Trip News: June 26, 2018

Venice Italy

The Independent

New Zealand has proposed introducing a tourist tax of NZ$35 (£18) for visitors entering the country.

Expected to come into force in late 2019, the tax’s purpose is to ensure tourists “contribute to the infrastructure they use and help protect the natural environment they enjoy,” according to the New Zealand government website.


Trip Pulse

Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent is expanding its cruise expeditions to include more immersive cultural experiences in such places as Greece, Japan, and Italy.

The new offerings come in response to growing interest from travelers, the company said in a statement.

To meet that demand, A&K has curated a new portfolio of luxury expedition cruises including a new Italian itinerary for 2019 that takes participants from Florence to Venice. The focus of the new offerings will be on more in-depth land touring than found on traditional cruises.


Trip Weekly

United is introducing its international premium economy cabin Monday on a flight between San Francisco and Paris de Gaulle.

The flight, serviced by a newly reconfigured Boeing 777-200, is scheduled for departure at 2:45 p.m. Pacific Time.

Though the flight features the new premium economy cabin, which United is calling Premium Plus, it’s not being sold or marketed as such.


BBC News

A mosque in Malaysia has banned tourists from visiting after a video of two women dancing in front of the site was shared online.

The two women, who were wearing shorts and with bare midriffs, were filmed dancing on a wall in front of the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque on Borneo island.

Authorities are trying to identify the pair, who have been described as foreigners of east Asian appearance.

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