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Japan Ends Coronavirus Emergency, Will Subsidize Domestic Travel

Japan Ends Coronavirus Emergency, Will Subsidize Domestic Travel

While cautioning that the coronavirus was not gone from Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the end of his state of emergency declaration and urged the Japanese people to continue to adhere to strict social-distancing guidelines.
Health officials there reported just 851 deaths and the government was never forced to implement a lockdown.
The Japan Tourism Agency meanwhile said it is considering an $18 billion campaign to stimulate travel within the country.  …

Tourism in Japan Plummets Despite Low Number of Coronavirus Cases

Tourism in Japan Plummets Despite Low Number of Coronavirus Cases

Japan reported that foreign visitors to the archipelago nation plunged 58% in February compared to the same period last year.
Figures released by the Japan National Tourism Organization indicate that the novel coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy toll on one of the country’s largest industries.  The agency said that the number of foreign visitors to Japan in February was 1.09 million, down from 2.6 million in February 2018.  It was …

Expert Q&A: Addressing Traveler Concerns About the Coronavirus – ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’

The daily dispatches from Hong Kong and Wuhan and Beijing about Covid-19, the official name for the novel coronavirus that seemingly sprung out of nowhere in Wuhan, China, are nowhere near an end. Travel is down in some instances by over 90%, and thousands of people are under quarantine after possible exposure to the virus.  This leaves travelers – be they business or leisure – wondering, should I stay or …

ANA Debuts Podcast Series on Japanese Culture

ANA Debuts Podcast Series on Japanese Culture

All Nippon Airways launched a five-part podcast series looking at Japanese culture.
The podcasts feature Grammy-nominated DJ and frequent traveler Steve Aoki. Aoki will cover the topics of travel, art, food, music, and fashion.
“I’m on the road 260 days a year… and ‘Aoki ‘N Air’ is the perfect way for me to share all of the reasons why I love Japan so much, allowing me to go back to my cultural …

Delta to Launch New Flights Between Seattle and Osaka

Delta to Launch New Flights Between Seattle and Osaka

Delta Air Lines announced that it will begin new service between Seattle and Osaka, Japan next year.
The carrier will operate the route using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, equipped with 25 lie-flat seats in Delta One, 29 seats in Delta Comfort+, the carrier’s premium economy lite section, and 171 seats in coach. Seats in Delta One are 21” wide and have a pitch of 76.5” to 81.4”.
Delta said it will announce schedule …

Marriott to Open 40 New Luxury Hotels in 2018

Marriott to Open 40 New Luxury Hotels in 2018

Marriott Hotels and Resorts announced plans to open approximately 40 new higher-end properties next year, in multiple countries including Australia, China, Germany, Mexico, and Israel.
Marriott will debut six new Ritz-Carlton properties including in locations that include China’s Jiuzhaigou Valley and Los Cabos, Mexico. In addition, the company plans to renovate several Ritz-Carlton properties, including The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin and the Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul.
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Fiji Airways to Begin Tokyo-Nadi Flights

Fiji Airways to Begin Tokyo-Nadi Flights

Fiji Airways announced that it will begin new service between Tokyo Narita and Nadi, Fiji on July 3, 2018.
The carrier will operate the route three days a week, on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Flights will depart Nadi International Airport at 1:25 p.m. and arrive at Tokyo Narita at 7:30 p.m. Return flights are scheduled to depart at 9:25 p.m. and arrive at 9:05 a.m. the next day.
Fiji Airways will operate the …