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Is Australia’s Infrastructure Causing It To Miss The Tourism Boom?
Air New Zealand Begins Using Biometric Scanners At Self Baggage Check
Japanese Firms Bid To Build High-Speed Rail Network In India
Taiwan Billed As “Peaceful Antidote To Bustling China”
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Travelers in the EU will soon be able to access their Netflix and SkyGo accounts when they are outside of their home country. Many people were previously not able to use their Netflix service once they left their home country. A commission argues that “cross-border portability” for subscription services should be a right for all EU consumers.
Australia’s Federal Tourism Minister, Richard Colbeck, is floating a radical idea that could draw more Chinese tourists to Australia. The plan is to include Chinese translations on highway road signs. Colbeck told the Associated Press "with China being one of our most important markets, we need to make sure we service it properly.”
Chinese companies are trying to take advantage of the huge number of Chinese tourists heading to Japan. Chinese investment firms are buying shares in hotels, ski resorts and other hospitality-related businesses in Japan. For example, Shanghai Yuyuan Tourist Mart recently acquired a 100 percent share of the popular Tomamu Ski Resort on Hokkaido.
Ryanair has announced that it will start offering flights from Greece to Malta. Overall, the budget carrier will deliver 1.5 million travelers to Malta from 37 destinations next near. Most of these people will come during the summer vacation season.
Tokyo’s newest craze? Owl cafes. This new nightlife fad is the latest in a long line of animal cafes (apparently cat cafes, rabbit cafes, and lizard cafes are now passé). For a fee, guests can interact up close with one of the venues' winged residents.
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