Travel News: Admission Charge doubles for foreigners at Chichén Itzá

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Admission Charge Doubles For Foreign Tourists At Chichén Itzá 

Authorities in Yucatán doubled the admission fee for the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá from 242 to 480 pesos (US $12 to $24) effective January 2, drawing criticism from the tourism sector. Several state tourism and hotel associations warned in a letter to lawmakers that the new fee will cause financial losses for tourist service providers and a drop in the number of visitors to the state. The president of Cetur, the Tourist Business Council of Yucatán, asserted that 90% of tourists visiting Chichén Itzá are foreigners, and that 90% of them travel from the neighboring state of Quintana Roo, meaning that the new fee will negatively impact the tourist industry in both states. Jaime Solís Garza, president of the Tourism Business Council of Yucatan, warned that if the new fee is not rolled back tourist service providers will take their clients to the archaeological site at Tulum, where the price of a ticket is 75 pesos (US $3.80). 


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Venice Plans To Tax Day-Trippers In Effort To Curb Tourism

Travelwirenews reports a controversial new proposal aims to stop overcrowding in the Italian city of Venice, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. To deal with the approximately 30 million visitors it sees every year, the city is planning to start charging many tourists an entrance fee. Locals say that Venice has become a Disneyland for tourists, and the city’s future is at stake reports. Hoards pack its narrow alleys searching for that all-important selfie, but the vast majority, about four-fifths of visitors. do not spend the night, meaning the city loses out on potential earnings from hotel taxes. Now, Italy’s parliament has approved a measure that’ll allow the city to charge tourists who only come for the day up to 10 euros, the U.S. equivalent of about $11.50. The money would go toward keeping the city clean, Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said, and allow locals to live with more decorum. Venetians have told us they’re concerned the daily deluge of visitors is not only straining the city’s resources and delicate architecture but causing Venice to lose its soul. Since 1951, the city’s population has plummeted to fewer than 55,000 people but it can see, on average, more than 80,000 visitors per day. 


United Airlines Publishes A Cookbook For Its Airline Food 

Detroit Free Press reports airline food doesn’t have to stay on the plane: Business-class meals can now be made at home with the new United Polaris cookbook. This isn’t the peanuts and pretzels served in coach. United Airlines shared an image of the cookbook featuring a recipe for “coconut soup with sambal oelek chicken” with the Free Press. According to the United Airlines shop, the $29.99 cookbook features over 40 recipes from United’s executive chefs and chefs from The Trotter Project, which works to aid young chefs in the culinary and hospitality fields. On its website, United said it’s “excited to be the official airline of The Trotter Project,” bringing gourmet options for United Polaris business class passengers and premium transcontinental service flyers, plus new dishes for international economy dining. “A portion of proceeds (for the cookbook) will be donated to The Trotter Project to continue its mission of inspiring the next generation of culinary professionals,” a United spokesperson said Monday. As Travel + Leisure notes, other airlines have also ventured into cookbooks: Southwest Airlines published “Feel the Spirit, Savor the Fare” in 2006 and Delta put out a book of recipes compiled by flight attendants called “First-Class Meals” back in 1987.


Gatwick, Heathrow Airports Order Military-Grade Anti-Drone Equipment

Reuters reports London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports have ordered military-grade anti-drone defenses worth “several million pounds” after drones caused three days of disruption at Gatwick last month. Transport Minister Chris Grayling met police, aviation and defense chiefs on Thursday to discuss the issue, The airports did not immediately comment on the report. Drone sightings caused chaos at Gatwick, Britain’s second busiest airport, last month, disrupting the travel plans of tens of thousands of people in the run up to Christmas. The incident revealed a vulnerability that is being scrutinized by security forces and airport operators worldwide. The military was drafted in to deploy specialist equipment, enabling authorities to reassure the airport that it was safe for planes to take off and land. The technology included the Israeli-designed Drone Dome system, The Times reported. Security minister Ben Wallace said last month Britain’s security forces had detection systems that could be deployed throughout the country to combat the threat of drones. Media reports suggested that the defense ministry had since removed its anti-drone hardware from Gatwick. 



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