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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Nov. 25, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | November 25, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Nov. 25, 2015

Here are today's most interesting travel stories from Asia, Africa and Europe:

New South Wales Decides to Ban Hoverboards
Thinking of bringing your self-balancing hoverboard to Australia? Think again. New South Wales has decided to ban the two-wheel vehicles, favored by the likes of Justin Bieber and Missy Elliot, on roads and sidewalks. Fines for ignoring the ban range from $225 (on sidewalks) to $450 (on roadways)
Source: Mashable

More Government Support Could Help Inbound Tourism in China
As more Chinese travelers head overseas, fewer foreigners are coming to the Middle Kingdom. The government wants to bring more travelers into the country by relaxing visa rules and improving tourist infrastructure.
Source: South China Morning Post

Massive Cruise Ship Rave a Success in Singapore
The (aptly) named It’s a Ship event brought some of electronic music’s top acts, including Ferry Corsten and Kaskade, to Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas. The event took place over several days as 3,800 attendees sailed from Singapore to Langkawi and back again.
Source: Straits Times

Norwegian Air Shuttle Launches Live In-Flight TV
Norwegian was the first carrier to offer free Wi-Fi (in 2011). It has now made another first: in-flight live TV. The service will be available for free on short-haul flights. Fliers have to watch the TV with their own device.


Australian carrier Qantas is making it easier for travel agents in the UK to book blocks of tickets. A special site will allow agents to book flights for groups of 10 or more. The service will also help them plan for larger groups where multiple flights may be needed. 

Japan’s struggling hospitals are getting into the medical tourism business. Specialty travel agents are setting up trips for wealthy Chinese travelers who need medical procedures. Even the government is pitching in, providing special visas for the would-be patients. 

Australian travelers interested in Bali may start looking elsewhere after Indonesia failed to give them free entry. Other nationalities, however, are flocking to the Island of the Gods in greater numbers. More Singaporean traveled to Bali than to any other destination in the world. 

WOW Air will begin offering £99 transatlantic flights from Bristol to the U.S. This is great news for budget fliers, but there is one catch: you have to connect in Reykjavik, Iceland. 
Taiwan’s EVA Airways has just inked the island nation’s biggest ever airplane deal. The carrier will spend $6 billion for 26 new Boeing airplanes, including 18 Dreamliners. 


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