News AU: Google Maps agrees to sort its inflated distances in the Queensland Outback

News AU: Google Maps agrees to sort its inflated distances in the Queensland Outback. “Google is working to regain the trust of Queenslanders after dozens of outback businesses said the tech giant’s bad estimates was causing tourists to skip the picturesque region.”

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps’ ‘incorrect’ outback travel times could be deterring tourists, businesses say

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps’ ‘incorrect’ outback travel times could be deterring tourists, businesses say. “From dinosaurs in Winton and Eromanga to the world’s most remote racing event in Birdsville, it’s understandable why the Queensland Government has dubbed 2019 as the year for outback tourism. But business owners in the state’s south-west say travel times on Google Maps are inaccurate and could deter tourists from making the trip.”

Stuff: Social media monitoring important part of DoC rangers job to control crowds lured by Instagram posts

Stuff: Social media monitoring important part of DoC rangers job to control crowds lured by Instagram posts. “Conservation watchdogs are tuning into social media to help mitigate unprecedented tourist demand at our so called secret hotspots. When a scenic hotspot goes viral on social media, it can bring tourists, jobs and money. It can also bring crowds, litter and crime.”

Newsweek: National Parks Closed During Government Shutdown? How To Check Which Ones Are Shuttered

Newsweek: National Parks Closed During Government Shutdown? How To Check Which Ones Are Shuttered. “Those who had planned vacations to national parks during this holiday season are asking similar questions about their planned destinations, and should be aware that many of the popular ones, such as Rocky Mountain National Park, are closed or operating with limited services and amenities. The Grand Canyon is open, and while the visitor center is closed, hotels, lodges and restaurants are open for business.”

Quartz: Researchers are keeping a cave’s location secret to thwart Instagram tourists

Quartz: Researchers are keeping a cave’s location secret to thwart Instagram tourists. “Researchers and geologists have found an enormous cave, complete with a rushing river fed by two melting glaciers, in British Columbia’s Wells Gray Provincial Park, but they’re not sharing exactly where.”

Pew: Surging Interest in Black History Gives a Lift to Museums, Tourism

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Surging Interest in Black History Gives a Lift to Museums, Tourism. “Black history museums and historic sites are flourishing across the South, riding a wave of interest in African-American history that has made a stunning success of the two-year-old National Museum of African American History and Culture in the nation’s capital.”

The Telegraph: Urgent appeal to save huge photo archive depicting Venice in its post-war heyday

The Telegraph: Urgent appeal to save huge photo archive depicting Venice in its post-war heyday. “In urgent appeal has been launched to save a huge archive of photographs depicting Venice in its post-war, Dolce Vita heyday, when the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square were frequented by the likes of Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Ernest Hemingway and Sophia Loren. The archive of more than 320,000 photographs, amassed by a now defunct Italian photography agency called CameraPhoto, depicts world leaders such as Winston Churchill and Pope John Paul II, as well as artists such as Dali and Picasso and the American poet Ezra Pound.”