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Amsterdam increases tourist tax

City of Amsterdam will be adding a levy of €3 per person per night for travelers staying overnight in hotel in addition to the 7% of the room rate it currently charges.

The decision will make Amsterdam the highest overnight tax in Europe, on average.

Venice removes trinket shops

The Venice city council this week approved a resolution to stop trinket shops and cheap souvenir shops opening in St Mark’s Square and around the Rialto bridge,

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The decision to be ratified by the regional government indicates that new commerce will have to respect rules regarding quality of goods prior to obtaining a licence to sell.
The aim is maintain the city’s cultural identity.

Stromboli eruption safety concerns

Italy Stromboli volcano in Mediterranean  has erupted for the second time in two months, sending huge plumes of smoke and forming ash clouds in the air.

No injuries have been reported on the island, though local officials have advised tourists and nearby residents to remain cautious. As the eruption occurred, witnesses to the event took some incredible footage.

 Stromboli erupted in what local authorities in Italy considered might be classified a “paroxysmal event.” This is where a pyroclastic flow — a rapid moving plume of gas, rock, and volcanic ash — is shot out from the volcano. Italy‘s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said the smoke plume reached a height of 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).

Elena Schiera, who enjoyed sailing on a boat with her family near the island when the volcano erupted, shared several videos of their escape from the cloud of smoke. “All of a sudden we heard a loud bang and saw a large black cloud spewing out of the Stromboli crater and pouring into the sea,” she told CNN.

 

Spanish Steps sitting ban

Sitting on Rome‘s Spanish Steps ( Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) is no longer allowed as the local police is imperative to apply the rules in a more stringent way, sources said to ANSA news agency. The famous steps are also considered to be a monument, meaning sitting or lying on them is banned.

The film Roman Holiday(1953), starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck  made the Spanish Steps famous to world audience.

Those who breach the ban risk a fine of 250 , which can go up to €400 if the steps are dirtied or damaged.

The stairway was designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi, commissioned by French diplomat Étienne Gueffier (1723–1725).

Modern Tate incident caused by “schizophrenia”

The teenager charged with pushing a six-year-old French tourist boy off a balcony at the Tate Modern Gallery was a “schizophrenia” patient who had escaped from his carers, British authorities said.

The suspect of the crime reportedly stayed at a ‘secure home’ and was only allowed to leave with at least two minders accompanying him. The identity of the 17 year old culprit is protected by UK laws.

Metropolitan Police have arrested the suspect on August 4 after the boy, a French tourist, was thrown from the 10th floor of the London art gallery and landed on a fifth-floor roof, where he was found seriously injured and taken to a hospital by helicopter.  The child is in critical condition, and the medics refuse to make any prognostic.

The injured boy remains in a stable, but critical condition in hospital with his family, who continue to be supported by officers,” the Metropolitan Police said.

It is the second incident of the same type in a week in Europe caused by mentally unstable individuals. A boy in Frankfort  central station was pushed under the train by an Eritrean migrant from Switzerland at large. The mother of the victim, also pushed down, miraculously escaped the wheels rolling into passage between the rails.

Selfie hazard: two dead in Spain

Two young men died in a selfie accident after falling 12 meters from the seaside promenade in Orihuela, in Alicante province. The accident took place around 7:30pm on July 3.

The Britons of 21 and 22 years old were strolling along the promenade overlooking Punta Prima beach with a third friend, who is 20, when they decided to take a selfie. Two of them lost their balance and have fallen down on the rocks below, according to the Spanish Civil Guard.

One of the friends died instantly. The other passed away on July 4 in Alicante General Hospital after being admitted in critical condition. The surviving the accident man, who did not fall, but was witness to his friends death, was treated for anxiety.

The victims fell over the railing from the promenade and landed on top of a lifesaver’s station. Local authorities underlined that the railing and promenade are in “perfect condition,” and said that the Civil Guard is investigating the incident, which appears to have been caused by imprudence.

A 2018 study of news reports showed that between October 2011 to November 2017, there were 259 selfie deaths in 137 incidents reported globally, with the highest occurrences in India followed by Russia, United States, and Pakistan (Himalaya mountains).

 

 

 

Viking Sky passengers evacuation continues

The ship dropped anchor or both anchors while disabled and drifting towards shore. Situation was very critical and absolutely unpredictable. If the crew failed to restart engines and stop drift, the ship could be pushed onto rocks, with hull breaches, water ingress and very high probability of sinking. Severe storm and high sea wouldn’t allow the use of lifeboats for evacuation. So rescuers were in very dire straits indeed, whether to launch highly dangerous airlift by helicopters, or wait and pray for lucky escape. I strongly believe, that the decision to launch evacuation by helicopters was justified, right, and responsible.” Maritime Bulletin comments.

At present the air-sea rescue continues, while 400 passengers have been already transported by helicopters to land.

The vessel has since restarted three of its four engines and is moving towards the nearest port with the assistance of tugboats.

Rescuers are working to airlift all 1,300 people stranded on a cruise ship off the west coast of Norway.

The Viking Sky lost power on March 23 and sent out a distress signal after it began drifting towards land.

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