In the wake of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) confirmation that summer 2023 was the hottest season the world has ever seen, the small French village of La Sambuy has become the latest resort to announce the permanent closure of its ski lifts. Founded in the 1960s, La Sambuy claimed 10 pistes and three chairlifts topping out at 1,851m and was popular with Haute Savoie locals seeking a quiet, less expensive alternative to nearby Megève and Courchevel.
Dozens of new locations have been added to Unesco’s ever-expanding list of World Heritage Sites, including an infamous detention centre in Buenos Aires, four memorials of the Rwandan Genocide, and a host of First World War cemeteries.
A few years ago, a bored hotel manager invited me to join him in a conspiratorial game designed to while away dull hosted dinners with guests. The aim was to identify as many instances of one-upmanship as possible; those cringey moments when travellers attempt to trump one another by casually dropping – often unnecessarily – obscure destinations into conversation.
An automated immigration clearance system is to be introduced at Changi Airport in Singapore from 2024, ministers have announced. The changes will allow people to depart the airport without needing to "repeatedly present their travel documents". Biometric data, taken from fingerprint scans and facial recognition technology, will replace travel documents and other physical items, such as passports.