Dealing with tourists in Rome

Year 10 Leisure students are finding out that there are many impacts of tourism, but how do you deal with them? In Rome a Russian tourist has been fined £16,000 for damaging the world famous Coliseum. What was he doing to cause damage? Do you think this is a good solution? Click on the link to read more and make up your own mind : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/tourist-fined-16000-for-vandalising-romes-colosseum-9880220.html

Paddington promotes the UK

Visit Britain has launched a new promotional campaign to coincide with release of the film Paddington – the story of the bear from Peru who arrives at Paddington station. Britain is being promoted as a GREAT place to visit with branding appearing in the film as well as in tube stations, buses and on social media. It is hoped that the campaign will increase overseas tourist spend by £1.75 million over the next three months. Click on the link to find out more : http://media.visitbritain.com/News-Releases/GREAT-campaign-ads-to-feature-in-new-Paddington-film-11e96.aspx

Exploring Art at the Tate

Tate Worlds Minecraft

The Tate Gallery has teamed up with the virtual world of Minecraft. From the 24th November you will be able to download 3D versions of two paintings in it’s new virtual gallery. Is this the new way to appreciate art? Click on the link to find out more and make up your mind. More virtual paintings will follow in 2015.

http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/tate-worlds-art-reimagined-minecraft

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30144575

Tourism benefits Elephants in Zimbabwe

Year 10 leisure and tourism students are currently studying the impacts of tourism on destinations. One thing they have noticed is that it’s difficult to see how tourism benefits the environment. Well, by clicking on the link, here is an example of how tourism is benefitting the elephants of east Africa. Imvelo Safari Lodges are winners of the 2014 Guardian and Observer Ethical Travel Award : http://www.theguardian.com/travel/video/2014/nov/22/zimbabwe-elephants-protected-poachers-video

Something for adrenaline juckies

If you are a regular watcher of The Apprentice you will have seen it as the prize for winning last week’s task. As of next year and at a cost of £85 you too can experience what it feels like to abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic Park. It’s not my idea of fun but it might be yours. Click on the link to find out more : http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/you-can-abseil-down-the-arcelormittal-orbit-at-the-olympic-park-from-next-year-9840850.html

Tales of a Eurostar Sceptic

 

A bit like buses, Eurostar stories seem to come two at a time. All leisure and tourism students have to evaluate methods of travel and in so doing would argue that travelling to Paris by train is easier and better than flying. Not everyone agrees, click on the link to read an article written by travel writer Simon Calder to find out more : http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/why-im-a-eurostar-sceptic-9854689.html. If you’ve been on Eurostar you may agree.