Articles tagged “national parks”

Merely the Normal Airport Hassles Should Be Back Soon Post-Shutdown

Merely the Normal Airport Hassles Should Be Back Soon Post-Shutdown

Associated Press

TSA workers, who called out sick because they couldn't afford to commute to work or had to moonlight to pay for groceries, rent or mortgages because of the U.S. government shutdown, should get back to work, and feel a lot happier about it, this weekend or early next week.

3 months ago

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Government Shutdown Puts Agents on Edge

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Government Shutdown Puts Agents on Edge

Maria Lenhart, Skift

While the government shutdown had not yet had a serious impact on leisure travel business as of last week, many travel advisors became increasingly concerned about what a prolonged shutdown could mean.

3 months ago

Travelers Not Yet Deterred by Shutdown But Agent Concerns Grow

Travelers Not Yet Deterred by Shutdown But Agent Concerns Grow

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The government shutdown is not yet a big problem for travel advisors and their clients, but it could become one if it doesn’t end soon. Airport security concerns and national park travel, which picks up in the spring, could become major issues.

3 months ago

Government Shutdown Leads to Closure of Joshua Tree National Park

Government Shutdown Leads to Closure of Joshua Tree National Park

Associated Press

Even with park supporters and local community members volunteering their services, the government shutdown is taking a big toll on some national parks.

4 months ago

A Turnaround at Rwanda’s Oldest National Park Is a Model for Tourism

A Turnaround at Rwanda’s Oldest National Park Is a Model for Tourism

Pauline Bax, Bloomberg

Tourists pay up to $1,300 a night for steak and luxury suites in a national park full of wildlife that, merely a decade ago, seemed unsalvageable because of poachers. The turnaround by a nonprofit is a compelling example of creative problem-solving for national parks across Africa and the world.

4 months ago

Shutdown’s Toll on Travel Mounts With No End in Sight

Shutdown’s Toll on Travel Mounts With No End in Sight

Hannah Sampson, Skift

There's no telling when this shutdown will end — especially since President Donald Trump mentioned "months and even years" on Friday — so the travel industry may need to prepare for a long-term impact.

4 months ago

Montana Benefited From $3.2 Billion in Visitor Spending in 2017

Montana Benefited From $3.2 Billion in Visitor Spending in 2017

Associated Press

Some backstory: Montana has benefited from $580 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which improves access to fishing, hunting, and hiking sites across the state. But the Trump Administration's 2019 federal budget has proposed slashing that to less than $8 million, which might crimp Montana's recent, tourism-based economic growth.

6 months ago

U.S. Interior Secretary Expected to Extend Mining Ban Near Yellowstone

U.S. Interior Secretary Expected to Extend Mining Ban Near Yellowstone

Matthew Brown, Associated Press

What should be an easy call to ban mining near a great natural and national wonder, Yellowstone National Park, has become a melodrama in the current political climate. An extension of the ban appears to be in the works, but it ain't over until it's over, as a wise person once said.

7 months ago

Air Pollution Could Be Keeping Visitors Away From Some U.S. National Parks

Air Pollution Could Be Keeping Visitors Away From Some U.S. National Parks

Matthew Brown, Associated Press

U.S. national parks are supposed to showcase America's natural wonders, so it's no surprise that visitors would stay away on days when the air might be full of pollution. Given the current administration's eagerness to roll back environmental regulations, we don't see this problem being fixed anytime soon.

9 months ago

More Black Travelers Hit the Great Outdoors as Camping Activity Jumps

More Black Travelers Hit the Great Outdoors as Camping Activity Jumps

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Black outdoor enthusiasts are camping, hiking, rock climbing, and RVing in greater numbers. But it’s not because white America, which dominates the sector, reached out. Black America made it happen.

10 months ago

How Driving Defines Us: The Future of American Road Trips

How Driving Defines Us: The Future of American Road Trips

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Road trips in the United States are statistically on the rise due to both economic and cultural factors. These vacations have incredible potential to reflect what's simmering beneath the surface of contemporary America.

11 months ago

New Mexico Official Wants to Make White Sands a National Park in Push for More Tourists

New Mexico Official Wants to Make White Sands a National Park in Push for More Tourists

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The Trump administration has been in the business lately of wanting to shrink federal lands and national parks rather than increase them. The White Sands bid might be a long shot for the foreseeable future.

12 months ago