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Domestic traffic reached 153.4mn pax, compared with CAPA’s projection of 160mn at start of year

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HRAWI’s Goa convention to align with India’s 100 mn tourist target by 2047 and $3 tn hospitality economy

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Tour operators must register to operate in UP and get benefits under Tourism Policy: Minister

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GITM 2024 witnesses 3,000 meetings, deliberations aim to promote Goa as a high-yield tourism destination 

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Goa Tourism promotes regenerative tourism with special focus on spiritual and hinterland tourism at GITM 2024

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India’s airport infra gets capital boost, aai’s expenditure reaches ₹4,778 crores for fy 2023-24.

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UN urges investment in clean, sustainable tourism, as numbers bounce back

Sustainable tourism benefits the environment, the economy and communities.

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International tourism is showing strong signs of recovery, with tourist numbers rising to 57 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. On World Tourism Day, marked on Tuesday, the UN is calling for a major global rethink of the sector, to ensure that tourism is sustainable, and benefits local communities.

The UN World Tourism Organization ( UNWTO ) released encouraging news on Monday, with its latest World Tourism Barometer, which shows that international tourism arrivals almost tripled in the first seven months of 2022 (compared to the same period in 2021).

Cautious optimism

The agency’s Panel of Tourism Experts expressed cautious confidence for the rest of year, and into 2023, despite the uncertain economic environment: increasing interest rates, rising energy and food prices, and the growing prospects of a global recession, continue to pose major threats to the sector.

In a message released to mark the Day, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, hailed tourism’s ability to drive sustainable development, and called for more investment in clean and sustainable tourism, the creation of decent jobs, and for measures to ensure that profits benefit host countries and local communities.

Dekha Dewandana arrange words with flowers at Esa di Kubu Homestay in Sudaji Village, Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia.

Go green to survive

“Governments, businesses and consumers must align their tourism practices with the Sustainable Development Goals and a 1.5 degree future”, said Mr. Guterres, referring to international agreements aimed at keeping global warming in check. “The very survival of this industry, and many tourist destinations, such as Small Island Developing States, depends on it.”

“The restart of tourism everywhere brings hope,” declared Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General, in his address at the opening of the official celebrations organized for the Day, in the Indonesian resort city of Bali.

Mr. Pololikashvili described tourism, which employs around 10 per cent of the global workforce, as the “ultimate cross-cutting and people-to-people sector, which touches on almost everything we do.”

Report card

To mark the day, UNWTO launched its first World Tourism Day Report , the first in an annual series of updates and analysis of the Organization’s work guiding the sector forward.

The report contains updates on the agency’s activities in key areas including gender equality, sustainability and climate action, tourism governance and investments and innovation.

Representatives of the G20 group of the world’s leading economies, including tourism ministers, will meet in Bali in November. Ahead of the event, UNWTO has produced a set of guidelines for ministers, to enable them to support resilient and sustainable tourist businesses, which take into account human capital, innovation, youth and women empowerment, and climate action.

Ensure zero-tolerance for sexual exploitation: UN rights expert

An independent UN rights expert released a statement ahead of the Day, to call for Governments to ensure that the tourism industry is free from child forced labour, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. 

Mama Fatima Singhateh, UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, warned that the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and socioeconomic setbacks have caused enormous strains on child protection systems.

This, she said, has made children more vulnerable to sale, trafficking and sexual exploitation in the context of travel and tourism, especially in countries that have traditionally relied on the income generated from travel and tourism.  

Tourism and the climate crisis

  • In response to concerns surrounding the impact of the tourism sector on the climate crisis, UNWTO launched the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism at the 2021 UN Climate Conference (COP26), which was held in the Scottish City.
  • Signatories commit to supporting global commitments to halve harmful emissions by 2030, and reach Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050, implement climate action plans, and report on their progress on an annual basis.
  • To date more than 530 organizations have signed the Declaration, including major international companies, and tourism boards from a wide variety of countries.  

