The Verge: Swarms of Instagrammers force a Canadian sunflower farm to ban all visitors

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

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

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

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.”

Lonely Planet: Bored with chains? There’s a new website for independent hotels in Ireland

Lonely Planet: Bored with chains? There’s a new website for independent hotels in Ireland. “If you’re heading to Ireland and are looking for accommodation inspiration beyond the usual worldwide chains, a new website has launched that represents 60 independent hotels around the country. Original Irish Hotels is a new tourism and hospitality brand representing owner-run hotels in the north and south, and it is designed to embody the spirit and characteristics of indigenous Irish hotels.”

OCNJ Daily: Ocean City Man’s Passion Leads to Image Archive

OCNJ Daily: Ocean City Man’s Passion Leads to Image Archive. “Wonderful pictures are stock in trade of [the website]. Categories include the 9th St. Bridge including the old one, the new one and the demolition of the former and construction of the latter. The Sindia, storms, boardwalk, Music Pier are other examples of categories. Just about anything you can think of concerning Ocean City has a pictorial home on Mike’s site. At present, there are thousands of images in 845 files and 43 albums.”

India Today: Google Arts and Culture partners with Ministry of Tourism to explore Incredible India

India Today: Google Arts and Culture partners with Ministry of Tourism to explore Incredible India . “Google Arts and Culture has partnered with Ministry of Tourism to bring online a series of 360-degree virtual reality videos for the global Incredible India Tourism campaign. The key highlight of the partnership is a 360 video that takes users on a journey to some of the most iconic destinations in India.”