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Wondering Why It’s Taking So Long to Get Your Global Entry? 

“Any Global Entry experts in the house? I applied like two-and-a-half months ago and still haven’t heard anything,” an AFAR staffer posted this week on one of our company Slack channels. “I applied months ago, too!” another staffer chimed in. A sample size of two may not be large, but it got us wondering whether there was indeed a backlog for processing Global Entry applications. So we asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which oversees the get-through-customs-quicker program, and as it turns out, the agency is indeed experiencing delays.



Canadian visitation is up, says VisitBritain, sets a new record for Q2

VisitBritain has reported strong growth in visitation from Canada, with 406,000 Canadians making a trip to the U.K. between January and June 2019. This represents an 11% increase over the same period in 2018, and £380 million in spending across the U.K. during the first six months of the year. According to the tourism agency, there was particularly strong growth in visits from Canada from April to June, with 277,000 visits, up 17% over the same period in 2018 and setting a new record for quarter two.



The Cruise Industry Will Soon Face Its Strictest Pollution Standard Yet: Can Anyone Enforce It?

The travel industry is facing an environmental reckoning these days and cruise lines are front and center for much of that scrutiny.

While most of the conversation about the greening of the travel industry has focused on carbon emissions that cause global warming, cruising has a more urgent and surprising problem on the air pollution front.



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