Venice to introduce day-tripper tax

Authorities in the Italian canal city of Venice say a tax on day-trippers will start being charged from 1 July next year. The tax was announced nearly a year ago but its implementation was delayed as officials needed to work out on how it would be paid and enforced.Authorities said that the level of the tax will be decided closer to the…

California bans hotels from using tiny plastic bottles

Hotels in the most populous state of the US will have to stop giving guests small plastic shampoo bottles under a new law set to take effect starting in 2023.Gavin Newsom, governor of California announced he had signed a law banning hotels from giving guests plastic bottles filled with shampoo, conditioner or soap. It takes effect in 2023…

UAE sees rise in tourists from Russia

The number of Russian tourists travelling to the UAE increased more than 55% in the second quarter of 2019, compared to the same period last year, according to new data released by Expedia Group.Recent travel data show that Dubai has welcomed 8.36 million international overnight visitors in the first six months (January-June) of 2019,…

Qatar wins bid to host World Symposium of Choral Music in 2023

Qatar has won the rights to host the World Symposium of Choral Music in 2023. Held once every three years, the International Federation of Choral Music’s (IFCM) flagship event is considered the most prestigious non-competitive choral event and will attract 2000-4000 international delegates to the country, reinforcing its position as a hub for…

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