Planeteer: Tasmanian whisky wins at World Whisky Awards, Metro vendors banned in Mexico City, Vermont’s maple farms open to public

Rome's Spanish Steps. Image by Nicola since 1972 / CC BY 2.0

Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: Tasmanian whisky has a surprise win at London’s World Whisky Awards, Metro vendors banned in Mexico City, and maple farms in Vermont open their doors to the public.

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Twitter now blocked in Turkey
Popular social media site Twitter has been blocked in Turkey. Users have reported being redirected to a statement about applying ‘protection measures’ on the site. On Thursday, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would ‘wipe out’ the website for hosting allegations about corruption related to him. Read more:

Rome’s Spanish Steps. Image by Nicola since 1972 / CC BY 2.0

Bulgari to pay for work on Rome’s Spanish Steps
Luxury jewellery firm Bulgari has donated €1.5 million towards the refurbishment of the Spanish Steps, one of Rome’s most famous tourist attractions. Italy’s government has called on private businesses to help, given that culture sector budgets had to be cut as a result of the financial crisis. The refurbishment will start in 2015 and is expected to take two years. Read more:

New perks for passengers on Spain’s high-speed trains
Spain’s state railway Renfe has announced the introduction of some new perks for passengers on its high-speed AVE trains. These include a service that delivers travellers’ luggage from their home to their destination address within 48 hours, as well as ‘quiet cars’ where mobile phones will be banned and lights dimmed so passengers can rest. Read more:

Moscow’s largest gay club to close
Central Station, the largest gay club in Moscow, has announced it’s closing down. The decision was made after a series of violent attacks on the venue in the last six months. Read more:

Research project on cultural heritage in Greece wins EU prize
A research project on the ‘Roman Vaulted Construction in the Peloponnese’ is one of the winners of the 2014 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage, organised by the European Commission and Europa Nostra. There are 26 other laureates and the awards will be presented on 5 May in Vienna. Read more:

The Shard. Image by Clive Darra / CC BY-SA 2.0

Shard makes profit despite missing visitor target
The viewing platform at the top of London’s Shard attracted 900,000 people in last year. That’s 150,000 fewer than forecast, but the 800ft attraction, which opened in February 2013, still made a profit of £5 million thanks to ticket prices of £24.95 for adults who book in advance, and £29.95 …read more


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