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Maps of Tourist Pictures Shows Role of Parks

Tourist photos (red) are greatly concentrated in Central Park in New York City. (Assumed non-tourist photos are in blue.) Source: Eric Fischer Flickr Feed.

Mapping-extraordinaire Eric Fischer has mapped the pictures taken by local residents versus tourists, and the results reinforce the belief that parks can be major contributors to a city’s tourism.

A look through the maps of 60 different cities shows concentrations of web-posted tourist pictures in parks and key public spaces (tourist pictures are in red, residents in blue). The map of New York City appears to show Central Park as the dominant visitor attraction. In Chicago, Millennium Park is a huge draw, in Paris the boulevards and Jardin du Luxembourg, in Berlin the Tiergarten, in Austin, Tex. Zilker Park and Barton Springs and in Oslo the Frognerparken.

We’ve written before on how parks can be a travel destination and be real drivers of economic value from visitor spending. And we’ve outlined this as one of seven economic benefits parks bring to cities. For cities looking to draw in outsiders, a quality public realm may do more than any convention center or expensive museum.

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