Fears over shrinking glaciers of Alaska boost tourism

Published on : Monday, July 22, 2019

The fears over melting glaciers are giving a boost to tourism in Alaska as visitors wish to see the spectacular formations in their current glory. Rising summer temperatures in recent years is leading to the rapid decline of a number of storied glaciers. This is also making it harder for travellers to access this region.


But as people become more aware of the perils of a changing climate, a desire to see Alaska’s spectacular landscape sooner rather than later seems to have taken hold.



Tour companies in the region are reporting a huge increase in demand for glacier-related activities, while cruise ships experienced a record season last year, with the number of customers up 33 per cent compared to 2010.




The glacier is a quarter mile shorter than it was 10 years ago. Colony Glacier terminates into a lake so you do have a vertical wall but the glacier has receded so much that there’s this big piece of mountain coming out of the glacier that has not been seen before.




Overall, the number of visitors to the state was 27 per cent higher in 2018 than a decade ago, as per the Alaska Travel Industry Association.



The number is set to rise as more than two million out-of-state visitors are expected to travel to Alaska during this year’s peak season.



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