Travel Briefs

In South Kuta on the island of Bali, Indonesia, that nation's tallest statue was unveiled on Sept. 21, 2018. The massive bronze statue, called the "Garuda Wisnu Kencana," depicts the Hindu god Vishnu riding the mythical, bird-like Garuda.

Located at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Kuta Selatan, Badung 80364, Bali-Indonesia; phone +62 361 700 808, gwkbali.com), the 246-foot-tall statue — 396 feet tall including the base — has a 210-foot...

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Originally on display for one year in 2011-2012, a panorama depicting the ancient Greek city of Pergamon opened this fall in Berlin at the Pergamonmuseum. Das Panorama (Museumsinsel Berlin, Am Kupfergraben, 10117 Berlin, Germany; phone +49 30 266 424242, www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/pergamonmuseum-das-panorama/home....).

On view until 2024, the panorama offers 360-degree views of an artist's rendition of what Pergamon may have looked like in AD 129. This time, the...

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Apartments in Barcelona, Spain, must be licensed for short-term rentals. Visitors now can check if an apartment is licensed or not by visiting the city-run website meet.barcelona.cat/habitatgesturistics/en and inputting the address.

The American Society of Travel Agents, or ASTA (Alexandria, VA; 800/275-2782, www.asta.org), changed its name to the American Society of Travel Advisors on Aug. 21. The name and logo changed, but all of the association's services remain the same.

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Aboard a double-decker bus with a kitchen below, you can enjoy a gourmet meal while on a sightseeing tour of Paris with Bustronome (2 avenue Kléber, 75116, Paris, France; phone +33 954 444 555, www.bustronome.com). A free "Audiopen" provides commentary (includes English).

Tours run daily, a 1¾-hour, 4-course lunch (meet at 12:00 or 12:30) and a 2¾-hour, 6-course dinner (7:30 or 8:30). A lunch tour costs €65 (child, €40) or, paired with wine, €85 (near $100...

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On New Zealand's South Island, near Lake Tekapo, visitors can take a stargazing tour at the Mt. John Observatory with Earth & Sky (Lake Tekapo; phone +64 3 680 6960, www.earthandsky.co.nz). Mt. John is within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, among places noted for the clarity of their night skies.

On the 2-hour tour, guests view the sky through powerful portable telescopes set up by Earth & Sky or, on cloudy days, tour the Mt. John Observatory, normally...

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A data breach involving Air Canada's smartphone app may have resulted in the stealing of the personal information, including passport information, of thousands of customers. Authorities are unsure how the breach occurred or who is responsible for it but noted that Air Canada had a weak password system. All customers with an Air Canada account have been asked to reset their passwords using new, more stringent guidelines.

Only customers who used the app to book flights were affected...

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Budget Canadian airline Swoop (www.flyswoop.com) started operating four routes in the US in August, with only one fare class on each flight: from Edmonton (YEG) to Phoenix-Mesa (AZA) [for CAD99 (near $76)] and from John C. Munro Airport (YHM) in Hamilton, Ontario, to four airports: Las Vegas McCarran (LAS) [CAD179], Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) [CAD179], Orlando (MCO) [CAD169] or Tampa International (TPA) [CAD159].

At press time, tickets were available for purchase for the dates of...

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