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Venice is going to begin routing cruise ships away from the historic center of the city. Residents of the city worry about the longevity of many of the cities aging structures and the local environment.

Officials want to reroute about 66% of ships by 2020. Both residence and officials are worried particularly worried about the biggest ships.

There are concerns over the simple fact that these ships bring an unreasonable amount of people into the city during tourist season which raises some safety concerns. Additionally, the wake created by the ships are eroding some shoreline structures of the sinking city, eroding the foundations of the buildings which are hundreds of years old. Not only that, but a cruise ship crashed into a dock this June.

This isn’t the only step Venice has taken recently to curb over tourism. It recently instituted an $11 day-trip fee for all tourists not staying over night.

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Believe it or not the average passenger averages 3.15 pounds of waste before leaving an aircraft. The International Air Transport Association estimated 6.7 million tons of waste was created on aircraft last year.

Another study reported that 23% of trash is food and beverage that could safely be consumed. Everything from food packaging and cultry waste, mini travel sized item packaging, aireline pillows, disposable headphones, everything imaginable.

Furthermore, many countries safety and health regulations insist much of the waste that is recyclable be incinerated.

Qantas, Australian airline, finished its first no-waste flight in May. All the waste on the flight was recyclable, compostable, or reusable. About one thousand plastic items were traded out for greener ones such meal packaging made from sugar cane and cereal starch forks, knives and spoons. All of this was later collected by the crew including recyclable items passengers brought on board themselves.

The result? A decrease of 75 pounds in waste according to a normal flight. KLM, Dutch airline, has announced it wants to follow suit with the use of more biodegradable materials. And Air France by the end 2019 has promised to reduce their usage of plastic by 210 million pieces.

 

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Outside of California’s capital Sacramento there is an incredible field of white and yellow flowers, daffodils, called McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill. This popular tourist photo opportunity will be closing indefinitely. Why? Because of its extreme popularity created by buzz on social media.

The original plot of land was purchased in 1887 and has been passed down through the Ryan family since then. The Ryans, who still manage the property, posted the closure on social media on July 15th.

The post informs us that the “crush of visitors” was too much for the facilities currently available such as on-site parking and the local roads. The Ryans have safety and liability concerns continuing under current, rural infrastructure which couldn’t handle all the people wanting to photograph themselves among the daffodils for their social media accounts.

Daffodil Hill is among a growing group of tourist locations all over the globe having to close because of increasing social media, specifically Instagram, popularity and infrastructure or preservation concerns. Daffodil Hill isn’t even the only location under such duress in California.

Antelope Valley’s super bloom of poppies was so popular in 2019 visitors were doing crazy things like landing a helicopter into the field to access the area for their photo opp.

Maya Bay, in 2018, had to close because of over-popularity. This Thai island was made famous by the film “The Beach”.

Uluru or Ayers Rock in Australia will be closed off this October to climbers according to officials.

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Ever heard of the SLS hotel on the Las Vegas Strip? What about the Sahara? Turns out they are the same place. The now-SLS Hotel is thinking of changing its name back to the Sahara. The legendary hotel that hosted a NASCAR café, the Beatles, the Rat Pack and the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

Sahara is such an iconic name that the property owner immediately considered returning to it when he bought the property. The current owner Alex Meruelo bought the property from the Stockbridge Capital Group in 2018.
The Sahara featured a Moroccan style “onion-dome” that covered it’s porte-cochere. And was a favorite hangout of celebrity musicians Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

The classic, 14-story Vegas hotel sits on the border between the city and the tourist corridor. It is one of the only classic strip hotels that survived demolition in favor of new resorts. The Sands, Stardust, Riviera, Landmark and Desert Inn were all demolished in such a fashion—but not the Sahara.

At one time the three-tower hotel was the tallest on the strip. The Sahara name was retired in 2011.
The return to the Sahara name is just part of a hefty $150 million renovation of the entire SLS complex and could take almost three years to complete.

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10 Year-Old Climbs El Capitan


Posted By on Jun 26, 2019

Selah Schneiter potentially just became the youngest person on record to climb Yosemite’s three thousand foot rock formation El Capitan. She reached the summit on June 12, 2019. Selah, her father and a friend had spent five days in Yosemite Valley.

To climb El Capitan they used a climbing technique called “jumaring”. They took a route known to be very steep. This route is often called “the Nose” and requires a high skill level to traverse.

Many climbers even consider the Nose to be the essential big-wall climb the world over.
Selah is from a family of hikers and outdoorsmen who have a special affinity for Yosemite’s trails and natural wonders. Mike, her father, is a climbing instructor and says that he fell in love with Selah’s mother while hiking with her in Yosemite years before.

Mr. Schneiter shared the story and photos through his company’s Instagram profile and in response received likes and positive comments in the hundreds all celebrating Selah’s amazing accomplishment.

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