For Denali area tour operators, canceled season means economic uncertainty, fewer dog cuddles

first_imgCoronavirus | Interior | TourismFor Denali area tour operators, canceled season means economic uncertainty, fewer dog cuddlesSeptember 15, 2020 by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks Share:A couple of tourists cuddle husky pups during their visit to Husky Homestead, which informs visitors of Alaska’s sled-dog tradition. (Courtesy of Husky Homestead)As this summer’s tourism season winds down, Denali Borough officials and business persons are assessing the economic impact of the sharp, pandemic-driven decline in visitors to Denali National Park. The downturn has been especially painful for communities that are heavily dependent on the tourism industry, like those in the Denali Borough.Among the dozens of businesses outside of Denali National Park and Preserve is the Husky Homestead. General Manager Carrie Skinner says it’s a popular tourist attraction that gives visitors a chance to learn about sled dogs up close and personal, starting with little fuzzy husky pups.“Guests come and get to hold a puppy, when they arrive,” she said, “and then the first portion of our presentation is about the Alaskan husky sled dog. We share people how we name them, train them, raise them …”Skinner says the Husky Homestead had its best season ever last year, with more than 21,000 customers. But this season, that number fell to just over a thousand — a drop-off of some 95%.“We never could’ve seen COVID coming, and what kinds of impacts it would have on the travel industry worldwide,” she said. “I mean, it’s pretty much decimated it.”Skinner also serves as the Denali Chamber of Commerce’s board president, and she says the downturn has been hard on both tourism businesses and those that depend on the economic activity the industry generates locally. She says most of this summer’s missing tourists were those who would’ve come to the national park in buses or trains as part of package tours offered by cruise companies.“We are heavily dependent on visitors who are coming up on the cruise ships,” she said.Borough Mayor Clay Walker says the drop-off in tourism has in turn reduced revenues that the industry usually generates for the borough government. He says to help ease the pain, the borough has established relief programs, one of which, Denali CARES, distributed $730,000 in federal grants to local businesses that have been feeling the pinch.“It was a really rough year,” Walker said. “A lot of businesses didn’t open. Some of those that did, wish they hadn’t. Others that did open actually said it was worthwhile.”Walker outlined the sharp decline in visitors in the mayor’s report he delivered in last week’s borough assembly meeting.“As expected, due to pandemic mandates and travel restrictions, the final quarter of Fiscal Year 2020, which ended June 30, saw a dramatic decline in overnight accommodations tax revenue,” according to the text of the report in last week’s agenda. “Preliminary numbers show a 96 percent decline. Overall, the preliminary numbers for FY 2020, which will be finalized and audited in the months ahead, show a more modest net contraction in our financial position, thanks to a robust first quarter of receipts.”The mayor said he’s encouraged that bookings for cruises to Alaska next summer are brisk.“The level of bounce back next visitor season depends upon many factors,” according to the text of his report. “”I have spoken to visitor industry leaders and have heard different levels of 2021 projections. Without cross-gulf sailings in 2021, projections are maybe twice the level of visitation we saw this July and August. With cross gulf sailings, we could see a much more significant rebound.”Walker says businesspeople who opened their doors this season muddled through partly by adjusting their expectations early in the season. He says the fact that they faced much less competition this year has also helped.“I spoke with several (businesspersons), some (owners of) restaurants and even a rafting company, that said their season was actually decent, based on lower expectations and the fact that there weren’t many others open.”Walker says that ability to adapt to changing circumstances is essential to conducting business this year and next, when he hopes a vaccine will be available and the concern over covid hopefully begins to recede. For example, he says businesses should be flexible to accommodating changes that might include booking fewer tourists at a time.“I do think people will be traveling in smaller groups, potentially, especially next summer, and looking for smaller-group activities,” he said. “And I think businesses that can respond to that and provide those opportunities may be poised for success.”Both Walker and Skinner say the state’s efforts to promote more in-state tourism by Alaskans have helped boost the otherwise slow season.Skinner agrees the tourism business and many other industries all will have to adapt and adjust.“I’ve heard from a few people who are like, ‘It may take a while, but we’re going to return to normal,’” she said. “And there’s a few who say, ‘Well, we need to realize that may take a while and that this may now be our new normal, at least for a time period.’”Skinner says regardless of whether the new normal persists into the coming year, she’s pretty sure there will always be a strong demand among visitors to hold a little fuzzy husky pup.Share this story:last_img read more