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UN Tourism News

To mark the start of the United Nations ‘Decade of Action’, UN Tourism News was launched to provide the latest updates of UN Tourism’s work and key insights from the world of tourism as the sector leads the way in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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UN Tourism News 80: Diversification, Innovation and Sustainability

Offering more diverse experiences and investing in talented people will play a key role in helping mountain areas grow tourism in a sustainable and responsible manner. The 12th World Congress on Snow, Mountain and Wellness Tourism identified key challenges, among them climate change and evolving consumer trends, while recognizing the role tourism can play in the protection of the fragile mountain ecosystem, the building of resilience for mountain communities, and the preservation of the local heritage.

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A groundbreaking statistical framework, developed under the leadership of UN Tourism, has been adopted by all 193 UN member states. The Statistical Framework for Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism (MST) thus becomes the internationally agreed reference framework for measuring the economic, social and environmental aspects of tourism.  

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UN Tourism News 78: Official Visits Spotlight Tourism for Culture and Prioritise Investments

With the latest UN Tourism data showing international arrivals returning to 88% of pre-pandemic levels at the end of 2023, emphasis has now shifted to protecting the sector from future shocks. The official visit of the delegation led by Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili coincided with the second Global Tourism Resilience Day. A series of high-level meetings in Jamaica also advanced shared efforts around ethical, inclusive and sustainable tourism as well as the priorities of education and investment.

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) enter a new era with a new name and brand: UN Tourism. With this new brand, the Organization reaffirms its status as the United Nations specialized agency for tourism and the global leader of tourism for development, driving social and economic change to ensure that "people and planet" are always center stage.

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Brazil’s government has extended exemptions to tourist visa requirements for citizens of the U.S., Australia and Canada until April 2025, extending a program aimed at boosting tourism that had been scheduled to end Wednesday

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil’s government extended exemptions to tourist visa requirements for citizens of the U.S., Australia and Canada until April 2025, extending a program aimed at boosting tourism that had been scheduled to end Wednesday.

The decision, issued by Brazilian presidency and the Ministry of Foreign Relations late Tuesday, marks the third time Brazil has delayed the visa requirement since President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took office in 2023.

His predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, exempted the countries from visas as a means to boost tourism — although all three countries continued to demand visas from Brazilians.

That went against the South American country’s tradition of requiring visas from travelers based on the principle of reciprocity and equal treatment, and prompted Lula’s Foreign Ministry to say it would scrap the exemptions.

“Brazil does not grant unilateral exemption from visiting visas, without reciprocity, to other countries,” the ministry said at the time, while noting that the government stood ready to negotiate visa waiver agreements on a reciprocal basis. It did reach a deal with Japan to ease travel provisions.

The decision to maintain exemptions for the three countries is important for boosting tourism in Brazil, notably from the U.S., Brazil’s official tourism board Embratur said in a statement Tuesday.

Official data shows that nearly 670,000 Americans visited Brazil in 2023, making the U.S. the second largest country of origin after neighboring Argentina.

The government initially postponed the reinstatement of the visa requirement in October, then again in January. At the time, the government said it was still finalizing a new visa system and wanted to avoid implementing it close to the high season, mainly during the New Year’s celebrations and Carnival festivities in February, which attract tens of thousands of tourists.

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“Tourists go home!”

“Your paradise, our hell!”

These are some of the phrases which have cropped up on walls and buildings across South Tenerife in recent months, greeting visitors – many of them British – as they arrive for a week of sea and sun.

According to most international media coverage, this graffiti is emblematic of a huge surge in anti-tourism sentiment that has gripped the Canaries in recent months; a sudden outpouring of vitriol by the Canarian population against outsiders. But the truth? They’re merely the work of a small – and vocal – disgruntled minority: a handful of spray-can wielding upstarts.

For starters, the islanders know that if tourism – and the 20.3 billion tourist euros it brought to the archipelago last year (35 per cent of the region’s GDP) – were suddenly cut, the Canaries would go bankrupt virtually overnight, with well over half of its workforce out of a job.

Of course, that’s not to say there isn’t growing anger amongst the general populace over the current resident/tourism balance here. There is, and for good reason. But before you start cancelling your flights or phoning your hotel to ask if it’s safe to hit the beaches of Costa Adeje, Playa Blanca, Maspalomas and Corralejo this year, let me set the record straight regarding the target of animosity, and why it’s come to this.

