Sen. Jay Rockefeller rescheduled the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on his Cruise Passenger Protection Act to July 23.

There will be a significant loss of cruise traffic and economic impact in future years if Tampa does nothing to address the 180-foot air draft limitation imposed by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, a new state study confirmed. Building a port seaward of the bridge, which could cost up to $647m, or building a new bridge and demolishing the current one at about $2bn, are potential alternatives.

Costa Crociere ceo Michael Thamm and Debora Serracchiani, president of the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of cruising in Trieste.

New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Andrew Stoner, announced that Sydney-based consulting company MI Associates will work with Destination NSW to produce a 10-year Cruise Development Plan.

The US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing fee changes for agricultural quarantine inspection (AQI) at US ports of entry. For passengers on international cruises, there would be a $2 fee per person.

The need for Customs and Border Protection to be flexible with staffing and facilities requirements to serve the cruise business was underscored in written testimony by the American Association of Port Authorities for a Senate hearing Wednesday.

The curfew in Thailand's key tourist areas including Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui has been lifted but a 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. curfew continues in Bangkok, according to a Destination Asia (Thailand) update.

The curfew in Thailand has been reduced, giving visitors the opportunity to experience the country by day and by night, ground handler Destination Asia said. As of Wednesday, the curfew was cut back to 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Bangkok and the rest of Thailand remain calm following the imposition of martial law on May 20, ground handler Destination Asia reports, however a curfew remains in effect which curtails some activities.

Destination Asia Thailand reports operations continue as normal so far in Bangkok following the Thai army's overnight surprise declaration of martial law.

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