G Adventures Launches Enhanced Official Animal Welfare Policy Leading small-group adventure operator G Adventures announced today the enactment of its first official animal welfare policy, which builds upon the industry-leading animal welfare guidelines that the company first introduced back in 2015 by implementing even stronger protections for wildlife in tourism. The new policy was developed in consultation with World Animal Protection, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada and the World Cetacean Alliance, and joins G Adventures’ many “G for Good” commitments. Frenchman’s Reef will remain a Marriott resort The Frenchman’s Reef Resort in St. Thomas will remain in the Marriott portfolio when it reopens in 2020, plus a new Autograph Collection hotel will open adjacent to the Frenchman’s Reef. Shuttered since Hurricane Irma hit in 2017, the resort — previously known as the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort — … [Read more...] about Travel News: October 8, 2019
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United Upends Loyalty Program to Prioritize Dollars Over Miles A new era of airline loyalty programs has arrived. United Airlines announced this week that the criteria for elite qualification in its MileagePlus loyalty program would change dramatically next year. Starting in January of 2020, United’s loyalty members will earn elite status based on Premier Qualifying Flights and Premier Qualifying Segments only. Flight miles, the traditional metric by which frequent flyers used to earn status, are no longer going to be considered. Dominican Republic Says It Lost 100,000 Visitors This Year A Dominican Republic media outlet says the country lost 100,000 visitors between January and September of this year compared to 2018—and blames it on “negative media attacks” on the popular island. Dominican Today wrote that the Dominican Republic received more than 4.3 million visitors during the first nine months of 2018, compared to 4.2 international vacationers this year. … [Read more...] about Travel News: October 15, 2019
City Councilor Michelle Wu called for sweeping change to Boston’s development review process Monday by proposing that the Boston Planning and Development Agency be abolished — overdue action needed to address the city’s pressing problems, she said. Wu, detailing the proposal in a 54-page report, said the agency has only served the well-connected in an outdated system designed 60 years ago that lacks accountability and transparency. Meanwhile, Boston’s modern day problems have continued on, unchecked, she says. “Instead of delivering the resources to address our most urgent challenges, Boston’s development process is making our problems worse,” Wu wrote in the report, titled, “Fixing Boston’s Broken Development Process: Why and How to Abolish the BPDA.” “We’re more and more anxious about rising home prices and rents, frustrated daily by increasingly awful commutes, and scared about the flooding and extreme heat … [Read more...] about Michelle Wu wants to abolish the BPDA. Here’s what to know.
PAONIA • In the days and weeks after moving here this summer, Jessica Catinella kept running into Bob.At the park. At the trading post. At the orchards. At the galleries. There was Bob, the old-timer who’d been in the valley all his life — long before hippies like Catinella showed up.Those damn hippies, Bob would say. Those hippies with their pot and crazy hair, like Catinella’s, her dreadlocks hanging low or bunched up as they are now, tucked in a cap while she works around the trading post.No, those weren’t hostile encounters with Bob. The two would only joke with each other in moments that pretty well capture Paonia, where not long ago the schoolkids put on a play called “Hippies and Rednecks Unite.”“It’s not necessarily about the differences here,” Catinella says. “It’s more about what keeps everybody together, which is the land.”Which is greatly showcased here at the trading post, where Catinella offers … [Read more...] about Coexisting in fruit- and hippie-filled Paonia