Mass demonstrations are planned for April 20 in five of the eight Canary Islands. Known as the A20 protests (under the banner of “The Canary Islands have a limit”), these will see 20 or so social and environmental groups call for the government to put the brakes on tourism growth, arguing for the implementation of a more sustainable model of tourism which benefits both residents and territory. These protests are the result of a mass-tourism model which local residents have seen contribute to water shortages , the deterioration of natural spaces , traffic congestion and the overpricing of long-term apartment rentals.

Of course, these issues are not unique to this sub-tropical destination. The so-called “Airbnb effect” has caused havoc for residents from Barcelona to Budapest, and from Miami to Marbella. As properties are bought up for holiday rentals, the supply of long-term units is diminished, leading to a critical housing shortage and the disruption of communities. Stories abound now of workers in Tenerife sleeping rough in tents or caves because they either can’t find or can’t afford to rent an apartment.

Added to that is the fact that 36 per cent of Canarians are at risk of poverty, despite tourism revenue currently sitting at an all-time high. The Canary Islands has the second-lowest average wage in all of Spain and, within that, the lowest paid sector is Hotel and Catering, with an average take-home pay of roughly less than €1,000 (£856) per month. When you bear in mind that long-term apartments for workers in the tourist areas are few and far between, most now costing over €1,000 per month, you don’t need to be a mathematician to see the impossible predicament in which many locals find themselves.

Around 16 million people visited the Canary Islands in 2023, and February this year saw a 14.4 per cent increase in tourists compared to the same month last year. Coupled with 10% more air capacity already in place for this summer, those numbers are likely to go up. Good news for the government and the tourist industry; bad news for those residents who are feeling the effects of tourism being prioritised over their needs. In short, there’s more money coming into the Canary Islands than ever before, but residents feel that they are yet to reap the benefits.

The local government is aware of these concerns, and are in the process of finding ways to redress the balance without sacrificing tourist revenue. Limiting the number of short-term property rental licences issued, encouraging wage increases and charging entry fees to protected spaces (such as Tenerife’s Teide National Park) are some of the proposals on the table, but whether it will be enough to quell the increasing noise is yet to be seen. Already, more protests are planned – including, according to Néstor Marrero, secretary of the Asociaçión Tinerfeña de Amigos de la Naturaleza (Tenerife Friends of Nature), “hunger strikes, more protests, staff strikes, and creative actions” – and the islands certainly look to be in for a long summer of discontent.

But the important thing to remember is that these actions are aimed at the government, not you, the visitor. Locals are fond of their tourists, and thankful for the economic benefits they provide – they just want a fair share of the profits in return for bearing the inevitable drawbacks of living in a well-loved holiday hotspot. If you are a respectful, considerate tourist, the Canary Islands remain very much open – and don’t let any graffiti slogan (or headline) tell you differently.

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The 35-year-old Ukranian woman, identified by her initials BK, was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison and fined IDR 100,000,000 – about $10,000 – by the Denpasar District Court in 2022.

A woman was deported from Bali last week for installing skimming devices on ATMs.

She was deported from the island last week to Poland over the skimming case, according to The Bali Sun.

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“The BK case is a clear example of the Bali Ministry of Law and Human Rights’ commitment to maintaining state sovereignty and protecting the public from law violations,” Pramella Y. Pasaribu, head of the Bali Regional Office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights told the publication.

“We will continue to improve co-ordination with related agencies and strengthen supervision of the presence of foreigners in the Bali region.”

It comes as the latest deportation figures reveal 318 foreigners were denied entry into Bali with 132 not having an Indonesian visa.

Following the ATM skimming device scam, Aussies and tourists alike have been advised to use machines that are within banks or trusted spaces and where possible, avoid using ATMs that are placed on the street.

Tourists warned about Bali money scam

Travellers should look out for telltale signs such as of tampering or additional readers being stuck on top.

“Look for signs of tampering or features that don’t fit with how the rest of the ATM looks, such as if the keypad is overly raised or looks too shiny and new,” Finder advises.

