zoom The cruise industry shows no signs of slowing down, with nearly 24 million passengers expected to sail in 2016, a dramatic increase from 15 million just 10 years prior (2006), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said in its 2016 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook.CLIA also revealed that member cruise lines are scheduled to debut 27 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2016 for a total investment of more than USD 6.5 billion in new ocean vessels alone.What is more, travel agents are also experiencing a higher demand for cruise travel. Eight out of ten CLIA member travel agents stated they are expecting an increase in cruise sales in 2016 over last year.“In an effort to make cruising the best overall vacation experience available, the industry is continuing to evolve to ensure there truly is a cruise for every travel style and budget,” said Cindy D’Aoust, CLIA’s Acting CEO.“By creating unique ships, new experiences and access to destinations around the world, the evolution, appeal and value of cruise travel continues to drive the overall growth of the industry.”Cruising also generates a substantial positive economic impact globally. Cruise industry expenditures generated USD 119.9 billion in total output worldwide, supporting 939,232 full-time equivalent employees who earned USD 39.3 billion in income in 2014, CLIA’s data shows.Based on the outlook, the Caribbean remains to be the most attractive destination with 33.7 % share in cruise capacity development, followed by the Mediterranean with 18.7 % and Europe with 11.7%. Further details are available in the infographic below.Infographic: CLIA
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Most of the dogs were very well behaved as they walked around the field, past Spar, up to Harvest High School and back to Agar Field. When all the dogs and their owners were back at the field, the judges called for entries in the different categories, such as ‘Best Dressed’ and ‘Best Rescue Dog’.The judges took a good look at all the candidates before deciding on the winner in each category. After the judging, some great prizes were handed out to the winners.One resident commented that, “It is such fun to come out and walk the dogs as a community! What a great way to show love for all the animals who really need it!” The annual Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) Dog-A-Thon was held on Saturday afternoon at Egerton’s Agar Sports Field.Many residents brought their best friends to the field for a great time.The afternoon started with a meet-and-greet at Agar, where state vet Quintin Doidge was offering free rabies vaccinations to all the dogs. Many people jumped at this opportunity and received their free vaccine against this deadly disease.The walk began at 3pm sharp, with dozens of dogs and their walkers taking to the streets to raise funds for the AACL.
Our transportation system — the way we move around, whether on foot or bike, via car, bus, truck, or train — in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region of the United States is broken. We spend hours in traffic jams, ride overcrowded and delayed buses and trains, are forced to walk and bike on unsafe streets, and suffer from vehicle-related soot and smog, leading to asthma attacks, respiratory diseases, and lost school and work days. To top it off, motor vehicles are the number-one source of carbon pollution driving climate change, contributing to more intense storms, more severe heat waves, and other dangerous conditions. The good news is that states in the region are gearing up to do something about our shared transportation woes, a big thing that could improve the lives of millions. A new report from twelve Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and Washington, D.C., shows that residents are clamoring for clean and modern transportation solutions to solve these problems, create healthier communities, and produce real benefit for people across the region.RELATED ARTICLESAre Traffic-Clogged Cities Ready for Congestion Pricing?Why Is the U.S. Unwilling to Pay for Good Public Transportation?Getting Around Without Fossil FuelsStranded In Our Own CommunitiesWhere You Build May Matter More Than What You Build The report summarizes feedback that officials from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and D.C. received from hundreds of business leaders, community members, municipal officials, advocates, and policy experts at a series of public listening sessions held this year. As NRDC and several other organizations that participated in these listening sessions noted in a press release, these listening sessions provide strong momentum for the states to move forward together with a regional strategy to clean up and modernize transportation. Among the key takeaways are support from a broad cross section of citizens for: Better public transit systems, better planning to enable more walkable and bikeable communities, and cleaner vehicle choices that reduce harmful pollution and better meet all residents’ transportation needs, regardless of income levels and across our urban, suburban, and rural communities. Coordination between Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to develop a regional policy solution to our interconnected transportation system and challenges. Sustainable and dedicated funding to improve transportation, with broad support for policies that would price carbon pollution from transportation and use the proceeds to invest in modern, clean, and equitable transportation solutions. With robust support for modernizing transportation, it’s time for governors in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to step up and develop policies that will solve our transportation challenges and build the 21st century transportation system that residents in the region want and need. They should get busy as soon as the calendar flips to 2019. We have solutions Over the last decade, carbon pricing and other policies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic have helped dramatically cut pollution, saved money through improved energy efficiency, improved air quality and public health, and created thousands of jobs along with billions of dollars in economic growth. But while we’ve made significant progress in cleaning up power plants, we haven’t seen the same progress in transportation. We haven’t really tried and with many of our transportation challenges continuing to get worse, the time for action is now. NRDC’s Transportation Reimagined report, released earlier this year, shows that we have a robust set of solutions for transportation that policymakers could look to to deliver real and meaningful benefits to people living in the region’s rural, suburban, and urban communities. Solutions like walkable and bikeable cities and towns, fast and efficient public transit, and clean electric vehicles — including electric buses, cars, trucks and trains — are proven measures to improve transportation options, increase jobs and economic growth, and clean up our air. Participants in the states’ listening sessions offered many of these same ideas, and others, including by calling on Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to adopt policies that: Make zero emission vehicles more readily available and affordable, such as by ensuring access to clean, renewable-energy-powered charging stations for electric vehicles. Ensure affordable clean transportation options are available for low-income individuals, families, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and frontline communities affected by disproportionate levels of pollution and the effects of climate change. Help transition vehicle fleets, including public transit and school buses, to clean vehicle alternatives. Provide incentives for pursuing low-carbon transportation options and discourage polluting behavior. Promote smart growth, couple affordable housing with transit-oriented development, and develop complete streets that serve all residents, including those traveling on foot and by bike. Create new job opportunities, encourage commerce, and drive economic growth. As they look to modernize transportation, states should learn from this citizen input, from their successes in cutting power plant pollution, and from the numerous real-world, successful examples of efforts to deploy modern and equitable transportation solutions as detailed in NRDC’s report. In so doing, states can solve our region’s many transportation challenges, and do so in an equitable manner that provides clean air while filling gaps in transportation networks that disadvantage many underserved communities. Next steps With proven policy frameworks, strong public support, and a clear set of solutions in hand, it’s time for Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors to start taking action to secure the clean and modern transportation system that residents want and need. Governors can do so by committing to a concrete plan and schedule over the next year to develop a regional policy for clean and modern transportation. With input from stakeholders across the region, such a policy should set clear and ambitious pollution reduction targets — consistent with protecting our health and avoiding dangerous climate change — while establishing the sustainable funding mechanisms and sources we need to invest in and build a 21st century transportation system that works better for all and improves the quality of life for all. Bruce Ho is senior advocate, climate & clean energy program, at the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog and is reprinted here with permission.