10 Best Museums Across The UK As Voted For By Tourists
Travelnewswire reports the UK is home to a whole host of brilliant museums from historic buildings to galleries with impressive art collections, but there are an elite few that never fail to dazzle visitors. Now, the UK’s top 10 best museums have been revealed by tourists themselves, in this year’s TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. 1. Victoria & Albert Museum, London; 2. National Gallery, London; 3. British Museum, London; 4. Natural History Museum, London; 5. Roman Baths, Bath; 6. National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; 7. Churchill War Rooms London; 8. National Railway Museum, York; 9. Titanic Belfast: 10. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow.
Riu Palace Reopens In Punta Cana
Open Jaw reports that Riu Palace Punta Cana has reopened following an extensive renovation that introduced a host of new amenities along with new décor. The all-inclusive resort now features a new interior design in the common areas and all of its 676 rooms have been updated to feature larger bathrooms with walk-in showers. Around the resort, the property now features four new pools, including one next to the new RiuLand Kids Club with water slides. Other new additions include a brand-new spa and gym. The hotel also now offers five bars, including a cocktail lounge, lobby bar, 24-hours sports bar, poolside bar with a swim-up bar and a new café and pastry shop. There is also a new Spanish restaurant, in addition to the five other dining venues that were all updated during the renovation.
Hundreds To Clear Plastic Waste Off Dominican Republic Coast
Travelmole reports the Dominican Republic has drafted in 500 workers, including the military and local authority teams, to clean up tons of plastic waste being washed up on its beaches. Residents and conservationists have also joined in the clean-up and an estimated 54 tons of plastic has been cleared over the past few days. Conservationists have warned the waste is threatening the Dominican Republic’s reputation as a natural paradise and is harming wildlife. A video has been released by conservation group, Parley, entitled State of Emergency: Santo Domingo, showing the waste being carried by the waves around Montesinos Beach in the city. At certain points, the Caribbean Sea is not visible because there is so much plastic. Parley said: “With wave after wave of plastic waster ashore in the Dominican Republic, Parley teams are on the ground dealing with the world’s largest garbage emergency. Unless urgent action is taken, scenes like this will become more common.” Parley plans to recycle the plastic and is working with local leaders to help prevent future rubbish build ups.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Raises Ticket Prices
Effective July 23, 2018, general admission tickets for KSC Visitor Complex will increase from $50 to $57. It’s the first hike in ticket prices since 2012. It will cost more to see the retired space shuttle Atlantis, a Saturn V moon rocket or IMAX movies at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The standard admission price is going up $7, to $57 for adults (age 12 and over) and $47 for children ages 3 to 11, increases of 14% and 18% respectively. A smaller $4 bump will be implemented for senior citizens and military service members, who will now pay $50, up 9%. There’s no change for student field trips or to a $10 parking fee.
TSA And American Airlines To Launch 3D Scanning Technology For Carry-On Bags
Forbes reports new imaging technology is coming to the American Airlines security checkpoint in New York’s JFK airport that may help speed the screening process. According to a joint release between the airline and the Transportation Security Administration, American is trialing a new type of 3D X-ray scanner that will give screening staff better and more comprehensive images of carry-on bags. The resulting images should better-help screeners identify materials and cut down on flagged bags that require a manual search. The new technology, which is provided by analogic, uses Computed Tomography, or CT to produce 3D images of each scanned bag. That technology, which has been employed by the healthcare industry for years, has already been deployed to scan checked bags in most airports, but due to size constraints, has so far not been widely integrated at passenger screening checkpoints.