Travel News: December 14, 2018

Taj Mahal India

Cádiz to banish 5000 pigeons for menacing tourists
The Independent

Cádiz in Spain has pledged to remove 5,000 pigeons after local hotel owners claimed they were “menacing” tourists and putting people off visiting.

Horeca, a federation of hoteliers in the Spanish city, first brought up the issue two years ago, highlighting in particular that Cathedral Square, a popular tourist destination, was rife with the birds.


United starts selling no-frills basic economy tickets on flights to Europe
USA Today

United Airlines has started selling no frills basic economy tickets on flights to Europe, joining competitors Delta and American.

Basic economy tickets are (usually) airlines’ cheapest tickets but come with restrictions that turn off all but the most budget-conscious flyers and light packers.

A basic economy ticket from Chicago to London in mid-February on is $663 round trip compared with $798 for an economy ticket.


Airbnb, HomeAway and Others Form International Vacation Rental Group in Japan

It’s been in the works for six months and finally a Japan Association of Vacation Rental will be incorporated in January, comprising nine founding members that aim to boost Japan’s tourism through vacation rental businesses, including homesharing, ryokans that use residential facilities, and event vacation rentals.

The group comes together as Japan has been strictly enforcing rules against illegal rentals.

The association includes Agoda International Japan, Airbnb, Japan, Ctrip International Travel Japan, HomeAway, Hyakusenrenma, Tujia Japan, Rakuten Lifull Stay and Space Market, the latter a Tokyo-based startup offering on-demand rental of unused or idle venues.


Visiting the Taj Mahal Just Got More Expensive
Travel + Leisure

Visitors will now have to pay higher entry fees to visit India’s famed Taj Mahal and its main mausoleum.

The attraction in Agra, which was built in the 17th century, is admired by travelers and locals alike each year thanks to its mesmerizing architectural beauty that incorporates arches, domes, and marble features.

The Taj Mahal attracts an estimated 8 million visitors a year, a large majority of them being Indian citizens.

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