Currency Exchange Rate Conversion Calculator

Calculator to convert money in Euro (EUR) to and from United States Dollar (USD) using up to date exchange rates.
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GEOGRAPHY - EnchantedLearning.com

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GEOGRAPHY: A collection of geography pages, printouts, and activities for students.
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timeanddate.com

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Current Time (World Clock) and online and printable Calendars for countries worldwide. Find the best time for web meetings (Meeting Planner) or use the Time and Date Converters. Online services and Apps available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
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Hispanic Culture - Latin American Culture - Spanish Culture

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What does the Hispanic Culture refer to? Learn here about the different "Hispanic cultures" and the richness of the Latino culture in the US.
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Why is Africa so poor?

Globalisation, International Trade, Investment, Finance, Migration, Environment, Globalization winners, Development, Culture, Change & innovation, Society, Governing globalization
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Environmental issues in Tanzania – Wild world - Nature, conservation and wildlife holidays

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Introduction to Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia is a geographically diverse region with equally diverse lifestyles and traditions throughout human history.
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EUROPA - European Union website, the official EU website

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European Union website - EUROPA is the official EU website that provides access to information published by all EU institutions, agencies and bodies.
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World Geography | Infoplease.com

Find information about world geography: the continents, explorers, oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, elevation, geographic extremes, earthquakes, volcanoes & more
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