Month: August 2020

How tourism towns like Victoria Falls can do better on carbon emissions

Tourism, like any other economic sector, contributes to climate change through carbon emissions. The sector has a lot to lose from unsustainable practices, though. And this can have a serious impact on local and national economies and people’s livelihoods.

Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors. It contributes an average of about 10% to global gross domestic product and employs millions of young people and women across the world.

The first global tourism carbon emissions estimate report was released in 2005. Since then, there’s been a growing demand for the industry to reduce its carbon footprint. Tourism contributes about 5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. To address this, the World Travel and Tourism Council has committed to cutting back 50% of its emissions by 2035 relative to 2005 levels.

My study looked at one of Africa’s most famous tourism sites, Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, located

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COVID-19 Bankrupts Trump-Branded Hotel In Vancouver

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Law360 (August 28, 2020, 8:58 PM EDT) —
The operator of a Trump-branded hotel in Vancouver announced Friday that the property’s extended closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic had sent it into insolvency with what it told Canadian authorities was close to CA$4.8 million ($3.66 million) in debt.

In the announcement, the parent company of TA Hotel Management LP, the operator of the Trump International Hotel and Tower, said that it had appointed an insolvency trustee Thursday.

“Its ongoing expenses since the outbreak

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Parks and recreation departments work better as one | Letters To Editor

I have been a professional associated with the public parks and recreation field since my first job out of college in 1982. I have seen and experienced changes in municipal organizational structures in many states. I’ve seen several cities and counties separate parks administration from recreation facility management and programming with the sincere interest of saving money and growing efficiency.

The outcomes I’ve observed? It never really works. Over time the two dependent functions end up diminished or eventually reunited. Why? Parks maintenance and leadership ends up being an ignored stepchild in a public works department. It is never given the seriousness, importance or resources that it needs. Parks uses recreation event planners to successfully host community celebrations.

Recreation facilities and programming depend on the cooperation of their parks brethren to support facility maintenance and special event logistics. Please don’t hamstring an already diminished staff by pulling the departments apart.

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Amistad National Recreation Area reopening weekends and holidays, Labor Day included

After closing on weekends due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Amistad National Recreation Area is reopening seven days a week. Photo: Jerry Lara, San Antonio Express-News / ©2013 San Antonio Express-News

Photo: Jerry Lara, San Antonio Express-News

After closing on weekends due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Amistad National Recreation Area is reopening seven days a week.

The Amistad National Recreation Area is reopening seven days a week after temporarily closing on the weekends due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

The National Park Service announced the opening on Friday, which begins this weekend and includes the Labor Day holiday weekend.

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Though most parts of the park, like boat ramps, hiking rails, campgrounds and day-use spots, are reopening, the Viewpoint Cliffs and Blackbrush Point picnic areas will remain temporarily closed. The park service has these charts detailing which amenities are available to guests.

Amistad National Recreation Area, which is about three hours west

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Editorial: How will tourism return?

Would this be a good time to bring tourists back?

Well, no. The number of dally coronavirus cases are hitting record highs. Oahu is under another strict lockdown. The U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, visiting Hawaii this week, warned that the numbers, both in cases and positivity rates, are likely to go even higher. Lifting the 14-day quarantine on trans-Pacific travel seems ill-advised at the moment.

Meanwhile, though, more sobering news: the July visitor arrival numbers showed a 98% drop from July 2019, a startling figure even in this year of unprecedented tourism decline. June showed a similar drop. The longer this lasts, industry experts say, the more difficult it will be for tourism-related businesses to rebound, if they even survive.

So everyone’s looking for ways out. Last week, Gov. David Ige gave counties permission to explore “resort travel bubbles.” Visitors would still endure a 14-day quarantine, but would do

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Sisolak closely watched Trump event that exceeded crowd size limits

Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak watched closely as a faith-based campaign event for President Donald Trump rolled into a Las Vegas hotel early this month, expecting more people to show up than allowed under a statewide rule meant to control the spread of the coronavirus.

The governor’s office and some members of the City Council wanted it shut down, records show. A city business licensing employee worried that other council members might be resistant to any action.

“Before we go stepping into a political landfill with some of our Council people … I want to be sure that (Planning Director) Robert (Summerfield) is ok with us going over there to even address this,” the employee wrote in an email to other city officials.

Hundreds of pages of city correspondence obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal give a behind-the-scenes view into how city officials enforced the governor’s order. Emails show officials intent

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Winston-Salem recreation director accused of leaving child unattended in car | Crime News

The city’s director of recreation and parks is facing a citation alleging that he left a 5-year-old girl in his car outside a Sam’s Club at night without adult supervision for over 20 minutes, according to court documents. 

William Lenard Royston, 47, and his wife, Saroya Rachelle Roberts, 33, of Old Hollow Road, have both been charged with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. 

Roberts also works for the city.

The citations stem from an incident on Feb. 29. The citations allege that Royston and Roberts neglected a 5-year-old girl by leaving her in their 2019 Hyundai Station Wagon in the parking lot of Sam’s Club off University Parkway for over 20 minutes at night “without an adult present or able to be summoned in case of emergency for over 20 minutes.”

The girl is Roberts’ daughter from a previous marriage, according to divorce papers. 

The citations don’t

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Three groups submit proposals to operate north Lafayette recreation centers | News

Three non-profit agencies have submitted proposals to Lafayette Consolidated Government to operate recreation centers in north Lafayette.

The Acadiana Advocate obtained copies of proposals submitted in response to a request by Mayor-President Josh Guillory for outside entities to operate the centers after he laid off 37 parks and recreation employees and cut funds to the department.

37 parks, recreation workers laid off Friday; LCG cut 138 workers since June

In July, Guillory announced, in order to cut costs, he was closing four recreation and activity centers: the Domingue Recreation Center, Heymann Park Recreation Center, J. Carlton James Activity Center and George Bowles Activity Center. All are located in economically-challenged, minority-dominated neighborhoods. He suggested selling naming rights or public-private partnerships to keep them open and issued a request for proposals

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Cuomo, other governors maintain coronavirus travel rules despite CDC dropping quarantine recommendation

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut extended their 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers coming in from most U.S. states, after the Centers for Disease Control removed their quarantine recommendation for those traveling overseas or out of state during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, after the CDC had updated its guidelines, Cuomo posted a vague tweet about public health decisions without mentioning the CDC.


“Retweet if you think public health decisions should be based on science, NOT politics,” he said.

It is unclear what Cuomo was referring to in this tweet, and his office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for clarification or comment on the CDC’s decision.

The three states currently impose a 14-day self-quarantine requirement on people arriving from 31 U.S. states and territories. Tuesday’s extension removed Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana from the list, but added

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Vancouver’s Trump hotel closes doors for good

a group of people sitting at a train station: The Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver, which closed its doors in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has shut down permanently.

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The Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver, which closed its doors in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has shut down permanently.

Vancouver’s Trump Hotel has permanently closed, citing the pandemic, but it could reopen under another brand.


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The land and building is owned by TA Global Berhad, a multinational Malaysian property company headed by Joo Kim Tiah, which paid to license rights to use the Trump name.

Three of U.S. President Donald Trump’s children — Donald Jr., Eric and Tiffany — were on hand to cut the ribbon at the $360-million complex opened on Feb. 28, 2017.

TA Global said its two of its Canadian subsidiaries, which leased and ran Trump Hotel and Tower Vancouver, are insolvent after the pandemic hobbled the hotel business, with revenue plummeting while expenses continued. The closure of the hotel has left hundreds of hotel employees out of work.

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