Moving beyond the five hill networks that are major tourist attractions, Indian Railways is planning to also preserve its old five-metre gauge tracks built during its early days in the British era to promote heritage tourism.
“As part of the strategy to preserve the metre-gauge lines, Indian Railways is planning to preserve few metre-gauge lines, which have the potential to attract more tourists,” a senior Railway Ministry official told IANS, requesting anonymity.
“The decision to preserve the metre-gauge lines was taken at a meeting on February 3. Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani, stressing on the need to preserve the metre-gauge lines to promote the heritage structures of Indian Railways, asked the officials to identify such railway tracks on which the tourism can be promoted,” the official said.
As U by Uniworld prepares to sail its first revenue cruises, the line is no longer restricted to 21- to 45-year-olds. Last month’s decision to open sales to all adults highlights how hard it can be for travel companies to crack the millennial market.
Sherry Laskin Kennedy, a travel agency owner who runs the sites Cruisemaven.com and Guidetorivercruising.com, suggested that there were several reasons the generation is hard to target.
German labor union ver.di says its members will stage a strike Tuesday at Frankfurt airport, Germany’s biggest. The move prompted Lufthansa to cancel more than 800 flights.
The strike is part of a broader dispute over pay in German public-sector jobs that also includes utility companies, kindergartens and municipal administrations.
Ver.di said Monday that strikes are also planned at Munich and Bremen airports. Lufthansa, Germany’s biggest airline, said it was canceling more than 800 planned flights, including 58 intercontinental connections.
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Carnival Cruise Line has added another 20 voyages to Cuba from Tampa, Florida, in 2019.
The new voyages on board Carnival Paradise are in addition to the 17 recently announced Cuba cruises on board Carnival Sensation departing from Miami in 2019.
“Our Cuba cruises have been met with phenomenal guest response since we began sailing to the island last year, and we’re thrilled to add yet another 20 voyages to this fascinating and sought-after destination,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
The newly added five-day voyages on Carnival Paradise will depart Tampa on Saturdays and feature a day-long or a full day and overnight call in the Cuban capital of Havana, along with stops at tropical destinations Key West and Cozumel.