A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:
Western World Learns About La Paz Cable Car Phase 2 (Bolivia)
A 6-line, 20.3km, $450 million gondola investment would likely make headlines across the world if it was built in a “western” city. But it was only this week that our news media outlets finally considered this event to be newsworthy. Is it just a slow summer news week or are western media invincibly ignorant? You be the judge.
Free Rides on Singapore Cable Car (Singapore)
In just a few days (August 10 to be exact), the Lion City will celebrate its 50th anniversary. As part of the festivities, cable car operators are offering permanent residents and Singaporeans free rides from 9am to 9pm. No word yet on any perks for foreigners (or lions).
1 million tourists (Ba Na Hills, Vietnam)
The Vietnamese mountain resort of Ba Na Hills continues its growth and welcomes its millionth visitor this week. Last year, that millionth visitor didn’t arrive until November. The lucky 1 millionth winner receives a US$450 voucher which can be used on all services, including the record holding Ba Na Hills Cable Car.