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Tripadvisor halts ticket sales for events with captive animals

TripAdvisor will no longer book attractions that come into contact with captive wild animals or endangered species as a part of a "commitment to improve wildlife welfare standards in tourism," the company announced Wednesday.

"TripAdvisor and its Viator brand will discontinue selling tickets for specific tourism experiences where travelers come into physical contact with captive wild animals or endangered species, including but not limited to elephant rides, petting tigers and swim with dolphin attractions," the company wrote in an official statement

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According to the New York Times, the decision is the first of its kind by a leading travel booking site.

"TripAdvisor's new booking policy and education effort is designed as a means to do our part in helping improve the health and safety standards of animals, especially in markets with limited regulatory protections," said Stephen Kaufer, president and CEO, TripAdvisor. "At the same time, we want to celebrate those destinations and attractions that are leaders in caring for animals and those in the tourism industry who help further the cause of animal welfare, conservation and the preservation of endangered species. We want to thank the dozens of trade groups, academics and nongovernmental organizations who helped us design our path forward as a company."

Instead of removing activities that feature captive and endangered animals from the site, TripAdvisor is enacting educational opportunities. Banned activities will still appear on the site, but instead of being able to book them, customers will be able to "learn from experts about responsible interactions with wild, captive, and endangered species and the relationships between tourism and conservation," Conde Nast Traveler reported. Among the groups that will provide expertise are World Animal Protection, Oxford University's WildCRU and PETA.

"We believe the end result of our efforts will be enabling travelers to make more thoughtful choices about whether to visit an animal attraction and to write more meaningful reviews about those attractions," Kaufer said.

Many activist groups praised the move.

"This animal abuse is a hidden by-product of the tourism industry. Millions of people look at TripAdvisor every day to guide what they see and do," Steve McIvor, CEO of World Animal Protection, told National Geographic. "This is a significant step towards ending the sale of hundreds of cruel wildlife activities and sends a message to the travel industry and millions of users that wildlife entertainment such as taking tiger selfies or riding elephants is not something you should do."

"TripAdvisor is a leader in the industry, and we understand and applaud that this is a precedent-setting move," Stephanie Shaw, a corporate liaison for PETA, said.

But Conde Nast Traveler pointed out that certain animal attractions, "including activities such as horseback riding and aquarium touch-pools where guests can pet wildlife under the supervision of experts," will continue to be offered through the site. Day-passes to SeaWorld were still available on the site as of Wednesday afternoon.

TripAdvisor's new policy is set to be completely implemented by early 2017.

Read more at TripAdvisor and the New York Times.

Ferg’s Live 97X NBT Band search Official Rules

1. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN.  ALL U.S. FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

2. HOW TO ENTER: submit your band bio, a picture of your band, ALL of your bands Social Media links and 1 MP3 of a song you would want us to showcase, and a filled out copy of the application found at 97xonline.com.  In order to participate and win you must provide all the requested information.  Entries may also be accepted for drop off in person or mail your band’s entry package to: WSUN, Attn: 97X NBT Band Search, 11300 4th Street N. Suite 300, St. Petersburg, FL 33716.  Band entry packages will be accepted Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:30pm beginning 9/6/16 and running through 5:30pm on 10/7/16.

On or around October 14th, 2016, Fifteen bands will be chosen as finalists by the staff of 97X.  These fifteen bands will be contacted by email and/or phone and invited to participate.  If a band chosen cannot fulfill the following duties requested, another band will be chosen to replace them. 97X reserves the right to select bands.

  • -Finalist band must be able to perform a 30-45 minute set on the Friday night assigned to them by 97X.
  • -If chosen as a Grand Prize Finalist, the band must be able to perform, if they win, at the 97X Next Big Thing, December 3rd, 2016.

On or around October 14th, 2016, the 97X NBT Band Search webpage at 97xonline.com will feature all fifteen bands and their bios, photos.  The page will also highlight the three bands that will performing each of the Friday at Ferg’s Live between 8 and 11pm on the following Fridays, October 21, October 28, November 4, November 11, and November 18.   On each of these Friday’s, three finalist bands will perform a 30-45 minute set.

On-site voting will occur at each of the Friday performances at Ferg’s Live.  Attendees will be given one entry form upon entry to the venue.  The entry form will list the three bands performing that night.  The total number of votes for both bands will be announced at the end of each Friday’s event (on or around 11pm) After all the Friday events, the band who received the most votes from their Friday event will be declared the winner of that night.    

The winning band must be able to perform, if they win, at the 97X Next Big Thing, December 3, 2016. Winning band must fit 97X brand requirements and is subject to approval by 97X.

3. ELIGIBILITY:  The “97X NBT Band Search” is open only to unsigned bands who reside in the following Florida counties: Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, DeSoto, Sarasota, Charlotte. Employees of Cox Enterprises, Inc., Cox Radio, Inc., WSUN-FM, other radio stations, promotional sponsors, and all affiliated companies (and the immediate family members of all such employees, and all other with whom they are domiciled) are not eligible to participate in the contest or win prizes. The term, immediate families include spouses, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren.  Bands must be available to perform the duties outlined above.  All bands agree to have their name, voice and/or likenesses, songs used in any advertising or broadcasting material related to this contest without any compensation or rights to royalties for such use. All participants are required to be courteous and respectful toward other participating musicians. Participants who fail to respect other musicians' performances will be subject to disqualification.

4. PRIZES:

  • The winning band(s) will receive a local band spot in the lineup for the 97X Next Big Thing, December 3, 2016 at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL. Winning band must fit 97X brand requirements and is subject to approval by 97X.

