In Hawaii, tourists can visit the black sand beach formed after the eruption of the volcano.
According to Lonely Planet, the topography of the island of Hawaii, also called the Big Island of the Hawaiian Archipelago, is constantly changing due to the activity of the Kilauea volcano located here. Sometimes it happens amazingly fast. For example, after the last eruption in May last year, a black sand beach consisting of volcanic minerals and lava elements suddenly appeared on the island.
“The new black sandy beach at Isaac Kepoʻokalani Hale Beach Park is something positive after last year’s Kilauea eruption,” says Ross Birch, executive director of the Hawaii Island Visitors Bureau.
According to him, local authorities hope that tourists will like this special place, which will also serve as a reminder of the unique ability of the island of Hawaii to constantly change.
As the publication reminds, when on May 3, 2018, in the area of the town of Leilani Estates, Kilauea volcano awoke, 250 million cubic meters of lava were ejected into the air. The eruption over the course of several weeks, which geologists consider to be one of the largest in the last century, has left horrendous signs of destruction. Lava destroyed 577 houses and forced more than 2,000 people to evacuate. She also wiped out unique natural areas and ecosystems, warmed the 400-year-old lake to evaporate, killing many sea creatures.
In the list of centers published by the Department of Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, which open their doors to applicants, 32 countries are listed. Among them there are several donor countries: for example, Turkey, where three visa centers will immediately appear (Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir), as well as India (Bengaluru, Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Chennai). Additional centers will start accepting documents in China (Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai). In the foreign policy department pay attention to the fact that citizens of the countries mentioned in the list now will be more convenient to file documents for the registration of Ukrainian visas. It is also noted that a number of additional services will be available to their visitors – making photographs, translating and copying documents, preparing medical insurance policies, servicing in comfort rooms, etc. Also, the centers are responsible for the technical support of visa dossiers and the provision of all assistance to applicants. Information on the exact date of opening of each center will be posted on the web pages of Ukrainian embassies and consulates.
Experts note that, on the one hand, the news is certainly positive. “Speaking of India and China, it’s very good that the geography of visa centers is expanding,” says Vladimir Parenyuk, director of Intercity Travel. It is also important, in his opinion, that tourists will receive exhaustive consultations on all the nuances of entering the country: this will help to avoid complications at the airport upon arrival in Ukraine.
But there is another side to the coin. Observers point out that visa centers will also open in countries located in less prosperous regions of Asia and Africa. “Their employees will have to be especially attentive, since illegal migrants can easily come under the guise of tourists from these regions,” one of the interlocutors said.
Turkish Airlines, the basic carrier of Turkey, will increase the number of direct flights between Istanbul and Odessa from 11 to 14 flights per week from July 1.
According to the press service of the airline, flights to Odessa will be carried out 14 times a week daily.
So, from Odessa the airline will fly out at 10:25 and 21:40, and from Istanbul at 07:55 and 19:10.
The press service also noted that the flight network of the Turkish Airlines in Ukraine includes Kiev, Odessa, Lviv, Zaporozhye, Kherson and Kharkov.
In April, Turkish Airlines vice-president for sales in Eastern Europe and the Balkans Emre Menevsche said that the airline intends to increase the frequency of flights on the existing routes Odessa-Istanbul and Kiev-Istanbul in the event of a final agreement between the civil aviation administrations of Ukraine and Turkey.