Starting 2015, if you arrive in to Lisbon, Portugal, by air or sea, then be prepared to pay €1 per visitor as tourist tax. This tax does not apply to passengers arriving by train, bus or private car. Through this tax Lisbon hopes to raise €7 million next year.
This tax is temporary and will be in effect until 2019, when Lisbon City Council is expected to come up with a “Lisbon’s Strategic Plan for Tourism”.
Also, beginning in 2016, another €1 will also be charged for each night’s stay in the city, and this tax will also be in effect until 2019. Children under 12 will be exempted from the overnight tax and is applicable for the first week of a stay in Lisbon, meaning tourists will pay a maximum of €7 for any number of days more than seven.
Moreover, from these two taxes a municipal tax for Citizens Protection will be created, through which the Lisbon City Council hopes to raise €18.9 million.
Facebook introduced a new feature called Places Directory that shows you all the attractions, cafes, restaurants, museums, etc. in any city along with ratings and reviews; and if you’re logged in then it will show what your friends are saying about them.
Favoring passengers, re-defining flight arrival time is a part of the new rules that the European Court of Justice has implemented. The rule says that the actual arrival time of an aircraft at its destination is defined by when at least one aircraft door is opened. This ruling has particular significance for passengers who seek compensation for a flight delayed by three hours or more, especially in cases in which the aircraft lands close to the three-hour threshold.
If you’re flying between U.S. and Europe, then the new ruling can boost your chances of collecting compensation of up to $800. Although the EU’s compensation rules only apply when the delay is fault of the airline, delays due to storms or labor actions don’t count.
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Travels can be expensive and a lot of people are discouraged by the costs of flights and hotels. With all the baggage fees and booking charges, travelers tend to spend more than they would have anticipated when booking flights and hotels.
But what if you can book your flights and hotels on a monthly payment plan? Triptive will do just that for you.
The Secretary of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced enhancements to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) required to be filled by citizens of countries applicable for United States’ Visa Waiver Program.
This simply means that if you belong to a country that does not require you to get a visa to visit U.S. will have to fill in additional passport data, contact information, and other potential names or aliases.
The new ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft are life-savers; and even pocket-savers when compared to taxi services from airport to the city. Most of the times these ridesharing apps can save you up to 50%, and the best part is the whole system is cashless. You don’t need to pay anything to the driver, and don’t spend that extra cash in tips.
Most cities in U.S. and world have accepted ridesharing as the best way for transportation. But because of the fees that taxi drivers pay to the airport, these apps won’t allow pickups at airports.
As some Uber drivers told me that they are free to drop passengers off at the airport, but are not allowed to pick up people from the airport (although it does depend on the city you live in, as some cities do allow it now).
So how do you work your way around this?
Flights get cancelled all the time and there are not many options one can have in those situations. You can opt-in to stay at hotel or call your friends and family to find out if they know someone in the city, where you can crash for free; or perhaps call a travel agent (if you have one) to see if they can put you on an alternative flight.
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It’s a general rule for most airlines to allow you to put a free 24-hour hold on your tickets, but often times that’s too less of a time to finalize the other parts of your travel plans. But what if you need more time to put a hold on your tickets?
This is where Options Away comes in.