Asia-Pacific Reopens for Tourism, but Recovery Is Slow

Japan is getting ready to join other top Asia-Pacific destinations in fully reopening to tourism. But the region’s beaches, shopping meccas and cultural sites are finding the return to pre-Covid prosperity is slower than in the US and Europe, in part because would-be Chinese tourists are still largely stuck at home. Government officials in Tokyo … Read more

Will inbound tourism help stop the bleeding for the yen?

Although the yen’s precipitous drop against the US dollar is piling on extra costs for Japanese companies and households, one struggling industry is ready to bask in the glow of a historically low exchange rate: tourism. In fact, fully lifting border measures — as the government appears ready to do — will not only revive … Read more

New Zealand drops most of its remaining COVID-19 rules

New Zealand is welcoming back tourists as the country drops most of its remaining COVID-19 rules. On Monday, the country announced the removal of its vaccine requirements and mask mandates as the country dropped its COVID traffic light framework just after midnight. According to the country’s ministry of health’s website, masks are no longer required … Read more

Japan to remove entry cap soon, with eye on autumn tourism: official

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan is reviewing its border control policy of keeping daily entries below 50,000 and will remove it in the “not so distant future,” a government spokesman said Sunday. The government will simultaneously relax other restrictions including a visa requirement and the requirement to travel on a package tour when it completely lifts … Read more

Committee to visit Medicine Wheel Ranger District projects | Local News

SHERIDAN — Bighorn National Forest managers and members of the Forest Plan Steering Committee will attend a field trip Sept. 20. The trip will begin at 9:30 am at Shell Falls Visitor Center. The committee will tour locations of interest on the Medicine Wheel Ranger District. Agenda topics for discussion include updates on dispersed camping, … Read more

Dear Abby: Husband and father tired of being ignored at home | Columnists

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my wife for 25 years, married for 22 of them. I love her very much, but sometimes I feel it isn’t mutual. We have three children, all girls, ranging in age from early teens to mid-20s. My wife also has an older son from a previous marriage. My complaint … Read more