France24: Venice dodges demotion on world heritage list after large cruise ships banned

France24: Venice dodges demotion on world heritage list after large cruise ships banned. “Venice avoided being named a world heritage site in danger by UNESCO on Thursday, just weeks after Italy moved to ban large cruise ships from sailing into the city centre. The city has been on UNESCO’s heritage list since 1987, but the UN body warned last month of the need for ‘more sustainable tourism management’, recommending that Venice be added to its endangered list.”

Cultural Pit-Stops: making hours of boring travel time fly by (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Cultural Pit-Stops: making hours of boring travel time fly by. “We plan our journey ahead with chills of excitement, eagerly choosing which swimsuits will make it into our suitcase or dreaming of days blurring into long naps and lemonade-sipping, counting down the moments until we can finally hit the road. But then the long-awaited day arrives and time shifts as hours seem to stretch long while we wait to board a plane, travel hundreds of kilometers or miles by car (sometimes with kids or pets) or embark on multiple train rides. How can we make it go faster? Google Arts & Culture and its partners have got you covered with Cultural Pit-Stops: a series of fun and educative activities you can do alone or with a group to help speed up time while you travel.”

National Parks Traveler: Mapping Out Your Lewis And Clark National Historic Trail Trek

National Parks Traveler: Mapping Out Your Lewis And Clark National Historic Trail Trek. “[The site] is designed to help you learn more about the host communities, local businesses, and attractions located along the 4,900-mile trail. Through the portal’s interactive map guide, travelers can plan themed trips and locate recommendations for lodging, historic places, sustainable communities, natural areas, and tribal lands.”

Travel Agent Central: Wheel The World Launches New Website

Travel Agent Central: Wheel The World Launches New Website. “The online travel marketplace allows travelers to browse and book places to stay, things to do, and multi-day tours in more than 50 destinations around the world while providing detailed information about accessibility that lets travelers make informed choices about how and where they can travel with ease.”

Virtual reality travel: is it more than just a gimmick? (National Geographic)

National Geographic: Virtual reality travel: is it more than just a gimmick?. “Being able to step into a 3D space, be it a hotel room or museum, natural beauty spot or city street, isn’t only a useful tool at the planning stage, but a means to augment your experience on the road, and a way to relive it afterwards. VR also offers opportunities to explore with a lighter carbon footprint and, right now, while international travel remains limited, it caters to both those hungry for new horizons and travellers seeking a way to revisit favourite haunts.”

Travel Weekly: Orbitz users can now search for LGBTQ-friendly accommodations

Travel Weekly: Orbitz users can now search for LGBTQ-friendly accommodations. “The tool highlights more than 35,000 independent, boutique and branded hotels that have signed an Orbitz Inclusivity Pledge against discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual identity. At a minimum, lodging partners that have signed this pledge are committed to enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for hateful, disrespectful or discriminatory behavior from staff at any level.”

Chowan Herald: African American Experience launches on Juneteenth

Chowan Herald: African American Experience launches on Juneteenth. “A regional tourism initiative designed to connect people with Black heritage and historical sites will kick off Saturday. The African American Experience of Northeast North Carolina highlights the contributions of African Americans while encouraging a better understanding of the region’s cultural heritage.” The site includes a “digital heritage trail” of the sites.

Washington Post: He faked a coronavirus certificate to fly to Argentina, officials say. He was infected all along.

Washington Post: He faked a coronavirus certificate to fly to Argentina, officials say. He was infected all along.. “Just hours before he was set to board a flight home to Argentina on Saturday, Santiago Solans Portillo received some news that appeared to throw a wrench in his travel plans: His coronavirus test had come back positive, authorities say. But when the 29-year-old arrived at the airport in Miami, he made no such disclosure to the American Airlines agents checking him in, instead presenting a medical certificate that said he was fit to fly. It was only the following day, when he landed in Buenos Aires and health officials took his temperature, finding he had a fever of 101.3 degrees, that he made his confession: He probably had covid-19 — and should not have boarded the plane.”

Travel+Leisure: Qatar Airways Operates First-ever Fully-vaccinated Flight

Travel+Leisure: Qatar Airways Operates First-ever Fully-vaccinated Flight. “The flight, which took off on a Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1000 from Doha’s Hamad International Airport at about 11 a.m. local time and returned to the city at 2 p.m., was a glimpse into a possible future. Every passenger and crew member was fully vaccinated along with the staff at check-in, according to the airline.”

‘I paid $15,000:’ Baton Rouge man arrested at Disney resort for refusing temperature check (The Advocate)

The Advocate: ‘I paid $15,000:’ Baton Rouge man arrested at Disney resort for refusing temperature check. “A Louisiana tourist complained he paid $15,000 for a Disney World vacation that was disrupted when he was arrested after refusing to have his temperature checked at Disney Springs, according to video footage released last week by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.”

The Verge: Expedia launches a new tool to check coronavirus travel restrictions

The Verge: Expedia launches a new tool to check coronavirus travel restrictions. “As more people get vaccinated against the coronavirus and spring weather coaxes people outside, we’re all thinking about those travel plans we shelved last summer. But with COVID-19 travel restrictions varying by country and by state in the US, it’s difficult to figure out what’s safe and what the latest rules are. Expedia Group — whose online travel agent (OTA) websites include Expedia, Vrbo, Travelocity, Hotels.com, and others — has created a tool to help travelers plan trips while adhering to COVID-19 restrictions at their destinations.”

Daily Beast: COVID-Crazed Brits Are Risking Huge Fines to Go on Vacation

Daily Beast: COVID-Crazed Brits Are Risking Huge Fines to Go on Vacation. “After more than a year of lockdowns and restrictions, some stir-crazy travelers will do anything to get away from it all—even if that means paying a hefty fine. In the U.K., the government is set to fine anyone who travels abroad without a ‘valid reason’ 5,000 pounds ($6,895) starting Monday. But where there is a will, there is always a way, and we found a number of loopholes that are sure to send people packing.”