Travel News: Barrier around the Eiffel Tower

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A Permanent Barrier To Be Built Around The Eiffel Tower

The Independent reports the threat of Terrorism has forced Paris City Officials to plan for the erection of a permanent security barrier around the Eiffel Tower. The £17 million structure will replace temporary fences first put up in 2012 after the Euro 2012 tournament and which have remained there since 2015 after a series of terror attacks across France. It will be a massive overhaul for Paris’s most iconic monument, incorporating the space under the tower and two ponds on either side of it in an area about 200 by 300 meters. According to French daily Le Parisien, the wall will be made of bullet-proof glass and will stand 2.5 meters high. The “anti-ballistic fence”, as Bernard Gaudillère, president of the Society of Exploitation of the Eiffel Tower described it, comes ahead of a wider renovation of the site. A £256 million overhaul is planned to modernize the site over the next 15 years in a bid to improve and reorganize tourism at the tower, reduce queuing times and carry out essential maintenance work. But the wall will mean tourists will no-longer be able to wander under the tower seeking a photo opportunity and must instead pass through security gates to enter the secure compound.

Norwegian Orders Four New Generation Ships

Norwegian Cruise Line has signed a deal with Fincantieri for the construction of four new generation cruise ships with an option for additional two. The value of each ship is approximately €800m, with one delivery per year from 2022 to 2025, stretching to 2027 in case of confirmation of the option. These ships will form the backbone of the future NCL fleet, being about 140,000gt, almost 300mtr long, and accommodating 3,300 guests. The order is based on a prototype project developed by Fincantieri which features NCL’s signature offering of freedom and flexibility, qualified by an innovative configuration for an enhanced passenger experience. In addition, focus was set on energy efficiency, with the twofold aim of optimizing consumption at sea and reducing environmental impact, compliant with all the most recent regulations on this matter.


New Legoland Hotel Announced

Legoland is to open a hotel in Dubai, its first in the Middle East. The 250-room hotel will be built on land adjacent to the new Legoland Dubai theme park, which opened last October. Legoland Dubai Hotel will be a 60:40 joint venture between DXB Entertainments PJSC and Merlin Entertainments. It will be operated by Merlin. The hotel will be the second at Dubai Parks and Resorts and Legoland’s seventh in the world. A spokesman said no opening date had been announced.

New US Travel Ban Revealed

Americans could soon be banned from traveling by having their passports revoked for unpaid taxes. Details of the new law, which was passed in 2015 and signed by President Obama, have just been added to America’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website. The site makes it clear that the IRS has the power to revoke US passports for taxes that remain unpaid. There are more travel complications from US authorities being introduced, ones that could prevent US citizens from traveling internationally. The new law will use the threat of stopping people being able to travel by revoking passports if there are unpaid taxes. It was passed by Congress in 2015 and details are now on the IRS website. The IRS would inform the State Department of anyone with ‘seriously delinquent tax debt, and the Department will ‘generally not issue or renew a passport to you after receiving certification from the IRS’. The IRS website confirms that certifications will begin in early 2017.

Disney Quietly Raised Theme Park Admission Prices Again

Disney just increased its theme park prices, adding $2 to $5 to admissions at the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. These changes are part of price hikes that have been occurring annually at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. During last February’s increase, both introduced dynamic seasonal ticket pricing, splitting the yearly calendar into three categories: value, on weekdays and off-season weekends; regular, on mid-level busy days; and peak days, over most major holidays and summer vacation. Many of the increases on one-day tickets are minimal, $5 or less, but its biggest ticket increase is also its quietest. Walt Disney World Resort will now charge an additional $20 for tickets for three days or longer purchased at ticket booths and guest services counters, giving new incentive to buy early and online. Another huge change is that it’s now significantly less expensive to visit Walt Disney World for just three days, as multi-day ticket pricing jumps by at least $25 when a fourth day is added. Weekend guests won’t feel a big shift, as two and three-day tickets to Walt Disney World have even been decreased, but families making a week-long pilgrimage should plan on spending a couple hundred dollars more.


Emirates Investing Millions In Medical Training For Pilots And Crew

Emirates had to divert 60 of 194,000 flights in 2016 to treat passengers who needed immediate medical care, the airline said. Given the prohibitive cost of a single flight diversion, Emirates is investing millions in medical training for pilots and crew and spending more than $7 million on installing advanced medical equipment in its aircraft to attend to ailing, older passengers experiencing in-flight medical emergencies. A single flight diversion can cost Emirates anything from $50,000 to over $600,000, depending on the nature of the diversion which include fuel, flight catering, landing and ground handling fees, air navigation cost, passenger rebooking costs and onward connection, as well as other associated costs to care for crew and passengers. Dr Richard Jenkins, Emirates’ Vice-President for Medical Services, told Gulf News that “main conditions that present as emergencies are heart attacks, strokes and conditions relating to glucose and diabetes. Emirates also deals with many other conditions including seizures, breathing difficulties and even on board labour in pregnancy.

Norwegian Sky To Leave Freeport For Cuba Sailings

The Jamaica Observer reports that the Norwegian Sky is leaving Grand Bahama Island for some Cuba cruises. The Bahamas says it is “regrettable” that Norwegian Cruise Lines has decided to drop Grand Bahama from its schedule four-day voyage to the country. NCL said that the Norwegian Sky will begin calls to Havana, Cuba in 2017. NCL received approval for a one day per week sailing into Cuba, and that date coincides with their Freeport stop, which resulted in them dropping Freeport from its four-day schedule. The change in destinations will mean that The Bahamas will lose out on 25 cruises, which make stops in both Nassau and Freeport, in the second half of 2017.

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