DAVOS, Switzerland – Tourism operators must adapt rapidly to climate change, according to a report adopted by a conference of 100 nations sponsored by the United Nations.
A changing climate is the only certainty of the future, said Geoffrey Lipman, assistant secretary general of the U.N. World Tourism Organization. How it will change and how it will affect a nation’s tourism industry will depend on the location and offering, he told The New York Times. Some places may get new opportunities as a result of the warming climate, he added.
The Whistler-Blackcomb ski area is building lifts higher on the mountain, in zones where snow is more reliable, Arthur DeJong, mountain planning and environment resource manager, told the newspaper. Ski lifts typically last 25 years, he said, and the company has done computer simulations to determine where the snow will likely be.
Tourism is reliant on transportation, and the Davos conference concluded that the tourism trade is responsible for about 5 per cent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.
East West takes over project
CANMORE, Alberta – Colorado-based East West Partners has now ventured into Canada to develop real estate. The company, which is based at Beaver Creek, has purchased the Three Sisters project in Canmore, at the eastern gateway to Banff National Park.
About 60 per cent of the residential real estate in Three Sisters remains yet to be built , but none of the 2,500 hotel rooms and other short-term accommodations, as well as 500,000 square feet of commercial, have been built. The project is to have a focal point of wellness.
Harry Frampton, managing partner of East West, said he was drawn to the Canmore project for several reasons. Nearly all the land between Calgary, whose outskirts is located 45 minutes to the east, and Banff National Park is locked up, precluding future development.
Second, Alberta is rich with revenues from the oil sand deposits now being developed. Those sands are located north of Edmonton, but most of the energy companies are headquartered in Calgary.
East West was founded in 1985 after Frampton left as the chief executive officer of Vail Associates, the precursor of Vail Resorts. The company began by developing portions of Beaver Creek but has expanded rapidly. In recent years it has had major development projects at Truckee and Lake Tahoe, Park City, and the I-70 corridor of Colorado. East West also has a significant role in redevelopment of Denver’s original core.