Gray whale numbers increase in Alaska's waters

 

Recent scientific reports show that more gray whales were spotted this summer off the coast of Alaska than in any other year. The previous record for a full season from July through October was 18 calves, but in July 2012 alone, researchers counted more than 50 calves, according to the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. That's good news for travelers who may have whale watching on their Alaska must-see list. While the prime time to view gray whales is in the spring, there are plenty of opportunities to see whales all year round in Alaska, on whale watching boat tours or simply strolling along the coastline. The Southeast community of Sitka celebrates the marine giants with Whalefest, held this year from November 1–4. The event, hosted by the Sitka Sound Science Center, offers visitors a chance to learn about local marine wildlife through a number of presentations and discussions. The weekend also includes a community celebration with music, art and whale watching trips with some of the nation's best marine mammal scientists serving as guides. For more information on Whalefest, visit www.sitkasoundsciencecenter.org. To plan a trip to Sitka, go to www.sitka.org.

Gray whale numbers increase in Alaska's waters

 

Recent scientific reports show that more gray whales were spotted this summer off the coast of Alaska than in any other year. The previous record for a full season from July through October was 18 calves, but in July 2012 alone, researchers counted more than 50 calves, according to the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. That's good news for travelers who may have whale watching on their Alaska must-see list. While the prime time to view gray whales is in the spring, there are plenty of opportunities to see whales all year round in Alaska, on whale watching boat tours or simply strolling along the coastline. The Southeast community of Sitka celebrates the marine giants with Whalefest, held this year from November 1–4. The event, hosted by the Sitka Sound Science Center, offers visitors a chance to learn about local marine wildlife through a number of presentations and discussions. The weekend also includes a community celebration with music, art and whale watching trips with some of the nation's best marine mammal scientists serving as guides. For more information on Whalefest, visit www.sitkasoundsciencecenter.org. To plan a trip to Sitka, go to www.sitka.org.

Gray whale numbers increase in Alaska's waters

 

Recent scientific reports show that more gray whales were spotted this summer off the coast of Alaska than in any other year. The previous record for a full season from July through October was 18 calves, but in July 2012 alone, researchers counted more than 50 calves, according to the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. That's good news for travelers who may have whale watching on their Alaska must-see list. While the prime time to view gray whales is in the spring, there are plenty of opportunities to see whales all year round in Alaska, on whale watching boat tours or simply strolling along the coastline. The Southeast community of Sitka celebrates the marine giants with Whalefest, held this year from November 1–4. The event, hosted by the Sitka Sound Science Center, offers visitors a chance to learn about local marine wildlife through a number of presentations and discussions. The weekend also includes a community celebration with music, art and whale watching trips with some of the nation's best marine mammal scientists serving as guides. For more information on Whalefest, visit www.sitkasoundsciencecenter.org. To plan a trip to Sitka, go to www.sitka.org.

Gray whale numbers increase in Alaska's waters

 

Recent scientific reports show that more gray whales were spotted this summer off the coast of Alaska than in any other year. The previous record for a full season from July through October was 18 calves, but in July 2012 alone, researchers counted more than 50 calves, according to the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. That's good news for travelers who may have whale watching on their Alaska must-see list. While the prime time to view gray whales is in the spring, there are plenty of opportunities to see whales all year round in Alaska, on whale watching boat tours or simply strolling along the coastline. The Southeast community of Sitka celebrates the marine giants with Whalefest, held this year from November 1–4. The event, hosted by the Sitka Sound Science Center, offers visitors a chance to learn about local marine wildlife through a number of presentations and discussions. The weekend also includes a community celebration with music, art and whale watching trips with some of the nation's best marine mammal scientists serving as guides. For more information on Whalefest, visit www.sitkasoundsciencecenter.org. To plan a trip to Sitka, go to www.sitka.org.

FIRST CHRISTCHURCH CITY HOTEL RE-OPENS SINCE EARTHQUAKE

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Ibis Christchurch opened its doors today (4 September), becoming the first city centre hotel to re-open since the February 2011 earthquake.

