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The National Famine Way, a 165-kilometer walking route from County Roscommon to Dublin, was inaugurated in May 2019. Commemorating the two million people who either died or emigrated during the Great Irish Famine in the mid-19th century, the route follows the path taken by 1,490 people who were forcefully evicted from Strokestown Park estates in 1847 and walked toward Dublin to board emigration ships.

A museum marks each end of the route: the National Famine Museum (Strokestown Park...

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Daxing International Airport (PKX), serving Beijing, China, opened on Sept. 25. Shaped like a 6-armed starfish, with terminals in five of the arms, it is the largest single-building airport in the world, measuring 700,000 square meters.

Twenty-nine miles south of Tiananmen Square, the airport is expected to welcome more than 170 million passengers a year. At press time, six domestic Chinese airlines were flying to and from the airport, with British Airways, Finnair and Cathay Pacific...

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In October 2016, TripAdvisor (www.tripadvisor.com) and its subsidiary, Viator (www.viator.com), stopped selling tickets to animal experiences in which travelers interact directly with wild animals, such as elephant riding, walking with lions, etc., as part of an animal-welfare initiative (Dec. ’17, pg. 54).

On Oct. 2, 2019, TripAdvisor expanded its animal-welfare initiative by announcing that, worldwide, the company will no longer sell tickets to parks or aquariums that breed or...

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Travelers from 52 countries, including the US, Canada and UK, now can visit Saudi Arabia on tourist visas, introduced Sept. 27, 2019, for the first time. Evisas are available in one-month single-entry and one-year multiple-entry versions.

To apply for an evisa, visit visa.visitsaudi.com. A passport with at least six months of validity from the planned date of entry to Saudi Arabia and the address of your accommodation are required. (No proof of accommodation booking is required, only...

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UK-based travel company Thomas Cook went belly-up on Sept. 23, leaving more than 155,000 tourists stranded around the world. Using assistance from private airlines chartered by the UK government, the largest peacetime repatriation of British citizens was effected to return travelers booked with Thomas Cook to the UK. Citizens of other nations who were on vacations booked through Thomas Cook were not included in that repatriation.

The company, which described itself as the oldest tour...

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Marriott (www.marriott.com) announced on Sept. 28 that it will no longer provide single-use toiletries bottles, such as shampoo, conditioner or soap, in its rooms. They will be replaced by refillable, pump-top bottles by December 2020. Marriott estimated that it had been disposing of 500 million small plastic bottles each year.

The benefits of the French Riviera Pass, which allows free admission to more than 50 museums, parks, event venues, etc., have been expanded to cover the entire city of Nice and its metropolitan area in addition to the rest of the Côte d’Azur, already included. The card also grants holders rides on the public transportation network for €4 per day.

There are three versions of the pass — 24-hour (€26 [near $28.50]), 48-hour (€38) and 72-hour (€56) —...

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When flying into Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a visitor can buy a KL TravelPass that provides not only a rail transfer from the airport into the city but two days of unlimited rides on the LRT, MRT and KL Monorail lines within the city.

At Kuala Lumpur Int’l Airport (KLIA), tickets can be purchased at KL Ekspres ticket counters, found in the KLIA Int’l Arrivals Hall on levels 1 and 3, as well as on level 2 and at the KLIA Ekspres Station in the KLIA2 Int’l Arrivals Hall,...

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