Articles tagged “national parks”

Denali National Park’s First Luxury Hotel Is a Win For Alaska Tourism

Denali National Park’s First Luxury Hotel Is a Win For Alaska Tourism

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

The new hotel will be another incentive for luxury-minded travelers to visit Denali and Alaska. But the pledge to protect the region and not overdevelop it is also a positive result of the project.

1 week ago

Trump Budget Would Fund National Park Maintenance With Drilling Fees

Trump Budget Would Fund National Park Maintenance With Drilling Fees

Dan Peltier, Skift

If Interior Secretary Zinke really wanted to score some points for trying to address the National Park Service's maintenance backlog, he wouldn't make it contingent upon helping the oil industry and big business.

2 weeks ago

Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon Get Funds to Stay Open During U.S. Government Shutdown

Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon Get Funds to Stay Open During U.S. Government Shutdown

Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg

U.S. National Parks lost more than $414 million in visitor spending the last time the federal government shut down in 2013. States that have their acts together better than Washington lawmakers are determined to not make the same mistake again.

1 month ago

How U.S. Travel Is Impacted by the Government Shutdown

How U.S. Travel Is Impacted by the Government Shutdown

Christopher Flavelle , Bloomberg

The impact won't be drastic in the first few days, but the longer the U.S. government shutdown lasts, the more severe the consequences will be for the U.S. travel industry and visitors. In Washington, D.C., the inmates are running the asylum.

1 month ago

U.S. National Park Service in Crisis Mode as Most Advisory Board Members Quit

U.S. National Park Service in Crisis Mode as Most Advisory Board Members Quit

Dan Peltier, Skift

Interior Secretary Zinke said last year that 30 percent of the park service's employees were "disloyal to the flag." Employees, as well as the national parks and monuments themselves, have become political pawns. The advisory board members who resigned were tired of serving as cover for an Interior Secretary who wouldn't mind chopping down the forest.

1 month ago

U.S. National Park Service Wants to Raise Fees to Counter Its Massive Maintenance Backlog

U.S. National Park Service Wants to Raise Fees to Counter Its Massive Maintenance Backlog

Mead Gruver, Associated Press

The Park Service created its maintenance backlog over many years and now it's looking for a quick fix in charging entrance fees that likely won't be enough.

2 months ago

Record Visitation Prompts Overtourism Fears at Zion National Park

Record Visitation Prompts Overtourism Fears at Zion National Park

Associated Press

Private vehicles would pay $70 to enter Utah's Zion National Park during peak months if the government adopts a new plan. Setting higher fees may help check unfettered tourism, which can take a toll on the land.

3 months ago

Why U.S. National Monuments Have Become Politically Divisive

Why U.S. National Monuments Have Become Politically Divisive

John Flesher, Associated Press

The Trump administration wants to carve up National monuments for exploitation by private interests, defying a century of tradition.

3 months ago

Tennessee Town Anticipates Tourism Rebound a Year After Wildfires

Tennessee Town Anticipates Tourism Rebound a Year After Wildfires

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press

New renovations at a resort park have opened a year after tinderbox conditions and sharp winds created a firestorm in the surrounding parts of eastern Tennessee. But the southeastern U.S. must heed the warning from the National Parks Service that wildfires may be "a new normal."

3 months ago

Trump Expected to Announce Plans to Shrink National Monuments in Utah

Trump Expected to Announce Plans to Shrink National Monuments in Utah

Catherine Lucey and Ken Thomas, Associated Press

President Donald Trump hopes to shrink two national monuments in the southwestern U.S. by as much as 90 percent. But expect the issue to head to the courts, as a poorly written law makes it unclear what powers a president has for protecting lands against development.

3 months ago

National Parks Fee Hike Could Decrease Tourism Spending in Local Communities

National Parks Fee Hike Could Decrease Tourism Spending in Local Communities

Associated Press

In the realm of unintended consequences, increased fees at U.S. national parks would decrease visitations, which might not be a terrible thing to combat overtourism. However, local communities around Yellowstone and other parks could feel the pinch of decreased spending.

3 months ago

Yellowstone Regional Tourism Faces Mining Threat

Yellowstone Regional Tourism Faces Mining Threat

Matthew Brown, Associated Press

The debate over public lands isn't cooling down and those who operate resorts and attractions near Yellowstone are justifiably concerned about these mines. Regarding tourism, natural beauty is what Montana brings to the table.

3 months ago