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JTB adds Japan Railway tickets in its dynamic pricing products, making possible a package of railway and accommodation

JTB adds Japan Railway tickets in its dynamic pricing products, making possible a package of railway and accommodation

JTB has started dealing with Japan Railways (JR) tickets on ‘JTB Dynamic Package MySTYLE,' which enables travelers to choose a a package of railway and accommodation based on dynamic pricing, in addition to conventional package of flight and accommodation.
International cruise travelers to Japan were down 12% to 2.15 million in 2019, affected by a decrease in cruises from China

International cruise travelers to Japan were down 12% to 2.15 million in 2019, affected by a decrease in cruises from China

The number of international cruise travelers to Japan was down 12.2% year on year to 2.15 million in 2019 because of a decrease in cruises departing from China, and port calls in Japan also down 2.2% to 2,866.
Japan Tourism Agency staff works remotely in Hokkaido to translate their own experiences into policymaking for Workcation

Japan Tourism Agency staff works remotely in Hokkaido to translate their own experiences into policymaking for Workcation

Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) staff themselves experienced Workcation in Hokkaido to translate their experiences into policymaking for Workcation.
Keidanren or Japan Business Federation seriously focuses on Workcation, working together with the tourism association

Keidanren or Japan Business Federation seriously focuses on Workcation, working together with the tourism association

Japanese influential economy body Keidanren or Japan Business Federation is addressing promotion of Workcation in Japan, working together with Japan Travel and Tourism Association and Workcation Alliance Japan.
Ibaraki gets out of the bottom, while Tokyo sees the biggest reduction among 47 prefectures in Local Brand Survey 2020

Ibaraki gets out of the bottom, while Tokyo sees the biggest reduction among 47 prefectures in Local Brand Survey 2020

The Local Brand Survey 2020 finds that Ibaraki gets out of the bottom for the first time in the past seven years, while Tokyo ranks down from 3rd last year to 4th. The biggest leap is seen in Nagano, raising the ranking from10th last year (24.8 points) to 8th (30.5 points).
HIS launches a new digital service combing AI-based chat with face-to-face customer communication

HIS launches a new digital service combing AI-based chat with face-to-face customer communication

HIS launched a new digital service on its smart phone booking site by combining AI-based chat with real customer communication like in-store customer service, expecting to meet needs of contactless services under new normal.
 The popularity of ‘Tottori Sand Dunes’  soared as a driving domestic destination in Japan during the big autumn holiday week

The popularity of ‘Tottori Sand Dunes’ soared as a driving domestic destination in Japan during the big autumn holiday week

According to NAVITIME Japan, the most popular destination was ‘Gotemba Premium Outlet Mall’ in Shizuoka, followed by ‘Tottori Sand Dunes’ in Tottori and ‘Nikko Toshogu’ in Tochigi in big 'Sliver Week' holiday, based on driving navigation service data.
Japan’s domestic travel recovery campaign ‘Go To Travel’ has been used by 18.9 million guest nights for the first two months

Japan’s domestic travel recovery campaign ‘Go To Travel’ has been used by 18.9 million guest nights for the first two months

The total number of guest nights for the Japanese government’s domestic travel recovery campaign ‘Go To Travel’ has reached 16.9 million for the first two months, and a budget of about 73.5 billion JPY has been used so far.
JAL LCC ZIP AIR TOKYO finally launches two Narita-Seoul flights a week on October 16 2020

JAL LCC ZIP AIR TOKYO finally launches two Narita-Seoul flights a week on October 16 2020

JAL’s subsidiary LCC ZIP AIR TOKYO will start serving two flight a week between Narita and Seoul on October 16 2020, four months later than the original plan, following restart of business travel between Japan and South Korea.
Air Asia Japan steps out from Japan, hit by COVID-19, stopping all of its services on December 5 2020

Air Asia Japan steps out from Japan, hit by COVID-19, stopping all of its services on December 5 2020

