International Meetings

January 2019

Effective January 7, 2019, visitors to Japan will pay a 1,000 yen (about $9 USD) departure tax when leaving the country, regardless of nationality. The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) reported that the tax is expected to expand and enhance the country’s tourist infrastructure.

November 2018

Hong Kong is on the move, literally and figuratively. The Asian business hub just took the wraps off two major projects that are enhancing connectivity: the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail, 16 miles of railway linking Hong Kong to China’s high-speed rail network. The projects put Hong Kong within convenient reach of cities in the Pearl River Delta (aka Greater Bay Area) and beyond, and with the bridge in place, travel time between the Mainland city of Zhuhai and Hong Kong is cut down drastically.

July 2018

The former Trump International Hotel & Tower Panama in Panama City will be managed by Marriott International as a JW Marriott. Ithaca Capitol took control of the property from the Trump Organization in March 2018 following a fight that included court cases in the U.S. and Panama and Trump Organization lawyers asking president of Panama to intervene in the dispute.

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