“Also look out for tiny cameras that could be planted anywhere around the machine (which may be used to capture your PIN as you enter it).

“If you notice any of these suspicious signs at the ATM, do not use it.”

Last year, a tourist revealed how a fraudster had placed a handwritten “broken” sign over the card slot of an Commonwealth Bank machine in an attempt to lure people to use a nearby ATM that was reportedly fitted with a card-skimming device.

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“Three or four people came through and went to go use the next ATM over, but I told them the ATM was fine, so they could use the Commbank one,” the traveller wrote in a Facebook post.

“The [man] kept on watching me like he was angry; as soon as I walked away, I watched him put another sign on it.”

Aussies have also been warned about other scams targeting tourists including a “coin scam” .

A woman took to a travel group for Australians visiting Bali on Facebook explaining how a known family, not local to the island, would go around asking Aussies if they can look at their money in an attempt to steal their wallets.

Angus Kidman, travel expert at Finder, said no matter where you’re travelling, being cautious with your wallet and cash was essential.

“Pickpocketing and theft are always a risk in any popular tourist area,” he told news.com.au.

“If someone asks to see your Australian money, an easy response is ‘not carrying any mate – don’t need Aussie currency here.’

“Don’t ruin your trip with paranoia – just exercise sensible basic precautions.”

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This article is part of The Times’s coverage of the April 8 eclipse , the last time a total solar eclipse will be visible in most of North America for 20 years.

Millions of people will tilt their heads skyward on Monday, marveling at a total solar eclipse. The moon will cross the sun and block its light for a few fleeting moments, creating a communal celestial experience that will not again be so accessible to people in the United States, Canada or Mexico for decades.

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Forecasters said there was a high likelihood of clouds in Central Texas, and had a growing concern about severe storms across much of the state. They saw grounds for optimism in Little Rock, Ark., and the outlook for Cleveland was improving. But from there to Buffalo much remains uncertain, and the picture may not become clearer until hours before the eclipse.

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Authorities there said that they were expecting about 120,000 people. The few hotel rooms available were going for triple or quadruple normal rates.

“This is where the eclipse hits land,” said Greg Schmidt, the director of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, who is with a team that will livestream the eclipse from the city.

Mr. Schmidt selected Mazatlán about two years ago as his team’s eclipse site. He sounded sanguine about the choice compared with other places along the eclipse’s path; weather forecasts were favorable for high cirrus clouds.

“We should at least be able to see totality through that,” he said, contrasting Mazatlán with Texas, which, he said, “is now showing a lot of problems weather-wise.”

In Dallas, more than a thousand miles away from Mazatlán, many people were already resigning themselves to not being able to see the eclipse.

Eric Isaacs, the president of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., which was hosting a three-day feast of science and sightseeing in Dallas for donors and friends of the institution, said the group’s viewing location had already been shifted to a mansion where people would be able to gather inside if they needed to get out of the rain.

Much farther north and east, a black inflatable planetarium in the cafeteria of the College of the North Atlantic gave a long queue of residents of Gander, Newfoundland, a preview of what they hope to see on Monday.

The community, which sheltered trans-Atlantic air travelers whose planes were diverted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks , is the near the end of the eclipse’s path but may have to settle for the simulation. A meteorologist with the Canadian weather service told The Canadian Press on Friday that cloud cover will make viewing totality in Gander “a writeoff.”

In Buffalo, Martin Penkala, 60, an aide at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center and an amateur astronomer, wouldn’t let a gloomy weather forecast interfere with his excitement.

“We will still see the total darkening for three minutes,” he said at an eclipse-inspired concert at the Buffalo Philharmonic on Saturday night. “That will be stupendous!”

In Canada’s Niagara region, authorities declared a state of emergency 10 days before the event, allowing officials to expedite safety and police resources if needed.

The emergency declaration added to the mild sense of panic that has settled over Niagara Falls and several large cities in Ontario within a two-hour drive, including Hamilton and Toronto.

But in other parts of the eclipse path, signs of gridlock had yet to materialize on Sunday afternoon. Those areas included the long, lonely stretch of Interstate 95 in Maine between Bangor and Houlton, the last town in the United States that will experience totality on Monday.

