Travel Briefs

The city of Palma, on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Majorca, will begin banning short-term apartment rentals (such as those listed on Airbnb.com) in July. Locals have complained that rents for apartments have increased more than 40% since 2013 and also that the conditions of neighborhoods have deteriorated due to the behavior of tourists.

Short-term rentals of houses and chalets, or rooms therein, will not be banned. Palma already requires short-term rentals to be licensed, but...

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US travelers can get a free one-way internal flight (from Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney) to Australia’s Outback (Alice Springs, Darwin or Uluru) until Dec. 31, 2018. 

To qualify, you must purchase international airfare to Australia on Qantas by July 31, book at least two nights in the Northern Territory and purchase a travel package from one of these travel partners of Tourism Northern Territory: About Australia (www.aboutaustralia.com), Aspire Down Under (www.aspiredown...

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As of May 31, the $10 fee charged to each foreign visitor flying into the Dominican Republic will be added to the airfare instead of being collected at Customs upon arrival. The island nation is hoping this reduces the hassle and time spent at the airport. Visitors arriving on cruise ships each still must pay the $10 in cash on arrival.

No visas are required to enter the Dominican Republic for US and Canadian travelers. 

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Jiuzhaigou, a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sichuan Province, southwestern China, reopened to the public on March 8, seven months after it closed due to damage from a magnitude-7 earthquake. 

Due to the danger of future quakes, visitors now are limited to 2,000 per day, and each must show proof of insurance before entering.

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The nature-park company Rainforest Adventures opened an ecopark, Rockland Estate (phone 721/543-1135, www.rainforestadventure.com/pages/stmaarten), in the Dutch Caribbean territory of Sint Maarten. It encompasses over 436,000 square meters of natural habitat, with only 3.6% built upon.

At a cost of $90 each, visitors take the Sky Explorer 4-passenger chairlift to the highest point in Sint Maarten, Sentry Hill, for a 360-degree view and to visit the Emilio Wilson Museum, a restored...

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The first purpose-built permanent cruise terminal for Rome, Terminal Amerigo Vespucci, opened in Civitavecchia, Italy, on May 21. Jointly owned and operated byCosta Cruises, MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean International, it can accommodate larger ships.

2.4 million passengers are expected to board there each year, using 120 check-in counters and 90 boarding-status monitors. It includes a VIP lounge plus a small museum with Roman and...

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In Florence, Italy, increased security at the Duomo (the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore), initiated in early 2018, has caused long wait times for visitors. The Duomo is most famous for its 15th-century dome designed by Filippo Brunelle­schi. It is recommended that visitors arrive early (before 8:30 a.m.), when lines are shorter.

No ticket is required to enter the cathedral, itself. However, tickets are required to visit the museum...

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On Sadhu Island in Gujurat, western India, what will be the world’s tallest statue is expected to be completed in October 2018. “The Statue of Unity” will depict Vallabhbhai Patel, who was simultaneously the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister (1947-1950) of independent India. 

Not counting its short pedestal, the steel statue will be 597 feet tall, more than 100 feet taller than the current tallest statue, the Spring Temple Buddha (420 feet) in Lushan...

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