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A timid Asia-Pacific rebound is starting...

After two years with some of the toughest entry and travel restrictions in the world during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Asia-Pacific region looks set for a return to business travel. But geopolitical events as well as the unclear pandemic strategy of some countries have tinged this optimism with a cloudy veneer. Unlike most countries in […]

Travel Advisory: Thai AirAsia X (XJ) off...

[Updated as of 2 March 2022] Bangkok, March 2, 2022 – Due to prolonged travel restrictions and international border closures caused by the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thai AirAsia X (airline code XJ), a Thailand-based low-cost long-haul carrier, is offering updated alternative options with more flexibility for guests with reserved and scheduled flights […]

Klook always wins friends and influences...

Home is where the action is for the booking platform It was during an all-night brainstorming session while preparing a presentation for WIT Japan in 2015 that Eric Gnock Fah, COO and co-founder of Klook, went local. Refining the presentation that won the judges’ praise – and the Start-up of the Year award – the […]

Travel Bans, Japan and Me · Global Voice

Used book store in Jinbocho, Kanda, Tokyo. During my annual visits to Japan, I set aside several days just to visit bookstores. I visited this bookstore 872 days ago. Photo by Nevin Thompson. (CC BY-NC 2.0) It’s been 879 days — 2 years, 4 months, and 26 days — since I last set foot in […]

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (Decem

CONTINUED RESTRICTIONS FOR TRAVEL TO JAPAN Travelers arriving from the United States – including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all US territories – are now required to self-quarantine at a location designated by the Japanese government for the first three or six days (depending on point of origin) of their 14-day quarantine. […]

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (Decem

COVID-19 TEST FOR TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES From December 6, all air passengers, regardless of their vaccination status, must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States, regardless of their nationality. This tighter testing schedule provides an additional degree of public health protection as scientists […]

“Two steps forward and one step back”

New travel restrictions are taking hold in Japan and other countries due to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Above, passengers walk through the international arrivals area at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan on Tuesday. (Associated Press) Another Greek letter is making headlines and the travel industry is bracing for another COVID-19 jolt. Several […]

Hilton launches ‘Travel the World’ campa

SINGAPORE – This week, Hilton announced “Travel in the world,” its new marketing campaign encouraging consumers to explore the wonders of their home country and discover local alternatives that match the experiences of some of their favorite international destinations. At a time when many travel restrictions remain and international travel is complex to navigate, Hilton […]