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Leaving Japan to Become More Expensive in 2019

Saying sayonara to Japan will become more expensive.

If you leave Japan via airplane or ship — whether or not you are a citizen — you will be required to pay a departure tax of ¥1,000 effective as of Monday, January 7, 2019 as a result of a bill which is designed to increase investment in tourism infrastructure and promote travel destinations in rural Japan, as well as fund campaigns for global tourism.

“The nation attracted a record…

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Is This Secret to Ease the Pain of Paying Resort Fees Viable?

Mandatory resort fees — and their siblings known as mandatory facilities fees and mandatory destination fees — are still spreading like a plague across the lodging landscape primarily within the United States; and with no signs of abating anytime soon.

Worse is the fact that these bogus fees have been increasing in cost — which means that guests have been paying these fees. For example, Caesars Entertainment raised nightly resort fees earlier this year at eight of its nine properties located in Las Vegas — including…

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Airport Tax to NOT Almost Double After All

Members of the House of Representatives of the United States rejected the proposed doubling of the Passenger Facility Charge, which is a tax charged by airports that currently costs passengers up to $4.50 per flight segment to help finance infrastructure projects — including…

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Mandatory Fees to Park at Disney World Resorts as of March 21, 2018

If you want to stay as a registered guest at a resort property at Walt Disney World in Florida without having to pay as much as $24.00 in parking fees per night, you need to book your reservations prior to Wednesday, March 21, 2018, which is the day when the fees for standard overnight self-parking will be in effect to guests with every reservation booked on that day and thereafter.

According to this announcement at…

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Advice on How Not to Be Hit With Loss of Use Fees on a Rental Car After an Accident?

One of the benefits of renting a vehicle from a rental car company is that you usually get to drive a car, sport utility vehicle or van which typically ranges from fairly new to practically brand new — complete with that “new car” scent which greets you as you enter inside — and that the experience is typically free of cares and worries when all goes well…

…but when that vehicle is involved in an accident, all of the dynamics change. Do you…

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Airline Employee Forced to Close Petition Complaining About Incentive Program Changes

A member of a flight crew for United Airlines drafted a petition called Make United Airlines Great Again pertaining to the drastic overhaul of an incentive program — as per a memorandum issued to them by the president of the company on Employee Appreciation Day — at Change.org in an effort to urge the chief executive officer and management of the airline to reconsider its implementation…

…only to be forced to close that petition with a short addendum.

Employees of United Continental Holdings Incorporated — which is the parent company of United Airlines — were surprised to learn of a new overhauled incentive program as announced by Scott Kirby through which instead of earning a bonus of up to a maximum of $300.00 per quarter, they instead can win more valuable prizes via a “lottery” of sorts; and they do not have a choice.

The complete text of the petition — prior to its removal — was as follows…

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Oman Visa No Longer Available Upon Arrival as of March 21, 2018

If you want to visit Oman, you will no longer be able to obtain a visa upon arrival. Instead — as of Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — you will need to apply for your visa via the Internet in advance of your trip.

The Sultanate of Oman launched its electronic visa program back in…

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One Lesson Travel Corporations Can Learn From Small Businesses

One lesson travel corporations can learn from small businesses can be summed up in this example: one entrepreneur in particular owns and operates a fitness center in Atlanta; and as he mentioned the services which he offers in general, he also talked about how he recognizes when his customers seem to be experiencing stress or other issues. After a session has been completed, he will…

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