So far, 2017 has been filled with a mixture of exciting travel prospects and warnings. For tourists who’d like to seize their trips for the rest of this year, it’s practical to know the significant events related to international travel. Here are some of the year’s top stories you certainly mustn’t miss out on knowing:
1. Rome Prohibits Eating, Drinking, and Picnics in its Landmarks
Last June 12, the mayor of Rome approved of a law which bans eating and drinking atany of the city’s historic fountains. The new order further prohibits swimming, washing of pets, and climbing up the fountains along with their nearby landmarks. This order was approved to protect the Italian city’s historical, artistic, and archaeological sites. Tourists and residents can still throw coins into the fountains, but water and other liquids are not allowed to be poured in.
Anyone who breaks the rules will be fined between 40 to 240 Euros. This ban applies to sites such as Piazza della Madonna deiMonti, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Barberini, Trastevere’s Piazza Santa Maria, Piazza Navona, and Piazza del Popolo.Eating and drinking at the Spanish Steps are also prohibited. Soon enough,Florence will also be banning impromptu picnics at its landmarks.
2. Brexit’s Impact on UK-Based Carriers
UK-based, airline companieswill have to transfer their headquarters from England. They’ll accordingly have to cut their shares so they can still provide flights within Europe. These companies include Ryanair and easyJet. With the need to relocate their offices to the European territory, restructuring can have a domino effect on their job opportunities in the UK.
As the companies continue to operate amidst the shifted political and business climate, they expect to encounter uncertainties during the next few financial years.Still, the British government expresses its intentions to maintain the close integration of aviation markets. Being the largest in Europe, UK’s aviation industry will require extensive work to make sure the economy continues to significantly benefit from it.
3. Airbnb Boom Has “Disneyfied” Historic Cities in Italy
The University of Siena reports how Italian cities have much fewer permanent residents due to the high demand for Airbnblodges. With much fewer locals in cities like Florence, the destination’s authentic scene is slowly being turned into a theme park for tourists. One in five estates is being rented out through Airbnb. In fact, 20% of Florence’s housing market is listed on the online service. The historic Matera is also facing the same problem. With the boom of tourism in the cities, the price of commodities also went higher thus making them too expensive for locals to consume.
While Airbnbultimately promotes shared economy via distributed revenue streams, there are also landlords who tend to monopolize the cities’accommodation market.As a result, there’sinequality in revenue distribution among proprietors. To maintain Florence’s cultural character, the city can impose taxes on business centers in the city and less on suburban areas. Owners outside the historic sites are also encouraged to have their properties listed on Airbnb.
4. Zika is Fading, but Caution is Still Necessary
Caribbean destinations with Zikaoutbreaks now have an increase in travelers, as mosquitoes are now becoming less prevalent especially during winter and fall.Tourists are also asking less about the virus compared to last year. Despite the decline of Zika cases,visitors are still advised to exercise caution when going to locations which were previously affected by the virus.
Caution is advised to pregnant tourists or those who are thinking to conceive children. Whenever possible, traveling to these areas must be discouraged: Florida, Texas, Mexico, South andCentral America, and the Caribbean.If an expecting mother contracts Zika, birth defects will afflict her baby. These may include microcephaly. Women must also protect themselves from infection, particularly if their partners just got back from Zika-infected areas.Those traveling to places which used to have Zika must also wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants,and use a mosquito repellent.
5. ThandaSafari Now Has a Volunteer Research Programme
Love the wildlife? If you’re an advocate of environmental conservation, ThandaSafari’s new program might be of interest for you. The private game lodge and reserve recently announced its search for Volunteer Research Assistants at the Ulzawi Research Program. This post is open to students, university graduates, and those making career advancements. It will last from two to twelve weeks, as it provides volunteers the opportunity to acquire field experience while at the wildlife.As they learn about environmental management, volunteers will acquire a new set of skills and increase their career prospects.
Volunteers will also get to participate in research projects while working with conservation-oriented organizations and universities. They will also take part in the reserve’s daily management, along with the monitoring of endangered species. As part of habitat management, volunteers will take on practical field work, and general data collection and analysis. They’ll also get to engage with the neighboring communities of Zulu. To know more about the volunteer program of this 14,000-hectare reserve which also has a luxurious safari lodge.
When it comes to international travel, it generally looks like 2017 is going on a great run so far. These shared news items can be your reliable points of information, especially if you’re planning to travel in Europe, the Caribbean,or Africa.It’s best to know as much as you can about your target destination, so you can increase your chances of having a memorable trip.