Rio Grande tourism in New Mexico seeing a robust growth

Travel and Tour World | May 13, 2019

Rio Grande tourism in New Mexico seeing a robust growth
The rafting and angler guides are predicting a good season for Rio Grande tourism in New Mexico thanks to strong runoff generated by a good snowmelt this year. A healthy snow patch this winter is feeding the Rio Grande with much-needed water after long dry spells stemming from drought. This year, the National Weather Service in Albuquerque predicts runoff to be at least 148% of normal through June.The water levels were 50% of normal in 2018. Parts of rivers were bone dry or only inches high. Fish — such as trout in the Pecos River — died off and long sandbars formed along once-wet areas.

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It’s my pleasure to introduce this whitepaper, which shares much of what my colleagues and I have learnt from our 20 years of work in aviation fuel management. Since my first experience of the airline industry as a software consultant for Lufthansa in 1995 a lot has changed in airline fuel management and in the software world. Much has changed for me too. The company I started in 2000 now owns a software platform that helps manage 25% of the world’s aviation fuel. The FuelPlus system helps 51 airlines operate more efficiently every day, including carriers that are as high profile as British Airways, ANA and Etihad. I’m incredibly proud of our achievements.