Where Do Tourists Spend Their Money? | devongeography

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There is a lot of data available to compare the number of tourists that visit different countries. However, the World Economic Forum has made it possible to also examine tourism through the amount of money tourists spend while abroad.

In 2017 international tourist arrivals grew by 7% – the highest increase since the end of the global economic crisis. Just under three-quarters of all foreign travellers came from either European countries (51%) or Asia Pacific nations (24%).

A 2018 report by United Nations agency the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)…

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GPS Tracker Map Art | devongeography

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I have recently been exploring the unusual interface created by a combination of GPS technology and creating works of art. I have been fascinated by the work of Stephen Lund, a marketing consultant from Canada who spends his spare time cycling through city streets of Victoria, British Colombia, while drawing maps using his ‘Strava’ GPS tracker.

Lund either plans routes that lets him doodle a continuous line to paint a picture, or he uses an alternative method which he calls ‘connecting the dots’. Here, he pauses his tracker at selected points, and then restarts it…

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The New Silk Road – China’s Most Ambitious Project To Date | devongeography

China’s ‘New Silk Road’ project provides an excellent case study of a large scale development scheme. The $4.8 trillion OBOR (‘One Belt One Road’) initiative has been described as the ‘New Silk Road’, or ‘Silk Road 2.0’.

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It is estimated that it will be completed in 2049, and will stretch from the edge of East Asia all the way to East Africa and Central Europe – affecting 65 countries.

China aims through OBOR to reach a new level as a world gatekeeper by building an extensive new network of infrastructure – including railways, roads, ports,…

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New Volcano App Game | devongeography

I recently discovered an interesting app on the IOS store. It is called ‘Earth Girl Volcano’, and is an interactive game that involves making strategic decisions to minimise the risk for people living close to volcano hazards. It has been based on real-life situations amongst communities from the Pacific Ring of Fire, and allows players to prepare for emergency evacuations and respond during volcanic events such as ash fall, mudflows, and pyroclastic flows.

Villagers in the simulation provide information during the game play, and throughout the decision-making process, further tips and…

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New Research Reveals Geology Will Always Defy Total Brexit | devongeography

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As we move closer and closer towards Brexit, recent research has revealed that there is part of Britain that will remain forever connected to Europe whatever the result of the political negotiations.

Geologists from the University of Plymouth have analysed rocks from deep below ground and discovered that a distinct border divides Cornwall and parts of South Devon from the rest of the nation. Rocks to the north of the river Camel in Cornwall and the Exe estuary in Devon are what is expected for Britain, while rocks to the south of this line are identical to…

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GPS Tracker Map Art | devongeography

Image: Stephen Lund
I have recently been exploring the unusual interface created by a combination of GPS technology and creating works of art. I have been fascinated by the work of Stephen Lund, a marketing consultant from Canada who spends his spare time cycling through city streets of Victoria, British Colombia, while drawing maps using his ‘Strava’ GPS tracker.

Lund either plans routes that lets him doodle a continuous line to paint a picture, or he uses an alternative method which he calls ‘connecting the dots’. Here, he pauses his tracker at selected points, and then restarts it again…

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https://ift.tt/2Le7aOp

The New Silk Road – China’s Most Ambitious Project To Date | devongeography

China’s ‘New Silk Road’ project provides an excellent case study of a large scale development scheme. The $4.8 trillion OBOR (‘One Belt One Road’) initiative has been described as the ‘New Silk Road’, or ‘Silk Road 2.0’.
Image: Visual Capitalist (see web link below)
It is estimated that it will be completed in 2049, and will stretch from the edge of East Asia all the way to East Africa and Central Europe – affecting 65 countries.

China aims through OBOR to reach a new level as a world gatekeeper by building an extensive new network of infrastructure – including railways, roads, ports,…

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https://ift.tt/2UBPdxB