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Disney debuts American Idol attraction
1 Jan 2009
The American Idol Experience opens this month at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This interactive live stage show will feature performances by park guests, who will compete for the grand prize of auditioning for the actual American Idol TV show.
Regular ferry traffic begins between Saint-Petersburg and Helsinki
1 Aug 2008
After a two-year hiatus, regular ferry traffic returns between Saint Petersburg and Helsinki. The new route will operated by Finnish ferry company Stella Lines  and will run daily. A trip one way will cost from 50 euros for one passenger and from 85 for a car.
New Disney hotel in Tokyo
9 July 2008
The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel opened yesterday at Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan. The hotel is located right outside the front gates of Tokyo Disneyland, and connected by the Disney Resort Line monorail to the sister theme park Tokyo DisneySea.
Continental changes alliances
7 Jul 2008
Continental Airlines announced on June 19 that it will leave the SkyTeam Alliance in favor of joining Star Alliance. The change will expand Continental's presence all over the world via codeshare agreements with United Airlines, USAirways, and 18 foreign carriers.
Taiwan-China flights start
4 Jul 2008
The first regular direct cross-strait in six decades have started flying between 8 cities in mainland China and 5 in Taiwan. Initially, operations are restricted to 36 flights a week on weekends (Fri-Mon) only, but all, including foreigners, can use them. 
Big Sur ablaze
3 Jul 2008
California's Big Sur region, long popular with travelers, is experiencing a severe forest fire that has burned thousands of acres of forest and destroyed many homes and businesses. The Pacific Coast Highway through the region is closed because of the fire, which is only 3% contained at this time. Consult the Monterey (California) County web site on the fire  for current conditions.
New Tokyo Subway Line Opens
14 Jun 2008
A new subway line, the Fukutoshin Line, has opened in the western part of Tokyo, Japan. The new line is meant to relieve congestion from the nearby Yamanote and Saikyo lines on the busy corridor between Ikebukuro, Shinjuku and Shibuya. It also offers through-running to two suburban railways that operate to Saitama prefecture.
A new illumination system of the Saint Petersburg TV tower
5 Jun 2008
A new illumination system has been installed on the Saint Petersburg TV tower. Now it will greet townspeople and city guests with strobe lights. A similar system was mounted in 2003 on the Paris Eiffel Tower. The TV tower is an important 310 meter landmark of Saint Petersburg; it was built in 1962.
Frontier Airlines throws the Little Rock
1 Jun 2008
New Bangalore airport opens
23 May 2008
The launch of Japan Travel Guide JTB on Second Life”
20 May 2008
JTB Corp. proudly announces the launch of Japan Travel Guide JTB on 3D virtual world “Second Life”. JTB provides information in English language about how to enjoy a Japanese-style Inn (Ryokan), Japanese Foot Bath (Ashiyu) and Japanese garden for worldwide visitors to Japan.
Name of SIM (Name of island): " Japan Travel Guide JTB"
China visa regulations tighten
8 May 2008
The Chinese government has tighten visa restrictions extremely so leading up to the Beijing Olympics. Under the new regulations, all travellers must now show: 1) proof of a pre-booked accommodation and 2) a return flight ticket. These rules are being strictly enforced. It seems all Chinese embassies and consulates have been ordered to enforce these new regulations, even in Hong Kong obtaining a Chinese visa has become very difficult. Not since the early 1980's have the Chinese had such strict entry regulations.
Cyclone causes havoc in Myanmar
4 May 2008
More than 40,000 people are confirmed dead, and the death toll could reach 100,000 after cyclone Nargis slammed the delta region of Myanmar. The capital city of Yangon, the main gateway into Myanmar, is reported to have been seriously damaged. Some reports state that it will be years before the country and capital recover.
More JetBlue flights to Long Beach
1 May 2008
Low-fare airline JetBlue Airways will add three more destinations from Long Beach Airport in May. Service will begin to Austin on May 1, and to Seattle and San Jose on May 21. This will make for a total of 12 destinations served from JetBlue's Southern California mini-hub.
Nationwide shuts down
29 Apr 2008
Nationwide, a South African budget airline has announced that they are ceasing all flights and operations with immediate effect due to financial problems. No information regarding ticket refunds are currently available, but South African Airways and the other domestic carriers have stated that they will not accept or redeem Nationwide tickets. Nationwide serviced a number of domestic routes as well as routes to London and Zambia.
Eos goes Bye
28 Apr 2008
EOS Airlines, an all business-class carrier which operated flights from New York City's Kennedy Airport to London Stansted Airport, announced that it would cease all operations effective April 28 and file for bankruptcy. British Airways and Silverjet have announced re-accommodation plans for Eos Airlines passengers.