The Ibis – located in Hereford Street, just off Cathedral Square – has undergone major remedial work, including the renovation of all 155 rooms and public areas, as well as structural strengthening to meet the city's new building code. Just four years old when the quake hit, the Ibis received only minor damage and re-opens as a virtually new hotel featuring the latest Ibis branding and facilities.

The hotel opening will play a crucial role in the revitalisation of Christchurch's tourism sector, signaling that the city is firmly back on the map and ready to welcome visitors. It will be a major benefit to business travellers and officials involved in the reconstruction of the city, allowing easier access to buildings and offices around the city centre and encouraging other businesses to re-open to service the new demand. Local residents will also receive a boost with up to 50 people employed at the hotel.

The launch of the hotel comes a month after the announcement of a masterplan for the "re-imagining" of the city. The Ibis will be very close to the proposed convention centre as well as other key tourism, shopping and entertainment facilities.

For tourists planning to visit the city now, the Ibis is adjacent to the new shopping heart of Christchurch, the Re:START Mall in Cashel Street. The "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. The Ibis re-opening will also add significantly to the city's restaurant stocks, with the new Oopen Pasta & Grill offering a menu featuring South Island specialty product and wines.

Hotel Ibis Christchurch General Manager, Tim Dearsley, said that the 4th September re-launch date was selected because it represents the second anniversary of the first major quake to hit Christchurch, though it didn't have anywhere near the same impact as the subsequent February 2011 quake.

"Christchurch tourism has suffered enormously because of the perception that the city was closed following the earthquake," Dearsley said. "This was never true, but the re-opening of the Ibis will highlight that the city centre is now accessible to travellers and that there is plenty to do in the city, including many of the old activities, as well as new and innovative tourism experiences.

"While some of the CBD is still cordoned off, it is important to note that the 'red zone' has reduced from 387 hectares to 49 hectares today and the authorities aim to have the city fully open by the middle of 2013

"The re-opening will help accelerate the city's regeneration process. It will not only ease the critical shortage of accommodation and provide employment for local residents in Christchurch but it will allow significant progress to be made in reviving the city's central business district and tourism industry.

"The city has really needed the confidence boost of a major international hotel brand re-opening to cater for domestic and overseas visitors."

Accor's Novotel Christchurch hotel is scheduled to re-open in mid 2013, while the future of the group's two All Seasons hotels is yet to be determined due to restricted access to the hotels following the earthquake.

Accor Hotels

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FIRST CHRISTCHURCH CITY HOTEL RE-OPENS SINCE EARTHQUAKE

image: www.facebook.com/accorhotels
Ibis Christchurch opened its doors today (4 September), becoming the first city centre hotel to re-open since the February 2011 earthquake.

The Ibis – located in Hereford Street, just off Cathedral Square – has undergone major remedial work, including the renovation of all 155 rooms and public areas, as well as structural strengthening to meet the city's new building code. Just four years old when the quake hit, the Ibis received only minor damage and re-opens as a virtually new hotel featuring the latest Ibis branding and facilities.

The hotel opening will play a crucial role in the revitalisation of Christchurch's tourism sector, signaling that the city is firmly back on the map and ready to welcome visitors. It will be a major benefit to business travellers and officials involved in the reconstruction of the city, allowing easier access to buildings and offices around the city centre and encouraging other businesses to re-open to service the new demand. Local residents will also receive a boost with up to 50 people employed at the hotel.

The launch of the hotel comes a month after the announcement of a masterplan for the "re-imagining" of the city. The Ibis will be very close to the proposed convention centre as well as other key tourism, shopping and entertainment facilities.

For tourists planning to visit the city now, the Ibis is adjacent to the new shopping heart of Christchurch, the Re:START Mall in Cashel Street. The "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. The Ibis re-opening will also add significantly to the city's restaurant stocks, with the new Oopen Pasta & Grill offering a menu featuring South Island specialty product and wines.

