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New Mexico Had 2018 Tourism Boom | The Line

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November 1, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists look at what made 2018 such a banner year for tourism in the Land of Enchantment, as a newly released report from the New Mexico Tourism Department shows visitors spent more money in the state than ever before. They look at what makes our state unique – from Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta to the Deming Duck Races – and how crime statistics don’t seem to be deterring most visitors.

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, Public Health Consultant
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney, Affirm, Inc.

For Further Reading:

A Banner Year for NM TourismAlbuquerque Journal

Tourism Department Unveils 2018 Economic ImpactLos Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico signs on to bolster outdoor recreation industryAssociated Press

Balloon Fiesta Security Heightened | The Line

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September 27, 2019 – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will lift off in just over a week. Always one of the state’s biggest tourist draws, this year’s event will come with some pretty big security changes. Organizers have placed metal detectors at all of the public entrances to Balloon Fiesta Park. And undercover officers will be spread throughout the festivities. Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists talk about if the clamp-down is too much, too little, or just right. They also debate whether the measures are a sign of the times.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Michael Bird, Public Health Consultant
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & KKOB
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Affirm


For Further Reading:
Balloon Fiesta Ramps Up SafetyAlbuquerque Journal

Public Safety Measures Announced for 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon FiestaBalloon Fiesta Website

Balloon Fiesta Security Facebook Live Q&ANew Mexico in Focus