Europe is beefing up border security and earning praise from the World Trip and Tourism Council (WTTC).
The EU is adopting a new strategy to monitor migration in and out of the Schengen area using the European Trip Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).
Currently, there is a lack of information related to visa-exempt, third-country nationals arriving at the Schengen external borders. The European Commission has proposed and is adopting a new, automated system that would gather information on visa-exempt travelers before they arrive to determine any irregular migration, security or public-health.
A Hello Kitty-themed “shinkansen” bullet train has debuted in Japan. Adorned with the cartoon icon inside and out, it’s a dream ride for fans of the internationally popular character.
The special shinkansen had its inaugural round trip Saturday between Osaka and Fukuoka, connecting Japan’s west and south. It will run through September.
The barrier to dining like an astronaut living on the International Space Station astronaut has now been lowered — by about 240 miles.
Lufthansa, Europe’s largest airline, has begun serving some of its passengers one of the same menu items that it developed for German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who launched to the space station in June. The space food, now served at 35,000 feet (10,700 meters) in addition to 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the planet, is available to business class passengers on long-haul flights originating in Germany.
Crystal Cruises is planning another epic world cruise to take place in 2020.
The 105-day voyage from Miami to Civitavecchia, Italy (the port for Rome) will kick off on Jan. 6, 2020 and include a wide range of calls in Central America, the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
Taking place on Crystal’s 980-passenger Crystal Serenity, the voyage will begin with a passage across the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal to the west coast of Central America for stops in Panama, Nicaragua and Mexico.