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Usuki - centuries of history in a provincial castle town

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Foreign tourists in Japan often yearn to get "off the beaten track" but struggle to make a meaningful selection of where to go to maximize their limited time. Kyushu can be a great choice and Usuki, on Oita's east coast, about a half an hour's drive or train ride south of… Read

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Business air travel set to take off again

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The business aviation sector, in the doldrums for nearly a decade, could be readying to take off again, as plane makers seek to lure company executives with onboard connectivity and super-comfy seats, experts say. The 2008 global financial crisis and subsequent geopolitical and economic woes sent the business air travel… Read

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Tomogashima: A trip worth taking

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If Capcom ever needed some inspiration for their next series of survival horror video games, the ammunition bunkers around Okinoshima would be a perfect setting for the final level. Okinoshima is one of the many islands off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture. Technically speaking, Tomogashima is a chain of islands, but… Read

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Park Hyatt opens in Bangkok

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Hyatt has opened the doors of the first Park Hyatt hotel in Thailand.  Once the scene of elegant garden parties hosted by the British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, the Park Hyatt Bangkok enjoys a prime corner plot in the heart of the city. The BTS Ploenchit station is… Read

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Star Alliance launches 20th anniversary mileage competition

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To celebrate 20 years of connecting people and cultures, Star Alliance and its 28 member carriers have announced the launch of a worldwide competition whereby customers can share their favourite cultural experiences with other travellers for a chance to win a million frequent flyer miles from their selected Star Alliance Frequent… Read

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Business, leisure travelers ponder flying without laptops

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International air travelers might soon rediscover magazines, paperbacks and playing cards. Airline passengers have become hooked on their laptops and tablets to get work done or just kill time during long flights. But U.S. aviation-security officials appear determined to ban large electronic devices in the cabin of flights from Europe.… Read

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Sompo Guide Tokyo to be published on June 1

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Shoeisha Co Ltd will start selling the guidebook Sompo Guide Tokyo for foreigners visiting Japan from the U.S. and European countries on June 1, The guidebook has received full support from the Sompo Holdings Group, which provides property insurance, life insurance and other services related to finance both in Japan and… Read

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Travel without a suitcase with 13 packing tips from a Japanese pro

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Seasoned travelers know how to make efficient use of their suitcase space, but it takes a real pro to travel without a suitcase at all. Want to know how to pare down your travel gear? Taiwan-based writer and blogger Kazuhiro Maehara has graciously agreed to let us translate his tips for getting everything… Read

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Air Canada to launch its own loyalty program in 2020

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Air Canada has confirmed that it will launch its own loyalty program when the commercial agreement with Aimia, the operator of Aeroplan, expires in 2020. By operating its own loyalty program, Air Canada expects to be better able to strengthen its customer relationships and deliver a more consistent end-to-end customer… Read

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Hilton becomes partner of UNWTO’s Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

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Hilton has become an official partner of the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The initiative aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a… Read

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