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Canada unveils air passenger bill of rights

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Airline passengers in Canada will soon be eligible for significant compensation for delayed flights or lost baggage under regulations announced by Transportation Minister Marc Garneau. The measures follow a rising number of complaints about being stuck on the tarmac for hours, musical instruments being broken in transit and lost baggage.… Read

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423,343 hotel rooms under construction in Asia-Pacific

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According to the latest data from STR, a company that tracks supply and demand data for multiple market sectors, including the global hotel industry, there were 1,892 hotel projects in Asia Pacific's hotel pipeline in April 2019, accounting for 423,343 rooms under construction. This represents a 23.3% year-on-year increase in… Read

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Lufthansa becomes world’s first airline to earn IATA ONE order certification

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Lufthansa has become the world’s first airline to earn IATA ONE Order certification. ONE Order is the IATA initiative to modernize its member airlines’ flight booking and accounting processes, to enable them to align their products even more closely to customers’ needs and substantially simplify the customer’s booking experience. Under… Read

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Hachinohe Sansha Taisai festival the ultimate Japanese variety show every summer

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Situated in the often overlooked but seafood-rich city of Hachinohe in northern Aomori Prefecture, it’s the perfect pit stop before hitting up other Tohoku regional summer festivals in Japan’s northeastern prefectures. During the festival, which runs every year from July 31 to Aug. 5, the most famous attraction is the fleet of nearly 30 floats paraded… Read

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ANA, Panasonic to test self-driving electric wheelchairs at Narita Airport

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Panasonic Corporation announced that they will work together to test the latest generation of personal mobility, self-driving electric wheelchairs, as part of a far-reaching plan to increase mobility and accessibility options at Tokyo Narita International Airport. Incorporating robotic elements, these wheelchairs will be capable to… Read

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Could the fabled Orient Express take to the rails again?

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It conjures up the atmosphere of rail travel from a bygone golden age, steaming through Europe experiencing top-notch cuisine and the company of fellow passengers who could be writers or spies. And who knows, maybe a mysterious murder along the way deep in the night... The last true Orient Express… Read

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Furano: So this is what they mean by frolicking

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Hokkaido might conjure images of majestic untamed wilderness, but in Furano, known affectionately as the “bellybutton” of Hokkaido, it’s the tenderly cultivated flower fields that get jaws dropping with just as much drama. Midsummer’s gently rippling lavender rows are the height of loveliness. Go ahead: fulfill your inner flower child’s… Read

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American Airlines gets tentative OK for more Haneda flights

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has tentatively granted authority to American Airlines to operate a daily flight between Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), as well as a second daily flight between Haneda and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). “We are encouraged by the DOT’s… Read

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Lonely Planet's top destination Sri Lanka suffers a blow after blasts

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Sipping fresh coconut water while sunbathing on deserted Hikkaduwa beach, Alexi Konchayenko, a sports trainer from Ukraine, struck a stoical note. Bomb blasts can happen "anywhere, anytime," he said, adding that he was not afraid. "Sri Lanka is an amazing country. This is my first visit and I will tell… Read

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Explore Kyoto tourist site Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine with Unreal Engine 4

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One of the hot topics concerning people in and out of Japan lately is the problem of overcrowding in Kyoto, as the traditional city buckles under the weight of local and international tourists, which has been increasing year after year. With the city itself looking to ease congestion by recommending early-morning self-guided… Read

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