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Heathrow Strikes, Hilton in Paris, and The Pantheon in Rome

In travel news for March 21st, 2023 we talk about more strikes coming to London Heathrow, travelers visiting the Pantheon in Rome will now have to pay a fee, and Hiltons massive expansion in France

Hilton Plans Record Year of Growth in France, Doubling Its Nationwide Presence

Hilton has announced plans for a record year of growth in France, with seven hotel openings set to make up the largest single-year increase to its French portfolio. The expansion will focus on major resort destinations, provincial towns, and cities throughout the country, with Tapestry Collection by Hilton and Curio Collection by Hilton accounting for over a quarter of the upcoming hotels in Europe. In addition to its expansion in Paris, the company's development plans will see 24 properties added to the current trading portfolio of 23 hotels in the coming years. The move comes as France prepares to host several major global sporting events such as the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, and Rugby World Cup. With Hilton's strong presence in the country, the company is well-positioned to capture the increased demand for travel during these events.

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Rome's Pantheon to Introduce Entry Fee for Tourists, Visitors Can Still Enjoy Plenty of Free Attractions

The Pantheon in Rome, Italy, will soon charge visitors a five euro entry fee as part of an agreement between Italian culture ministry and church officials. The imposing temple, built in the first century BC, is the country's most popular cultural site and sees millions of tourists every year. The entry fee will help cover maintenance and cleaning costs and will be split, with the culture ministry receiving 70% of the proceeds. Visitors under 25 years of age will be charged a reduced rate of two euros, while entrance will be free for Rome residents, minors, people attending Mass, and personnel of the basilica. Officials have not yet set a date for the introduction of the fee, but currently, entrance is free and reservations are required on weekends and public holidays.

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Heathrow Airport Security Personnel Set to Strike Over Easter Holiday Period

London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5, which serves as British Airways' main portal, will face disruptions as security guards go on Strike over pay. The strike, which lasts for ten days from March 31 to April 9 (Easter Sunday), comes after the workers rejected the airport's offer of a 10% pay increase. The Unite union, which represents the workers, argues that the Proposal would result in a real-terms pay cut, considering years of pay freezes and pay cuts, and an RPI inflation of 13.4%. Heathrow Airport Limited has defended its position, stating that its staff is paid at least the London Living Wage. Travelers are advised to stay updated on the latest developments and potential disruptions during their travel plans.

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