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Amsterdam, Holland: Too Many Tourists In Red Light District PDF Print E-mail


Concerned city officials may pass laws to ban groups of over 15 visitors wandering there, and eventually forbid tours entirely. They want to prevent overcrowding, but as one city father complained “also because it is not respectful to sex workers. It is outdated to treat sex workers as a tourist attraction.”

The Dutch capital has already banned current so-called free tours, where guides and other locals encourage tourists to join them at the Red Light District for a fee plus a city tax. So, on your next visit to Amsterdam, understand and obey the rules while wandering the sights, streets, hookers and canals.

 
Singapore And France Ban Scooters From Sidewalks PDF Print E-mail


After many accidents and at least one fatality, the Asian city-state popular tourist destination now forbids riding e-scooters on sidewalks. New enforcements say "Those caught riding on e-scooters on footpaths will be liable for a fine of $1,472 (SGD$2000) and, or, jail up to three months.

Scooters are no longer allowed on sidewalks in France, but with more moderate fines for violators at just $150 (135 euros). Many U.S. cities already have bans, but as you can see in the photo, some speeders ignore the law and scoot cluelessly over the sidewalk signs. www.cnn.com/travel/article/singapore-e-scooter-ban-intl-hnk/index

 
Havana, Cuba, Celebrated 500th Birthday PDF Print E-mail


The Cuban government sponsored a jubilee week in mid-November as the capital city marked the anniversary of its birth. There were and still are ongoing events at historic and performance sites. Distinguished visitors helped celebrate the birthday, including members of the Spanish royal family. Events include fireworks over the Malecon seaside promenade, parades, sports and all types of local foods and wines.

Havana’s history consists of being part of a Spanish colony for four centuries, English rule for one year and occupation by US troops for several months during the Kennedy presidency. If you plan to enjoy all the beauty and history of the Cuban capital city, be sure to check current regulations and restrictions on U.S. visitors. www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/18/havana-on-its-500th-birthday-then-and-now

 
Air Taxis: Soon To Take Over Busy City Streets? PDF Print E-mail


A test flying taxi recently flew over Singapore's crowded waterfront, eventually expecting to lead to normal air service in traffic-choked Asian cities.The 18-prop German-made chopper may soon regularly carry passengers.

Volocopter has already successfully tested in Dubai, Helsinki, Germany and Las Vegas. Singapore may be among the first to get the regular daily service within two to four years. Fares are expected to be moderately higher than charged for earthbound taxis. However, the dangers of the new air taxis and delivery drones accidentally hitting other vehicles and people have yet to be considered by local officials and eager lawyers.

 
NYC To Sydney: Longest Non-Stop In Aviation History PDF Print E-mail


Australia’s Qantas Airline completed a first 10,000-mile passenger flight of 19 hours and 16 minutes. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner departed in the evening with just 50 passengers so that the fuel usage could be monitored, as well as physical reactions of the crew and passengers.

In-flight tests included measuring pilot brain waves, melatonin levels and alertness to exercise classes for passengers. Project Sunrise will continue to operate regular, non-stop commercial flights from Australia’s east coast cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York. More research flights are scheduled: London to Sydney in November and another New York to Sydney in December. apnews.com/d6545469f97842e8b1c908397812a39d

 
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