At present’s podcast seems at Greece’s vacationer tax, Boeing’s mounting issues, and digital tourism with Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional.
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The current blowout aboard an Alaska Airways flight is way the one drawback that Boeing has skilled with its 737 Max plane. Affiliate Editor Rashaad Jorden takes a have a look at a few of these points utilizing our synthetic intelligence chatbot Ask Skift and extra reporting.
The 737 Max was grounded globally for 20 months following deadly crashes in 2018 and 2019 in Ethiopia and Indonesia. However even after being recertified by the Federal Aviation Administration in November 2020, the plane has had technical issues. Greater than 100 737 Max jets had been grounded in April 2021 after the invention of a possible electrical program, which the FAA mentioned may impression sure programs.
As well as, Boeing requested airways final month to examine all of their 737 plane for a doable free bolt within the rudder system, which is used to regulate planes throughout a flight.
Subsequent, Journey Know-how Reporter Justin Dawes takes a have a look at the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional, a digital actuality headset going in the marketplace in February that might assist vacationers discover new locations.
Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional has a setting that permits customers to view landscapes, which Apple mentioned may embrace a number of U.S. nationwide parks. These landscapes might be a backdrop whereas watching films on a airplane or at residence. Dawes provides there’s additionally potential for third-party corporations to construct apps on the Imaginative and prescient Professional that might provide extra digital journey experiences.
Lastly, Greece has launched a brand new vacationer tax to assist present monetary help for future catastrophe aid efforts, writes World Tourism Reporter Dawit Habtemariam.
Greece’s so-called “local weather disaster resilience charge” replaces the earlier lodge tax that the federal government had levied on vacationers. Habtemariam notes the quantity for the brand new tax varies by lodge class and time of 12 months. Greek officers applied the brand new vacationer tax after the nation suffered a number of pure disasters in 2023, together with file rainfall that left not less than 17 useless.
Habtemariam provides these disasters prompted some tour operators to cancel journeys in Greece.