Articles tagged “national parks”

3 More National Parks Close as Coronavirus Precautions Grow

3 More National Parks Close as Coronavirus Precautions Grow

Brady McCombs, Associated Press

Even in the wide open spaces of national parks, people are at risk. Smart decision to close another three of these national treaures.

5 months ago

Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre Site Confronts U.S. History of Racial Violence

Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre Site Confronts U.S. History of Racial Violence

Russell Contreras, Associated Press

With these historic sites, the tourism industry can orient itself toward truth and reconciliation in a country where there is no such federal effort.

6 months ago

National Parks Push Forward on Plastic Limits Despite Political Tussles

National Parks Push Forward on Plastic Limits Despite Political Tussles

Micheline Maynard, Skift

President Trump rolled back the Obama administration's limits on plastic bottles in national parks. But park advocates are confusing their efforts to reduce plastics on recreational land.

8 months ago

Travel Advisors See U.S. Domestic Tourism Evolving Amid Inbound Woes

Travel Advisors See U.S. Domestic Tourism Evolving Amid Inbound Woes

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Domestic leisure travel among Americans appears to be getting stronger, helping to offset declining growth in international visitors to the U.S. It's also growing in new directions, with glamping and cultural tours especially popular.

1 year ago

U.S. Attractions Fail to Satisfy Minority Visitors

U.S. Attractions Fail to Satisfy Minority Visitors

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

U.S. attractions could do a much better job of serving travelers of color. It's not just a matter of marketing and content curation but hiring practices as well.

1 year ago

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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years ago