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Foreigners’ guest nights in Japan were up 33% in March 2024 compared to pre-pandemic

Foreigners’ guest nights in Japan were up 33% in March 2024 compared to pre-pandemic

The total number of guest nights in March 2024 (provisionally) was up 8.2% year on year to 54.9 million, which consisted of 42.2 million Japanese guests (up 1.3%) and 12.7 million foreigners' guests (up 33.4%).
A Japanese railway operator in Kansai area sells digital ticket on smartphone for WeChat Pay users of China

A Japanese railway operator in Kansai area sells digital ticket on smartphone for WeChat Pay users of China

Kintetsu Railway will sell digital tickets for the lines between Osaka Nanba or Kyoto and Nara to WeChat Pay users of China on WeChat mini program, working together with Linktivity.
Narita Airport tests the face recognition boarding process on a passenger’s smartphone in linkage with ANA and JAL apps

Narita Airport tests the face recognition boarding process on a passenger’s smartphone in linkage with ANA and JAL apps

The face recognition boarding process ‘Face Express’ on a passenger’s smartphone was tested at Narita Airport, linking the app with ANA and JAL apps.
South Korea’s unicorn OTA earnestly sets out to exploit accommodation partners in Japan

South Korea’s unicorn OTA earnestly sets out to exploit accommodation partners in Japan

GC Company, a South Korea’s unicorn OTA, has earnestly begun exploiting accommodation partners in Japan with a goal of annual transactions of about 110 billion yen for businesses in Japan by 2028.
Marriott renovates 14 UNIZO Holdings’ hotels in Japan to Four Points Express by Sheraton, the first brand in APAC

Marriott renovates 14 UNIZO Holdings’ hotels in Japan to Four Points Express by Sheraton, the first brand in APAC

14 UNIZO Holdings’ hotels in Japan will be renovated to Four Points Express by Sheraton. They will be the first Four Points Express by Sheraton brand in APAC.
Popularity of ‘Pets Tourism’ is rising in Japan, as two-thirds of dog owners hope to travel with their pets

Popularity of ‘Pets Tourism’ is rising in Japan, as two-thirds of dog owners hope to travel with their pets

63% of dog owners hope to travel together with their dogs. The ratio of owners who are eager to travel with their pets (except owners who want to if possible) reduced to about 10% of all.
85% of travel and hospitality business operators in Japan are forced to limit their operation hours due to labour shortage

85% of travel and hospitality business operators in Japan are forced to limit their operation hours due to labour shortage

85% of travel and hospitality business operators in Japan were forced to limit their operation hours due to labour shortage. The hospitality industry has struggled with their operations, such as reduce in operation days (51%).
Japanese remote workers in Tokyo remain 40% with more hybrid-typed works combing with coming into office

Japanese remote workers in Tokyo remain 40% with more hybrid-typed works combing with coming into office

The ratio of employed remote workers in Japan decreased from 26.1% in FY2022 to 24.8% in FY2023. In Tokyo Metropolitan area, the ratio remained about 40%.
JAL achieved considerable increases in both revenue and profit for FY2023, carrying 1.5 times more international flight passengers

JAL achieved considerable increases in both revenue and profit for FY2023, carrying 1.5 times more international flight passengers

JAL increased revenue by 20.1% year on year to 1652 billion yen for FY 2023 ended March 31 2024, 19.2% more than even FY2019, carrying 1.5 times more international flight passengers.
ANA posted record-high operating income for FY2023 with more international passenger revenue than domestic passenger revenue for the first time

ANA posted record-high operating income for FY2023 with more international passenger revenue than domestic passenger revenue for the first time

ANA Holdings considerably increased operating revenue for FY2023 ended March 31 2024 to 2,056 billion yen because of strong air travel demand after the pandemic. International passenger service revenue surpassed domestic passenger service revenue.
Japan’s IT solution provider Tripla installs a multi-currency payment function in its booking engine for accommodations

Japan’s IT solution provider Tripla installs a multi-currency payment function in its booking engine for accommodations

Tripla, a Japan’s IT solution provider for accommodations, launches a multi-currency payment function on its booking engine ‘Tripla Book,' which is a direct booking function for accommodations.
A stay program in 400-years-old ‘Marugame Castle’ in Kagawa Prefecture will be on sale at 1.26 million JPY a night

A stay program in 400-years-old ‘Marugame Castle’ in Kagawa Prefecture will be on sale at 1.26 million JPY a night

A stay in 400-years-old ‘Marugame Castle Experience’ in Kagawa Prefecture will be on sale at 1,265,000 JPY a night for two persons including one dinner and one breakfast.
Japan National Tourism Organization continues focusing on sending inbound travelers to local regions in FY2024

Japan National Tourism Organization continues focusing on sending inbound travelers to local regions in FY2024

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) continues focusing on sending inbound travelers to local regions in FY2024, developing large-scale campaign for 10 Asian source markets in partnership with OTAs.
ANA unveils the TaaS platform concept for seamless travel, expanding travel opportunities without air

ANA unveils the TaaS platform concept for seamless travel, expanding travel opportunities without air

ANA X, a ANA Group company, unveiled the TaaS (Travel as a Service) Platform concept for seamless travel on an smartphone app to expand an ANA economy zone by providing more opportunities to live or travel with accumulated miles.
What are the reasons for foreigners to apply for Japanese ‘Digital Nomad’ visa started on April 1 2024?

What are the reasons for foreigners to apply for Japanese ‘Digital Nomad’ visa started on April 1 2024?

Japanese ‘Digital Nomad’ visa rule was enforced from April 1 2024. Japan Expert Immigration Law Firm supports foreigners who are interested in staying in Japan for their jobs. What are reasons for them to choose Japan as a nomad destination?
Airbnb contributes $1 million to a Japan-U.S. regional tourism exchange program, sending Japanese tourism professionals to U.S.

Airbnb contributes $1 million to a Japan-U.S. regional tourism exchange program, sending Japanese tourism professionals to U.S.

Airbnb will contribute $1 million (about 153 million JPY) to a regional tourism exchange program between Japan and U.S, sending 15 to 20 tourism professionals from Japan to U.S.
JR Tokai, a train operator of Japan, will introduce luxury private rooms in Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train for executive passengers

JR Tokai, a train operator of Japan, will introduce luxury private rooms in Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train for executive passengers

JR Tokai will introduce luxury private rooms with more luxury services and equipments than the first-class Green Car cabin in Tokaido Shinkansen in 2026.
JAL and ANA have received around 10% more international flight bookings for this coming Golden Week holiday period

JAL and ANA have received around 10% more international flight bookings for this coming Golden Week holiday period

ANA and JAL have received around 10% more international flight bookings for this coming Golden Week holiday period. ANA's bookings on Honolulu flights increased by 1.5 times to record-high 15,993.
Japanese outbound travelers still recovered slowly to 1.2 million in March 2024

Japanese outbound travelers still recovered slowly to 1.2 million in March 2024

The number of Japanese outbound travelers was down 36.8% to 1,219,800 in March 2024 compared to the same month 2019.
International visitors to Japan exceeded 3 million in March 2024, the record-breaking single month result in the history

International visitors to Japan exceeded 3 million in March 2024, the record-breaking single month result in the history

The number of international visitors to Japan in March 2024 was up 11.6% to record-high 3,081,600 on a single month, boosted by cherry blossom and the Easter break.