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Japan-South Korea flights are resumed one after another, expecting higher demand in this summer

Japan-South Korea flights are resumed one after another, expecting higher demand in this summer

Korea Air resumed two flights a week between Haneda and Gimpo (Seoul) with 737-900ER on June 26 2022, followed by ANA on July 1.
96% of Workcation experiences in Okinawa say they want to come back again, but the biggest issue is cost

96% of Workcation experiences in Okinawa say they want to come back again, but the biggest issue is cost

95.6% of Workcation experiences in Okinawa answered that they want to come back again for Workcation. Regarding hurdles for Workcation, the most answers were found in ‘cost.'
A tour operator of Japan has to jump various hurdles to receive international tourists, though the market is supposed to open

A tour operator of Japan has to jump various hurdles to receive international tourists, though the market is supposed to open

AndBeyondTokyo, a Tokyo-based tour operator, run helter-skelter to receive its first international customers after the partial reopening of leisure-purpose travelers from San Francisco. Too many hurdles are still on the road to Japan. What are CEO Kuroiwa worried about?
Japanese SNS users use SNS the most frequently for a reason of information gathering

Japanese SNS users use SNS the most frequently for a reason of information gathering

Japanese SNS users are expected to reach 82.7 million by the end of 2022, which account for 82% of the whole population. The most-answered reason for using SNS was to gather information on hobbies or jobs with the ratio of 44%.
ANA, JAL and railway companies develop a joint tourism campaign ‘Welcome Back Tokyo’

ANA, JAL and railway companies develop a joint tourism campaign ‘Welcome Back Tokyo’

ANA, JAL, JR Tokai, JR East and Tokyo Metro is developing a joint tourism campaign ‘Welcome Back Tokyo,' offering gift opportunities on Instagram and Twitter.
ZIP AIR, a JAL subsidiary LCC, will launch Narita-San Jose services in December, giving up ‘Z’ logo on the aircraft

ZIP AIR, a JAL subsidiary LCC, will launch Narita-San Jose services in December, giving up ‘Z’ logo on the aircraft

ZIP AIR Tokyo, a JAL subsidiary LCC, will launch Narita-San Jose services in December 2022 as its second U.S. route, giving up ‘Z’ logo on the vertical tail probably because ‘Z’ is recognized as a symbol of Russian forces.
Tourism White Paper 2022 states necessities of tourism service reform and local revitalization by using digital solutions

Tourism White Paper 2022 states necessities of tourism service reform and local revitalization by using digital solutions

Tourism White Paper 2022 clearly states that Japan Tourism Agency aims to reform tourism services and local revitalization by using digital technologies, showing concrete directions to solve the current challenges in the travel industry space.
Domestic tourism campaign of Japan will be extended nationwide in early July, subsidizing more financial supports

Domestic tourism campaign of Japan will be extended nationwide in early July, subsidizing more financial supports

Domestic tourism campaign will be extended from within the six designated regional blocks currently to the whole nation in early July 2022, financially supporting up to 8,000 JPY a night for travels using public transportation and up to 5,000 JPY a night for other travels.
Nippon Travel Agency tries to create new businesses with metaverse on Virbela platform

Nippon Travel Agency tries to create new businesses with metaverse on Virbela platform

Nippon Travel Agency or NTA signed a comprehensive partnership agreement with Gaia Link to use ‘Virbela’ metaverse platform for local communities, corporate customers and eduction providers.
ZIP AIR, JAL group’s LCC, will increase Singapore service to five flights a week this summer

ZIP AIR, JAL group’s LCC, will increase Singapore service to five flights a week this summer

ZIP AIR TOKYO, JAL group’s LCC, will increase its Narita-Singapore service to five flights a week during this summer between July 16 and August 31.
ANA will fully resume Haneda domestic flights in this summer, serving more flights than pre-COVID-19

ANA will fully resume Haneda domestic flights in this summer, serving more flights than pre-COVID-19

ANA will terminate flight reductions from/to Haneda Airport in this summer, serving 23,830 Haneda fights including seasonal flights during the two months, which will be more than 23,475 flights three years ago.
A Japanese tour operators association warns Japan is not selected as a tourist destination if the regulations goes on

A Japanese tour operators association warns Japan is not selected as a tourist destination if the regulations goes on

Overseas Tour Operators Association of Japan or OTOA demanded further deregulations of cross-border tourism and called for global standard dealings to Japaneses travel companies. Chairman said Japan is not selected as a tourist destination if the regulations goes on.
Japan Tourism Agency draws up a guideline to accept international tourists, clarifying operators’ responsibility

Japan Tourism Agency draws up a guideline to accept international tourists, clarifying operators’ responsibility

Japan Tourism Agency announced a guideline for tour operators, tour conductors and accommodations in accepting international package tours, requiring to register tour applicants to the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System or ERFS.
Japanese guest nights recovered to a 16% reduction in March 2022 compared to March 2019

Japanese guest nights recovered to a 16% reduction in March 2022 compared to March 2019

The total number of Japanese guest nights in April 2022 (provisionally) was up 49.8% year on year to 33.3 million, and the occupancy rate was 43.2% overall, 21.8 lower points than 2019.
Osaka Kansai EXPO 2025 unveils contents of private pavilions, including the future experiences with ‘GUNDAM’

Osaka Kansai EXPO 2025 unveils contents of private pavilions, including the future experiences with ‘GUNDAM’

Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition unveiled contents of private companies and organizations’ pavilions, including ‘MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM Pavilion’ by Bandai Namco.
Three-in-four Japanese couples want to honeymoon overseas unless the pandemic happened

Three-in-four Japanese couples want to honeymoon overseas unless the pandemic happened

Three-in-four Japanese couples want to honeymoon overseas unless the pandemic happens, according to Expedia Japan survey. The mots popular destination is Hokkaido, followed by Hawaii and Okinawa, including future honeymooners.
The market scale of online tours in Japan is estimated at 10 billion JPY in 2020

The market scale of online tours in Japan is estimated at 10 billion JPY in 2020

Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting survey finds the market scale of online tours in Japan was estimated at 9.56 billion JPY in 2020, growing by 30% a year, and the average payment to a paid online tour was 7,918 JPY a person.
JTB aims to achieve practical carbon neutral by FY2050, creating environment-friendly tours

JTB aims to achieve practical carbon neutral by FY2050, creating environment-friendly tours

JTB aims at practical carbon neutral by FY2050 after achieving practical zero CO2 emission by itself by FY2030, reducing electric power consumption in the Scope 1 and 2 stages and developing collaboration with business partners in the Scope 3 stage.
45 Japanese travel companies earned 20% more domestic travel sales in March 2022 than March 2019

45 Japanese travel companies earned 20% more domestic travel sales in March 2022 than March 2019

Sales of 45 major travel companies increased by 106.7% year on year to 323.6 billion JPY in total in March 2022, and sales in domestic travel were up 22.6% even compared to March 2019.
JTB sells ‘regenerative tourism’ tours in Canada in partnership with Destination Canada

JTB sells ‘regenerative tourism’ tours in Canada in partnership with Destination Canada

JTB has started selling ‘regenerative tourism’ tours in Canada, based on a partnership agreement with Destination Canada, including study of indigenous cultures escorted by a local indigenous guide.