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Grand Park, a multi-use sporting facility in Westfield, Ind., was built to lure youth sports competitions and tourists to the region. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Why massive new youth sports facilities may not lead to the tourist boom many communities hope for when they build them

New research suggests parents are too focused on their children’s competition to spend time or money on things that don’t involve the tournament, hotel stays or quick dining.
Yes, it’s a beautiful part of the world, but what sets Ballyhoura apart is the deliberate focus on a warm, local welcome. stephendotcarter/flickr

Tourists are happy when taken off the beaten track, and smaller cities and towns can tap into that

The big cities are still magnets for tourists, but often they find the smaller towns offer a more satisfying taste of local life. It’s why rural tourism can be ‘the perfect small town business idea’.
Bicycles are the main form of transport around the Burning Man Festival and are recycled or gifted afterwards. stuartlchambers/flickr

There’s a city in my mind …

The annual Burning Man Festival creates a temporary city in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. In many ways, it’s an innovation lab for rethinking cities.
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Why is it still possible to climb Uluru?

Uluru’s traditional owners have asked for decades that tourists not climb their sacred site. Parks Australia has committed to closing the climb – but only when some ambitious goals have been met.
The Amis are fighting to safeguard what remains of their own heritage.* Alistair Noble

Tourism over tradition in Taiwan – how to be a culture vulture abroad

How do we move beyond being a cultural tourist to having some deeper level of understanding of what local festivals mean to the people involved? That question has been on my mind of late. Just before midnight…

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