Issue #15 - July 17-23, 2021 View online
Mark Stachiew Travels Friday Five

It's Friday at last! Welcome to the latest edition of the Friday Five, a quick hit of the most interesting travel stories that I shared this week on Mark Stachiew Travels. With the pandemic still causing consternation in Europe, there's at least some good news of a new tourist attraction in Canada, a new  world's fastest train and support for the benefits brought by backpackers. Check out the links below!

Europe’s travel industry is on a knife edge as COVID surges, again
As COVID vaccines rolled out across Europe, hopes were high for a rebound in summer tourism, but the season still looks uncertain as the delta variant surges, prompting a plethora of varying rules, restrictions and entry requirements. (CNBC)

Liverpool stripped of UNESCO World Heritage status
In a rare move, the United Nations has revoked Liverpool's World Heritage status because it decided that recent property developments threatened the value of the city's waterfront. (BBC News)

China debuts world's fastest train
A maglev bullet train that can reach speeds of 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles per hour) has made its debut in Qingdao, China. It looks like something from the future. (CNN)

Malahat Skywalk adds to Canada’s growing list of elevated attractions
With the official opening of Malahat SkyWalk on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island last week, Canada has added another “skywalk” attraction. (Mark Stachiew Travels)

For post-pandemic travel it won’t be budget travellers bad, rich tourists good
Backpackers’ money is more likely go directly to local communities, research shows, while their environmental impact is less than wealthy tourists. (South China Morning Post)

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