Travel News: March 28, 2019

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New Zealand Just Added New Entry Requirements for Visitors
Travel Pulse

New Zealand has just announced new entry requirements designed, at least in part, to help step up screening of those visiting the country.

The country’s government has announced a new tourism entry approval process that involves an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) form as well as a new tax named the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).

According to the New Zealand Immigration website, the purpose of the ETA is to “improve the way travelers are assessed before they arrive in New Zealand.” The ETA is also aimed at reducing the time needed for border clearance and strengthening border security.


In preparing for Brexit, Dublin halves the number of cruises allowed to dock
Travel Weekly

Ireland’s cruise tourism is on a roll, but it could soon fizzle following an announcement by Dublin’s port that it will halve the number of cruise calls allowed there to provide more dock space for cargo ships.

The move comes as Ireland braces for Brexit, the exit of Britain from the European Union, which, when it happens, will mean that more cargo from EU countries will head directly to Ireland rather than being trans-shipped to or from the U.K.


Some Vegas Resorts are Cutting Fees to Increase Visitation
Travel Pulse

Las Vegas resort fees are pesky, but travelers will be happy to know that some Vegas resorts are lowering their fees or offering no-resort-fee promotions to entice more guests and increase visitation rates.

Resort fees are daily additional charges for guest services like Wi-Fi and pool and gym access, fees that are generally included in room rates by hotels that are not considered “resorts.” In 2018, Las Vegas visitation rates reached a four-year low at only 42.1 million visitors and some resorts think with lower resort fees, it may help visitation rates to increase.


Iceland closes popular canyon after Justin Bieber music video prompts spike in tourists
The Hill

Iceland is temporarily shuttering a tourist spot after a Justin Bieber music video brought newfound visitor attention to the area.

The Environment Agency of Iceland announced this month that the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, located about 150 miles east of Reykjavik, has seen “severe” damage to vegetation due to high foot traffic, according to a number of reports.

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