Jeremy Corbyn slams rail fare rise as “rip off”

first_imgRegulated rail fares may be set to rise by just one per cent next year, but Labour leadership front-runner Jeremy Corbyn has called them a “rip off”, insisting only his plan to renationalise the railways will deliver savings for consumers. Speaking at a rally at Kings Cross Station yesterday, Corbyn said that “extricating the railways from the mess of privatisation could save hundreds of millions of pounds”. The Islington North MP said that he would take rail lines back into public ownership when their franchises expired, adding that his proposed so-called “people’s QE” scheme would draw upon the Bank of England to fund improvements to the railways. Read more: Here’s how much your train fare’s going up by Regulated rail fares are currently pegged to the July Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation, which the ONS said yesterday was one per cent. When the fare increase goes into effect next year, it will be the second-lowest rail fare increase since 1996. But research published yesterday bolstered Corbyn’s argument, showing that the cost of train travel had risen nearly three times faster than wages over the past five years. Regulated ticket prices increased by 25 per cent between 2010 and 2015, while average pay rose nine per cent during this period, according to the Trade Union Congress (TUC). General secretary Frances O’Grady said the fare hikes left commuters “seriously out of pocket”.  Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Wednesday 19 August 2015 5:47 am Jeremy Corbyn slams rail fare rise as “rip off” Express KCS Share whatsapp Tags: Jeremy Corbyn People UK inflationlast_img read more

News / Blow to hi-tech shippers as China bans air charters for a month before Christmas

first_img In a move that could cause congestion and chaos for shippers in the pre-Christmas rush, China has banned ad hoc licences for air charters from key cities, The Loadstar has learned.Ad hoc charters from Shanghai, as well as some other cities, are not being issued traffic rights until the start of December, sources confirmed.The official reason is said to be poor on-time performance by charter operators in congested airports, but sources have suggested that some personnel in affected Chinese airports are being investigated over possible abuse of powers in granting traffic rights. The Chinese government has recently been cracking down on corruption in many industries.The news comes as there is a sudden surge in demand out of China for launches of various hi-tech products, such as the iPad Pro, in addition to the normal pre-Christmas demand. Charter operators can see up to 20 charters a week in this period. By Alex Lennane 05/11/2015 One source said that shippers were trucking goods to other Chinese airports where traffic rights were still available. But several agreed that trucking had its own challenges and was not necessarily the answer.But both shippers and the charter industry are struggling to find solutions to the problem, which started about two weeks ago. China announced that it was extending the ban for a month a few days ago.Sources in the charter industry were not clear exactly which cities have lost rights, as most focus on Shanghai, but Tianjin and Zhengzhou could also be denied ad hoc charters, said one source.last_img read more

Driver destroys North Fort Myers family’s fence, three cars

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThree cars in the driveway were destroyed along with the family’s fence in the front yard. The impact shaking the cars so hard it launched a toolbox the family said weighed well over 200 pounds. Glotta and her family quickly got to work looking up serial numbers on car parts left behind in their yard. They said judging by the paint left on some of the damaged vehicles and parts left behind, they’re looking for a white Chevy Trailblazer made anywhere from 2002-2009.“At this point, after all this, they’re just trying to get as far away as possible,” said Glotta’s son, Robert. “It’s always better to stay and face the music instead of having to run from it later because it always gets worse.” Car splits in two after slamming into Cape Coral power pole June 16, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementTags: crashNorth Fort Myers Driver leads deputies on chase in Collier County June 9, 2021 Ex-employee accused in North Fort Myers business burglary June 12, 2021 The family said they’ve received some leads from their friends around the community but so far, no arrests have been made.Robert said despite the damage, he’s happy the cars were parked where they were in the driveway or else the dangerous driver may have gone directly into his mother’s home.“It would have blown the whole side of the house off and they could have been sitting in there drinking coffee, checking out the noise they heard,” Robert said. “She could have stepped out the door and it could have been her. I would be here burying my mother and not a little damage on the truck.” If you have any information on this incident or the hit and run driver, contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.  AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. – A North Fort Myers family is shaken but searching for the person responsible for driving into their front yard, destroying the fence and three cars, and taking off.The incident happened early Saturday morning on Laurel Road in North Fort Myers. Chrissie-Lee Glotta said she saw the destruction when she stepped out of her door Saturday morning but was shocked she didn’t hear it when it happened. “This was like a nightmare,” said Glotta. “This is not something anyone wants to come out of their house and see first thing in the morning.” Car slams into utility pole in Naples, causing nearly $40k in damage June 9, 2021 RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Broadleaf Gets New Postal Agency

