Travel News: July 29, 2016

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Rome to Tourists: Stop Swimming in our Fountains
Paste Magazine

When in Rome, do as the Romans do, right? But, you know what Romans don’t do? They don’t swim in the damn fountains.

Two California tourists were fined €450—about $500—each after Italian authorities caught the two reenacting the famed Trevi Fountain scene in Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” Needless to say, the couple should’ve listened to Marcello’s advice as he stepped into the fountain, “We’re
all making a mistake.”

 

Turkey’s tourist industry is getting annihilated – even before the coup
Business Insider

Tourists are steering clear of Turkey.

The country received almost half its the number of foreign visitors in June this year compared to 2015.

Numbers fell 41% to 2.4 million from 4.1 million the year before, according to figures published by the Turkish ministry of tourism on Thursday.

In total, just over 10 million tourists went to Turkey in the first half of the year, 27% fewer than the year before.

 

JetBlue launches $99 flights to Cuba
Washington Examiner

Low-cost airline JetBlue Airways announced Thursday that it will start its commercial flights to Cuba next month.

As long as the Cuban government approves, JetBlue will become the first U.S. commercial airline to fly to Cuba in more than half a century on Aug. 31.

 

Pokémon GO Master Sponsored by Marriott to Travel the World, Add to His Collection
Paste Magazine

Becoming a Pokémon master has its benefits. Just ask Nick Johnson, the Brooklyn tech worker and ultra-avid Pokémon GO player who recently revealed on Reddit that he had caught all 142 Pokémon available in North America. Thanks to Marriott Rewards, Johnson will now have the chance to travel to Europe, Japan and Australia to catch a handful of rare, region-specific Pokémon and add to his already-exceptional collection. A Marriott spokesperson confirmed the company’s offer, per USA Today.

The Pokémon who have thus far eluded Johnson include Mr. Mime, Farfetch’d and Kangaskhan—these rare pocket monsters are reportedly available only in Europe, Asia and Australasia, respectively. Thanks to Marriott’s backing, Johnson will now be able to bring his prodigious Pokédex to 145, which leaves only Ditto, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo and Mew of the original 151. It remains to be seen how or when these legendary Pokémon will factor into Pokémon GO, though they have been detected in the game’s code, but at this point, it seems like only a matter of time before Johnson lands them.

By: Matt Long

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