At Marden’s, a department store just outside downtown Houlton, Paul Kinney, 71, said he had seen few out-of-state cars so far, and expected the influx to be limited by the availability of hotel rooms.

“I’m expecting hundreds, not thousands,” he said.

But across the parking lot at the state visitors center, there were signs of building crowds.

Abhi Hazra, an Atlanta resident, had booked plane tickets to Mexico for the eclipse. But as forecasts evolved, and the chance of sunny southern skies turned uncertain, Mr. Hazra and his friends scrapped their plans and struck out in search of better weather. They flew to Boston, drove to Quebec, and booked a hotel there; when clouds threatened in Canada, they retreated back to Maine.

“The chance of clouds here tomorrow is 14 percent — so this place wins,” he said.

In New York State, Jessica DeCerce, the governor’s director of interagency operations, said officials were preparing for the eclipse as they would for a weather catastrophe. The total eclipse will be visible across a wide swath of the state. New York City is outside the path of totality, but it will experience about a 90 percent eclipse around 3:25 p.m. Eastern.

Ms. DeCerce has been nicknamed the state’s Eclipse Czar and has been spending the last two years thinking of everything that could go wrong: traffic gridlock, a lack of bathrooms, shaky cellphone service.

She did not want to name one spot she thought would be best to view the eclipse, but she said it would be difficult to beat Niagara Falls.

“Can you imagine a better place to watch this than in front of one of the world’s natural wonders?” she said.

While Monday may be the first and only time some people see an eclipse, others, like Marian Garrigan, who traveled south to Carbondale, Ill., from Chicago, were excited for a second opportunity .

She last visited the town in 2017 to see her first total solar eclipse, which she said was “awesome.”

Carbondale is home to Southern Illinois University, where Ms. Garrigan attended college in the 1970s. During the 2017 eclipse, she reunited with two of her college roommates.

“The eclipse gave us this perfect excuse to be here,” she said.

To celebrate their 70th birthdays, they’re getting together again for this eclipse.

A second eclipse was also on the mind of another 70-year-old woman, Gladis Mejía Roa, on Isla María Madre, an island off the coast of Mexico.

Ms. Mejía Roa remembered seeing an eclipse in 1991 and to do it a second time, she said outside the island’s church, “is a fortune to me.” It may likely be her last chance. Mexico will not witness another total solar eclipse until 2052.

“And you know what? I don’t think I want to see that one,” she added and laughed.

In Indianapolis, officials at the city’s zoo plan to distribute as many as 10,000 pairs of eclipse glasses to visitors and have ensured that the zoo’s automatic lights will not turn on when the sky darkens.

Alicia Bonanno, an operations coordinator in charge of several parts of the zoo, said she couldn’t wait to find out how the macaws would react to the eclipse.

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PRESSR: Moscow to increase tourism amongst Kuwaiti citizens

First published: 12-Feb-2024 09:01:02

The flow of tourism from Kuwait to Moscow has been breaking records since covid. The Moscow City Tourism Committee proudly brought its business mission to Kuwait on February 5th, empowering relations with both countries, reaching out to travel agencies, and capitalizing on the outbound tourism growth in the country and the Gulf Region.

The primary objective of the business mission was to discuss the development of tourism potential between both countries. The Moscow delegation was comprised of representatives from 19 companies: major tour operators and the hospitality sector. The participants met with more than 180 representatives of 119 local companies, to explore potential cooperation opportunities. Within the framework of the business mission, approximately 2200 negotiations were conducted.

During the meeting, representatives from both sides discussed visa regime issues and payment methods in Moscow. The participants of the business mission also discussed the main directions of tourism that may be of interest to Kuwaiti tourists, the most favorable weather conditions for traveling to Moscow, and several other significant matters that will help improve cooperation between Moscow and Kuwait in the field of tourism. 

