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The World’s Most Powerful Passports for 2020 Are …

How many countries can you visit without needing a visa with your passport? If yours is a red- or blue-colored passport book that has the words “Japan Passport” on the cover, you can visit more – a total of 191 out of 218 – than holders of any other passport in the world.
Indeed, a traveler with a Japanese passport can visit 165 more destinations than someone with what is today …

Marriott Plans to Open Over 20 New Luxury Hotels in 2020

Marriott Plans to Open Over 20 New Luxury Hotels in 2020

Marriott International said it will open over 20 luxury hotels next year with locations ranging from Danang to Istanbul to Reykjavik to Toronto.
The hotelier will add hotels under three brands, JW Marriott, W hotels, and Edition, as well as under the umbrella of the Luxury Collection, formerly the Starwood Luxury Collection.
The JW Marriott brand will open in eight locations, namely Anaheim, Orlando, and Savannah in the United States and Danang, …

Hyatt to Open Over 20 New Luxury Hotels in Next 14 Months

Hyatt to Open Over 20 New Luxury Hotels in Next 14 Months

Hyatt Hotels said it will open over 20 new luxury hotels by the end of next year.
The hotelier will add properties under several brands including Andaz, Alila, Grand Hyatt, Miraval, and Park Hyatt, as well as some that will be part of the Unbound Collection.
The Park Hyatt brand will make an appearance in five new locations including Auckland, Doha, Jakarta, Suzhou, China, and Niseko, Japan. In addition, Hyatt will open …

ANA to Add Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Shenzhen, and Stockholm to Route Network

ANA to Add Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Shenzhen, and Stockholm to Route Network

All Nippon Airways announced plans to add five new cities to its route network.  The list of cities includes Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Shenzhen, and Stockholm.
The new cities will be served from Tokyo Haneda Airport and will bring the list of international cities served by the carrier to 52.
“These new routes will increase the ease and convenience for passengers flying to Japan from across the world,” said Seiichi Takahashi, a senior …

ANA Throws a Party for its New First- and Business-Class Suites

All Nippon Airways transported hundreds of guests to Japan at an event in New York City to celebrate the introduction of new first- and business-class suites on its Boeing 777-300ER jets that operate on flights to and from New York.
The ANA Experience: Japan Elevated event took place at the 70,000-square-foot (6,500-square-meter) Pier 36 on South Street near the Seaport. Guests were able to sample the delicious cuisine of different cities …

Park Hyatt Kyoto Opens its Doors to Guests in Japan

Park Hyatt Kyoto Opens its Doors to Guests in Japan

Hyatt Hotels announced that the Park Hyatt Kyoto had opened its doors to guests.
The new property is located in the Higashiyama historic district in the city, known as the birthplace of the Japanese tea ceremony, the Ikebana flower arrangement, and the Japanese Zen gardens.  It is located next to the Kodai-ii, a temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism, whose gardens are a nationally designated Historic Site and Place …

Tokyo Motor Show’s ‘Open Future’ Highlights EVs and Wild Concept Cars

The biennial Tokyo Motor Show is a showcase of the automobile industry’s wish list for futuristic technology, and was the first Tokyo show without a major figure in the Japanese auto industry, former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested in 2018 for financial misconduct, a charge he has denied.
Held at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center on the shores of Tokyo Bay, the show opens to the public on …