Vietnam+: VNAT, VnTrip team up in digitalising Vietnamese tourism database. “The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the firm VnTrip recently signed an agreement on building a database of 360 degree pictures of tourism destinations.”
The Verge: Google’s Touring Bird is a travel tool to help vacationers find free activities in new cities. “Google’s incubator Area 120 is at it again with a new tool to help you find vacation activities. The tool, called Touring Bird, is a website designed for mobile that lists tours, attractions, and activities to do in popular travel destinations. You can filter by price from zero to over $500, time of day, duration, and even by cancellation policies, which sounds convenient.” The site has limited coverage for now.
AZCentral: VR tours open up Taliesin West, other Arizona attractions to digital tourism. “Not all VR is about imagining new, fantastical realities. It also enables people to explore the real world without leaving the house — or even the couch. This summer, Taliesin West, the Scottsdale landmark and winter home to architect Frank Lloyd Wright, added to this ever-growing online library of re-created reality when it launched an immersive ‘digital experience’ that can be viewed on 3-D goggles or by pointing and clicking on a computer screen.”
The Verge: Swarms of Instagrammers force a Canadian sunflower farm to ban all visitors. “If you’re on Instagram for long enough, you start to notice certain patterns emerge around types of photos: pictures in the same hot locations, framed in the same way, with the same vistas. One farm in Canada was unlucky enough to become a local Instagram obsession recently, and the increase in attention got totally out of control.”
Columbus Dispatch: Ohio’s new online tools put variety of trails at fingertip. “I love tourism ‘trails.’ The listings and maps of related travel-oriented sites promote local businesses and organizations, and they encourage travelers to seek out interesting stops they might otherwise miss. Visiting most of the stops on a particular wine trail or history trail or shopping trail can be a fun goal and can provide a bit of direction to a trip that might otherwise devolve into a bunch of purposeless noodling about — although noodling about certainly has its place.”
Powder: Leave No Trace Announces Social Media Guidelines for the Outdoors. “The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly, recently released new guidelines for social media as it relates to documenting our time spent in the outdoors. We like their suggestions a lot.”
Japan Times: In tattoo-taboo Japan, new website offers helping hand for those with ink. “In tattoo-taboo Japan, those who are inked-up have received a helping hand — in both English and Japanese — with the launch of a new website that offers information about tattoo-friendly hot springs and other locations nationwide. Launched last week, the Tattoo Friendly website lists more than 600 hotels, ryokan (inns), onsen (hot springs), sentō (public baths), gyms, pools and beaches across the country, rating them by how open they are to those sporting tattoos.”