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Flip-flop fanatics beware—inappropriate footwear could cost a tourist up to $2824 while visiting Italy’s Cinque Terre. Sensible hiking shoes will be a requirement.

The Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s most beautiful and most visited spots. The pastel colored buildings of the villages are set among rolling hills and trails. While most visitors plan on walking from village to village, footwear wise they are often grossly under-prepared, favoring beach style sandals and such instead of trail shoes or boots. Many of the trails of areas of steep and mountainous terrain. This so often results in accidents, injury and full-on SOS calls to mountain rescue teams the Cinque Terre has had to establish these new rules and fines.

The ban will begin on the fist of April, 2019. Fines are set to begin at $56 and can go up to the stated maximum of a whopping $2824 depending on inconvenience and expense inflicted on local authorities—presumably calling in a mountain rescue team will cost a tourist almost 3k in fines.

The mountain rescue teams that are made up of volunteers from the Italian Alpine Club will begin with awareness campaigns to make sure tourists come to the Cinque Terre well prepared. Visitors will be given fliers and a printed warning when they purchase the required pass to visit the Cinque Terre. A flier campaign will be put into effect as well.

All of this comes into action as the Cinque Terre’s busy season for tourists begins in April. They expect some 750,000 cruise passengers this year compared to just 450,000 a year ago.

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IFEs, in-flight entertainment systems, are a familiar sight to seasoned travelers. They are common on long flights. The seatback screens meant to entertain passengers while airborne. Many travelers have begun to notice something about the IFEs though—they are equipped with their own cameras which begs the question: are they watching us back?

Passengers on both American Airlines and Singapore Airlines notice the cameras and aired their concerns to the airlines.

Both airlines said no one was watching them. American Airlines stated that the cameras were standard on IFEs. Airlines may have chosen models like this for future use in passenger to passenger video chat. Singapore Airlines made similar statements.

No Airline currently manufactures their own IFE systems. While they are customizable, most physical attributes are decided by the manufacturer.

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It must have been an extraordinary spectacle as the huge aircraft lumbered across a main highway, closed down to traffic, when this sleepy giant made its final eight miles by road to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam.

Coredon Hotel and Resorts bought the 747-400, named “City of Bangkok,” that had once flown in the commercial Dutch KLM’s fleet. It will become a visitor attraction and named the Corendon Being 747 Experience and spend its remaining years in the gardens of Corendon’s Village Hotel, Badhoevedorp.

The attraction is expected by the hotel chain to be a popular attraction for those wanting to experience the impression of flying. The attraction will include elements from the history of aviation, art whose subject is aviation in addition to so-called 3D, 4D and 5D experiences.

Patrons will be able to have unusual experiences such as being able to walk over the giants wings and entering the cockpit.

After its final flight in November of last year from L.A. to Amsterdam the plane went to Rome to trade up its KLM paint job for the corporate colors of Coredon.

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Scuba divers who where watching the body of a dead whale off the beaches of Oahu ended up having a close encounter with a giant great white shark. The incident incited officials to warn recreational divers and snorkelers to avoid the water in proximity to the deceased sperm whale as some tourists had climbed the whale to take its teeth as trophies.

The giant great white scared away the smaller tiger sharks that game in to have its fill of the whale carrion.

The incident was unusual as Hawaii waters are typically to warm for the great white, unlike the Pacific coasts of California where they can regularly be found hunting seals and sea lions. The diver estimated this great white to be more than 20 feet long and 8 feet across.

Divers think the giant great white may have been pregnant and came to Hawaii in search of extra nutrients.

 

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A young man left his dearest teddy bear behind after a family excursion in Hawaii—yet he wound up “both bewildered and totally excited” by the lodging’s reaction.

Anna Pickard connected with the Grand Hyatt Kauai in the wake of coming back to the family’s Bay Area home sans bear, and not exclusively did the inn find and restore the toy, it sent the bear on some stupendous undertakings,

The hotel messaged back. Not just had they found Sutro safe and would post him back, they sent updates so Doozer could perceive what he’d been doing on his all-inclusive get-away. Obviously having first visiting the gym, he’s been at the Spa.

The inn furnished Pickard with photographs of the bear (and a stuffed seal companion he’d made on the trek) visiting the spa, leasing a cabana, completing nails, investigating the retreat, hitting the pool and the shoreline, and, in the long run, looking at of the lodging at the enlistment work area on their way back home to California.

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Venice, Italy has achieved approval to begin charging an entry fee of up to about $11.50 USD for each short-stay tourist. The 2019 Italian budget clause will specifically will target day guests from cruise ships. Italy has precedent for a so-called “landing tax” as they already do this on their Aeolian Islands.

It has been the opinion of Venetians for years that mass tourism is an issue for city—with about a hundred cruise ships and about a million passengers a year coming into the city one can see why.

Luigi Brugnaro, Venice Mayor, believes the landing tax will create income needed to help the city maintain its beauty despite heavy tourism. The money would go to basics like keeping the city clean.

Local residents, workers and students will, of course, all be exempt from the tax. Officials say that cruise ship passengers are much easier to identify and that it may be difficult to tax tourists arriving by air or land.

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