first_imgRelatedBroadleaf Gets New Postal Agency RelatedBroadleaf Gets New Postal Agency FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some 6,000 residents of Broadleaf, Manchester, are benefitting from a new postal agency, constructed by Jamalco, at a cost of over $800,000.At a handing over ceremony, held recently in the community, Public Relations and Marketing Manager at Jamaica Post, Gordon Brown, pleaded with the residents to ensure that it is protected.“This is a fine postal speaks to the quality of care that Jamalco has for the community. It requires each resident to care for it. These facilities take a lot of funds to construct, and you in Broadleaf have one that can serve for a long time, so enjoy it and secure it,” he urged.Meanwhile, State Minister in the Ministry of Mining and Telecommunications, Laurence Broderick, urged the residents to be balanced in their dialogue with Jamalco, in protecting their rights and ensuring that development takes place in their community.“Mining is a challenge in every part of the world, and I want us to have a balanced approach to what the bauxite companies do. The industry is in a survival mode, and we must ensure that community support remains part of the company’s endeavour. This is part of our duty as a Government. We are playing our role, and you as residents in the community, must not respond by blocking roads; use constructive dialogue,” he said.The building that was used to house the postal agency was rented for over 35 years by a resident of the community. Broadleaf Gets New Postal Agency UncategorizedNovember 11, 2008center_img RelatedBroadleaf Gets New Postal Agency Advertisementslast_img read more

Businesses sign up to play a part in Highways England’s A30 upgrade in Cornwall

first_imgBusinesses sign up to play a part in Highways England’s A30 upgrade in Cornwall Since extending an invite in January for small and medium-sized businesses to get involved in the nine-mile dualling scheme, a total of 65 companies have already registered their interest, with 60% of those from within the county of Cornwall.Of the companies registered so far with contractors Costain, a large percentage are involved in civil engineering, building and civil works, security, facilities management and landscaping, together with other professional services such as business supply, hospitality catering, cleaning, environmental and waste management.Josh Hodder, Senior Project Manager for the Highways England scheme, is delighted with the response so far and is encouraging even more businesses to get involved. He said:The scheme has numerous benefits, not only in improving journey reliability, safety and local connectivity, but also in unlocking economic growth in Cornwall and the wider South West region.Employing local people will also bring economic benefits during the construction phase of the project, and we will also be engaging with local schools and colleges to inspire, offer support and advice and to promote careers within the industry.The scheme is not just limited to larger, national and international companies, we’re encouraged by the response so far, and we’re keen for more local and regional businesses to get the chance to work with the project. 2021 is going to be a big year for the A30 project and we urge businesses to /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:building, business, Engineering, Government, industry, project, Safety, security, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Importance of Falmouth Port Highlighted

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedImportance of Falmouth Port Highlighted FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chairperson of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Maxine Henry-Wilson, has emphasised that the Falmouth Port, in Trelawny is a natural economic asset, attracting thousands of overseas visitors, and members of the community must protect the facility. “The port won several awards recently, and last year about 500,000 persons came to that port. Trelawny is on the map again, you have a natural asset – a port which allows you to provide for the world,” she told students of the Muschett High School, in Trelawny, at their Career Expo, held on April 27. Mrs. Henry-Wilson, also a former Education Minister, said that persons must be trained to work at the port, who are able to provide goods and services, so that people are entertained. “The most sustainable gift that you get, and the most sustainable opportunity that you will ever have is that of education. Nothing is going to make you more prepared for life, or is going to make you more able to adapt and survive as education,” she told the students. She challenged the students to make use of their time at school by seizing the opportunity to get a good secondary education. “Education allows you to be able to embrace the changes that are taking place around you. You have an opportunity here through the technical and vocational subjects, and you need to use that.  You are being prepared for a world of work which is what will make you sustainable as an individual, and you will earn an income and be able to sustain your community,” Mrs. Henry-Wilson said. She underscored the need for the students and parents to see all the subjects taught at a technical and vocational institution as important. Several of the major tertiary institutions in the island displayed their educational offerings at the expo, while the school displayed items made by the students. Muschett High has a population of over 1,600 students. The Career Expo was held under the theme: ‘Sustainable Development for Nation Building Begins with You’. Importance of Falmouth Port Highlighted TourismApril 30, 2012 RelatedImportance of Falmouth Port Highlighted By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter RelatedImportance of Falmouth Port Highlightedlast_img read more

