India joins the US and China in refusing to participate in the EU's upcoming greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme, Maastricht bans overseas tourists from its cannabis coffee-shops, the US government cautions travellers to be vigilant after an anti-terrorist strike in Yemen, and more. Here are the stories travellers are buzzing about:
rejects EU airline emissions plan
Bad news for the European Union's goal to charge
foreign airlines for certificates to emit carbon dioxide when using European airports
after 1 January, 2012. India announced its opposition to the plan
today, joining more than 20 other nations, including the US and China, reports
Reuters. Participating in the permits trading scheme would cost non-EU airlines
about $3 billion through 2020, according to an aviation group opposed to the
plan. No response yet from EU officials.
bans some overseas tourists from its cannabis coffee shops
Since Saturday, coffee shops in the Dutch city of
Maastricht may only allow customers with Dutch, Belgian or German passports to
buy cannabis, reports BBC News. Maastricht is the first
city in the Netherlands to ban some foreign visitors from buying
cannabis. The city is taking advantage of legal permission granted earlier this
year by EU courts to pass such a law. The sale of cannabis is said to be
related to crime and traffic problems.
travellers to be vigilant in aftermath of events in Yemen
The US State Department issued a global travel alert this weekend, warning of the
chance of anti-American attacks in response to the killing of Anwar
al-Awlaki, named by US officials as "chief of external operations"
for "a Yemeni branch of terrorist group al Qaeda". The alert
recommends that US citizens travelling abroad enrol in its Smart Traveller
Enrolment Program (STEP), which
delivers updated details on security issues.
celebrates with an alternative to Oktoberfest
Last year, the German city founded an alternative
event to the beer festival that brings half-a-million visitors annually. The
event, translated as "old Oktoberfest", offers old-fashioned
carnival rides, traditional Bavarian music (not limited to oompah bands), and
authentic dress, such as lederhosen and dirndls -- free of university-age
drunkards, according to Der Spiegel. The event won't take place next year,
however; it will take a year off to recover.
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