Week in travel: Disneyland to open its first-ever brewery

Another destination aims to reduce the impact of over tourism, while Trump affects the American travel sector, and Indian villagers get hit by flying poo

Money, improvements, and a bunch of new restrictions. The travel industry went through some revelations this week.

The Canary Islands could be the next destination to fight over tourism with taxes

The Canary Islands may implement new restrictions on tourism and holiday rentals – Photo by Hector Argüello Canals / Unsplash
The Canary Islands may implement new restrictions on tourism and holiday rentals – Hector Argüello Canals / Unsplash

As the most popular sights in the world experience a significant growth in tourism, many of them are trying to implement limitations and restrictions to preserve their nature and heritage.

Amsterdam has introduced an overnight tax on its visitors, the inhabitants of Barcelona – as well as the people of Edinburgh – have expressed severe displeasure with their homes becoming a theme park, and the Taj Mahal has decided to limit the number of domestic visitors it receives.

The newest region to launch such measures could be the subtropical paradise of the Canary Islands as the favourite Spanish beach holiday destination, including Tenerife, Lanzarote, and Gran Canaria, are considering the introduction of a tourist tax and to restrict holiday rentals.  

According to the Telegraph, the non-ruling socialist party PSOE (Partido Socialista Obrero Español) is pressuring the government to implement the tax and cap the number of holiday homes with the aim of limiting tourism and protecting the islands’ environment.

Disneyland is getting a fairytale-like brewery for the first time

You will now be able to sip a craft IPA at Disneyland – Thomas Kelley / Unsplash Disneyland brewery Canary Islands Delta tourism
You will now be able to sip a craft IPA at Disneyland – Thomas Kelley / Unsplash

The most magical theme park on earth is going to become much more adult friendly. While the kids can enjoy Disneyland’s rides and cotton candy, parents will soon be able to sip home-brewed IPAs and lagers at the Ballast Point Brewing.

The brewery, to be launched in late 2018 in Anaheim‘s Downtown Disney, will be located in a 7,300-square-foot area and will have a three-barrel “research and development” brewery, an outdoor beer garden and a restaurant for visitors over 21 years old.

Customers will have the choice of various taps such as Sculpin IPA, the Dorado, and the Commodore American Stout, as well as “exclusive, custom, limited-edition beers”.

“As one of Southern California’s premier brewers, for the team at Ballast Point, we couldn’t be more honoured to work with such an icon in our great state and become the first brewer at Downtown Disney,” Marty Birkel, president of Ballast Point Brewing, said in a statement.

“We hope SoCal locals and visitors alike will enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, seasonal cuisine, and good cheer (and beer) of our signature tap room experience that we plan to bring to Downtown Disney.”

Delta plans to impose strict rules for service and support animals

Passengers travelling with support and service animals could find it more difficult to travel with Delta Air Lines as the carrier aims to reduce misbehaviour by dogs and other animals on board.

Carrying nearly 250,000 such animals per year, Delta will start to require health documentation and, in some cases, a promise of good conduct from passengers, starting from 1 March.

The planned restrictions will include animals specially trained to aid people with disabilities, as well as creatures that provide emotional support but haven’t received any special coaching.

Delta hopes “to find a solution that supports those customers with a legitimate need for these animals, while prioritising a safe and consistent travel experience”, John Laughter, the airline’s senior vice president of safety, security and compliance, said in a statement.

US tourism falls by $4.6 billion and 40,000 jobs disappear under the Trump administration

Tourism to the US has been hit by a Trump Slump – Patrick Tomasso / Unsplash
Tourism to the US has been hit by a Trump Slump – Patrick Tomasso / Unsplash

The travel sector in the United States has been experiencing a phenomenon called the Trump Slump.

Since the inauguration of the current president of the United States, Donald Trump, tourism to the country has experienced a significant decline.

According to the latest data from the National Travel and Tourism Office, travel spending has dropped by 3.3 per cent, and inbound travel has declined by 4 per cent.

The sector lost $4.6 billion, leading to termination of more than 40,000 jobs, the data reveals.  

“It’s not a reach to say the rhetoric and policies of this administration are affecting sentiment around the world, creating antipathy toward the U.S. and affecting travel behaviour,” Adam Sacks, the president of Tourism Economics, told The New York Times.

In response towards the negative trend, the US Travel Association plans to launch a Visit US lobbying campaign to persuade Washington that foreign tourism makes a vital economic impact, reports The Los Angeles Times.

“While the US government has been the source of a lot negative media attention this year, the travel industry must continue to stand for open borders, inclusivity and the celebration of diversity,” said Leigh Barnes, the regional director for Intrepid Travel, in an email to NBC.

However, he said: “We are optimistic that this trend can and will turn around.”

Indian village hit by a “frozen meteor” – turns out it was an airplane poop

An unexpected object from the sky smashed into the ground of Fazilpur Badli, a village on the outskirts of the Indian city of Gurgaon, causing confusion and a bit of comedy among locals.

What the villagers thought was a 10kg piece of a frozen meteor was later identified by scientists as human faeces discarded mid-air by a passing aircraft.

“I rushed to the spot and saw the object. It seemed to weigh at least 8 or 10kg, judging by the dent it had made on the ground,” the Indian Express quoted Govind Singh, one of the villagers.

“Initially, we thought it could be ice but it was not melting. So, we figured it must have some kind of chemical in it.”

We were uncertain if it was safe to touch, so I called up the SHO at Farrukhnagar police station, who arrived at the spot with his team,” Singh said.

Local police alerted higher officials, called in the crime team and a senior medical officer’s team.

“The unidentified object crashed with a thud early this morning. The IMD sent a team of scientists to collect samples, and we also informed the NDMA,” said Vivek Kalia, Estate Officer of the Haryana Urban Development Authority, Gurgaon.

“The object has been identified as human excreta dumped by an aircraft.”