Hotel Ibis Christchurch General Manager, Tim Dearsley, said that the 4th September re-launch date was selected because it represents the second anniversary of the first major quake to hit Christchurch, though it didn't have anywhere near the same impact as the subsequent February 2011 quake.

"Christchurch tourism has suffered enormously because of the perception that the city was closed following the earthquake," Dearsley said. "This was never true, but the re-opening of the Ibis will highlight that the city centre is now accessible to travellers and that there is plenty to do in the city, including many of the old activities, as well as new and innovative tourism experiences.

"While some of the CBD is still cordoned off, it is important to note that the 'red zone' has reduced from 387 hectares to 49 hectares today and the authorities aim to have the city fully open by the middle of 2013

"The re-opening will help accelerate the city's regeneration process. It will not only ease the critical shortage of accommodation and provide employment for local residents in Christchurch but it will allow significant progress to be made in reviving the city's central business district and tourism industry.

"The city has really needed the confidence boost of a major international hotel brand re-opening to cater for domestic and overseas visitors."

Accor's Novotel Christchurch hotel is scheduled to re-open in mid 2013, while the future of the group's two All Seasons hotels is yet to be determined due to restricted access to the hotels following the earthquake.

Accor Hotels

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FIRST CHRISTCHURCH CITY HOTEL RE-OPENS SINCE EARTHQUAKE

image: www.facebook.com/accorhotels
Ibis Christchurch opened its doors today (4 September), becoming the first city centre hotel to re-open since the February 2011 earthquake.

The Ibis – located in Hereford Street, just off Cathedral Square – has undergone major remedial work, including the renovation of all 155 rooms and public areas, as well as structural strengthening to meet the city's new building code. Just four years old when the quake hit, the Ibis received only minor damage and re-opens as a virtually new hotel featuring the latest Ibis branding and facilities.

The hotel opening will play a crucial role in the revitalisation of Christchurch's tourism sector, signaling that the city is firmly back on the map and ready to welcome visitors. It will be a major benefit to business travellers and officials involved in the reconstruction of the city, allowing easier access to buildings and offices around the city centre and encouraging other businesses to re-open to service the new demand. Local residents will also receive a boost with up to 50 people employed at the hotel.

The launch of the hotel comes a month after the announcement of a masterplan for the "re-imagining" of the city. The Ibis will be very close to the proposed convention centre as well as other key tourism, shopping and entertainment facilities.

For tourists planning to visit the city now, the Ibis is adjacent to the new shopping heart of Christchurch, the Re:START Mall in Cashel Street. The "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. The Ibis re-opening will also add significantly to the city's restaurant stocks, with the new Oopen Pasta & Grill offering a menu featuring South Island specialty product and wines.

Hotel Ibis Christchurch General Manager, Tim Dearsley, said that the 4th September re-launch date was selected because it represents the second anniversary of the first major quake to hit Christchurch, though it didn't have anywhere near the same impact as the subsequent February 2011 quake.

"Christchurch tourism has suffered enormously because of the perception that the city was closed following the earthquake," Dearsley said. "This was never true, but the re-opening of the Ibis will highlight that the city centre is now accessible to travellers and that there is plenty to do in the city, including many of the old activities, as well as new and innovative tourism experiences.

"While some of the CBD is still cordoned off, it is important to note that the 'red zone' has reduced from 387 hectares to 49 hectares today and the authorities aim to have the city fully open by the middle of 2013

"The re-opening will help accelerate the city's regeneration process. It will not only ease the critical shortage of accommodation and provide employment for local residents in Christchurch but it will allow significant progress to be made in reviving the city's central business district and tourism industry.

"The city has really needed the confidence boost of a major international hotel brand re-opening to cater for domestic and overseas visitors."

Accor's Novotel Christchurch hotel is scheduled to re-open in mid 2013, while the future of the group's two All Seasons hotels is yet to be determined due to restricted access to the hotels following the earthquake.

Accor Hotels

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