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By Judy Newell

México News

Newly Built Barrier Fights Sargassum

In April, Desire Riviera Maya Resort built a 918-foot-long linear barrier on its beach in response to the ongoing sargassum seaweed problem. At a cost of US$96,000, the 1.6-foot-deep structure collects approximately one ton of sargassum a day.

The barrier collects the sargassum and diverts it to the side, where three designated sargassum collectors can remove and transport it. A collection center designated by the government in Puerto Morelos then properly disposes of the accumulated brown seaweed.

The structure complies with regulations from the Mexican Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources. In the next few months, a barrier also will be created at the property’s sibling resort, Desire Riviera Maya Pearl.

International News

Paris: Tourist Buses “No Longer Welcome”

Paris’s deputy mayor has revealed that the city is working to stop tourist buses causing “total anarchy” in the city. He announced that city hall is working on regulations to limit bus traffic and will introduce parking areas outside the city.

“Buses are no longer welcome in the very heart of the city,” said the deputy mayor. He spoke of the measure as part of a number of initiatives designed to mitigate the impact of heavy tourism in the French capital.

Instead of using buses, “Tourists can do what everyone else does and use public transport or switch to environmentally friendly mobility options,” he said. He wants tour guides to adapt and use cycling or walking tours.

While the tourist overload problem has not yet reached the levels of Venice or Barcelona, Parisians are wary of issues caused by overcrowding.

In Venice, huge cruise ships have become a focal point for concerns about visitor numbers. In June, a cruise ship hit a tourist boat in the Giudecca canal, and locals are pushing for the ships to be banned from the area.

Cruise News

NCL to Offer Kosher Food on All Ships

Norwegian Cruise Line passengers will be able to have kosher meals on all cruises as long as they order them 30 days in advance. The company has launched a new kosher menu for all passengers for no extra charge.

Setting a new standard in the global industry, the meals will be under the strict supervision of the Orthodox Union and catered by Borenstein Caterers. A group of over 60 people can request fresh kosher food to be cooked on board in a kosher kitchen.

Those who opt for a kosher meal will be able to choose from a variety of meat, chicken, fish, and other items. The meal will also come packaged with sealed dishes. Each meal will consist of a first course, main course, two additional side dishes, and dessert.

Special consideration will be taken for holiday meals and especially Shabbat—when guests can receive challah and red or white wine. On Passover, guests can register in advanced for Matzah.

Ships will also be decorated for Hanukkah and other Jewish holidays, and rooms will be available for those who wish to light candles or pray.

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Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She custom-designs journeys tailored to suit your interests, abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949-300-3682; email judynewell@perfectjourneys.net. Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, Carr a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website www.perfectjourneys.net

Sources: Travel Agent Central, CNN Travel, The Jerusalem Post, Oceania Cruises

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