Two Mediterranean port cities that welcome an overwhelming number of cruise ships each day, delivering thousands of passengers on land who spend little money in their historically preserved cities, are speaking up to local governments. These cities are requesting restrictions on the number of arrivals.
Residents of Palma de Mallorca, a busy port city that takes on 1.75 million cruise passengers per year (the third-highest in Europe), drafted a petition asking for the number of cruise ships arriving at the port to decrease to one per day, bringing approximately 4,000 visitors to the island daily. At the time of print, the petition had 11,000 signatures and was set to be presented to the local city council.
Farther east in Dubrovnik, Croatia, similar measures are undergoing implementation. The city partnered with the Cruise Lines International Association to create a Memorandum of Understanding, which lays out strategies to best manage cruise ships in the long term.
Under this memorandum, the city plans to introduce its “Respect the City” campaign, which would limit the number of daily visitors to Dubrovnik’s UNESCO-protected Old Town and limit the number of cruise ships in the harbor each day.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
The Luxury Collection again teamed with artist Sofía Sanchez de Beta to unveil an exclusive capsule collection, this time with 54 pieces inspired by the Arabian Desert and Emirati culture. The ready-to-wear line includes an array of separates created with Dubai’s climate in mind, such as lightweight blouses and tunics, flowing jumpsuits, long skirts and dresses.
British Airways launched a new in-flight entertainment channel in honor of its year-long centenary celebration. The new channel, christened Celebrate BA100, highlights the best of British in-flight entertainment.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
An industry-first update to the award-winning Four Seasons app allows guests to plan travel more seamlessly. The app, completely overhauled, now includes a new trip planning itinerary feature that allows guests to easily customize their stay.