Travel Briefs

Between Aug. 21 and Sept. 5, a data breach involving British Airways' smartphone app exposed the passport numbers and credit card information of thousands of customers. It is estimated that the personal information of more than 300,000 people was stolen.

Only the accounts of customers who used the app to purchase or change flights were included in the breach. Accounts of people making purchases or changes on the airline's website ( were not exposed.


The Greek island of Santorini is planning to limit visitors arriving by cruise ship to 8,000 a day by 2019. The ring-shaped island, located in the southern Aegean Sea, is actually the caldera of a massive volcano. In 2018 it saw upward of 18,000 people arrive daily during the high season. The island's total population is about 15,000.


Viking River Cruises (Los Angeles, CA; 877/705-7631, announced that, as of Aug. 1, 2018, children under 18 would no longer be allowed on their trips. Previously, children as young as 12 could go on cruises.

Sister company Viking Ocean Cruises ( has been "adults only" since its inception in 2015.

After widespread bleaching in some areas of Australia's Great Barrier Reef in 2016-2017 led to a mass die-off of corals (Dec. '16, pg. 63), a milder 2017-2018 summer, along with the success of new coral nurseries, resulted in a better-than-expected recovery. Surveys have shown that new and rejuvenated corals are showing vibrant colors in areas that had been widely bleached.


Located in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, southwest of Lyon, France, is a memorial and museum to the citizens of the small town who risked their lives to save more than 3,000 Jews from the Holocaust during World War II.

Exhibits at the Lieu de Mémoire (23 Route du Mazet, 43400 Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France; phone +33 4 71 56 56 65, include audio and video testimonies of those who helped hide Jewish refugees from the Vichy Republic, which had been tasked by Nazi...


The National Museum of Brazil, located on the campus of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, was gutted by a fire on Sept. 3, with almost a complete loss of the more than 20 million items in its collections. No one was hurt in the fire, which occurred after closing time when no one was in the building.

The museum did not have a fire-prevention or -suppression system. Investigations into the cause of the fire were ongoing at press time.

The building, dating back to when...


Pakyong Airport (PYG), the first airport in Sikkim, an eastern Himalayan state in India that borders Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet (China), began operation on Oct. 8. The single-runway airport is located on a mountainside at an elevation of 4,500 feet.

At press time, SpiceJet (Gurgaon, India; offered flights to Pakyong from Kolkata and Guwahati, India. Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines (Paro, Bhutan; is scheduled to begin service from Paro, Bhutan, in...


With the app "Arataki – Cultural Walking Trails – New Zealand," your smartphone becomes a Maori storyteller.

The app contains guides to culturally significant Maori locations along walking trails. As you follow a trail, "beacons" connect to the app and, using text, images, audio and video, present tales and legends of locations you're passing.

Arataki is free on Android and iPhone and requires Bluetooth for full functionality. Currently, sites that work with the...