Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) announced that the sales of the 50 major Japanese travel agents amounted to 489.7 billion JPY in July 2017 (+2.4%), which consisted of 175.1 billion JPY for the outbound travel business (+6.6%), 16.7 billion JPY for the inbound travel business (+13.4%) and 297.8 billion JPY for the domestic travel business (-0.5%).
The graphs below show the outbound travel business results of the top five travel agents (25 JTB group companies, five H.I.S. group companies, three Hankyu Travel group companies, eight KNT-CT group companies, NTA). Out of the top five, H.I.S. and KNT-CT did better businesses with a growth of 10% or higher, and JTB achieved sales exceeding 50 billion JPY.
The graphs below show the inbound travel business results of the top five travel agents (25 JTB group companies, five H.I.S. group companies, NTA, eight KNT-CT group companies, Rakuten) for the past year. With a growth rate of 59.4%, H.I.S. moved up to the 2nd rank for the first time since January 2017, overtaking NTA.
The graphs below show the domestic travel business results of the top five travel agents (25 JTB group companies, Rakuten, eight KNT-CT group companies, NTA, ANA Sales) for the past year. Rakuten excepted, all had reduced sales year on year.
The sales of package tour brand products totaled 133.5 billion JPY (-0.4%) with 23,114,698 customers (-2.7%) in July 2017, including 37.3 billion JPY (+5.8%) with 46,008 customers (+15.1%) for the outbound travel business and 95.6 billion JPY (-2.7%) with 2,898,845 customers (-3.2%) for the domestic travel business. The growth of sales for inbound travelers was smaller than that of customers, which means that the unit price decreased.
According to the travel companies, the outbound travel market was boosted by the recovery of travelers for Europe and an increase in travelers for all major destinations except South Korea during the summer holiday period. Regarding the inbound travel market, an increase in travelers from South Korea contributed to the growth of sales. Regarding the domestic travel market, sales for Kyushu and Okinawa increased, however sales for other destinations were unchanged.