These tourist hot spots are introducing entry fees and price hikes for 2024

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Travel News Roundup: Tourist Fees, Love Stories, Animal Smuggling, and Unexpected Adventures

Stay updated with the latest travel news, from romantic stories in Paris and London to rising fees at tourist hotspots, unusual aviation incidents, and unexpected adventures around the world.

I. Tourist Fees: Preventing Overcrowding and Boosting Revenues
More popular tourist destinations are implementing visitor caps and entrance fees to manage crowds and generate revenue. Here’s a look at some of the recent developments:

1. Japan’s Mount Fuji: A new $13 fee for climbing Mount Fuji, along with a 70% price hike for tourist rail passes, makes this the perfect time for international visitors to experience Japan despite the higher costs.
2. Europe: The Plaza de España square in Seville, Spain, and the Louvre art museum in Paris have introduced entrance fees to control crowds and boost their coffers.
3. Walt Disney World Resort: Higher park ticket prices for 2025 have already been announced, making this iconic destination a little pricier but still worth the visit.

II. Love Stories: Paris and London
Paris and London have been the backdrop for numerous romantic stories, from a missed connection in the 1980s to a heartbreak turned new beginning a decade later.

III. Animal Smuggling: Bangkok and Mumbai
Suspected animal smugglers attempted to transport a parrot, a tamarin monkey, and an endangered red panda from Bangkok to Mumbai in luggage this week.

IV. Unexpected Incidents: Coin Throwing and Engine Fires
Flights in China and the United States have experienced unusual incidents, including a four-hour delay due to a passenger throwing coins into the engine and a midair engine fire that required an emergency landing.

V. New Beginnings: Italy, Basilicata, and Language Learning
From buying a palazzo in Lazio, Italy, to moving to the southern Italian region of Basilicata for a fresh start, international adventures can be life-changing. To prepare for your journey, brush up on your foreign language skills with the best language-learning apps of 2024.

VI. The Corpse Flower: A Rare and Fascinating Experience
The elusive “corpse flower” is a botanical marvel that can take more than a decade to bloom and lasts only 24 to 48 hours. Only a fortunate few get to witness this unique phenomenon.

VII. Moving On: Healing from Loss in Another Country
For one man who lost his son to a drug overdose, a “sacred” trip helped him heal and move forward in life.

VIII. The Airbus A340: The Majestic Long-Haul Traveler
The Airbus A340, once the king of long-haul travel, is now disappearing from the skies.

IX. The Extinction Crisis: France’s Favorite Cheese
The beloved French cheese is facing an “extinction” crisis, but not everyone shares the concern.

X. Rainy Days and Consolation: The City of 171 Rainy Days
Living in a city with 171 rainy days per year can be challenging. One hotel offers a “Rain refund” for guests to make the most of their stay.