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Luxury travel news this week

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to subscribe, please click here). This will also alert you to any other posts on the blog. Should you wish, you can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the icon again and selecting ‘unsubscribe’. Japan, Singapore and South Korea have world’s most powerful passports Japan, Singapore and South Korea have the world’s strongest passports, according to a new ranking. Citizens of all three countries can visit 189 nations without getting a visa before travel, according to the latest Henley Passport Index. Advisory firm Henley & Partners, which ranks countries’ passport power, said the tie was a “resounding demonstration of Asia’s growing power and influence on the world stage”… [read more] How the world’s most popular spots are dealing with overtourism Tourism can provide an incredible economic boost, sure, but it can also be harmful to the environment and put pressure on local populations. This isn’t new news: All you’ve got to do is pick up your phone and scroll through the headlines to see the ways in which overtourism, or the negative effects of too many tourists visiting somewhere at once, is playing out around the globe. Few places—whether they be cities, historical sites, national parks, or entire countries—are immune… [read more] Russian oligarch at centre of UK‘s biggest divorce fight keeps his £350 million superyacht out of his ex-wife’s hands after sharia judges Dubai overrule British court A Russian oligarch embroiled in Britain’s most expensive divorce battle has won the right to keep his £350 million mega yacht out of the hands of his former wife. Farkhad Akhmedov has been given authority to sail away in the yacht Luna after it was impounded in Dubai as part of a bitter divorce battle with ex-Tatiana. The mother-of-two had previously won a freezing order on his worldwide assets after the oil and gas tycoon refused to pay her half his £1bn fortune following their split… [read more] Kazakhstan renames capital Nur-Sultan in honor of veteran leader Kazakhstan renamed its capital Astana as Nur-Sultan on Saturday in honor of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, who unexpectedly resigned this week after almost 30 years in power. It is the fourth time the city’s name has been changed within six decades, and some residents and opposition figures have protested against the latest renaming, which was made official on Saturday in a decree signed by interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev… [read more] George Clooney calls for hotel boycott over Brunei LGBT laws Hollywood actor George Clooney is calling for a boycott of nine luxury hotels with links to Brunei, after the country said gay sex and adultery would soon be punishable by death. From 3 April, homosexuals could face being whipped or stoned in the tiny South East Asian state… [read more] We really enjoy hearing from our readers and would love to hear your views on any of these stories! Please click on the comments below and share your thoughts. Thank you. Have a story you’d like to share? Please contact us for details.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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  1. Regarding the story on places suffering from too many tourists I wouldn’t be too concerned.

    People have a tendency to disperse themselves. If we find that a place is just too crowded it is in our nature to seek out somewhere a little quieter.

    Also this is an area where Market Forces tend to work rather well. Essentially, successful bars, hotels and restaurants introduce rationing by putting their prices up, the Laws of Demand and Supply come into play.

    As to the destinations themselves they will introduce Tourist Taxes if numbers are flourishing or help out with subsidies eg on transport of tourism needs a boost.

  2. The Henley Passport Index always tells a story. It is a nice little piece of evidence on a country’s standing in the world.

    If the U.K. is no longer in the European Community this time next year will it alter the British Passport’s standing in the world?

    Answers on a postcard please …. ???

  3. Clooney’s stance on Brunei and hotels raises a lot of interesting points. I definitely believe that ethical tourism is the way to go. The problem is that a lot of the time these hotels are booked for business travel. So, often it is the corporate boomers who need to be influenced.

  4. But once the Russian oligarch is divorced will he need such a big yacht for himself? Or has he got the next Mrs Russian Oligarch lined up to help him fill all that space?

  5. There’s always been quite a tradition of naming cities after great leaders, such as Leningrad and Stalingrad. And now
    Kazakhstan has renamed its capital Astana as Nur-Sultan in honour of Nursultan Nazarbayev,

    How long before Washington becomes Trumpton and London becomes Maydon?

  6. Wow, I never knew there were so many places we could travel without a visa. This is the first time I’m hearing about the Henley Passport Index. Why aren’t this information being spread out in social sites? People should know about this list.

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