Travel News: January 11, 2019

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Air France leans toward pulling plug on Joon
Travel Weekly

Joon, the Air France subsidiary promoted as a hip new airline for millennials, appears to be on the verge of closure, just 13 months after launch.

“After much discussion with employees and customers alike, and in consultation with the unions, Air France has decided to launch a project studying the future of the Joon brand and the integration of Joon employees and aircraft into Air France,” Joon’s parent said Thursday as part of a statement about the signing of a new labor agreement with flight attendants.

 

Japan to implement tourism tax for most international travelers
Fox News

Going to Japan on your next vacation? You are, of course, going to be given a warm welcome. But get ready to pay the taxman to get home.

Japan’s National Tax Agency Ministry in Finance announced on Monday that it will be implementing an “International Tourist Tax” (also known as a “sayonara tax”) on most international travelers visiting the country as they are leaving Japan, USA Today reported.

 

Luxury travelers want more than ever before, and hotels are borrowing a tactic used by Netflix and Amazon to keep up
Business Insider

As the demand for luxury shifts away from goods and increasingly toward experiences, customers don’t just want any experience: They want personalized experiences that are either inherently unique or specifically tailored to them.

In fact, as travel industry intelligence platform Skift wrote in June, “Personalization in the hotel industry has ceased to be a trend. Today, it’s an obligation.”

The hotel industry will be taking more steps in 2019 to keep up with this demand, predicts Alex Shashou, cofounder and president of hotel operations and guest management platform ALICE.

 

United’s new Los Angeles Polaris Lounge opens tomorrow
Business Traveller

United is set to welcome guests to the newest Polaris Lounge in its network at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Saturday, available specifically for passengers travelling in its new Polaris business class cabin.

The Polaris Lounge, located in Terminal 7 between Gates 73 and 75A, comes as United wraps up its US$573 million renovation of the terminal, which also includes a new United Club lounge with access to the more exclusive The Private Suite. Terminal 7 also recently saw the opening of a cut-through road that allows travellers to avoid LAX’s “horseshoe” road that leads around the terminals.

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