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Canada will resume sending invitations for parent sponsorship under the Super Visa program starting May 21, allowing grandparents and parents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit for extended periods.

To be eligible for a super visa, the applicant must be the child or grandchild of a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or registered Indian. The super visa allows multiple entries for a period of up to ten years, with each entry permitting a stay of up to five years. The Super Visa is different from a regular visitor visa, as it allows qualifying parents and grandparents to visit family in Canada for longer periods. Only biological or adopted children can invite their parents or grandparents on a super visa, and they may also invite their parents' or grandparents' spouses or common-law partners.

Mexico's tourist train project poses a threat to the fragile cenote ecosystem and tourist attractions.

The original plan for the railway was to construct part of it next to a major highway, aimed at bringing prosperity to one of Mexico's poorest regions. However, environmentalists claim that the government moved the section into the jungle to avoid conflict with hoteliers concerned about traffic delays during construction. Critics accuse President Lopez Obrador of rushing the project to completion before his term ends in October. Environmentalists have labeled the construction work as "ecocide," stating that the project lacks proper environmental impact studies. They argue that the construction has led to the destruction of 8.7 million trees and irreversible damage to the underground ecosystem. President Lopez Obrador has dismissed these claims, referring to the activists as "pseudo-environmentalists" and accusing them of profiteering under the guise of defending nature.

The United States and Britain have issued travel warnings as Kenya and Tanzania brace for the impact of Cyclone Gombe.

Kenya's capital Nairobi is among the areas expected to experience heavy rains over the next three days, the Kenya Meteorological Department reported on X. The department warned of strong winds and large ocean waves along the country's coastline. The forecaster urged residents to be vigilant for flash floods and lightning strikes, adding that strong winds could "blow off roofs, uproot trees," and cause other damage. The heavier-than-usual rains have also claimed at least 29 lives in Burundi, with 175 people injured, and tens of thousands displaced since September last year, according to the United Nations.

Japan is experiencing a surge in foreign tourists spending on traditional items such as kimonos, knives, and meals, thanks to the weakened yen.

Foreign tourists are flocking to Japan in record numbers, and thanks to a sliding yen, many are living like kings, splurging on everything from kimonos to knives and lavish meals. "I bought three pairs of shoes, which is something I would never normally do," said Katia Lelievre, a 36-year-old tourist from France, laughing, in the bustling Asakusa area of Tokyo, famous for its Buddhist temple and souvenir shops. "The brands available in Japan are the same as in Europe -- Converse, Nike, and Adidas -- but because of the exchange rate, 'it was really worth it' to buy," she told AFP.

The European holiday hotspot Capri is transforming into a dormitory for tourists due to the influx of mass tourism in Italy.

Last week, Venice became the world's first city to implement an entrance fee for visitors during peak periods. In response to overcrowding, Florence banned new holiday lets in the city center, and the Cinque Terre park on the Italian Riviera started charging 15 euros for access to a popular coastal footpath. Following suit, Capri has doubled its visitor fee from 2.5 euros to 5 euros. This fee applies to outsiders catching a ferry from nearby Naples or Sorrento from April through October. "We are aiming to encourage more people to visit during the winter," said Capri Mayor Marino Lembo, sitting in his office with the distant smog of Naples visible on the horizon.

To curb tourist overcrowding, the Japanese government has announced plans to restrict access to certain areas around Mount Fuji

To deter overcrowding and address disruptive behavior by tourists at a popular photo spot overlooking Mount Fuji, Japanese authorities have decided to install a massive barrier. This barrier will be a 2.5-meter (8ft) high mesh net, stretching 20 meters in length. Construction is scheduled to commence next week in Fujikawaguchiko town. This decision reflects the unfortunate necessity due to the actions of some tourists who have consistently failed to follow rules, resulting in littering and disregard for traffic regulations. It is the latest effort to combat over-tourism in Japan. Earlier this year, residents of Kyoto's geisha district took similar steps by restricting access to small private alleys to preserve their community.

New US regulations mandate airlines to automatically refund passengers for flight changes, providing more transparency and ease during flight disruptions.

The final regulations, released Wednesday, specify the circumstances under which passengers are entitled to refunds for all travel to, from, and within the US. The aim is to simplify the refund process, ensuring passengers receive their money back promptly and consistently, regardless of the airline. According to the Department of Transportation, during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, 87% of all air travel service complaints were related to airlines and ticket agents rejecting or delaying refunds. Passengers deserve to receive their money back when an airline owes them — without any hassle or negotiation, stated US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Venice is implementing a day-trip entry fee starting in July 2022 to tackle overtourism. The fee will be €3 (about $3.40) per person for day-trippers.

Starting this week, Venice will introduce a pioneering initiative: charging day-trippers for entry, a first of its kind globally. This measure is aimed at addressing the challenges posed by mass tourism, which has been inundating the city and straining its infrastructure. By implementing entry fees, Venice hopes to alleviate the pressure and preserve its unique heritage and environment for future generations. Starting this Thursday, which is a public holiday in Italy, day visitors to Venice will be required to purchase a five-euro (EUR 5) ticket for entry. This marks the first time such a fee will be implemented, and inspectors will be conducting spot checks at various key points within the UNESCO World Heritage site to ensure compliance. The measure aims to manage the influx of tourists and alleviate the strain on Venice's infrastructure caused by mass tourism.

Digital nomads are increasingly drawn to this unexpected Colombian city for its renewable visa program.

Given the golden opportunity to work from nearly anywhere worldwide, countless digital nomads are choosing Colombia. This isn’t surprising, considering the country's low cost of living, captivating culture, and hospitable locals. However, what many didn’t anticipate was the rapid emergence of one previously underrated city as Colombia’s most sought-after destination among remote workers. Its soaring popularity shows no signs of slowing down.

Bali is urging foreign tourists to get vaccinated against dengue fever as the number of cases continues to rise.

The regional government of Bali, Indonesia, is advising foreign tourists to consider getting vaccinated against dengue fever as the number of cases continues to rise in the country. Gusti Ayu Raka Susanti, acting head of Disease Prevention and Control at the Bali Health Agency, emphasized that while dengue vaccines are not mandatory for tourists, it is highly recommended for their health, especially when visiting areas where dengue is prevalent. She emphasized the importance of this precautionary measure for both tourists and Balinese residents, highlighting that dengue fever vaccinations can help protect individuals from infections. By encouraging tourists to get vaccinated, the Bali Health Agency aims to ensure the well-being of travelers during their stay in Bali, particularly when entering endemic areas, and to minimize the risk of dengue outbreaks in the region.

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