While working from home has been dubbed the new normal, Goa has different plans in store. The state is enroute devising facilities that let professionals work while enjoying the serene Goanese shoreline with co-working spaces on the beaches. #WorkationGoa’s first initiative can be experienced in Morjim and Miramar beaches in North Goa and Benaulim beach in the South. In a conversation with Times of India, State Tourism and Information and Technology Minister Rohan Khaunte revealed that as companies are increasingly providing leverage to employees to work from home, the state hopes to see professions fill up these co-working spaces and boost the IT ecosystem. Setting up of modernised beach shacks with wi-fi connectivity and plug and play infrastructure facilities are also in talks.
Croatia is set to become the 20th country to adopt the euro as its currency post approval from the Council of the European Union. The Euro will be operational in the eastern European country come 1st January, 2023. Until then, the country’s own currency, kuna, which is currently valued at €0.13, will be in use. The European Central bank announced the conversion rate of 7.53450 Croatian kuna per euro. The accession of Croatia as a eurozone country followed after the kuna fell to its lowest value against US dollars in two decades. Croatia’s adoption of the euro is expected to strengthen the nation’s financial security and enhance living standards of its citizens.
Double thinking plans to explore the land of the rising sun due to lack of connectivity? Arunachal Pradesh’s first ever airport will be operational from the 15th of August, 2022. Perched 15 kms away from the capital city of Itanagar, Hollongi airport is an energy efficient greenfield airport with a capacity of 200 people during rush hours. The airport comes equipped with eight check-in counters and a 2,300m runway eligible for take offs and landings of Boeing 747 aircraft. Air connectivity is expected to boost the state’s already bustling tourism renowned for its unrepeated flora and fauna and breathtaking landscapes.
Reports from the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre revealed that the weekend between 15th July, 2022 and 17th July, 2022 produced a whooping 6 billion tons of water per day in Greenland owing to melting ice. Soaring temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the region is 10 degrees higher than usual. Ted Scambos, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Centre, informed CNN that the northern melt this past week stands aberrant in comparison to climate average records of 30 to 40 years. Studies have disclosed that the Greenland Ice Sheet is melting at an alarming rate, higher than what the world’s largest island has experienced in over 12,000 years.
As travel and tourism statistics creep back up to pre-pandemic numbers, Europe has been at the receiving end of overtourism. In a recent development, overcrowding in scenic French towns have pushed authorities to establish strong reservation strategies to curb the situation from aggravating. Calanque de Sugiton in France’s oldest city of Marseille has demarcated a limitation of 500 tourists per day from the daily footfall of 3000 tourists. Tourists will have to undergo a tourist quota and reservation system to visit the calanques. The Metropolitan Tourist Office further plans to deploy an Outside Walls System with 50 trained workers checking entries into buzzing tourist spots across the city. Corsica island has further restricted the number of tourists, imposed tourist quotas and mandated prior reservations to explore the Lavezzi islands, Restonica Valley and Bavella Needles. Region Sud, on the other hand, has advantaged from technology with an app that checks traffic during peak seasons.
A change of euro trip plans may be in store for travellers who have not secured their schengen visas yet. Appointments for schengen visas will not be available until September. Ease of Covid-19 restrictions for travelling to the European Union equated to a parallel spike in Schengen visa applications. Travel industry executives have announced that slots for visa appointment availability to the 26 Schengen area countries is unlikely until mid-September as embassies struggle to meet inflated demand.
Vito Carolene’s mansion featured in the infamous crime film ‘The Godfather’ has been listed on Airbnb for a 30-night stay exclusively for the month of August. As the 1972 film celebrates its 50th anniversary of release, the expansive 6,248 square foot English Tudor abode is the summer getaway every die hard fan of the mafia movie could have dreamed of at nominal $50 per night. However, there is a catch. While the mansion boasts of luxurious interiors equipped with a bar that is reminiscent of English pubs, game rooms, a gym,a pool, a grand kitchen and master TV sets, it has no resemblance to the movie itself, with only the exteriors of the 1930s manse starring in it. Our alarms are set as bookings for the five-bedroom home goes live at 1:00pm EDT (10:30pm IST) on the 27th of July. The fan atop the rat race can enjoy a stay with up to five guests, best for two adults and three children.
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