The hassles of travel, whether for business or pleasure, can be taxing on the mind and body. So it’s not surprising that many travelers are seeking ways to stay fit and alleviate stress when they check into hotels, even if only for one night.
In the past, finding a place for an early morning workout—often a subterranean gym without windows—might have been enough. But now, the growing focus on health and wellness has given birth to a new generation of travelers who have upped the ante: They’re willing to pay more for upgraded rooms with extra bells and whistles that promise more relaxation and healthier hotel stays.
The National Hurricane Center said Monday that Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm and continuing to intensify. The hurricane is registering maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour.
According to NPR.org, forecasters expect Florence to reach maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour over the next 36 hours. In terms of size, the hurricane measures around 500 miles wide, which will result in a massive landfall area when it is expected to hit Thursday and Friday.
New Zealand Herald
Such excessive growth in tourism has damaged the environment and disturbed residents’ everyday lives, such as by causing traffic congestion. This phenomenon, dubbed “tourism pollution,” has emerged as a worldwide problem, and can also lead to disappointment for visitors.
This year, the resort island of Boracay in the Philippines was swamped by tourists, which caused a rapid acceleration in environmental degradation. The island was forced to deny entry to tourists for up to six months. At a press conference, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat stressed that she had learned that promotion of tourism should not compromise the health of the environment.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
With less snowfall lately at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, tourism officials see an opportunity to stretch the visiting season and bring more revenue to the region.
The less popular North Rim is fully open for less than half the year. It’s only lodge wasn’t built to handle harsh winters, and most employees are hired on a seasonal basis. The water system, with pipes buried just inches below the ground, is susceptible to freezing.
But tourism officials say climate change is on their side as they advocate for a way to extend the North Rim season.