Air Pollution Could Be Keeping Visitors Away From Some U.S. National Parks

Ross D. Franklin

A new study concludes visitors may be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting their visits short because of pollution. Pictured is a Sept. 4, 2011 file photo of the main plant facility at the Navajo Generating Station northeast of Grand Canyon National Park as seen from Lake Powell in Page, Ariz. Ross D. Franklin

Skift Take: 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.

— Dan Peltier

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Tourism Boards Fund Event Security and 6 Other Tourism Trends This Week


Nashville is shown in this photo from September 2016. The Nashville tourism board became the latest organization to offer grants to its city police department to ensure the safety of tourists. dconvertini

Skift Take: This week in tourism, event security gets financial support from local tourism boards, and we question whether some luxury experiences are guilty of cultural appropriation.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Scenic Coastal Highway Reopens in California After Last Year’s Landslide

Joe Johnston

Crews work to finish up a massive seawall at the base of the Mud Creek Slide alon Highway 1 on the coast of Big Sur, California. Joe Johnston

Skift Take: Although the local community in Big Sur managed to make the best of a potential tourism disaster, it’s good to know that things are finally back to normal following last May’s devastating landslide.

— Deanna Ting

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