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May 11, 2014: Capturing the Spirit of Adventure, Saving Sea Turtles and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 – Adventurers who regularly push their limits of…

Geography in the News: Bali, Past Trouble in Paradise

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Bali: Past Trouble in Paradise In August 2009, an elite Indonesian police squad killed a man believed to be the most wanted Islamic terrorist in Southeast Asia. Noordin Mohammad Top, a Malaysian born militant, was linked to bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the 2002 bombings on…

Geography in the News: Curaçao, Newly Independent Micro-State?

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Curaçao: The Western Hemisphere’s Newly Independent Micro-State Curaçao became a quasi-independent country Oct. 10, 2010, making it one of the world’s 195 recognized countries, according to the U.S. State Department. In a change of constitutional status that dissolved the Dutch Antilles, Curaçao (pronounced “cure…

OAS Nod Leads Off a 2013 Geotourism Roundup

Well into its second decade, the geotourism proposition—that it’s good to develop tourism business based on the character of the place being visited—gains an endorsement from the Organization of American States. Read more for a roundup of 2013 geotourism goings on.

The Places We Love V: First Global Summit on Sense of Place?

“People think that geography is about capitals, land forms, and so on. But it is about place – its emotional tone, social meaning, and generative potential.” – Dr. Yi-Fu Tuan, “Father of Humanist Geography,” scheduled speaker at a novel October summit.

Geography in the News: Pike’s Peak

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com COLORADO’S MOST FAMOUS MOUNTAIN The state of Colorado and relatives of Zebulon Montgomery Pike celebrated the 200th anniversary in 2006 of the historic expedition that put Pikes Peak on the map. Advertised as “America’s mountain,” Pikes Peak is an iconic equivalent to…

Tiger Tourism: Can Travel Help Save These Big Cats?

Tigers are one of the most charismatic and beautiful animals on earth. They are the world’s largest cat and can live across a wide range of habitats, from mountains to coastal wetlands. Most of the world’s tigers live in India within the borders of a number of national parks and tiger reserves; but their numbers…

The One Billionth Tourist

Today, for the one billionth time this year, yet another tourist crossed an international border. That’s a historic milestone. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, 2012 will mark the first year in history to register more than a billion international arrivals. UNWTO picked Dec. 13 as the most likely day for the moment…

“Hiram Bingham, Please Pick Up a White Paging Telephone . . . “

A new airport will soon be in the works in Chinchero, Peru. The plan is part of an effort to boost tourism to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, according to Peru’s President Ollanta Humala. But questions have been raised about how much more traffic the ruins can accommodate.

The Return of the Cheetah

Deep in the Karoo of South Africa’s Eastern Cape is a land starting over.  The air is dry, the ground recovering from drought, and on high plateaus great plains of golden grass are home to large herds of zebra, red hartebeest, blesbuck and wildebeest.  The animals never descend to the bushland below which is also…

American Prairie Reserve, a Vast Grassland to Fill Your Soul

  Despite our different approaches, conservationists in the West can all generally agree on one thing: nature inspires people. The diversity, richness and complexities of ecosystems encourage scientists to dig deeper, farmers to innovate, artists to paint, and, perhaps most importantly, the broader public to get out and explore. As we assemble American Prairie Reserve…

The Places We Love III: Yikes, Can This Be How the Big Money at Davos Views Travel?

The 10 best destinations in the eyes of business leaders are not necessarily the ones a traveler would pick. Are decision-makers relying on data that can show bad as good? Take a look at how the World Economic Forum rates countries for tourism.

Jordan Celebrates 2012, Special Year for Guests

Arab Spring and the global financial crisis delivered a double whammy to tourism in the Middle East. The Arab world lost more than U.S.$7 billion in tourism revenue as a result of 2011′s upheaval, according to Bandar bin Fahd Al Fahed, the chairman of the Arab Tourism Organization. (Reported by Ahram Online, September 30, 2011.)…

The Places We Love I: Charleston at Odds

A proposal for a new cruise ship pier in historic Charleston, SC, has sparked a hot civic debate. Worries over ever-growing cruise ship crowds could derail an otherwise attractive renewal plan. Sustainable-destinations expert Jonathan Tourtellot reports on his dip into the fray.

Eclipse “Ring of Fire” to Shine Over Africa, Asia on Friday

Johnny Cash fans take heed: The first solar eclipse of 2010 will create a “ring of fire” over Africa, India, and China on January 15. That’s because it will be an annular eclipse, and no, that is not a typo: I mean annular, not annual. Solar eclipses in general happen because every now and then…