Unesco is adding to its list of World Heritage sites, the TSA defends its adult diaper screening, Australian airlines resume flying after a five-day shutdown, Hilton is coming to Mombasa's North Coast, and more. Here is what travellers are buzzing about:
World's newest cultural and
In Paris, the United Nations committee that manages the list of World Heritage
sites is set to add
more places to its list between now and Wednesday. Last week, UN
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) added eight World Heritage sites
to its register of 923 cultural and
natural sites. New man made treasures include the historic district
of Bridgetown, Barbados,
and the Walter Gropius-designed, steel-and-glass Fagus Factory
in Germany. New natural wonders include Japan's Ogasawara Islands, which lie
about 600 miles south of Tokyo and are nicknamed the "Galapagos of the
Orient" for their unique wildlife, reports Yomiuri Shimbun. The
committee is considering 29 other nominations.
its adult diaper screening
The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) says it
was right to make a 95-year old woman in late stages of leukaemia remove her
adult diaper for a security screening, according to an agency statement
reported by the New
York Daily News. "If this is your
procedure — which I do understand — I also feel that your procedure needs to be
changed," said Jean Weber, the woman's daughter, to CNN.
"It's something I couldn't imagine happening on American soil."
airlines resume flights to New Zealand
This morning Qantas,
Jetstar, and V Australia resumed
most flights between Australia and New Zealand after a five-day disruption
due to a volcanic ash plume from Chile, reports Bloomberg. For details, see
each airline's website.
No word yet
on the possible Virgin Atlantic strike
As we reported last Thursday, pilots for Virgin Atlantic have voted
to strike, but no dates or times have yet been announced. Travellers planning
to fly the airline this summer should make sure Virgin has the most up-to-date
contact information in the event a strike disrupts their plans.
Hilton may open a hotel in Mombasa,
The East African nation of Kenya scared away travellers in 2008 after
election-related violence, but visitor numbers have since recovered. In a
promising sign, the Hilton
hotel chain plans to build
two properties among the beaches and game reserves of Mombasa's North
Coast, according to an interview with the country's tourism minister
reported by The Standard. We can only hope that Mombasa will be one of the
sites for the new sub-brand of hotel and beach clubs being
created by Paris Hilton, the 30-year old heiress to the chain, according to
Parade last week.
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