Mr. Bulat Nurmukhanov, Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Moscow Tourism Committee, emphasized that the business mission to Kuwait signified Moscow's commitment to strengthening its relationship with Middle Eastern countries and promoting tourism potential between both regions. The delegation is optimistic about the prospective opportunities that may arise from these discussions and looks forward to fostering long-term partnerships with their counterparts in Kuwait.

"The Gulf countries remain one of the most prospective markets for inbound tourism to Moscow. Since August 2023, visitors from Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia have been able to obtain e-visas. So far, business tourism to Moscow is known to be popular amongst Kuwaitis. Business guests are aware of the high level of hospitality, security, and services in Moscow, as well as the historical heritage of the city, which is carefully preserved. We hope to see more of these business visitors coming back with their families to enjoy the leisure and beauty of the Russian capital", - Nurmukhanov said.

Representatives of Russian tourism companies who participated in the business mission expressed their confidence that the tourism relations between Moscow and Kuwait will continue to develop successfully. Elena Volkova, the representative of TSTours company, is sure that "Kuwaiti tourists show great interest in various picturesque attractions, including natural wonders as well as cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg. Many tourism companies strive to offer an authentic Russian winter experience with the true essence of cold. This will significantly impact decision-making and increase curiosity about our country. The existing e-visa policy is a significant and important step that allows us to expect an increase in the tourist flow from Kuwait to Moscow", - Elena Volkova, said.

Earlier in 2023, the Moscow City Tourism Committee organized business missions to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain, which resulted in thousands of negotiations with partners from Middle Eastern countries.

The Moscow City Tourism Committee actively co-operates with Arab nations. In 2022 and 2023, 23 business visits were organized in the countries of UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain. In addition, about 700 successful negotiations with partners from the Middle East countries were conducted within the framework of business missions in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

These events were aimed at developing tourism co-operation between the Moscow City Tourism Committee and Arab nations, as well as strengthening business relations in the tourism industry.

For any media queries or interview requests with Mr. Bulat Nurmukhanov, Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Moscow Tourism Committee, please contact:

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What time the 2024 solar eclipse started, reached peak totality and ended

By Sarah Maddox

Updated on: April 9, 2024 / 5:04 AM EDT / CBS News

The 2024 solar eclipse will be visible across North America today. As the moon's position between the Earth and sun casts a shadow on North America, that shadow, or umbra, will travel along the surface from west to east at more than 1,500 miles per hour along the path of totality . 

That means the eclipse will start, peak and end at different times — as will the moments of total darkness along the path of totality — and the best time to view the eclipse depends on where you are located. Some places along the path will have more totality time than others.

In Texas, the south-central region had clouds in the forecast , but it was better to the northeast, according to the National Weather Service. The best eclipse viewing weather was expected in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, as well as in Canada's New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

What time does the 2024 total solar eclipse start?

Eclipse map of totality

The total solar eclipse will emerge over the South Pacific Ocean before the shadow falls across North America, beginning in parts of Mexico. The path of totality , where onlookers can witness the moon fully blocking the sun (through eclipse viewing glasses for safety ), is expected to first make landfall near the city of Mazatlán around 9:51 a.m. MT. 

The total solar eclipse will cross over the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas, where it will emerge over Eagle Pass at 12:10 p.m. CT and then peak at about 1:27 p.m. CT.

In Dallas, NASA data shows the partial eclipse will first become visible at 12:23 p.m. CT and peak at 1:40 p.m. CT. The next states in the path of totality are Oklahoma and Arkansas, where the eclipse begins in Little Rock at 12:33 p.m. CT. 

Cleveland will see the beginning of the eclipse at 1:59 p.m. ET. Darkness will start spreading over the sky in Buffalo, New York, at 2:04 p.m. ET. Then, the eclipse will reach northwestern Vermont, including Burlington, at 2:14 p.m. ET. Parts of New Hampshire and Maine will also follow in the path of totality before the eclipse first reaches the Canadian mainland  at 3:13 p.m. ET.

Although the experience won't be exactly the same, viewers in all the contiguous U.S. states outside the path of totality will still be able to see a partial eclipse. Some places will see most of the sun blocked by the moon, including Washington, D.C., where the partial eclipse will start at 2:04 p.m. ET and peak at about 3:20 p.m. ET.

