Boeing finally bids farewell to 747 jumbo jet, the ‘Queen of Skies’, Cheetah safari to be allowed from February at Kuno Palpur National Park in Madhya Pradesh, Philippines to start offering tax refund to foreign tourists from 2024 and more in top stories of the day.
Boeing finally bids farewell to 747 jumbo jet, the ‘Queen of Skies’
More than half a century since the original jumbo jet ushered in a glamorous new jet age, helping bring affordable air travel to millions of passengers, the last-ever Boeing 747 was delivered on Tuesday, marking the start of the final chapter for the much-loved airplane. Since its first flight in 1969, the jumbo jet has served as a cargo plane, a commercial aircraft capable of carrying nearly 500 passengers, a transport for NASA’s space shuttles, and the Air Force One presidential aircraft. In short, the jet revolutionised travel, and connected international cities, which never had direct routes and also helped to democratise passenger flight.
In a ceremony that was broadcast live online, the aircraft was handed over to its new owner, US air cargo operator Atlas Air, at Boeing’s plant in Everett, Washington. In a dramatic opening of the hangar’s sliding doors, Atlas Air’s new plane was revealed behind flags bearing the liveries of every carrier that’s ever taken delivery of a 747. The company has 56 of the aircraft in its fleet.
Cheetah safari to be allowed from February at Kuno Palpur National Park
Kuno Palpur National Park will be getting more cheetahs in the coming days. They will be a welcome addition to the eight cheetahs that were brought in from Namibia last year in September.
For those who are waiting to see these cheetahs, the wait will be over in no time. Very soon, in the month of February itself, cheetah safaris will be allowed at Kuno Palpur National Park. Kuno Palpur National Park or Kuno National Park is a national park and wildlife sanctuary spread across Sheopur and Morena districts in Madhya Pradesh. The area was established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1981, and in 2018, it was declared a national park.
Philippines to start offering tax refund to foreign tourists from 2024
The Philippines has announced a new tax related program to boost tourism in the country. As per the news reports Philippines has approved a value-added tax refund programme for foreign tourists by 2024 to attract more visitors.
For the record, the government collects a 12% VAT on goods consumed within the Southeast Asian country, and now the plan is to allow foreigners to get a VAT refund on items they are taking out of the Philippines. This move is in line with what many other countries are offering.
With the opening for international travel, Philippines has managed to record 2.65 million international visitors last year, which brought an estimate of $3.68 billion in revenue, thereby exceeding its 2022 target of 1.7 million tourists. Philippines is now aiming to boost visitor arrivals this year to 4.8 million tourists.
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