A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii’s Big Island has gotten more hazardous, sending rivers of molten rock pouring into the ocean Sunday and launching lava skyward that caused the first major injury.
Kilauea volcano began erupting more than two weeks ago and has burned dozens of homes, forced thousands of people to flee and shot up ash clouds from its summit that led officials to distribute face masks.
The Florida Keys is still recovering after last year’s Hurricane Irma.
The storm brought torrential rains, 130 mile per hour winds, and knocked down boat slips and buildings in its path. Weddings were postponed and so were dreams of vacationing in a place where Hawaiian shirts and shorts are considered perfectly acceptable “semi-formal” attire.
Even so, I’m happy to say that the island I grew up on (Tavernier and Islamorada, specifically) is back in business and magical as ever. Summer is off-season and I can bet renovated hotels will be offering plenty of discounted rates and special packages in order to revive tourism in the Keys.
Alaska Airlines passengers will soon notice something different when they order in-flight cocktails or coffees.
No, the airline’s not changing a crucial ingredient. But those plastic stirring sticks? They’re about to go the way of paper tickets and empty middle seats.
Alaska Airlines will phase out plastic stirring sticks in favor of compostable versions made of white birch. Citrus picks will switch from plastic to bamboo.
From 1995 to 2012, the annual number of tourists going to Japan increased from 3.3 million to 8.4 million, a growth rate of about 6% each year.
And then, the deluge.
In its most recent report, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that about 28.7 million tourists visited Japan in 2017. This increase, a change of more than 20 million over just five years, is the largest ever recorded by the organization, which keeps statistics going back to 1995. The UNWTO considers any overnight stay by a foreigner a tourist visit.