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(CNN) – In this week’s travel news: The ongoing drought has revealed lost ruins in the UK and Spain. Easter Island and Napoleon’s Atlantic exile of Saint Helena have finally reopened to visitors. And there’s more misbehavior in Italy, as tourists surf the Grand Canal in Venice and ride scooters around Pompeii.
Countries around the world have suffered severe drought, and the situation has become so bad in Europe that many of its rivers and lakes are drying up. Here’s how this could hurt the region’s tourism, now and in the years to come.
In the United Kingdom, the ruins of a Welsh village that was submerged by a reservoir in the 19th century have been revealed. And in Spain, a circle of megalithic stones dubbed “the Spanish Stonehenge” emerged in a depleted reservoir in the province of Cáceres.
Islands removing Covid rules
Some of the world’s most remote islands are welcoming tourists for the first time since Covid hit the map.
Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, has reopened with new requirements for tourists. The return of tourism to the island known for its towering stone statues could mean new worries for islanders who were worried about tourists behaving badly even before the pandemic shut down travel.
St. Helena, in the mid-Atlantic, lowered its Covid requirements this month, and weekly flights will resume in October, according to its tourism site. St. Helena is so remote that it was chosen as Napoleon’s place of exile after he was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Five years ago, it had its first airport.
The two-island Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis has been open to visitors for some time, but on August 15 removed all entry restrictions due to Covid. Here is a guide to St. Kitts and what you need to know about Nevis.
Naughty by nature
And in the southern coastal town of Sorrento, the mayor has had enough of scantily clad visitors taking their beachwear off in the street – he has introduced a fine for bare chests and swimwear.
news from africa
And on the border between Botswana and Zambia, the $260 million Kazungula Bridge, opened in May 2021, has transformed what was once a slow and congested river crossing.
Home rental giant Airbnb has transformed the travel industry but has yet to crack Africa, possibly because Airbnb it does not allow mobile money, which is an increasingly popular cash transfer system on the continent. A Cameroonian startup called Bongalo, backed by Google, hopes to make the most of this gap in the market.
The deepest cave in Australia
A group of Australian explorers recently discovered the “Delta variant”, a cave 401 meters deep in Tasmania.
Explorers recently discovered Australia’s deepest known cave, a 401-meter (1,315-foot) deep cave in Tasmania. They named the epic new find Variant Delta.
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