Parallel parking in Germany vs. France.
Published on Feb 2, 2013
Brazilian graffiti artist, Toz, is painting a giant mural in Rio de Janeiro’s port region, as the area gears up for the 2016 Olympics.
A giant and colorful mural is bringing a bit of life to Rio de Janeiro’s poor port region. The area is being renewed for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The vibrant artwork is courtesy of Brazilian graffiti artist Toz who, together with his friends, is filling the 98-foot tall mural with bright colors and random caricatures.
The artwork is already the biggest of its kind in the city, and was commissioned by Lojas Americanas and B2W, two of the biggest brands in Brazil, which own the building where the mural is being painted.
[Toz, Brazilian Graffiti Artist]:
“My vision was to design something where there was enough space for my artist friends to showcase their work and also for me expose my work. That’s why I had this idea of these triangles, as if they were small windows into different worlds and ideas.”
To fill the space, Toz and eight other artists have used 1500 cans of spray paint so far.
Rio still has some way to go to catch up to other world cities, such as London and Berlin, when it comes to street art, but Toz believes the talent and the spaces are there.
[Toz, Brazilian Graffiti Artist]:
“Graffiti was born in those areas—the more distant and neglected areas—and today here we are, painting the side of a building, so I think not just here, but in any place which is destroyed and neglected is a perfect place for graffiti artists.”
For the people who work and live in the area, the colorful mural is a pleasant addition to the bleak surroundings.
[Carlos Magno, Construction Worker]:
“It used to be an ugly building, but now it can even become a tourist attraction, I think it’s cool.”
Rio de Janeiro’s port region will be one of the focal points of the 2016 Olympic Games.
City servants are investing millions of real (pronounced re-Al) in new transport links, road works and new housing, to accommodate the thousands of visitors expected during the summer of 2016.
Mexico: From “Drug-Fueled War Zone” to “Well-Traveled International Tourist Destination” – This video has no official description. It’s a PR firm describing their campaign to reinvigorate Mexican tourism.
Uploaded by HDNetWorldReport on Sep 16, 2011
Many tourists no longer want to visit Mexico because of drug violence. It might be time to cross another nearby country (Guatemala) off the list, because Mexicoapos;s ruthless cartels are going international.
Published on Sep 10, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish
Northern Mexico’s Copper Canyon is considered one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. But the site also right in the middle of Mexico’s drug-growing heartland, so it is struggling to attract tourists.
Al Jazeera’s Adam Raney travelled to the canyon in the state of Chihuahua to see what it offers for those prepared to make the trip.
Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on Jul 12, 2011
Mexico’s once buoyant tourism industry is being weighed downby the country’s ongoing drug war. Al Jazeera’s Adam Raney reports from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Uploaded by CBS on Feb 21, 2011
As the deadly drug war in Mexico continues, new violence is spreading towards popular tourist areas. Terry McCarthy reports on conditions in Acapulco, a new battleground between rival drug cartels.
Uploaded by ANewsVanIsland on Jan 20, 2011
OAK BAY – The phones are ringing at Oak Bay’s Athlone Travel – the first few weeks of 2011 have been busy. But bookings to Mexico are down, and clients are asking questions. “They’re Concerned about the violence, if they go to Mexico are they in any danger” says Manager Liz Smith.
And you can see where skittish travellers may be getting that idea.
On Monday, 69-year-old Mike Di Lorenzo of Penticton was hit in the leg by gunfire meant for someone else in Mazatlan. He needed surgery and two blood transfusions, and likely saved his wife’s life by diving on top of her.
Earlier this month, a Montreal police officer got separated from his friends at a bar in Cancun and was severely beaten. A woman from Ontario claims was gang-raped by police in Playa del Carmen on New Year’s eve.
And in November, 33-year-old Nanaimo Realtor, father, and newlywed Malcolm Johnson was killed in a freak gas explosion at the Grand Riviera Hotel along with four other Canadians.
Royal Roads University “Human Security” expert Kenneth Christie just returned from Mexico, where he says a drug war has taken more than 30,000 lives over the past four years. But most of the violence is taking place far from your favourite all-inclusive resort. “I think tourists should be careful when they go to Mexico, stay away obviously from where the drug war is taking place, but in most of the resorts they’re pretty safe” says Christie.
