Travel News: May 1, 2019

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Indonesia to relocate capital from sinking Jakarta
The Hill

Indonesia has announced plans relocate its capital city away from Jakarta, one of the world’s fastest-sinking cities, according to the BBC.

Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro announced President Joko Widodo had made the decision to relocate the capital, according to the news outlet.

The idea of moving the capital from Jakarta, home to 10 million people, has been discussed since Indonesia achieved independence from the Dutch over seven decades ago, but the pace at which the island is sinking–one of the fastest rates in the world–has reportedly added incentive.


Qantas could be set for Sydney-London non-stop by end of year
Sky News

Direct flights between London and Australia’s east coast could be just months away, according to Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

Mr Joyce said the airline will be ready to fly passengers non-stop from Sydney and Melbourne to Heathrow, as well as Sydney to New York, by the end of the year. Previously it had not been expected until 2022.


Abercrombie & Kent Announces 2020 Luxury Small Group Journeys Preview
Travel Pulse

As luxury travelers continue to plan further in advance, Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) releases a 2020 Preview of dates and prices for the company’s 20 most-requested Luxury Small Group Journeys, along with an epic new journey that combines Australia & New Zealand. Also new for 2020 is the addition of Design Your Day®, an exclusive A&K offering that allows guests to personalize a group journey.


Wall Street banks boycott Brunei-owned hotels kingdom makes homosexuality punishable by death

A growing list of multinational banks are banning employees from staying at hotels owned by the sultan of Brunei, where homosexuality and adultery is punishable by death.

J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs and others — called to task by celebrities such as Elton John, George Clooney and Ellen DeGeneres — have barred staff from staying at properties owned by the Dorchester Collection hotel group, run by the Brunei state-owned investment agency. The ban includes luxury names such as Los Angeles’ Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air, and London’s Dorchester and 45 Park Lane.

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