Category Archives: Tourism

The Many Faces Of Powell River

The ECOreport looks at some of the many faces of Powell River in the third instalment of my tour of the Sunshine Coast

By Roy L Hales

For many, the most visible aspect is two cloud-like pillars ascending into the stratosphere. Others principally know Powell River from the BC Ferry terminal, which they use en route to other destinations. There are really two towns. I recently explored some of the many faces of Powell River.

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Lund Is Soul Candy

The ECOreport tours British Columbia’s Sunshine coast, Part one: Lund Is Soul Candy

By Roy L Hales

The village of Lund is about 20 miles from my home on Cortes Island. There are vantage points on Cortes, from which you can actually see Savary Island. Though only a short distance across the waters, it takes a day and three ferry trips to drive there. The experience is delightful. Lund is soul candy.
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Alberta Tourism Expands In 2014

The ECOreport reposts announcement Alberta tourism expands in 2014 – to almost 35 million visits

Press Release from Alberta Government News

Almost 900,000 overseas visitors travelled to Alberta in 2014, up 17 per cent from the year before, according to new Statistics Canada figures. These overseas visitors spent more than $1 billion in the province, an increase of 22 per cent over 2013.

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Washington State’s Tourism Improved in 2015

The ECOreport reposts announcement that Washington State’s Tourism improved in 2015

Originally Published on Washington Tourism Alliance

Olympia, Wash. – Preliminary figures released today by the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA) indicate that tourism in Washington State improved slightly in 2015, but inconsistently throughout various counties in Washington and comparatively slower than the state’s overall taxable sales growth.
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Tourism Propels California’s Economy Forward

The ECOreport reposts news that Traveler’s to the Golden State collectively spent more than $122 billion in 2015, Tourism Propels California’s Economy Forward

Press Release from Visit California

Sacramento, Calif. (May 2, 2016) – Travelers to the Golden State collectively spent more than $122 billion in 2015, Visit California announced today, proving the travel and tourism industry is continuing to propel California’s economy forward.

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5 Million Tourists Came To BC In 2015

The ECOreport looks at British Columbia’s booming tourist trade and why 5 Million Tourists Came To BC In 2015

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMTourism has long been one of British Columbia’s main industries, employing more than twice the number of people as the combined figures for the entire natural resources sector. 1 A news release from the Ministry of Tourism reported that close to 5 million tourists came to BC in 2015.

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  1. According to Statistics Canada, B.C.’s  Forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas sectors employed 52,000 in January 2016. A provincial government news release states “Tourism supports approximately 19,200 businesses and 127,500 employees in British Columbia.”

Cycling Tourism Brings £650 million to the UK

The ECOreport reposts a story illustrating how cycling holidays & day trips make significant contributions to local economies. Cycling Tourism Brings £650 million to the UK

Originally Published on Click Green

People cycling on the National Cycle Network for leisure and tourism are adding over £650 million to the UK economy each year, according to research from charity Sustrans.

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Animal Encounters In Northern BC

The ECOreport reposts a story of one of our province’s greatest attractions: Animal Encounters In Northern BC

Originally Published on Northword

By Matt Simmons

I remember distinctly the first time I saw a wolf outside a wildlife enclosure. I was trekking in Mount Edziza Provincial Park, about 350 km north of Kitwanga. Osborne caribou moved slowly across the vast alpine plateau, venturing onto scattered snowfields, likely to escape the incessant insects characteristic of lower elevations.

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Keever Gave Most Alaskan Cruise Lines High Marks

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMPrincess Cruises have been voted “Best Cruise Line in Alaska” for the seventh year in a row, by the annual Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards. The cruise line also won awards for “Best Itinerary Design” and “Best Travel Agent Educational Program.” These are all industry awards. Every year Marcie Keever grades the environmental ratings of cruise  her Cruise Line Report.  The “B ” she gave the Princess  Line was good, but not exceptional.  Keever gave most Alaskan Cruise Lines high marks.
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California Cruise Ships: An Environmental Report Card

The ECOreport uses  Marica Keever’s 2013 Cruise Report Card to evaluate California Cruise Ships: an Environmental Report Card

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1According to a report released three days ago, Cruise ships dumped more than 1 billion gallons of sewage in the ocean last year, much of it raw or poorly treated. More than 40% of the 162 ships in the 2013 Cruise Report Card“still rely on 30-year-old waste treatment technology, leaving treated sewage with levels of fecal matter, bacteria, heavy metals and other contaminants harmful to aquatic life and people.”
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