International visitors to Japan plunged below 10,000 in June 2021 for the first time in the last four months
The number of international travelers to Japan was 9,300 in June 2021, plunging below 10,000 for the first time since February 2021, down 99.7% compared to two years ago (2,880,041 visitors).
JTB forecasts 40 million Japanese domestic travelers for this summer vacation period, 45% fewer travelers than two years ago
JTB has forecasted that Japanese domestic travelers for this summer vacation period will be about 40 million, 5.3% more travelers than a year ago but 44.8% fewer travelers than two years ago.
Tourism EXPO Japan 2021 in Osaka will be postponed to autumn 2023 due to uncertainty amid the pandemic
Tourism EXPO Japan 2021 in Osaka will be postponed to autumn 2023 due to the uncertain situation, though it is scheduled to be take place from November 25 to 28 this year.
KLOOK offers a driving lesson product for an inexperienced driver in Japan, expecting driving will become more popular amid COVID-19
KLOOK, an in-destination experience booking platform, sells a driving lesson product in Tokyo for an inexperienced drive , expecting to meet new needs from an inexperienced driver amid the pandemic.
70% of Japanese Gen.Z choose long-haul domestic travel as their next travel after COVID-19 pandemic ends
69.5% of Japanese Generation Z answered the next travel after the pandemic ends would be ‘long-haul domestic travel’, followed by ‘short-haul domestic travel (62.8%)’ and ‘traveling to Europe (34.3%).’
JTB gives travelers easier booking of local activities on smart phone, linking to a hotel check-in app
Completing system linkage between JTB BOKUN, a local activity booking and payment platform, and aiPass, a smart check-in OS provided by CUICIN, JTB gives travelers easier booking of local activity on smart phone.
Okinawa gives a blue wristband a visitor with vaccination certificate or negative certificate for safe and privilege traveling
To address economic activities and infection prevention together, Okinawa will give a blue wristband to a visitor who shows a vaccination certificate or a negative certificate in August and September.
Local municipalities of Japan begin receiving applications for Vaccination Passport effective to overseas travelers only
Local municipalities of Japan will begin receiving applications for Vaccination Passport on July 26, and it will be issued to Japanese overseas travelers who have plans to travel to foreign countries or regions.
KNT-CT and NTA, major Japanese travel firms, provides professional consultations on the third-party travel planning app
KNT-CT and NTA provide travel planning and sharing app 'Holiday' users with professional consultations on the platform, expecting to strengthen touch points with young generations.
Japanese interpreter tour guides serve online tours for Olympic athletes forcibly staying in accommodations
For locked Olympic and Paralympic athletes, a website operator for inbound travelers serves online tours in cooperation with about 150 interpreter tour guides nationwide.
the number of Japanese guest nights was still down 50.1% 21 million in May 2021 compared to March 2019, and the average occupancy rate was 27%, worse than 31.7% in April due to the third declaration of a state of emergency.
46 major travel companies of Japan still had a hard time with a 85% decrease in domestic sales in May 2021 over two years ago
Sales of 46 major travel companies increased by 284.1% year on year to 41.5 billion JPY in total in May 2021, but the result was still 90.2% lower than May 2019. Sales in domestic travel were down 84.9% over two years ago.
Japan Association of Travel Agents asks the government to draw up a roadmap for restart of outbound travel
Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) is asking the government to draw up a roadmap for restart of outbound travels, expecting that the outbound travel market will partially restore in the fourth quarter of FY2021.
Japanese visitors to online retail shops were up 19% in Q1 of 2021, but the conversion rate was down 16%
According to Adobe report on digital economy trends in Japan market, Japanese visitors to online retail shops were up 19%, and a total of order amount was also up 15%. The conversion rate, however, was down 16%.
Hakuhodo survey finds half of respondents selected online shopping for goods of less than 10,000 JPY, while more than 60% said real shopping is better for goods of 30,000 JPY or higher.
Kobe Tourism Bureau launched QR-based ‘KOBE Tourism Smart Passport,' which allows a traveler to visit all of up to 46 tourist spots in Kobe City including Kobe Port or Arima Onsen.
JAL is driving its LCC strategy in earnest, establishing three LCC networks based in Narita for tourists and VFR
JAL is developing its LCC strategy in earnest, establishing LCC networks based in Narita Airport with a consolidated subsidiary SPRING JAPN, additionally investing Jetstar Japan and a 100% subsidiary ZIP AIR.
Chief Cabinet Secretary revealed that paper vaccination passports will be issued in late July by local governments after the vaccination rule is amended.
Tokyu Resorts & Stay places SmartPlate for a guest to get information on a smart phone instead of paper guidances
Membership hotels Tokyu Harvest Club places SmartPlates in guest rooms to enables a hotel to get hotel or neighboring information on its own smart phone through Harvest Smart Guide.
COVID-19 cases in school trips in Japan were just 30 out of 710,000 participants, 4.2 cases per 100,000 people, in FY2020
The number of COVID-19 cases was just 30 out of 710,000 participants in total performed by JTB, NTA, KNT and Tobu Top Tours in the period between March and December 2020.