He says the BC man injured this week was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. “Mazatlan’s been a very safe place for Canadian tourists to go.”
Liz Smith at Athlone Travel agrees, suggesting you stick to the familiar resort destinations to stay safe. “It’s like all the people that go on airplanes every day, millions of people around the world travel by air, and when there’s an accident, everyone stops to think about it, and I think that’s what’s happening here.”
For some Canadians, it appears the issue of whether or not Mexico is safe isn’t an issue at all. One viewer comments online: “Please don’t go to Mexico, way too dangerous. In fact, don’t go anywhere. Just stay home and hide under your bed, where it’s safe.”
He does make a good point – there are risks involved in doing just about anything.
Uploaded by AssociatedPress on Nov 4, 2010
In another grisly turn in Mexico’s drug war, police have recovered 18 bodies from a mass grave announced in a YouTube posting, a video saying the victims were from a tourist group kidnapped in Acapulco a month ago.
Uploaded by PBSNewsHour on Sep 15, 2010
A drop in tourism and manufacturing has left the Mexican state Baja, California, with a struggling economy. Jose Luis Sierra of New America Media reports on how the drug war and recession have played a role.
Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on Sep 1, 2010
At least eight people have been killed in a fire bomb attack on a bar in the Mexican tourist town of Cancun.
Local reports said the attack was carried out by a drug cartel which was trying to extort protection money from the bar owner.
It has heightened fears that drug-related violence is spreading to tourist towns.
Al Jazeera’s Franc Contreras reports from Cancun.
Uploaded by catoinstitutevideo on May 5, 2010
Juan Carlos Hidalgo of the Cato Institute on how the country’s drug problems are impacting tourism.
Uploaded by worldfocusonline on Mar 5, 2009
In Tijuana, a once-thriving city just across the border from San Diego, the increasingly deadly drug war has touched almost every part of life.
Americans used to flock to the city, but now largely avoid it. In 2005, a banner year for tourism, some four million people visited Tijuana. Last year, the number dropped to around 400,000. Residents, too, are fleeing in fear.
Worldfocus correspondent John Larson, producer Bryan Myers and field producers Megan Thompson and Ivette Feliciano explore Tijuana, beginning in a hospital that not only treats the victims of drug violence, but that operates in fear that its own people will get caught in the battle.
Published on Nov 21, 2012 by NationalGeographic
The post-Katrina drug culture of New Orleans is revealed.
Published on Sep 13, 2012 by itnnews
Guests literally descended on a newly opened restaurant in Finland, where the meal is served 80 metres below ground. Report by Andrea Lilly.
Published on Aug 6, 2012 by VOAvideo
Not so long ago, Americans and Japanese tourists were the big spenders in France. No longer. During these summer months, France’s tourism industry is courting new clients with major purchasing power: Chinese. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports that now the French are heading back to the classroom… to learn Chinese.
Feb 10, 2012
From the $250mn purchase of Cezanne’s The Card Players to investment in Takashi Murakami’s Ego exhibit – first in Versailles and now Doha – Qatar’s elite are spending hundreds of millions of in making the country a world-class destination.
The New York subway system is one of the largest in the world, ferrying nearly eight and a half million people around the city every week. Riders find more than transportation below the streets; amid the dirt and the grime and the screech of the trains, there is also music. The subway system is like a free concert hall, offering almost every kind of music, from West African kora to American bluegrass to Vietnamese string instruments and Mexican mariachi bands.
Feb 10, 2012
Deborah Acosta discusses how Miami keeps ranking at the bottom of the barrel on recent national lists, including most miserable, and vainest city in the US.
While this city embraces its cowboy stereotype, there’s much more to see deep in the heart of Texas.
In the past, North Goa has been seeing a remarkable increase in the number of drug-related fatalities. For tourists who are hooked or keep coming back for more, St Anthony Hospital becomes a sanctuary, as it is the only hospital along Anjuna’s coastal stretch.
Part of the negative economic impact of a government shutdown.
It is a busy time of year here in the U.S. capital, a time when visitors from around the world come to Washington to see the sights, visit the city’s many national museums and attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival. But something ominous is hanging over Washington and the tourist trade. VOA’s Jeff Swicord tells us about it.
Sexual abuse and other crimes go largely ignored on cruise ships.
Karl stops into a Chinese public restroom and is shocked to find no doors on any of the toilets!