Travel News: November 2, 2017

Highland Cow Scotland UK

Climbing to be banned on sacred red rock formation Uluru
AP Travel

Climbing the dramatic rock formation Uluru will be banned in two years after declining as visitors to the Australian scenic landmark increasingly recognize its sacredness to indigenous people.

A park board made up of a majority of the traditional owners of the land where the rock stands made the decision Wednesday.

One of the landowners, Sammy Wilson, said, “It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland.”


Park Hyatt opens on St. Kitts
Travel Weekly

The Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour opened Nov. 1 on Banana Bay, marking the Park Hyatt brand’s debut in the Caribbean.

The 126-room resort is home to three restaurants, the first Miraval Life in Balance Spa in the Caribbean and the Reception Hall, which offers indoor event space and wedding venues.

To encourage guests’ island immersion, the Park Hyatt offers a series of curated “journeys” focused on St. Kitts and Nevis history, culture and people.


New TSA rule: All electronics must go in screening bins
Washington Post

What do cameras, e-readers, Game Boys, tablets, CPAP machines, DVD players and Barbie B-Books have in common? They are all electronics that go on vacation and must now join laptops in the security checkpoint bins.

Since July, travelers at 10 airports have been removing electronics larger than cellphones, as part of the Transportation Security Administration’s security enhancement plan. (The airports are in Colorado Springs; Detroit; Boise, Idaho; Phoenix; Boston; Los Angeles; Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Fla.; Las Vegas; Lubbock County, Tex.; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.) Now, it’s the rest of the country’s turn. Over the next few weeks and months, TSA will introduce the procedure at airports around the nation; the three Washington-area airports have already converted several security lanes. The agency installed signage to help travelers, though the practice will ring familiar to most passengers.


Scottish Highlands feel the strain as tourism surge causes disruption
The Guardian

“You’d struggle to find anyone in the Highlands who is anti-tourist,” says the SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Kate Forbes, “but some people have been pushed to the brink.” Forbes adds succinctly: “There is perfectly legitimate nimbyism going on when someone is doing the toilet in your garden!”

Locals and politicians agree that the summer of 2017 saw the exponential growth in tourist numbers reach a tipping point. Across the Highlands, this year’s peak season brought reports of motorhome waste dumped by the roadside in the Western Isles, police advising visitors to Skye to book overnight accommodation in advance, and warnings of an increase in accidents along the newly launched North Coast 500 route as unfamiliar drivers struggled to negotiate narrow single track roads.

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