14 Apr 2008
Oasis HK dries up
9 Apr 2008
Low-cost long-haul airline Oasis Hong Kong has shut down operations. Passengers with tickets for flights between April 9th and 23rd, 2008 can change to Cathay Pacific by contacting the airline.
Three US airlines cease operations
6 Apr 2008
Three American budget airlines ended passenger services during the week of March 30. As of April 6, Aloha Airlines, ATA Airlines, and Skybus are no longer operating scheduled services or accepting reservations.
Transport taxes in Saint Petersburg was raised
1 Apr 2008
Since 1 Apr 2008 all taxes on Saint Petersburg transport was raised. So one metro trip will cost now 17 instead of 14 rubles. The trip on tram, trolleybus and municipal bus rise in price from 14 to 16 rubels. Also rised a taxes on taxi bus and local railway lines.
Come fly the open sky!
30 Mar 2008
Transatlantic flights are likely to become cheaper with the open-skies agreement that took effect at midnight on 30th March and the opening of Heathrow airport to all airlines. For the first time, Air France flew from London Heathrow to a non-France destination (Los Angeles) and more airlines are expected to follow suit.
Heathrow T5 opens
27 Mar 2008
The new Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport opens, with most (but not all) British Airways flights shifting to it. Many other airlines will also change terminals in the following months. The new terminal is reachable by Tube or Heathrow Express.
Riots in Belgrade
24 Feb 2008
In response to the US's recognition of Kosovo as an independent nation, an outbreak of attacks on the US Embassy have occurred in Belgrade. Non-essential US workers and their families have been evacuated from the region, and visitors from the United States in Belgrade are being warned to use extreme caution.
22 Feb 2008
Total lunar eclipse
20/21 Feb 2008
A total lunar eclipse will be visible from all of South America and Central America, eastern portions of North America and the western parts of Africa and Europe. Location specific times can be looked up at on the Lunar Eclipse Computer
The Lantern Festival Starts In Taipei
16 Feb 2008
The Lantern Festival is one of the major events in Taipei. This year, 2008, is based on the Chinese Zodiac, 2008 is the Year of the Rat. So this year's theme lantern is a large rat! The event is from Feb. 15th 2008 to Feb. 24th, held at Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall.
Fire Destroys Seoul's Iconic City Gate
11 Feb 2008
A fire which was started late last night has destroyed the wooden pavillion on top of Seoul's Namdaemun, which is known as Korea's National Treasure No. 1. Police are investigating and arson is suspected. The government estimates it will take 2-3 years to restore the gate to its original splendour
Singapore Zoo's icon dies
8 Feb 2008
Ah Meng, a Sumatran orangutan who has been a tourism icon for the Singapore Zoo has died of old age. She was 48 years old.
Carnival de Binche
3 Feb 2008
New ferry for Robben Island
1 Feb 2008
A new 300 seat Robben Island ferry called Sikhululekile (we are free) has arrived in Cape Town after almost a year of delays. The ferry will undergo sea trials during February and should be in operation from March.
Monte Carlo Las Vegas Update
As of today, Las Vegas' Monte Carlo Casino Hotel remains closed pending the investigation of last week's fire and the impending repair work. At this time, reservations at the Monte Carlo are being moved to other MGM Mirage hotels. In addition, the Lance Burton show will be suspended for the time being and all tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded.
Mickey celebrates the Year of the Mouse
1 Feb 2008
2008 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese astrological cycle. Fittingly enough, the world's most famous mouse will host a special celebration at Hong Kong Disneyland throughout the month of February. In addition, HKD will also unveil its newest attraction, "it's a small world" (just like all the others).
Las Vegas hotel burns
25 Jan 2008
The Monte Carlo Casino Hotel in Las Vegas was damaged today by a fire whose cause is still under investigation. Anyone who currently has a pending reservation at the Monte Carlo is urged to check the status of the reservation or transfer to another hotel.
New Terminal Open at Mexico City's Benito Juarez Airport
16 Jan 2008
Terminal 2 has been completely opened at Mexico City's Benito Juarez airport for ticketing, check in, and departures/arrivals. Check with your airline before arriving or departing, as the new terminal has poor connections with the older Terminal 1 and it may save you a runaround.
No Match in Paris
1 Jan 2008
France imposed new anti-smoking laws today. Smoking is no longer allowed in restaurants, cafes, bistros, brasseries, casinos, bars, nightclubs. Violators, businesses as well as individuals, face stiff fines if caught lighting up!
Cyprus, Malta go euro
1 Jan 2008
Today, Cyprus and Malta have entered the Eurozone. The Cypriot pound and the Maltese lira are still accepted by stores until the end of January, by banks until the end of March, and by central banks until the end of 2017.