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Google offering virtual Great Barrier Reef tour

Google offering virtual Great Barrier Reef tour | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Google has given travellers goggles, as the street view goes off road and underwater, mapping parts of the Great Barrier Reef. Consumers can now dive parts of the World Heritage listed marine park from their desks at work thanks to a team of scientists who have created a specially designed underwater camera capable of capturing 360-degree images of the Reef. The project to map the reef is part of the Catlin Seaview Survey, launched in California, and scientists will spend the next three years compiling a visual record of the world's reefs that will be explorable by everyone via Google Maps. Find out more.

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Hottest travel destinations for 2016

Hottest travel destinations for 2016 | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Australian travel experts have compiled a list of the hottest travel destinations for 2016. In second position is Australia's Great Barrier Reef, which is tipped to rise in popularity following the launch of Sir David Attenborough's documentary series on the Great Barrier Reef. The documentary is due to air in over 130 countries early next year. Other rising Australia destinations include: Northern Territory's Uluru in twelfth position, followed by Queensland's Palm Cove at number sixteen and Northern Territory's Katherine in nineteenth place. Comprising the remainder of the top five positions are the Solomon Islands, Portugal, Nicaragua and Florida, USA. Find out more.

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Natural Australia: ultimate escapes

Natural Australia: ultimate escapes | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Here is a list of Australia's most incredible natural landscapes as identified by Tourism Australia and Parks Australia. Explore wild, remote beaches, ancient rainforests, rugged mountain ranges, cavernous caves and gigantic gorges. Walk, climb, camp, ski, canoe or connect with the spectacular landscape by seeing it through the eyes of its original inhabitants. Topping the list includes Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Great Ocean Road. Click here to view other incredible natural offerings in Australia.

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Great Barrier Reef ranks first as world’s best place to visit

Great Barrier Reef ranks first as world’s best place to visit | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

The Great Barrier Reef has been ranked as the world’s best place to visit in U.S. News & World Report's World's Best Place to Visit rankings for 2016-17. Queensland's Great Barrier Reef is a favourite amongst travellers leading all world destinations ahead of Paris in second and French Polynesia's Bora Bora in third. The rankings are based on expert opinion, user votes and current trends. Find out more.

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Sir David Attenborough films Great Barrier Reef documentary

Sir David Attenborough films Great Barrier Reef documentary | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

The Great Barrier Reef is set to be the subject of a new Sir David Attenborough documentary designed to attract more international visitors to the World Heritage listed area. The legendary English broadcaster and naturalist filmed the documentary on site last year, 60 years after he first visited Earth's biggest coral reef. The three-part series will be aired early next year to an audience of around one billion people in 130 countries, looking at the reef's past, present and future. Tourism Australia provided $1.5 million of funds towards the production costs. Research has shown aquatic experiences to be among the greatest drivers of international visitor demand, specifically to Australia. Currently, the Great Barrier Reef attracts more than 1.9 million visitors a year, contributing $5.6 billion to the economy and supporting 69,000 jobs. Click here to learn more.

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Support for tourist donations to boost Great Barrier Reef

Support for tourist donations to boost Great Barrier Reef | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Researchers have found that overseas tourists would be willing to pay an average of $15 to help improve the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef. In a survey of 3000 tourists conducted by James Cook University researchers, tourists indicated that they would be happy to donate on the condition that they had a positive experience on the Great Barrier Reef. If they were unhappy with the water clarity upon visiting, they were not as willing to pay much to improve it.

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