Apple, Tencent resolve WeChat tipping dispute

first_imgHome Apple, Tencent resolve WeChat tipping dispute KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Ericsson warns over loss of China market share AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 16 JAN 2018 Author Previous ArticleSamsung eyes Africa earnings boostNext ArticleKids apps hit by adult content malware Tags A feature allowing users to give monetary gifts (tips) to content creators on Tencent’s WeChat is set to return after being disabled in 2017 due to concerns by Apple, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.The iOS maker said the tips came under the category of in-app purchases and wanted a 30 per cent cut of the money transferred. Tencent disagreed with the demand, maintaining it did not receive any revenue from the payments.At a developers’ conference in Guangzhou, China, this week, WeChat creator Allen Zhang said the parties had come to a mutual agreement and the feature would resume, WSJ reported.While it is unclear if Apple will end up charging a fee on the payments, the company does make exceptions regarding taking a cut of transfers when users gift money to each other. However, according to its rules Tencent’s tipping feature is not a gift.This is not the first time Apple became embroiled in disputes in China based around apps. In 2017, the company bowed to pressure from China’s internet regulator regarding the removal of some VPN applications.Apple CEO Tim Cook recently expressed confidence these apps would be reintroduced.center_img Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Saleha Riaz Related Devices Google taps retail with NYC store AppleChinaTencentWechatlast_img read more

Salmon Fishermen say they should be consulted on how stock is managed

first_imgSalmon fishermen are stepping up their campaign for a say in how stocks are managed following the latest round of quota cuts.Donegal fisherman Liam Whyte says on the Owenea fishery, the shared quota between anglers and commercial fishermen has been cut by almost 40%, but stocks continue to decline.He says fishermen and anglers know the waters and have a contribution to make to the discussion about how best to manage salmon stocks.He says it’s clear that simply cutting quotas is not working……..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – November 15, 2016 Twittercenter_img Salmon Fishermen say they should be consulted on how stock is managed Previous articleMan being questioned about the 2012 murder of Andrew AllenNext articleOver 30 people awaiting admission to Letterkenny University Hospital admin Google+ WhatsApp LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Pinterest Google+ Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglarylast_img read more

News / Forwarders on alert, but Heathrow dismisses delay fears as staff strike

first_img By Alex Lennane 27/11/2020 © Patrick Rowney Heathrow says there will be no disruption to cargo operations on 1 December when Unite union members are set to strike, despite warnings from forwarders.Union members, including security and airside workers and engineers, “overwhelmingly” supported a strike on Monday, and there could be further action on 14, 17 and 18 December.DSV has told customers: “This will essentially impact the ability to submit and/or retrieve cargo during the 24-hour period.“We will endeavour to lessen the impact with the use of alternative airports, however this cannot be an entire solution as Heathrow is a key hub for the UK and a mainstay for airlines and their scheduled flights.”center_img Heathrow, however, denied there would be any impact on cargo operations. With cargo moved by the handlers and airlines rather than Heathrow staff, the airport believes there will be no impact.It said it would have extensive contingency plans in place, including additional trained resources, although it did not clarify what these were.Noting disappointment at the decision to strike, it added: “We do not anticipate any significant disruption, and will be able to keep the airport open and operating safely.”However, some forwarders have expressed concern, particularly as it is the week UK shops re-open, many desperate for stock.“All the stock is not yet in the shops and air freight is still coming in, as are a lot of goods in general,” explained one retail forwarder. “The market has cooled slightly, but it’s still very, very busy westbound.“The peak season has been delayed and will run right up to the festive season.”Emirates has put daily flights back into Birmingham Airport, with 777s, but, as DSV notes, there are few alternatives to Heathrow at the moment.last_img read more