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Foreign tourists shun Japan over COVID-19 rules, rising infections

Japan’s eased border restrictions have resulted in a relative trickle of international tourists entering the country, a disappointing but unsurprising development in the long-struggling travel and hospitality industry. Industry sources said travelers are put off by Japan’s remaining entry rules concerning PCR tests and chaperoned travel packages. Others noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has not …

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Representative image (iStock) Hotel, rental and airline bookings have rebounded to match or surpass the pre-pandemic level globally. Two in five APAC travelers will travel for personal purposes (visiting family and friends) this summer. Reconnecting with family and friends remains a priority for 69 per cent of Indians. While in Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, …

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Is Japan open to travelers? It’s where Singaporeans want to travel

Some 49% of Singaporeans say they are considering Japan for their next vacation abroad, according to the market research firm YouGov. Interest may be even higher among young citizens. Some 68% of Singaporeans aged 16 to 24 years old indicated they are considering Japan for their “next vacation,” compared to 37% of those aged 55 …

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China halts military, climate talks with US after Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

China says it is canceling or suspending dialogue with the US on issues from climate change to military relations and anti-drug efforts in retaliation for a visit this week to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Beijing also imposed sanctions on her of hers. The measures announced Friday are the latest in a promised …

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Lack of rental cars welcomes tourists coming back to Okinawa

NAHA – Many tourists flocking to Okinawa Prefecture during the first restriction-free summer since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 are hitting another speed bump at the start of their vacations: no rental cars. The shortage is due to car rental agencies selling off some of their fleets because the number of …

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Nancy Pelosi visits DMZ during South Korea trip in latest show of defiance

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi journeyed to the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean Peninsula Thursday, her latest stop in a global hotspot days after visiting Taiwan over the objections of China. Pelosi and the five other Democratic lawmakers in her delegation were pictured meeting with US military forces stationed in South Korea near the Joint Security …

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Airlines cancel, reroute flights during Chinese military drills near Taiwan

By Joyce Lee, Jamie Freed SEOUL (Reuters) – Some airlines have canceled flights to Taipei and rerouted others using nearby airspace that has been closed to civilian traffic during Chinese military exercises sparked by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. The Ground Force under the Eastern Theater Command of China’s People’s …

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Capella President Talks About New Hotels And Must-Visit Getaways

Peek at Capella’s first hotel in Japan. Kyoto Chapel You will find Capella hotels — known for their authentic cultural guest experiences, thoughtful design and personalized service — throughout Asia, but the company plans to grow its collection both on the continent and beyond. Two noteworthy future additions include Capella Sydney, which will debut in …

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‘Slow trip’: Japanese tourist travels across Turkey on donkey

Using donkeys as a method of transportation combines the 19th century’s longing for speed with the 21st century’s desire to slow down. While riding donkeys, the epitome of “slow travel” today, is enjoyed by some who lean toward a more leisurely, rural holiday, a Japanese tourist traveling across Turkey on a donkey still turns heads. …

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Asia-Pacific Hotel Investments Rebound To Pre-Pandemic Levels; China Slide Holds Back Bigger Gains

Japan led the Asia-Pacific hotel investments in the first half of 2022, according to JLL. … [+] Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg © 2020 Bloomberg Finance LP Hotel investments in the Asia-Pacific rebounded from pandemic lows in the first half of 2022, helped in part by purchases of inns from cashed-up investors from distressed sellers, global real …

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