Japan and US Drop Covid Restrictions, Alaska Airlines Kraken Deal, Coinbase Lawsuit

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News Roundup

This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Japan has recently dropped its Covid-19 border measures, allowing travelers to enter the country without quarantine or a negative test result. The White House has announced that international air travelers will no longer be required to have a Covid-19 vaccine starting May 11. Alaska Airlines has slashed ticket prices to Dallas as the Kraken face off in playoffs. Meanwhile, Adventures by Disney has announced a new destination in Colombia, taking guests on an unforgettable journey through the country’s rich history and culture. In Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas will soon have a new fancy tower. On the tech side, Coinbase, a leading cryptocurrency exchange, is facing a lawsuit for alleged privacy violations related to customer biometric data.

Japan drops Covid-19 border measures

In early April, the Japanese government announced plans to drop the Covid-19 border control measures starting on Monday May 8. However, the government brought forward these plans to Saturday April 29, just in time for the start of the Golden Week holidays. Starting Monday May 8, Covid-19’s legal status will be downgraded to the same as common diseases like the seasonal flu.

Alaska Airlines slashes ticket prices to Dallas as the Kraken face off in playoffs

Beginning now through Friday, May 5, Alaska Airlines is slashing ticket prices so hockey fans can catch round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Seattle Kraken and Dallas Stars and score $99 fares each way on all Alaska flights between Seattle and Dallas (at both airports: DAL and DFW) this week.

Coinbase Sued for Privacy Violations Over Customer Biometrics

Coinbase Inc. illegally collects face templates and fingerprints of its customers in violation of Illinois’ biometric privacy law, according to a proposed class-action lawsuit.

Adventures by Disney to Take Guests to Colombia

The beauty and storytelling of Colombia, the magnificent coastlines and historical sites in Eastern Canada’s Maritime Provinces, plus an enhanced New Zealand itinerary packed with action and adventure welcome guests traveling with Adventures by Disney in 2024. Bookings open to the public on May 12, 2023. More information about Adventures by Disney, including the full line-up of itineraries in 2024, can be found at AdventuresbyDisney.com.

Caesars Entertainment Unveils Plans to Add Hotel Tower to Paris Las Vegas

Caesars Entertainment has unveiled plans to renovate the Jubilee Tower at Horseshoe Las Vegas and integrate it into Paris Las Vegas with a new name, Versailles Tower. An investment exceeding $100 million, the Versailles Tower will feature a new exterior and interior. The renovation will introduce 756 redesigned luxury guestrooms and a pedestrian bridge connecting the Versailles Tower to the existing Paris resort. Caesars Entertainment offers more than 23,000 rooms across Las Vegas, and this renovated tower will showcase some of the finest rooms throughout its nine resorts.

COVID-19 vaccine requirements for international air travelers will end on May 11

The COVID-19 vaccine requirements for Federal employees, Federal contractors, and international air travelers at the end of the day on May 11, the same day that the COVID-19 public health emergency ends. Additionally, HHS and DHS announced today that they will start the process to end their vaccination requirements for Head Start educators, CMS-certified healthcare facilities, and certain noncitizens at the land border. In the coming days, further details related to ending these requirements will be provided.

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