Posted on July 20, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
New route would trace historic Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
The northwestern section of the proposed Denver and Rio Grande Railroad scenic byway designation, ending at Durango, in the top left corner.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Combine 2,000-year-old Native American culture with early Spanish explorers, trappers and mountain men, then add in a dash of railroad lore and a sprinkle of mining legends and you have a perfect recipe for a classic American history tale.
One of those stories played out in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, where the Rockies meet the high desert, and where a long-running advocacy effort may pay off with a scenic byway designation for the historic route of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. The goal of the designation is to preserve and promote some of the last surviving remnants of the historic narrow gauge route that was integral to development of the region’s mining, logging and ranching industries. Continue reading
Filed under: Colorado, tourism, transportation, Travel | Tagged: Colorado, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, National Scenic Byway, scenic byways, Travel | 1 Comment »
Posted on July 7, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Fiji and Qatar get first-ever designation; Mt. Fuji, Mt. Etna also added
Fujisan is one of the newest World Heritage sites. Photo courtesy UNESCO and Policy Planning Office, Minobu Town.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — The fact that the world’s cultural and natural heritage transcends national boundaries is perhaps best reflected each year when UNESCO designates new World Heritage sites, and this year was no exception.
At its recent meeting in Cambodia, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee added volcanoes in Asia and Europe, historic forts in Ukraine and Qatar and a Basque whaling station in Canada.
There was one new area added in North America — El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, with its distinctive dormant volcanic Pinacate Shield of black and red lava flows and desert pavements to the east, and, in the west, the Gran Altar Desert with its ever changing and varied sand dunes that can reach a height of 200 meters. Continue reading
Filed under: Environment, tourism, Travel, world news | Tagged: 2013 world heritage designations, Fujisan, Mt. Etna, Pinacate Peaks, Tourism, Travel, UNESCO | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 11, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Industry trade group touts global market-based carbon cap
The airline industry is seeking a path toward carbon-neutral growth. Bob Berwyn photo.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — The commercial aviation industry is moving closer to adopting a carbon-neutral growth strategy, as the International Air Transport Association last week endorsed the idea of a a single global cap on emissions of international flights to take effect in 2020.
“Airlines are committed to working with governments to build a solid platform for the future sustainable development of aviation,” IATA’s director general and CEO Tony Tyler said after the trade group endorsed a resolution that could lead toward establishment of a market-based mechanism to achieve carbon-neutral growth starting in 2020. Continue reading
Filed under: Environment, global warming, tourism, Travel | Tagged: civil aviation, commercial aviation, global warming, greenhouse gases, IATA, International Air Transport Association, International Civil Aviation Organization, Travel | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 9, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Southern California beaches with pollution controls see increased visits, with benefits to local economy
You gotta love a clean beach! This is near Port. St. Joe, Florida.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Just in time for the summer season, with millions of people streaming to beaches around the world, a new study shows that cleaning up pollution can pay off in a big way for seaside communities.
The research zeroed in on Southern California, showing that beaches with storm drain diversion systems attract millions more people annually, leading the researchers to the conclusion that improving the environmental quality of coastal areas through policy intervention had an effect on the way people use coastal areas.
The results of the study, published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, showed a direct correlation between increased attendance and the installation of storm drain diversions at 26 beaches in Santa Monica Bay and Malibu. Continue reading
Filed under: Environment, ocean conservation, tourism, water | Tagged: beaches, Duke University, Environment, pollution controls, Santa Monica Bay | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 18, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Tourists from Asia exploring Hallstatt, Austria.
Travel and tourism a key driver in world economy
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The global tourism economy hummed along at a record pace in 2012, growing by 4 percent and generating a total of $1.3 trillion when international passenger transit revenues are included in the equation.
“It is encouraging to see that the growth in international tourist arrivals was equalled by a comparable increase in spending in spite of continued economic challenges,” said United Nations World Tourism Organization secretary-general Taleb Rifai. “Considering that tourism is a key export for many economies around the world, this result is good news as it provides foreign reserves to destinations, and contributes to job creation in tourism as well as in related economic sectors,” he added.
By regions, the Americas recorded the largest increase in receipts, plus 7 percent, followed by Asia and the Pacific ( plus 6 percent), Africa ( plus 5 percent) and Europe (plus 2 percent). Receipts in the Middle East were down about 2 percent but improving compared to the double-digit decline recorded in 2011. Continue reading
Filed under: tourism, transportation, Travel | Tagged: Taleb Rifai, Tourism, Travel, world economy, World Tourism Organization | 1 Comment »
Posted on May 10, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
National Park Service touts expanded parking, better visitor service
The Bright Angel trailhead at the Grand Canyon has had a big makeover, with more parking and an expanded seating area.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — One of the most storied trails in the country has seen a partial makeover, and the National Park Service will celebrate the new look of Grand Canyon National Park’s Bright Angel Trail with a May 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The renovation encompasses a 3.5 acre area at and surrounding the Bright Angel Trailhead. The work focused on creating an accessible and comfortable area for visitors that complements existing historic buildings including the Bright Angel Lodge and Rim Cabins designed by Grand Canyon architect Mary E. J. Colter.
With little work on the trailhead in the past 100 years, the National Park Service said visitors were having a hard time finding the trailhead, and there was no convenient or comfortable place for people to sit to either enjoy the view or prepare for hikes. The renovation will greatly improve conditions at and around the trailhead, providing a much better experience for park visitors. Continue reading
Filed under: hiking, national parks, public lands, recreation, tourism, Travel | Tagged: Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, National Park Service, public lands, Tourism, Travel | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 26, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The U.S. Senate wants to keep air traffic moving.
Budget shuffle could enable FAA to avoid furloughs
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — With the busy summer travel season already winding up, the U.S. Senate acted to try and prevent more delays at U.S. Airports. The bipartisan deal to give the FAA more budget flexibility was led by Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).
The Reducing Flight Delays Act gives the U.S. Secretary of Transportation the flexibility to transfer discretionary funds into the FAA’s operations budget to prevent essential employees, such as air traffic controllers, from being furloughed. Continue reading
Filed under: tourism, transportation, Travel | Tagged: air travel, airport delays, business travel, Federal Aviation Administration, Mark Udall, Susan Collins, Tourism, transportation, Travel | Leave a comment »