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Extreme Heat Is Siren Call For World Tourists Ticking Off Bucket List

When the temperatures rise outside, most of us go inside. But, the threat of 120-degree weather is proving to be sort of a siren call to thousands around the world.

For instance, business is booming in Death Valley where visitors experienced 124 degree temperatures on Sunday.

Mike Orozco works at Panamint Springs Resort, near the entrance of Death Valley National Park. He said hotel rooms are in high demand right now especially with tourists from outside the United States.

“When it's 120 to 125 (degrees), there's more customers than there ever is," Orozco said. When summer spikes, locals call it “European season," Orozco joked.

Tourists come mainly from Germany, France, Sweden and other regions of Europe to experience heat never felt in their area of the world.

The National Weather Service has forecasted temperatures could climb even higher than 124 by midweek.

Getting home may be tourists’ most difficult challenge. When temperatures climb above 115, pilots warn air density changes and lift off is harder, which could delay flights for Las Vegas’ McCarron Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor.

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.