Leisure, Tourism and Sport for DP Geography

By Richard Allaway | For all IB DP Geography students and educators! #ibgeog11 - 'Leisure, Sport and Tourism' + #ibgeog19 - 'Leisure, tourism and sport'

The Geography of NFL Fandom

The Patriots really do rule New England, and the Cowboys might just be America's team. But after that, things get complicated.<p>On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks crushed the Green Bay Packers in the first regular NFL game of the season.<p>One way of looking at that: The 46 players wearing Seattle …

What Airbnb really does to a neighbourhood

<b>Millions of people use Airbnb when travelling but its popularity sometimes puts it at odds with locals. So, how do short-term holiday lets really affect a neighbourhood?</b><p>In the decade since it was launched, online home rental platform Airbnb has amassed millions of rooms worldwide.<p>But it has also …

Housing

Why tourism is killing Barcelona – a photo essay

La Rambla is a business. Every year more than 100 million people walk along it. Imagine if each person spends only €1 Fermín Villar, Friends of La Rambla<p>It’s 9am on a hot August morning and timed tickets to visit Barcelona’s emblematic Sagrada Família basilica have already sold out. Only a few …

Photo Essays

American tourists in Iceland will outnumber Iceland's population this year

Iceland — a land of glaciers, snow, and reindeer — is so hot right now.<p>Among young professionals, the sparsely populated European country has suddenly become some sort of exotic pilgrimage: Facebook and Instagram feeds are filled with oversaturated images of fjords, colorful villages, and ice melt …

European Travel

Closing Boracay: How the Philippines shut down paradise

Over the next six months, Boracay’s roads will be widened, its wastewater systems will be upgraded and non-compliant buildings will be demolished. It …

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Premier League

Where does each @premierleague club find its supporters? This map shows you where you'll find followers for every Premier League club, with some …

Spain to replace US as second most popular tourism spot

<b>Spain is set to replace the US as the world's second most popular tourism location, with France retaining top spot, according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).</b><p>Overall, the number of international tourist arrivals grew 7% in 2017 to 1.3 billion, according to latest estimates.<p>It said this …

Are too many tourists visiting Iceland?

<b>An explosion in tourism saved Iceland's economy. But in a country of just 300,000 people, how much tourism is too much?</b><p>It's a cold, overcast and blustery day in Iceland, but that hasn't put off the busloads of tourists at the Blue Lagoon - one of the country's most popular attractions.<p>The lagoon is …

The carbon cycle

Carbon

Cruise tourists overwhelm Europe's ancient resorts

<b>There are places where the surge of global tourism is starting to feel like a tidal wave.</b><p>Ancient cities around the shores of the Mediterranean and Adriatic are on the front line, their stone streets squeezed full of summer visitors as budget airlines and giant cruise ships unload ever-growing …

Why Visitors Are Banned From Going to This Isolated Island in the Indian Ocean

On a secluded island in the Indian Ocean, there’s a tribe of indigenous people that attacks anybody who attempts to visit. The island has been named …

Rio's Olympic venues, six months on – in pictures

Six months after hosting South America’s first-ever Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Rio de Janeiro venues – some of which have been looted – sit mainly idle and already in disrepair, raising questions about a legacy that organisers promised would benefit the Brazilian city and its residents

'We need development': Maldives switches focus from climate threat to mass tourism

The new government plans to relocate residents to larger atolls – leaving small islands ripe for development. It says these super resorts, not solar power, will create the money needed to adapt to climate change<p>When Mohamed Nasheed, the young, first democratically elected president of the Maldives, …

In pictures: Rio’s Olympic venues lie abandoned and in disrepair

Just months after the Olympic Games the Maracana is among the deserted venues<p>Mon, Feb 13, 2017, 16:06<p>Just six months on from the 2016 Games, a number …

Rio Olympic venues already falling into a state of disrepair

Just six months on from the 2016 Games, a number of Rio’s major Olympic venues have fallen into a state of disrepair. Since the Paralympics closing ceremony, the Maracana Stadium has been looted, the key Games precinct has been shut down and the city’s Olympic golf course is struggling.<p>The most …

Brazil

Nobody wants to host the Olympic Games

Cities used to covet the Olympic Games. Hosting them meant glamour and prestige.<p>Not anymore.<p>Rome became the latest city to abandon a bid for the 2024 Summer Games when it withdrew on Tuesday because of worries over the cost.<p>Budget concerns have led city after city to drop their Olympic dreams in …

Brazil

Turkey’s tourism industry reels from a year to forget

Hope is in short supply for those involved in Turkish tourism after bomb attacks and a failed coup in the country this year. From Istanbul to Ankara, Antalya to Mardin, visitor numbers remain woefully low and businesses are laying off staff<p>With this year’s season drawing to a close, the Turkish …

Don’t look now, Venice tourists – the locals are sick of you

This week, Venetians have taken to the water to protest agaiinst the cruise ships that swamp their city. It’s just the latest fightback against the endless waves of visitors<p>Imagine a packed Emirates Stadium emptying its stands on a town the size of Margate every day and you begin to get a sense of …

Cruise Ships

The ski resort that's a hit with Indian tourists

To boost low-season turnover, hoteliers and restaurateurs in Leysin in canton Vaud have targeted tourists from India. The results have been positive, …

Paris tourism hit by militant attacks, strikes and floods

<b>Attacks by Islamist militants as well as strikes and floods have led to a big fall in tourism in Paris.</b><p>There were a million fewer visitors between January and June compared with the same period in 2015.<p>Paris welcomes 16 million visitors a year and is one of the world's top tourist destinations.<p>The …

This man bought a Boeing 767 - and helped put his Sligo town on the map

Image: Quirky Glamping Village<p>Image: Quirky Glamping Village<p>AT ONE POINT in May, a Sligo funeral director and his pet project were trending alongside …

London's Olympic legacy: a suburb on steroids, a cacophony of luxury stumps

Beyond Stratford’s investment units, cultural mega-hub and ‘innovation centres’, affordable housing is in scant supply on the former London 2012 site. Sadiq Khan and the legacy team have their work cut out to salvage the original vision<p>‘Legacy,” said Sebastian Coe, the triumphant chair of the …

Paradise lost: World's most beautiful places under threat of tourism

<b>It is the double-edged sword of tourism: On the one hand it brings the awareness of beautiful places and and economic development for the local population. On the other, this exposure can lead to uncontrolled numbers of tourists, damaging the beauty they came to see.</b><p>As the authorities in Thailand …

The Swiss ski resort that sold itself to a Briton for one franc

It would not buy you half a cup of hot chocolate in an Alpine cafe, but for just one Swiss franc - less than 50p - a British entrepreneur has become the proud owner of a ski resort.<p>Bruno Prior, a keen skier, will have the run of 12 miles of slopes and four lifts, not to mention all the machinery …

Fans on the Move

Star Wars awakens new wave of film tourism as its fans seek out locations

From the Harry Potter backdrops to Manchester’s gothic town hall, Britain’s stunning landscapes and historic buildings are a magnet for production companies, and now tourists are following in their wake<p>Disney is not alone in celebrating the success of its new Star Wars epic. An enchanting corner of …

Swiss ski resort flourishes with fixed Euro exchange rate

Ski Resorts

Swiss hotels fail to make hay while sun was shining

Despite the exceptionally sunny and warm weather, Swiss hotels didn’t profit from increased business this summer. Instead there was a slight decline …