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Music Trio ‘The Gondoliers’ Donate Funds to Venice in Peril
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  by Sarah Howell The gorgeous city of Venice, Italy has faced many threats over the years. These threats have been a consistent companion to the inhabitants of the city for generations – overabundant tourism, pollution, flooding, finance, and unemployment, just to name a few. Fortunately there exists a campaign to help ensure that Venice stays preserved for the generations to come. Venice in Peril was founded after the great floods of Venice and Florence in 1966 and helps raise funds to restore and conserve works of art and architecture. Not only that, but proceeds also go toward ensuring the sustainability of Venice and helping to alleviate ecological, demographic, and socio-economic issues. The Fund is supported by many benefactors, both private and corporate, but one such benefactor has a very special tie to the city. Musical trio, “The Gondoliers” consists of Luca, Michael, Claudio, and together these gentlemen capture the sounds and senses of Venice through their smooth, rich, romantic sound. It’s not difficult to see why this group would […]

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Venice, Italy a ‘Sinking Situation’
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  by Sarah Howell Venice: one of the most picturesque cities on Earth sits on the northeast coast of Italy and brings in roughly 3 million visitors per year. The city has been popular with visitors since the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, where it was a major hub for commerce and trade. But as beautiful and historic as it may be, it comes with a major fault: the gradual sinking of the city into the marshlands. Venice has been sinking for the past 1,000 years, and every century that goes by, its inhabitants lose another 2.75 inches (or 7 centimeters).Matters were not helped during the 20th century, when the city sunk artesian wells around the perimeter to draw in water for local industries. Shortly thereafter, it was noted that these artesian wells were speeding up the sinking process. The wells were then banned in the 1960s. There have been recent studies that claim the city is no longer sinking. These claims have yet to be verified, however, and given […]

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TripAdvisor’s Exclusive “Green” Club
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by Sarah Howell With the popularity of TripAdvisor’s GreenLeader’s program, which showcases eco-friendly hotels and B&Bs for travelers wishing to stay green, it’s no surprise that the company made the announcement that they will now also feature eco-friendly places in Canada and Europe. Together with the United Nations Environment Program, the U.S. Green Building Council, Energy Star, and the International Center for Responsible Tourism Canada, the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program will assist travelers not only in the United States, but also around the world in choosing places to visit and stay that engage in environmentally friendly practices. Hotels and B&Bs in the U.S. were previously able to apply for TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders status, but now places in 19 other markets, including Canada, U.K., Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain are also able to apply. This will likely mean an upward swing in revenue, as TripAdvisor is one of the leading travel websites. Hotels and B&Bs that wish to acquire GreenLeader status can apply online. Each application will be assessed against holistic environmental […]

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