Posts Tagged ‘tourism’

Space Tourism

April 19, 2021

Why hasn’t space tourism taken off? The Guardian explains.

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Rural Resort Towns: ‘Seasonal People Stay Away’

April 6, 2020

Wealthy Americans are leaving Coronavirus-ravaged U.S, cities for their second homes in coastal and ski resorts. Year-round residents of these rural areas are concerned that these rich refugees have brought COVID-19 with them and will overwhelm local grocery stores, pharmacies, and the limited medical resources of their small towns.

More:

“This Pandemic Is Not Your Vacation,” Anne Helen Petersen, BuzzFeed News

“Locals are petitioning to close the bridges into Cape Cod to keep out the influx of second-homeowners fleeing the coronavirus,” Dominic-Madori Davis, Business Insider

“‘We should blow up the bridges’ — coronavirus leads to class warfare in Hamptons,” Maureen Callahan, New York Post

“A plea from rural America: Urban covid-19 refugees, please stay home,” David Yamamoto, Washington Post

“Luxury resorts face coronavirus crisis as the 1% flee cities for holiday hideaways,” Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

“In Epidemics, the Wealthy Have Always Fled,” Allison C. Meier, JSTOR Daily

Updates:

“New York man fleeing pandemic pays almost $2m to rent Hamptons hideout,” Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian

“Private jet full of super-rich holidaymakers is sent back to London after the group landed in France and tried to get to their villa by helicopter during coronavirus lockdown,” Peter Allen, Daily Mail

“Where the Very Rich Fly to Hide,” Justin Farrell, New York Times

“Tourist Towns Ban Short-Term Rentals to Prevent Virus Spread,” Andrea Noble, Route Fifty

“Vacation Mecca Wants Visitors to Stay Away — For Now,” Bruce DePuyt, Maryland Matter

“Weekending in an Emergency,” Robert Rubsam, The Baffler

“‘It’s beyond frustrating’: tensions peak as Hawaii locals urge tourists to stay out,” Nick Pachelli, The Guardian

“Billionaires’ compound with its own coronavirus testing center stokes anger on the French Riviera,” Dana Thomas, Washington Post

“Eastward, Ho! Even Art Is Leaving for the Hamptons,” Ted Loos, New York Times

Related:

“When It’s This Easy at the Top, It’s Harder for Everyone Else,” Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times

“Why the Wealthy Fear Pandemics,” Walter Scheidel, New York Times

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Owners of Noah’s Ark Sue Over Rain Damage

June 10, 2019

Owners of Noah's Ark Sue Over Rain Damage

The owners of Noah’s Ark have sued their insurance company over rain damage. It didn’t happen on Mount Ararat, but in Kentucky, off Interstate 75, on State Route 36 in Williamstown.

Ark Encounter, a Bible-themed tourist attraction, was partially funded by state economic development dollars because, First Amendment be damned, Biblical Literalism is the state religion of Kentucky. It took 2 years of heavy rain, not forty days and forty nights, to damage a publicly-funded access road, and the park’s insurance provider says that’s not covered. As election time nears, we predict political, not divine, intervention.

Note to nonbelievers: Kentucky’s major tourism attractions are horses, bourbon, music, arts, the outdoors and food, not big Biblical boats with dinosaurs.

More:

“Ark Encounter: State-Subsidized Religious Tourism in Kentucky,” NotionsCapital.com

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Elvis & Corporate Welfare

April 18, 2019

The dirt-poor city of Memphis is giving tax breaks to Graceland.

“So why, you might ask, is a city that regularly ranks among the nation’s poorest giving several hundred million dollars in tax breaks to a long-dead rock star’s house museum where the cheapest ticket costs $41?”

— “This Has to Be One of the Most Ridiculous Corporate Welfare Deals in Quite Some Time,” Henry Grabar, Slate

 

Video: “Money Honey,” written by Jesse Stone, recorded by Elvis Presley, 1956.

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2 Weeks In Orlando

July 23, 2018

Illustrator Matthew Armitage visits Florida.

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Ark Encounter: State-Subsidized Religious Tourism in Kentucky

August 8, 2016

Ark encounter: State-Subsidized Religoius Tourism in Kentucky

Noah’s Ark may have landed on Mount Ararat, but you can see it in Kentucky off Interstate 75, on State Route 36 in Williamstown. Answers In Genesis, the outfit behind the Creation(ism) Museum, has built a 510-foot-long biblical boat as a tourist attraction, Ark Encounter ($40 admission, $10 parking).  The wooden hull is stocked with pairs of animals said to be on the Ark, including dinosaurs (from the Book of Flintstones?). There’s also a zoo, but don’t expect any dinosaurs there.

Ark Encounter opened on July 7th and was built at a cost $102 million. Of that, $62 million was raised from Industrial Development Bonds issued by the City of Williamstown. The Kentucky state government granted Ark Encounter $18 million in tax incentives and is building a new $10 million highway interchange for the new Christian theme park.

The rationale for granting this public largesse for religious evangelism is that the big boat will stimulate the tourist economy and create jobs. Want to apply for those jobs? You’ll have to sign a statement of faith in Genesis and Jesus Christ, disavowing homosexuality, same-sex marriage and premarital sex. Somehow, Federal Judge Greg Van Tatenhove (alumnus of Christian Asbury University) has ruled that this is all constitutional and isn’t state sponsorship of religion. It seems Ark Encounter is a secular outfit when it gets public funding and tax breaks, but a religious organization when it hires employees. Glory be, it’s a miracle!

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2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 28, 2016

2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back in Washington DC, June 29th to July 4th and July 7th to July 10th. You’ll find it on the National Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets, north of the National Air and Space Museum. The free festival features Basque culture of the Old World and the Americas (music, dance, craft and foodways), music of California, and the cultural impact of Immigration.

The festival schedule is here. See you on the line at the food concessions.

Festival map. Festival blog.

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WiFi on Mount Fuji

July 8, 2015

WiFi on Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, Fujisan, is one of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains,” a place of ancient shrines, a designated national Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty. UNESCO added Mt. Fuji to the World Heritage List, noting it had “inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries.”  The tallest peak in Japan, a volcano, the distinctive mountain has long been a place to contemplate the wonders of nature.

All Mt. Fuji needed was decent digital connectivity. That’s why NTT Docomo collaborated with Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures to offer free Wi-Fi hotspots on Fujisan from July 10th to September 10th. We mark the occasion in haiku:

Climbed the rocky slope
Clutching my iPad tightly
Opened your email

More:

“Climbers to get free Wi-Fi on Mount Fuji,” Kohei Watanabe, Asahi Shimbun

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UFO Welcome Center in Bowman, South Carolina

April 7, 2013

UFO Welcome Center in Bowman, South Carolina

Flying saucers zoomed through the skies of the 1950s and 1960s. Why the lack of recent UFO sightings? Some observers say it’s due to the end of the Cold War, but South Carolina’s Jody Pendarvis blames it on the shocking lack of travel amenities for space aliens. That’s why he built a UFO Welcome Center next to his house trailer.

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Buddhaland

January 11, 2013

Buddhaland

In 623 BC Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in Lumbini, southern Nepal. A holy site, it has long been a place of pilgrimage, and Emperor Ashoka built a commemorative pillar there in 249 BC. In 2013 AD, an international consortium has plans to make Lumbini an amusement park, Buddhaland.

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