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Yucatán Peninsula: sustainable tourism

The Yucatán Peninsula in south-eastern Mexico is a popular tourist destination. This clip focuses on examples of sustainable tourism - tourism that aims to have a low environmental impact. View Tulum, a town under threat of being developed similarly to Cancún, a major tourist resort destination.

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Zou ba! Visiting China: holiday plans

Watch two friends planning a holiday. Look at countries to visit such as China, New Zealand, Vietnam, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Investigate how to ask and answer questions about holiday plans. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

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Visiting the Three Sisters, 1930

This is black-and-white amateur movie footage showing a group of women visiting the Three Sisters at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, in 1930. It includes the Three Sisters rock formations and the entrance to the 'Westella' guesthouse as well as close-ups of women's fashions and a professional photographer ...

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Cannibal Tours, 1987: 'Is it all right to take pictures?'

This clip shows Western tourists taking photographs of people in the Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea. The tourists are filmed from behind as they advance toward their 'subjects' to get a better shot. This is accompanied by their exclamations of delight and the constant click of their camera shutters. The clip includes ...

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Humpback whale carcass, Tangalooma Whaling Station, c1957 - item 1 of 2

This is a colour photograph showing the carcass of a southern humpback whale ('Megaptera novaengliae') on the wooden slipway of the Tangalooma Whaling Station on Moreton Island in Queensland. The whale is intact with its underside uppermost, showing distinctive colourings and markings, including the ventral grooves. Onlookers, ...

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Lhuede family eating ice-creams at 'Puffing Billy' steam train station, c1977

This is a photograph of the Lhuede family eating ice-creams at the 'Puffing Billy' train station in Belgrave, taken in about 1977. A Holden car, a macrame handbag and the clothing of the time are all visible. The image was collected as part of the museum's 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album' project in 2006. It is a digital ...

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French souvenir doll with fishing net and basket of mussels, 1890-1900

This is a female doll with a fishing net and a basket of mussels. It was probably made to be a souvenir of a French coastal town, and would have been intended for display rather than play. It was made in France from bisque (unglazed pottery), wood, cotton, human hair and wool between 1880 and 1900. The body and legs are ...

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Angkor: exploring vocabulary

Watch this clip about Angkor, an area in Cambodia that contains a famous and ancient temple complex, to help develop your vocabulary. The clip focuses on the effects of tourism and provides a useful context for the study of English. The report includes content-specific language.

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Tackling the crown-of-thorns starfish

Did you know the crown-of-thorns starfish is a natural predator that is having a huge impact on the Great Barrier Reef? Watch this clip to find out about the damage it's causing and what scientists are doing to try to protect the reef. Find out the role that people play both in causing and in managing this environmental issue.

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Yucatán Peninsula: Mesoamerican Reef threatened

The Mesoamerican Reef, just off the shore of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, is under major threat. Listen to oceanographer Roberto Iglesias-Prieto explain how untreated wastewater affects the underground river system and the reef.

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Trekking in Nepal? Sherpas, please!

If you think about trekking in the Himalayas, you'll probably be imagining climbers struggling up huge mountains, with Sherpas accompanying them. This 1980 clip begins in the Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar. Find out how Sherpas help both tourists and mountain climbers who trek through difficult terrain. How has contact ...

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Attracting Chinese tourists south

Australian tourism leaders are targeting an obvious market: China. Can Australia cash in on its geographical advantage and encourage more Chinese tourists to head south for their next holiday?

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Game, set and match for tourism

Events like Melbourne's Australian Open attract spectators from interstate and overseas, causing a spike in tourist numbers. Does the tournament also appear to boost other parts of the tourism sector?

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Brian Austin catching bus to Adelaide on the Esplanade, St Kilda, 1954

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Brian Austin walking towards the camera, going back to his hotel in St Kilda while his tour bus is being loaded for a return trip to Adelaide in December 1954. The bus is behind him and there are several people and many pieces of luggage next to it. The Catani clock tower is ...

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Operation Aussie holiday

A small percentage of tourists visit Australia in order to access medical services. Increasing the number of these tourists could potentially inject millions of dollars into the Australian economy. But does the hospital system get a 'clean bill of health' in terms of its capacity to cope with the increased demand?

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Globetrotters' Japan: places - foreigners on the tourist circuit in Meiji Japan, 1890s

This is a collection of online materials focusing on late 19th century photographs of tourist destinations in Japan, including places of natural beauty, cities and temple complexes. The photographs were intended for international tourists (globetrotters) in the 1890s. The materials in the collection consist of an illustrated ...

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Sikhs become part of the Woolgoolga community

How does a large increase in the number of migrants to a town affect the local people? In this clip from 1984, the head priest of the Sikh temple talks about the contributions that the Sikh migrants have made to the town of Woolgoolga since their arrival.

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Fast trains

A proposed fast train route between Sydney and Canberra could cut down rail travel times from nearly five hours to one. The project is costly and won't be available for about 20 years. Will the economic, social and environmental benefits of such a project be worth the costs?

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Plan to increase tourism for Cairns

Remarkably, 25 per cent of Australia's World Heritage areas, including the iconic Great Barrier Reef, lie within North Queensland. However, World Heritage listing inevitably brings tourists. This clip explores issues related to the planned dredging of the channel to allow larger cruise ships access to Cairns via Trinity Inlet.

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Yucatán Peninsula: Cancún-style tourism

See what has made south-eastern Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, and in particular its city of Cancún, a popular tourist destination. Listen to different viewpoints on large-scale tourism in the region - one that presents its economic benefits and others that point to its environmental impacts.