Travel News: January 8, 2018

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Germany: Flooding prompts new shipping restrictions on Rhine
AP Travel

Flooding on the Rhine river in Germany has prompted authorities to halt shipping around Cologne, but officials hope that water levels will peak early in the week.

Persistent rainfall and melting snow have led to a gradual rise in river levels in western Germany over recent days. Authorities had already restricted shipping on upper reaches of the Rhine and on two of its major tributaries, the Moselle and Neckar rivers.

On Sunday, Cologne authorities said traffic for vessels including tourist boats has now been stopped in the city, where the river is relatively narrow. A riverside promenade was flooded, but officials said the fairly low-lying historic center isn’t threatened.


Ethiopian Airlines Seeks to Ease Inter-Africa Travel
Travel Pulse

As international travel to the African continent blossoms—visitation was up 6.5 percent in 2017—getting to Africa is becoming easier than ever. A number of carriers are increasing or expanding international service to their African hubs.

While getting to the continent may be easier than ever, moving around Africa often times remains a challenge.

Ethiopian Airlines, however, is seeking to alleviate some of that pain. The airline has announced it is looking to establish new hub airports in southern Africa, Central Africa and the Horn, in order to better connect neighboring countries, and further develop trade and tourism within the continent.


India to Cap Number of Taj Mahal Visitors

On busy tourist days, as many as 70,000 people wander through the majestic gardens and opulent interiors of the Taj Mahal. But due to conservation and safety concerns, that could soon change. As Anuja Jaiswall reports for the Times of India, the Indian government plans to institute a cap on the number of local visitors to the Taj Mahal, allowing no more than 40,000 Indian residents to enter the site each day.

During a meeting on Tuesday, representatives of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discussed several crowd-management strategies with culture minister Mahesh Sharma and other high-ranking officials. The cap, which will go into effect on January 20, will apply to Indian tourists, who pay a reduced entry fee. Between sunrise and noon, up to 20,000 Indian residents will be permitted to enter the Taj Mahal; another 20,000 will be granted entry between noon and sunset.


Temperatures inch up; icy travel looms; airlines try to get back on track

Bitter cold that seized the East Coast will begin to ease this week as airlines try to get back on track after days of snarled traffic.

By Monday and Tuesday, temperatures could reach into the 30s and 40s from Philadelphia to Boston after hovering in the 20s on Sunday, forecasters say.

“With the wind dying down it will probably feel significantly better, although many of these areas will still be below freezing,” said Patrick Burke, a National Weather Service meteorologist in College Park, Md.

But even as temperatures ease, icy precipitation forecast from Chicago to eastern North Carolina could make travel treacherous on Monday.

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By: Matt Long

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