My pick of the week’s top travel stories, in a quick and easy-to-read Travelist-style blast.
1 – KOMODO ISLAND MAY BE CLOSING
The Indonesian government are considering closing Komodo Island for a year, reports claim, to increase the Komodo and local (prey) deer population. The island is commonly accessed from Flores where Labuan Bajo airport increased capacity tenfold in 2015, resulting in tourist numbers to the area increasing heavily and poaching on the island is not uncommon.
2 – NEW ZEALAND TO INTRODUCE ETA SYSTEM
If you are from the US, UK, Europe, or one of the many countries not requiring a visa to go to New Zealand, you’ll soon need to fill out an Australia-style ETA application before you arrive (it’ll take three days and cost around $10 USD). It’s expected to come into effect “in the second half of 2019”.
3 – JAPAN IN FULL BLOOM
Japan is pretty much at peak cherry blossom and for large swathes of the country, now is the time to go, according to Japan-guide.com. Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kyoto and Kumamoto are all in full bloom and the images are stunning.
4 – ITALY MOST DESIRED TRAVEL DESTINATION
Italy is the world’s “most desired” travel destination according to a global study carried out by Travelsupermarket.com. Brits preferred Spain and Aussies like the Maldives but across the world, Italy pipped the number one spot (2:Spain, 3: Australia, 4: Greece, 5: France). Can’t believe Cornwall wasn’t even considered, personally.
5 – CHANGI STILL WORLD’S BEST AIRPORT
For the seventh year running, Changi Airport in Singapore has been awarded Skytrax’s global gong. It’s the first time any airport has done it seven years in a row. Check out my post on why I think it was fully deserved.
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