tourism

Health News
2:05 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

A Reason To Smile: Mexican Town Is A Destination For Dental Tourism

Mexico's 2010 census counted fewer than 5,500 residents in Los Algodones, but more than 350 dentists ply their trade here, serving U.S. and Canadian patients seeking affordable procedures.
Ted Robbins NPR

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 7:22 am

Sitting in a dentist's chair hardly rates as a vacation. But every year, tens of thousands of people go to a tiny border town near Yuma, Ariz., that has proclaimed itself the dental capital of Mexico.

Los Algodones is a virtual dental factory. Some 350 dentists work within a few blocks of downtown. Because of the low prices and fast service, most patients come for major work.

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Transportation
9:49 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Seattle Great Wheel Owners Want To Build A Downtown Gondola

Kyle Griffith explains the proposed gondola route that would take people across town.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Kyle Griffith’s family owns the Great Wheel on Pier 57. The Griffiths have been in business on the Seattle waterfront since the 1960s.

Now the family is hoping to build a gondola that would run along Union Street from the Washington State Convention and Trade Center to the waterfront with a stop at Pike Place Market.

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Legalized Marijuana
2:47 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Seattle City Attorney Wants To Encourage Pot Tourism

Flickr Photo/Cannabis Culture

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes about his ideas for encouraging pot tourism in the city.

Referendum 74 Anniversary
2:24 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Anniversary An Economic Boost For Washington

Kevin Fullen and Myke Smith, of Renton, were customers of wedding planner Jenny Harding. In the last year she has seen a boom in same-sex marriages.
New Chapter Weddings/Malcolm Smith

Before gay marriage was legalized in Washington state, wedding planner Jenny Harding organized about two same-sex weddings a year.

Last year? Sixteen. Three were out of state, from California, Oregon and Vermont (where same-sex marriage is also legal).

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On The Waterfront
4:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Seattle Waterfront Braces For Replacement Of Crumbling Seawall

Workers close off parking areas beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct in downtown Seattle in preparation for seawall construction
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Construction begins this month on the long-anticipated plan to replace Seattle’s crumbling downtown seawall.

Waterfront businesses are bracing for what is likely to be three years of disruptions from the $290 million project, which was approved by voters last year.

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Pot Tourism
9:41 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Some Worry About Marijuana's Effect On Colo. Ski Tourism

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:53 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In Colorado, people are gearing up for the winter tourism season and there's excitement building for a new attraction - recreational marijuana stores. Yes, some believe pot could be a boon for the tourism industry. The first such stores in the country will open in Colorado in January.

Here's Bente Birkeland from Rocky Mountain Community Radio.

BENTE BIRKELAND, BYLINE: This past spring, 27-year-old Zay Copa, from Miami, Florida, came to Colorado for one reason - marijuana.

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True Costs of Tourism
8:00 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Tourism Boom With Elizabeth Becker

Elizabeth Becker's book "Overbooked."

 Tourism is a $6.5 trillion industry globally. But vacationing in places like Paris and Venice and Cambodia leaves a mark. In her new book "Overbooked," journalist Elizabeth Becker explores the dark side of tourism: the environmental impact, damage to cultural sites and employees who work long hours for low wages. She spoke at Seattle’s Town Hall May 15, 2013.

Tourism
12:03 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Elizabeth Becker Talks Big-Business Of Travel And Tourism

Elizabeth Becker's book "Overbooked."

Tourism is fast becoming the world’s largest global business, producing $6.5 trillion of the world’s economy. Elizabeth Becker is the author of "Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism." In it she looks at how this business impacts countries, the environment and culture. Ross Reynolds chats with Elizabeth Becker.

Same-Sex Marriage
7:56 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Seattle Tourism Industry Hitched To Gay Marriage

Actor Jim Nabors during a visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii April 22, 2010.
Orlando Perez U.S. Marine Corps/Wikipedia

The star of the 1960s TV show Gomer Pyle, USMC, married his longtime male partner at Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel this month.

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