The Winning Band(s) will be announced on or around 11/21/2016. Winners will be determined by the number of votes received and are subject to 97X approval.  The Winners will be notified of prize via telephone.  

5. ODDS: The odds of being chosen as a finalist depend on the number of bands participating in the contest.  The odds of being chosen as one the two Finalist bands is 1:9.

6. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND ACCEPTANCE: Grand Prize winner has 30 days to pick up prize from Cox Radio Studios, located at 11300 4th St. N, Suite 300, St. Petersburg, FL 33716 during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. The Winner may waive his or her right to receive a prize. Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferable. Prizes will not be mailed to the winner. No substitutions allowed, except that prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and WSUN-FM reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.  The Winner is solely responsible for the reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes.  As a condition of receiving the contest prize, the Winner will be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility, and a liability and publicity release, which must be signed at the time the winner, claims his/her prize at the WSUN-FM Business Office.  Failure of to sign the affidavit or release, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may, at the sole discretion of WSUN-FM, and Cox Radio, Inc., result in winner's disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize. Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes the Winner's consent to the publication of his or her name and image in on-air promotional announcements and other promotional material from WSUN-FM, and Cox Radio, and on the Cox Radio Interactive Web sites, and to the inclusion of his or her name and image in any other related publications or Web sites for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation or additional compensation.  The Winner's list may be obtained by sending a request with self-addressed, stamped envelope to 11300 4th St. N. Suite 300, St. Petersburg, FL 33716 or they may viewed online on 97xonline.com.

7. PARTICIPATION:  Participation in the Contest constitutes an agreement by each contestant to comply with these Official Rules.  WSUN-FM, and Cox Radio, Inc. reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest if it determines, in its sole discretion, that fraud or technical failures have destroyed the integrity of the Contest.

8. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY:  By entering the Contest, contestant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) under no circumstances will any contestant be permitted to obtain any award for, and contestant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and/or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

9. CONSTRUCTION:   All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the contestant and Cox Radio, Inc. in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Florida, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Florida.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

10. GENERAL RELEASE: By entering the Contest, contestants release WSUN-FM, Cox Radio, any other promotional sponsors, and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies, directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or with the acceptance, possession, or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light).

11. The “97X NBT Band Search” is sponsored by WSUN-FM, Cox Radio, Inc., 11300 4th St. N, Suite 300, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, whose decisions regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of Contest shall be final and binding in all respects.  WSUN-FM, and/or Cox Radio, Inc., will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other Contest materials. If you have any questions regarding this Contest, please contact the Promotions and Marketing Department, WSUN-FM via email evander.lipps@coxinc.com or mail at the above listed address.

 

 

What's open? Orlando theme parks respond as Hurricane Matthew shifts toward Florida

Orlando's WFTV is gathering information on Orlando theme parks ahead of the possible arrival of Hurricane Matthew.

  • According to Disney’s website, “Walt Disney World Resort is currently operating under normal conditions as we continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew. Recent forecasts indicate that there could be rain and wind in the Central Florida area as early as Thursday evening.” 

>> Hurricane Matthew: Live updates as storm approaches the East Coast

  • Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is closed through Sunday. Thursday and Friday performances of Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ are canceled.
  • Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Theme Park is canceled for Thursday. For rebooking, refunds and other options, call 407-566-4985, option 5, from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. ET.
  • Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park is closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is open Thursday, but the Learn to Surf experience is closed. The park will be closed Friday.
  • Disney's Polynesian Village Resort has canceled Spirit of Aloha dinner shows for Thursday and Friday.
  • La Vida Health Club at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort; Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort; and Ship Shape Massage, Salon and Fitness at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts will be closed from noon Thursday through Saturday evening.
  • Characters in Flight at Disney Springs is closed through Sunday.
  • The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has canceled the 2016 Disney Cross Country Classic and Baseball Canada's games and practice sessions for Friday and Saturday. Baseball Canada's Thursday game has been rescheduled from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m.

>> PHOTOS: Hurricane Matthew

  • SeaWorld and Discovery Cove will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday closed Friday. SeaWorld will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday with normal Spooktacular activities from noon-7 p.m. Please check the website for up-to-date information. Aquatica Orlando will be closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Universal Studios representative said the park is “currently planning to remain open as scheduled through the week. We are obviously monitoring the weather and will always make the safety of our guests and team members our top priority.” Please check the website for up-to-date information.

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  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort will operate as scheduled Thursday, but LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park may close early due to the approach of Hurricane Matthew. The theme park will remain closed Friday, but LEGOLAND Hotel will be open to admit arriving guests. They expect to operate as scheduled Saturday but will continue to monitor the storm’s projected path and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be closed Thursday and Friday. Visitor Complex officials anticipate reopening at 9 a.m. Saturday after a thorough assessment of the property has been completed.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

America's first 'surf park' to open in Austin, Texas

NLand Surf Park, America's first "surf park," opens Friday, and all skill levels are welcome. The waves can be calibrated from gentle to head-high.

With a pool nine football fields long, visitors can expect the rides to last a long time. 

That's welcome news, since surfers have been waiting months for the park to open. 

First, heavy rains stalled construction, then the county and company had to settle competing lawsuits over how to safely treat the park's water.

With the issue settled, and the park finally opening to the public, the next step may be bringing in professionals. 

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Red Bull hosted a surf competition last year at NLand's sister park in Wales.    

For those who aren't very experienced, NLand has a training center to help surfers develop their skills.

See more at NLandSurfPark.com

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