Travel News: October 15, 2018

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Japan to introduce electronic visa system for tourists from April 2020
The Japan Times

The government will introduce an electronic system for tourist visa applications in April 2020 in an effort to help achieve its goal of 60 million foreign visitors a year by 2030, government sources said Sunday.

The online system will first be available to Chinese tourists for single-entry visa applications and then to travelers from other countries, the sources said. Tourist visas for Chinese visitors accounted for nearly 60 percent of all the visas issued in 2017, according to the Foreign Ministry.


Dry October follows dry summer on Europe’s rivers
Travel Weekly

An unseasonably warm fall following this year’s hot, dry European summer is continuing to disrupt river cruises.

Walter Littlejohn, vice president and managing director of Crystal River Cruises, says he’s lost track of the number of itinerary changes the company has made with its five European river ships because of low water levels this year.

Littlejohn on Wednesday said he had just returned from Germany, where it was sunny and 75 degrees with no rain in sight for at least the next 10 days.


Now flying from NYC: The world’s longest flight
USA Today

Singapore Airlines reclaimed its bragging rights as operator of the world’s longest flight this week as it re-launched nonstop service between Singapore and the Newark Liberty International Airport near New York City.

Singapore Airlines previously held the crown with the same route until 2013, when it was canceled. Now, with new Airbus A350s in its fleet, Singapore is back on the route. It launched the service Thursday with the first flight from Singapore.

On Friday, the inaugural nonstop departure for Singapore left from Newark. The aircraft and its 161 passengers completed the 9,535-mile route about an hour quicker than its 18-hour, 30-minute scheduled time.


Las Vegas Casinos Are Introducing Facial Recognition Technology
Travel Pulse

Las Vegas Strip casinos are adding facial recognition technology into their operations.

Alec Massey, Director of PwC’s Connected Solutions, works with hospitality companies to integrate facial recognition technology as a means of data intelligence. He told Las Vegas Review-Journal that table game manufacturers are trying to integrate it into machines to provide casinos with more data on their guests.

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