Articles tagged “pollution”

Asia’s Persistent Pollution Problems Weigh on Tourism Opportunities

Asia’s Persistent Pollution Problems Weigh on Tourism Opportunities

Raini Hamdi, Skift

If China can make good progress to reduce pollution levels, why can't other Asian countries do it? Makes us sick — pun intended — just thinking about it.

1 month ago

Airlines Pollution Levels Are Going Through the Stratosphere

Airlines Pollution Levels Are Going Through the Stratosphere

William Wilkes, Bloomberg

It's the travel industry's dirty secret. Hundreds of millions of new passengers are coming, and there’s no solution to pollution or carbon emissions in sight.

3 months ago

Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Bangkok needs more than rainmakers to be treated seriously as the world’s top city destination, and to be a strong contender for medical tourists. Here’s what's choking the city and why it’s unhealthy for tourism.

4 months ago

Hybrid Solutions for Cruise Ships Are Gaining Steam

Hybrid Solutions for Cruise Ships Are Gaining Steam

Áine Quinn, Bloomberg

It's good news in the fight against climate disruption. Cruise ships, which devour fossil fuels, may someday shift some of their power needs to rechargeable battery power, trimming carbon emissions along the way.

9 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.

10 months ago

China Pushes Drivers Toward Electric Vehicles out of Necessity

China Pushes Drivers Toward Electric Vehicles out of Necessity

Bloomberg

Consumer behavior is slow to evolve with pricey goods, but China is successfully forcing some change. Over time, with enough familiarity and charging stations, many may love their electric vehicles and start taking them on longer leisure trips.

1 year ago

Rising Air Pollution Threatens Thailand’s Soaring Visitation

Rising Air Pollution Threatens Thailand’s Soaring Visitation

Supunnabul Suwannakij and Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

Some tourists these days may care less about the health risk posed by intense air pollution than a trip's Instagram photo worthiness that might get ruined by smog.

1 year ago

United Airlines Suspends Flights to New Delhi Because of Toxic Smog

United Airlines Suspends Flights to New Delhi Because of Toxic Smog

Divya Patil, Bloomberg

The air quality in New Delhi isn't acceptable for United employees, passengers or Indians. United doesn't want any part of this and smartly suspended its flights until the smog lifts.

2 years ago

Paris Intends to Ban Gas-Powered Cars by 2030

Paris Intends to Ban Gas-Powered Cars by 2030

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press

Perhaps by 2030, a ban of gas-powered cars wouldn't be as controversial an issue as it appears today. After all, by then, all vehicles will be battery-powered and driverless, right?

2 years ago

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Although new measures and a 2022 date with the Winter Olympics may help clear the air, for now, Beijing’s hospitality industry has little choice but to address the situation – and hope guests order room service.

2 years ago

Carnival’s Princess Cruises Will Pay a Record $40 Million for Pollution and Cover-Up

Carnival’s Princess Cruises Will Pay a Record $40 Million for Pollution and Cover-Up

Susan Heavey, Reuters

Cruise lines talk a lot these days about their efforts to be more friendly to the environment. This criminal case involving Princess Cruises shows that lip service is meaningless without action.

2 years ago

The Travel Industry Would Rather Not Talk About Sustainability

The Travel Industry Would Rather Not Talk About Sustainability

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It's a shame that the travel industry hasn't taken a leadership role in limiting global pollution. The least companies can do is accurately report their pollution, and barely any even do that.

3 years ago