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Articles tagged “monuments”

Great Wall of China Designates Special Section for Tourists’ Graffiti

Great Wall of China Designates Special Section for Tourists’ Graffiti

Will Coldwell, The Guardian

Graffiti is a problem for historic monuments worldwide and a special section is a smart solution that could likely become an attraction in its own right.

3 years ago

Israel Takes Action to Save Ancient Sites from Earthquakes

Israel Takes Action to Save Ancient Sites from Earthquakes

Daniel Estrin, Associated Press

Natural disasters are a threat to historical and natural attractions worldwide, and the governments that profit from them must be proactive in protecting them.

3 years ago

Italy Tries to Save Pompeii from Natural Decay and Mafia Corruption

Italy Tries to Save Pompeii from Natural Decay and Mafia Corruption

Associated Press

Back in March, the Italian and EU governments found that mafia corruption of Pompeii's maintenance was responsible for much of the decay. They'll be keeping a closer eye on restoration efforts now, or they'll risk losing one of the nation's biggest draws.

3 years ago

American war monuments too expensive to restore are left to decay

American war monuments too expensive to restore are left to decay

Anita Hofschneider, Associated Press

These historic monuments would not be so easily forgotten if they attracted tourism or made a profit, but communities are hesitant to fund expensive renovations with low expectations for a ROI.

4 years ago

Obama designates 5 new monuments as sequester eats away at national parks

Obama designates 5 new monuments as sequester eats away at national parks

Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The timing of the announcement is ironic in the midst of sequester chaos, but nonetheless important after the latest Congress failed to approve a single wilderness area for the first time since the 1960s.

4 years ago

Bolivia mining town takes on both Rio and New York City with giant statue of Virgin

Bolivia mining town takes on both Rio and New York City with giant statue of Virgin

Associated Press

The kitschy statue has put this small town on the map, but can the hype of the virgin and the accompanying carnival meet expectations?

4 years ago

Hollywood sign receives a rigorous restoration prior to its 90th anniversary

Hollywood sign receives a rigorous restoration prior to its 90th anniversary

The Daily Telegraph

The Hollywood icon is as important to inspiring tourism in California as any media campaign. Images help tourists imagine a destination and prompts them to eventual book that trip.

4 years ago

Maya are banned from holding ceremonies at the temples their ancestors built

Maya are banned from holding ceremonies at the temples their ancestors built

Mark Stevenson , Associated Press

Tourists’ safety and structure stability are touted as reasons for the ceremonial bans, but the government is actually looking out for the needs of vendors around money-making tourist attractions.

4 years ago

A piece of the archeological site in Pompeii crumbles after days of heavy rain

A piece of the archeological site in Pompeii crumbles after days of heavy rain

Associated Press

Tourism is a mixed blessing for sites like this that rely on the revenue for conservation efforts, but also undergo heavy wear and tear from tours in addition to natural forces of deterioration.

4 years ago

Macedonia divided over monuments meant to restore cultural capital

Macedonia divided over monuments meant to restore cultural capital

Associated Press

The rapid construction of landmarks is hoped to restore the capital, but residents believe its rushed results are tacky and resources would have been better used improving city infrastructure.

4 years ago

Visitors can go inside the Statue of Liberty again starting October 28

Visitors can go inside the Statue of Liberty again starting October 28

Associated Press

Sections have closed and reopened since 9/11 for both safety and renovations, and although its repairs clearly haven't affected New York tourism, it'll feel good to welcome back the statue in her entirety.

4 years ago

Stonehenge is finally ready to step into the world of 21st century tourism

Ian Vince, The Guardian

Stonehenge is on its way from looking like a glorified highway rest stop to a well cared for heritage site that finally puts the iconic structure into historical context.

4 years ago