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Bloomberg CityLab

Emma Jacobs

26 October 2018

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Feeding the raccoons in Montreal’s Mount Royal Park was a tourist activity promoted by websites and supported by park vendors selling cat food. When the result was overpopulation of raccoons unafraid of people, steps ...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

19 October 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Outdoor recreation offices, started and spread by Luis Benitez, are growing from Colorado to Puerto Rico to potentially even Panama. By focusing on spurring economic development and job growth, promoting health, and h...

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Gregory Scruggs

19 October 2018

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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Layette is replatforming itself to embrace local culture over a dangerous oil dependency. CREATE, a voter-approved initiative in the city, funds cultural events and festivals to create new economic drivers and to prom...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

15 October 2018

Loveland, Colorado, United States

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Several dry winters in the 1970s and 1980s prompted ski resorts to have a backup plan: make their own snow. The result is a solution that helps ski resorts and does not hurt the environment: man-made snow is stored in...

NationSwell

Joseph Darius Jaafari

13 October 2018

Buffalo, New York, United States

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Buffalo uses its historic architecture to attract international visitors. The city offers tax credits to developers who remodel and renovate old buildings. The effort also helps attract young people back to the city.

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Jennifer Guay

11 October 2018

Barcelona, Spain

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With tourism on the rise, governments are figuring out how to limit overcrowding and environmental damage. Replicable ideas include marketing beaches and other attractions off the beaten path, regulating hotels and va...

The New York Times

Zach Montague

9 October 2018

West Virginia, United States

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Small towns in West Virginia are a natural oasis for adventure lovers from urban and rural areas alike; towns like Davis and Fayetteville are succesfully capitalizing on their natural resources to increase tourism and...

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Rob Chaney

8 October 2018

Turah, Montana, United States

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The Clark Fork River in Montana has recently undergone a significant revitalization process and is now bringing in greater recreational opportunities and interest in rural housing development. This change has spurred...

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Molly Fosco

26 September 2018

Slovenia

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Although not immune to environmental degradation, Slovenia still has the highest portion of protected land in Europe. This is largely in part to tourism efforts, active outreach and proactive education tactics.

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Nick Dall

23 September 2018

South Africa

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Commercial game farming is becoming the norm in Africa where both endangered species and farmers alike were in desperate need of change. The shift in focus to rearing animals for hunting, tourism and venison has creat...

Apolitical

Jennifer Guay

18 September 2018

Tatarstan, Russia

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Building a country’s “brand identity” has shifted from a tourist-attracting gimmick to an exercise in nation building. Consultants meet with citizens, identifying common values and attitudes that can be used to suppor...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Ellie Honeybone

9 September 2018

Northam, Australia

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A project to paint murals on silos across Western Australia has brought artists from around the world for work. These murals--some 36 meters high--have created stunning public art and cultural tourism for often strugg...

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Claire Stremple

4 September 2018

California, United States

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Purple sea urchins are taking over the coast of California, diminishing the supply of bull kelp and causing problems for the underwater ecosystem. Divers from a broad range of backgrounds are volunteering to remove a ...

BBC

Douglas Fraser

Manuela Saragosa

22 August 2018

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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With tourism on the rise, city governments should prioritize the needs of residents first then those of visitors, says Xavier Font, professor of sustainability marketing at the University of Surrey. Two strategies to ...

Public Radio International

Deepa Fernandes

17 August 2018

Agua Verde, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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In Mexico, many communities rely on fishing to sustain their livelihood. However, in Baja California Sur, this became a problem when the fish disappeared due to overfishing. Although a controversial decision, the comm...

Apolitical

Jennifer Guay

15 August 2018

Tatarstan, Russia

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Building a brand for your city or country can attract tourists, boost investment and lure skilled workers. Done right, it can also encourage community unity by highlighting a common story of identity, says Natasha Gra...

BBC

Nicola Kelly

Harriet Noble

14 August 2018

Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Italy

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To bring more people to almost-deserted Italian towns, town leaders are attempting to grow the “albergo diffuso” model, which roughly translates to “scattered homes.” Many Italian towns have land as well as the desire...

NPR

Joanna Kakissis

7 August 2018

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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In Amsterdam, a unique set of problems has a unique set of solutions. Overcrowding by rowdy tourists is threatening a normal, peaceful lifestyle for native residents. The city’s solution is twofold: first, government ...

Mongabay

Sarah Hucal

6 August 2018

Wae Rebo, Indonesia

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The village of Wae Rebo on a remote island in Indonesia was facing the growing issue of generating viable revenue from only their agriculture production. Seizing the opportunity to revitalize the town through a partne...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

3 August 2018

Madison, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesota officials are capitalizing on a population trend: despite negative population growth in rural areas among people in their twenties, people in their thirties and forties continue to move to rural places. Get ...

The New York Times

Natalie Angier

23 July 2018

Mozambique

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A great experiment is taking place at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique after the area was brutally devastated by civil war. On the back of a new public-private venture, scientist have been able to learn how both ...

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Lewis Kendall

17 June 2018

Juneau, Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, there is no statewide sales tax. Instead, individual municipalities vote on and control their own levies. In the capital city of Juneau, sales tax revenue covers about half of the city’s annual budget with ...

NationSwell

Eric Jankiewicz

8 June 2018

Albright, West Virginia, United States

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The Cheat River spans roughly 78 miles, running through eastern West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. It was once regarded as one of the most polluted rivers in America due to consequences of heavy mining in th...

Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

6 June 2018

Barcelona, Spain

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Swamped by short-term vacation rentals, Barcelona pushed Airbnb to share data with government officials and help ensure that only licensed properties are listed on the site. The agreement offers a model for how other ...

The Western News

John Blodgett

17 May 2018

Libby, Montana, United States

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A town once plagued by a reputation of being an asbestos Superfund site as well as having been hit by the timber wars, Libby, Montana is back on the map. Lincoln County commissioner, Mark Peck of Libby, the county sea...

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