Air Asia Japan will withdraw from all of its services in Japan on December 5 2020, suspending all of its flights since April amid COVID-19. It has judged the LCC business in Japan will no longer survive.
HIS reduced travel business revenue by 33% in 3Q of FY2020, falling into operating loss of 12 billion JPY

HIS reduced travel business revenue by 33% in 3Q of FY2020, falling into operating loss of 12 billion JPY

HIS suffered from large decreases in revenue and profits in the third quarter of FY2020 (November 1 2019 to July 31 2020), as the main travel business decreased operating revenue by 32.5% to 3346 billion JPY and fell into operating loss of 12 billion JPY from operating profit of 8.2 billion JPY a year ago.
Digital Native Generation in Japan is positive in new normal life amid COVID-19, as 60% say everything can be done with digital

Digital Native Generation in Japan is positive in new normal life amid COVID-19, as 60% say everything can be done with digital

Digital Native Generation in Japan is positive in new normal life amid COVID-19, saying like ‘Everything can be done with digital in my life (58.9%), while many answers are found in 'not keeping enjoying online services replacing real experiences.'
Japan Tourism Agency requests 16.8 billion JPY in the FY2021 budget for tourism policies including DX and Workcation

Japan Tourism Agency requests 16.8 billion JPY in the FY2021 budget for tourism policies including DX and Workcation

The budgetary request of Japan Tourism Agency for FY2021 starting April 1 2021 amounts to 16.8 billion JPY (about $159 million), and another budgets for DX and Workcation promotion will be considered later, depending on the COVID-19 situation.
Japanese guest nights were down 52% YOY in August 2020, not so stimulated by the government’s tourism recovery initiative

Japanese guest nights were down 52% YOY in August 2020, not so stimulated by the government’s tourism recovery initiative

The total number of guest nights was down 58.4% year on year to 26.3 million in August 2020 (preliminary report). The monthly result of Japanese guest nights worsened from a 47.9% reduction in July 2020 with no positive effect yet from Go To Travel campaign.
HIS raises $214 million for new hotel developments and system investment through the third-party allocation of shares

HIS raises $214 million for new hotel developments and system investment through the third-party allocation of shares

HIS, one the largest Japanese travel agents, will raise 22.6 billion JPY (about $214 million) through the third-party allocation of shares in order to accelerate new hotel developments and IT system developments.
Peach Aviation, a Japanese LCC,  introduces a Workcation system for its employees

Peach Aviation, a Japanese LCC, introduces a Workcation system for its employees

Japanese LCC Peach Aviation introduced a Workcation system for its employees, as one of trials to develop Workcation products for individual travelers or companies in the future.
Domestic travel consumption under the state of emergency declaration in Japan was down 83%

Domestic travel consumption under the state of emergency declaration in Japan was down 83%

Domestic travel consumption by Japanese travelers was down 83.3% year on year to 1,004 billion JPY in the second quarter of 2020 under the state of emergency declaration, which was lifted on May 25.
ANA launches direct bookings on ‘Google Flight’  through its NDC

ANA launches direct bookings on ‘Google Flight’ through its NDC

On ‘Google Flight,’ ‘Book on Google’ service is now available for ANA customers through NDC platform. No need moving from Google Flight to ANA official website for booking, purchase or even payment.
TripAdvisor survey shows Hakuba, Nagano is the most popular domestic destination among Japanese travelers in this autumn

TripAdvisor survey shows Hakuba, Nagano is the most popular domestic destination among Japanese travelers in this autumn

TripAdvisor survey illustrates that 45% of Japanese travelers plan driving, outdoor or nature travels in this autumn, and among them, the most popular destination is Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture.
New JNTO Vice President talks about what it should do now for restart of inbound travel promotions

New JNTO Vice President talks about what it should do now for restart of inbound travel promotions

Akiko Yoshida, new Executive Senior Vice President at JNTO, talked about what JNTO can do now amid no inbound travel demand. Looking at the future, JNTO helps local communities create higher quality tourism contents.