In Chicago, viewers can start viewing the partial eclipse at 12:51 p.m. CT, with the peak arriving at 2:07 p.m. CT.  In Detroit, viewers will be able to enjoy a near-total eclipse beginning at 1:58 p.m. ET and peaking at 3:14 p.m. ET.

New York City will also see a substantial partial eclipse, beginning at 2:10 p.m. ET and peaking around 3:25 p.m. ET.

In Boston it will begin at 2:16 p.m. ET and peak at about 3:29 p.m. ET.

The below table by NASA shows when the eclipse will start, peak and end in 13 cities along the eclipse's path.

What time will the solar eclipse reach peak totality?

Millions more people will have the chance to witness the total solar eclipse this year than during the last total solar eclipse , which was visible from the U.S. in 2017. 

The eclipse's peak will mean something different for cities within the path of totality and for those outside. Within the path of totality, darkness will fall for a few minutes. The longest will last more than 4 minutes, but most places will see between 3.5 and 4 minutes of totality. In cities experiencing a partial eclipse, a percentage of the sun will be obscured for more than two hours.

Mazatlán is set to experience totality at 11:07 am PT. Dallas will be able to see the moon fully cover the sun at 1:40 p.m. CT. Little Rock will start to see the full eclipse at 1:51 p.m. CT, Cleveland at 3:13 p.m. ET and Buffalo at 3:18 p.m. ET. Totality will reach Burlington at 3:26 p.m. ET before moving into the remaining states and reaching Canada around 4:25 p.m.

Outside the path of totality, 87.4% of the sun will be eclipsed in Washington, D.C. at 3:20 p.m. ET, and Chicago will have maximum coverage of 93.9% at 2:07 p.m. CT. New York City is much closer to the path of totality this year than it was in 2017; it will see 89.6% coverage at 3:25 p.m. EDT. 

Detroit is another city that will encounter a near-total eclipse, with 99.2% maximum coverage at 3:14 p.m. ET. Boston will see 92.4% coverage at 3:29 p.m. ET.

What time will the solar eclipse end?

The eclipse will leave continental North America from Newfoundland, Canada, at 5:16 p.m. NT, according to NASA.

At the beginning of the path of totality in Mazatlán, the eclipse will be over by 12:32 p.m. PT, and it will leave Dallas at 3:02 p.m. CT. The eclipse will end in Little Rock at 3:11 p.m. CT, Cleveland at 4:29 p.m. CDT and Buffalo at 4:32 p.m. ET. Burlington won't be far behind, with the eclipse concluding at 4:37 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, the viewing will end in Chicago at 3:21 p.m. CT, Washington, D.C. at 4:32 p.m. ET, and New York City at 4:36 p.m. ET. 

In Detroit, the partial eclipse will disappear at 4:27 p.m. ET, and in Boston, it will be over at 4:39 p.m. ET.

How long will the eclipse last in total?

The total solar eclipse will begin in Mexico at 11:07 a.m. PT and leave continental North America at 5:16 p.m. NT. From the time the partial eclipse first appears on Earth to its final glimpses before disappearing thousands of miles away, the celestial show will dazzle viewers for about 5 hours, according to timeanddate.com . 

The length of the total solar eclipse at points along the path depends on the viewing location. The longest will be 4 minutes and 28 seconds, northwest of Torreón, Mexico. Near the center of the path, totality takes place for the longest periods of time, according to NASA.

Spectators will observe totality for much longer today than during the 2017 eclipse , when the longest stretch of totality was 2 minutes and 32 seconds.

The moon's shadow seen on Earth today, called the umbra, travels at more than 1,500 miles per hour, according to NASA. It would move even more quickly if the Earth rotated in the opposite direction.

What is the longest a solar eclipse has ever lasted?

The longest known totality was 7 minutes and 28 seconds in 743 B.C. However, NASA says this record will be broken in 2186 with a 7 minute, 29 second total solar eclipse. The next total solar eclipse visible from parts of the U.S. won't happen until Aug. 23, 2044.

Sarah Maddox has been with CBS News since 2019. She works as an associate producer for CBS News Live.

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