Travel News: Vatican After-Hours with Context Travel

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Vatican After-Hours with Context Travel
Context Travel, our favorite intellectual tour guides, is offering an exclusive After Hours Vatican Museum Visit a few times a year. This is an exclusive opportunity to view one of the finest collections of art in the world, without the crush of crowds. Guided by a Context docent who is an art historian, you have the rare chance to contemplate these artworks in peace, just as popes have done through the centuries. Over the centuries, papal patrons have commissioned renowned works, such as the magnificent frescoes by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, and those by Raphael in his Stanze. The museums also host some of the most important sculptures from the ancient world, including the Laocoön and the Belvedere Torso. 
Dates: Dec 3, Dec 17
Time: 5:30PM
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Call your WIT travel agent to reserve one of these exclusive tours before they sell out!

UAE Now Requires Travellers To Get Clearance for all Medication When Entering The Country.

Loyalty Lobby reports The UAE now requires all visitors to get clearance for all prescription and over the counted medication for personal use. if they wish to visit or transit the country. The requirement started October 2nd and all visitors must get clearance from the Ministry of Health by filling out a form on the website, uploading a copy of their passport, prescription, airline ticket(s), accommodation information and other required documents. These will be reviewed in a day and passenger inspected at the port of entry. All tourists and residents of UAE will now be required to fill in an electronic form to get approval to carry any kind of medication for personal use, said a top Ministry of Health and Prevention official. The Import of Personal Medication service was launched at Gitex 2018. The service, which is a part of the ministry’s strategy to enhance community health, provides more supervision in the approval of medicines being brought in by passengers through direct and indirect means. The service is activated via the creation of a profile on the ministry’s website, followed by the uploading of the required documents, which will be reviewed and approved within one working day by the ministry. The medicines will be checked at the country’s entry ports by a ministry inspector with the cooperation of customs.

A New $2-Billion Amusement Park Four Times The Size Of Disneyland Is Coming To Ohio 
Travelland leisure reports developers are about to break ground on a new amusement park outside of Columbus, Ohio. Planet Oasis Ohio is investing $2 billion in the park project, the Detroit Free Press reported. It will be built on 350 acres of land in Sunbury, or about four times the current size of Disneyland. “Planet Oasis is located in Ohio because it’s the center of the universe,” the park’s president, David Glimcher, said in a video. Ohio is already home to theme-park-fan-favorite Cedar Point, as well as Kings Island, outside of Cincinnati. The two amusement parks are some of the most popular in the country, attracting 3.6 million and 3.5 million visitors in 2017, respectively. Planet Oasis will have a wide range of activities, including classic amusement park attractions like roller coasters, rock walls, virtual reality, and a ferris wheel. There will also be sand beaches, snowboarding, BMX racing, skydiving, a salt water lake, retail outlets, and a butterfly museum. Construction is set to begin in December, and parts of the park could open as soon as 2019. 
An Airline Boss Who Rejects The Economy Crush
Airlineratings reports long-legged Korean Air chief executive Walter Cho is defying the push towards cramped economy seating by declaring he will not reduce the space between seats on his long-haul aircraft. Cho acknowledged during a media roundtable at the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines’ Assembly of Presidents Friday that airlines could boost profitability by reducing seat pitch. But the lofty CEO said Korean believed customer service started with product and the airline always began with economy class, which was what mattered to the masses. “And …it’s not the taste of the food, it’s not the smile of the flight attendant, it’s the seat that’s most critical I believe,” he said. “We need to give them something that’s bearable for 14 hours of flight, some of our long hauls go more than 10 hours. “I’m a very tall guy and If I cannot fit in the seat we don’t put it in. Not to be colorful, but if I can fit and my knees don’t touch the front seat then it passes our standard.” Airlines in recent years have been cramming more seats into main cabins in an attempt to maximize revenues, arguing that people who want a more comfortable seat can pay extra. A number have introduced extra legroom seats in main cabins that attract a higher fare or an additional fee.
Walt Disney World Announces Nature-Themed Resort To Open in 2022
Guests and Disney Vacation Club members will have a new resort to enjoy in 2022. Walt Disney World has announced plans for a nature-themed mixed resort on Bay Lake. The property will be nestled between Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Theming will match its surroundings as well as reflect Walt Disney’s love and respect for nature. This new location joins previously announced upcoming resort projects that will cumulatively add more than 1,700 new hotel rooms and villas to the “happiest place on Earth.” 
China To Put A ‘Fake Moon’ In The Night Sky By 2020
The Chinese government is planning to launch a “fake moon” into space in two years, and it could save that country hundreds of millions of dollars in annual electricity costs. The satellite is set to be launched into orbit about 310 miles above the city of Chengdu in 2020, and may have the power to entirely replace streetlights, The Daily Wire and others noted. This “moon” will actually be a satellite, an “illumination satellite,” featuring reflective panels that could make it eight times as bright as the real moon. The panels will catch and release light from the sun just as the moon does. This “moon” will reportedly be able to adjust its own brightness and limit or expand its coverage on the ground, which could range from 6 to 50 miles in diameter. The “moon” will also be able to aim light in different directions, which could be a “possible aid in times of disaster,” said The Daily Wire. Prior to launch, tests will be done “in an uninhabited desert” to see if the light could negatively affect the natural cycles of wildlife. Despite the announcement of environmental testing, some people are concerned about the potential light pollution caused by an artificial moon. “This potentially creates significant new environmental problems with what, at first, seems like a novel approach to an already solved problem,” said John Barentine, the director of public policy at the International Dark-Sky Association. Kang Weimin, director of the Institute of Optics at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Heilongjiang, China, said that the light of the satellite is more of a “dusk-like glow,” said Fox News, so it should not affect the welfare of animals. If the satellite is a success, China plans to launch three more in 2022 that could cover even more area. The cost of the project hasn’t been made public. 

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