Category: Travel

Travel admin November 1, 2021

London to New York in 90 minutes? It could be possible

Almost two decades since Concorde retired, interest around supersonic travel has been picking up pace, and several super-fast planes are under development. Airlines seem interested: United has already committed itself to offering supersonic routes as early as 2029. But what about hypersonic travel, which happens at speeds of Mach 5 -- five times the speed of sound -- and above? That would get an aircraft from New York to London in just 90 minutes, compared to about three hours for Concorde, and between six to seven hours for a regular passenger jet. Is it even possible? Hermeus, an Atlanta-based startup

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Travel admin November 1, 2021

Stranded tourists return to Teknaf safely

More than three hundred tourists, who stranded on St Martin's Island due to rough weather, returned to Teknaf safely on Tuesday. A trawler carrying the tourists returned this morning after the weather conditions became normal. Earlier, the authorities concerned have suspended the movement of passenger vessels between Teknaf and St Martin's Island from Sunday afternoon.   Nur Ahmed, chairman of St Martin's Island union, said “The tourists got stranded due to suspension of the trawler movement and all the tourists on the island were safe”. More than three hundred tourists, who stranded on St Martin's Island due to rough weather, returned

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Travel admin November 1, 2021

Australia to start travel bubble with Singapore

Australia will soon establish a travel bubble with Singapore, with details of the plan to be revealed next week, says Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Singapore will be only the second travel corridor for Australia, which has closed its borders to foreigners since the start of the pandemic. It currently only allows New Zealanders to freely visit. The deal with Singapore extends Australia's aims to reopen international travel next month. But Australia will initially only allow vaccinated citizens, permanent residents and their family members to enter without needing to quarantine. Mr Morrison last week said the nation would then prioritise visa

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Travel admin November 1, 2021

Vietnam to open Phu Quoc island to vaccinated tourists in November

Vietnam plans to reopen the resort island of Phu Quoc to vaccinated foreign visitors in late November, authorities said, as the country looks to reboot its tourism industry after almost two years of closure. Phu Quoc, which lies around 10 kilometres (six miles) off Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand, boasts white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters, as well as mountains and thick jungle. It attracted around 670,000 visitors and earned more than $18 billion dollars from international arrivals in 2019, with authorities hoping to turn it into a tourist mecca in the style of Thailand's Phuket or Indonesia's Bali. 

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Travel admin November 1, 2021

Singapore to permit entry of travellers from six countries

Singapore will on Wednesday begin allowing the entry of travellers from six countries, including India, from which travel was barred, a move that is expected to benefit thousands of Indian students and professionals. The decision follows a review of Singapore’s Covid-19-related travel restrictions and is aimed at further opening up the country to international travellers. Singapore’s recent decision to open “Vaccinated Travel Lanes” for 11 countries, including Brunei, Germany, France, Italy and the UK, while excluding India had not gone down well with many Indians living and working in the city state. A statement issued by Singapore’s health ministry on

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Travel admin November 1, 2021

US issues its first passport with ‘X’ gender marker

The United States has issued its first passport with an “X” gender designation — a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who don’t identify as male or female — and expects to be able to offer the option to nonbinary, intersex and gender-nonconforming people early next year, the State Department said said Wednesday. The U.S.′ special diplomatic envoy for LGBTQ rights, Jessica Stern, called the moves historic and celebratory, saying they bring the government documents in line with the “lived reality” that there is a wider spectrum of human sex characteristics than is reflected in the previous

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Travel admin November 1, 2021

Everest’s 100 years of destiny and death on the roof of the world

It's a fact every school child knows: Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. It's a truth that feels ancient and inevitable, an unassailable certainty that draws hundreds of climbers to attempt the summit each year -- because, in the words of George Mallory, one of the first mountaineers to conquer it, "it's there." However, this fascination with the mountain whose historic Tibetan name is Qomolangma ("Holy Mother") is a modern phenomenon and the first reconnaissance mission to its slopes was completed just a century ago, on October 25, 1921.   This is the story of how Mount

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