Travel News: May 19, 2017

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Marriott’s Moxy brand on the move in Japan
Travel Weekly

Marriott International’s Moxy Hotels select-service brand will enter Japan by the end of the year with openings in Tokyo and Osaka.

The Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho will have 205 rooms and will be located in the city’s historic district. The hotel will feature an “industrial chic” design scheme to complement Moxy amenities such as free WiFi and active communal areas.


Southwest Airlines says Hawaii flights are a ‘priority’
USA Today

Southwest Airlines is getting closer to adding Hawaii flights, a vacation destination travelers have been begging the nation’s largest domestic airline to add for years.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, in Phoenix on Wednesday for Southwest’s annual shareholders meeting, said flights to Hawaii are a high priority for the airline. In contrast, he said Canada flights are on the airline’s radar but not a priority.


Tourism to Australia on the upswing
Travel Weekly

Australia saw an 11% increase in international arrivals in 2016, with visits from the U.S. up 16%. Tourism Australia officials discussed the statistics and other topics on Monday, the opening day of the 38th annual Australia Tourism Exchange, held in Sydney.


The U.S. Electronics Ban Will Not Expand to Europe…Yet
CN Traveler

Following a meeting between U.S. and E.U. officials, the Department of Homeland Security is yet to make a decision over an expanded ban on large electronics in airplane cabins.

Travelers on both sides of the Atlantic have been holding their breath ever since a report emerged last week that the ban on electronics in airplane cabins, currently in place for flights from the Middle East and North Africa to the United States, could be extended to include flights from Europe. Well, you can exhale—for now. Following Wednesday’s meeting in Brussels, in which U.S. officials briefed their E.U. counterparts on the threat of concealed explosives in electronics like laptops, the Department of Homeland Security announced it had not yet made a decision on the ban’s expansion. Instead, officials are set to reconvene, this time in Washington, on May 22 to, according to a joint statement, “further assess shared risks and solutions for protecting airline passengers, whilst ensuring the smooth functioning of global air travel.”

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