Digital

Okinawa builds a tourism data platform to deliver more effective information and expand local spending

Okinawa builds a tourism data platform to deliver more effective information and expand local spending

Okinawa Convention &Visitors Bureau (OCVB) and other organizations will build a tourism data platform to visualize data on tourist needs, movements and consumption for effective delivery of tourism information and expansion of tourist spending.
Airbnb Japan gives financial supports for renovation of old folk houses in Tatsuno Town, Nagano Prefecture

Airbnb Japan gives financial supports for renovation of old folk houses in Tatsuno Town, Nagano Prefecture

Airbnb Japan signed a partnership agreement with Tatsuno Town in Nagano Prefecture, in which Airbnb gives financial supports for renovation of old folk houses and trial Workcation.
Rakuten Travel, a Japanese OTA, offers accommodation plans exclusively for vaccinated travelers

Rakuten Travel, a Japanese OTA, offers accommodation plans exclusively for vaccinated travelers

Rakuten Travel opened a special page featuring more than 1,000 lodgings with specific benefits for vaccinated travelers on its booking site.
HIS America launches a sustainable travel booking site to find how much CO2 your travel emits

HIS America launches a sustainable travel booking site to find how much CO2 your travel emits

HIS International Tours, a local firm of HIS in America, has launched ‘Copolo,’ an online booking site exclusively for sustainable travel, in collaboration with CHOOOSE, a startup of Norway.
Klook offers a B2B platform for activity operators in ties up with Google Things to do

Klook offers a B2B platform for activity operators in ties up with Google Things to do

Klook, a Hong Kong-based activity booking platform, has started offering a Google Things to do service for Klook partner activity or attraction operators.
Shizuoka Prefecture organizes an event to control a drone remotely from Singapore to introduce tourism attractions

Shizuoka Prefecture organizes an event to control a drone remotely from Singapore to introduce tourism attractions

Shizuoka Prefecture will organize a virtual event ‘Mt. Fuji Drone Challenge in Asagiri’ for Singaporean to control a drone remotely to experience tourism attractions virtually.
JR East railway company’s NFC card can be used as a digital key for a hotel or an office

JR East railway company’s NFC card can be used as a digital key for a hotel or an office

JR East, a railway company, will serve ‘Suica Smart Lock,' which allows you to use Suica, JE East IC card for payment, as an entrance key for a hotel or an office.
Nihon Unisys links to activity booking ‘Asoview!’ platform to enrich B2B distribution for tourism operators

Nihon Unisys links to activity booking ‘Asoview!’ platform to enrich B2B distribution for tourism operators

Nihon Unisys travel product distribution platform ‘Offer Links’ and ‘asoview! Agent’ platform for travel agents are linked to deal with Asoview! contents not only as affiliate-typed products but also as their original products.
Meta Tourism, a new tourism concept, kicks off  in Japan, visualizing meanings and values of contents on a digital map

Meta Tourism, a new tourism concept, kicks off in Japan, visualizing meanings and values of contents on a digital map

Meta Tourism, a new tourism concept that oversees a variety of content layers for a particular place or a particular phenomenon, has started its activities in earnest, when it held a kick-off event for Sumida Meta Tourism Festival on August 24 2021.
Japan National Tourism Organization will organize an online business meeting for inbound travel in March 2022

Japan National Tourism Organization will organize an online business meeting for inbound travel in March 2022

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) will organize ‘VISIT JAPAN Travel Mart 2021’ for the inbound travel market as a full online event from March 1 to 3 2022, joined by 70 overseas buyers and 70 domestic sellers.
Virtual ‘Japan Culture EXPO’ has opened to deliver Japan’s beauties, offering an avatar function in the future

Virtual ‘Japan Culture EXPO’ has opened to deliver Japan’s beauties, offering an avatar function in the future

Virtual ‘Japan Culture EXPO’ with a main theme of ‘Japanese people and nature’ opened on August 17 2021 to deliver Japan’s beauties in cooperation with museums and events in Japan.
JTB raises 30 billion JPY in total mainly for digital platform developments and creation of new tourism contents

JTB raises 30 billion JPY in total mainly for digital platform developments and creation of new tourism contents

JTB has raised 30 billion JPY in total through the third-party allotment to its main banks and others to develop a digital platform for improvement of customer journeys, more attractive tourism contents in local regions and a B to B digital platform.
The first Henn na Hotel in a foreign country opens in Seoul on August 1, offering a check-in service outside the hotel

The first Henn na Hotel in a foreign country opens in Seoul on August 1, offering a check-in service outside the hotel

HIS Holdings opened ‘Henn na Hotel Seoul Myeongdong,’ the first Henn na Hotel brand in a foreign country, on August 1 2021, available an exclusive app, a guest can check in anywhere outside the hotel.
Internet searches of ‘travel’ drastically decreased as of June 2021 in Japan, particularly among 50s or older

Internet searches of ‘travel’ drastically decreased as of June 2021 in Japan, particularly among 50s or older

Values' survey shows that Internet searches of ‘travel’ halved as of June 2021, compared to June in both 2019 and 2020. Searches by 20s increased and accounted for 30% of the total, while those by 50s or older decreased.
KLOOK offers a driving lesson product for an inexperienced driver in Japan, expecting driving will become more popular amid COVID-19

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.
JTB gives travelers easier booking of local activities on smart phone, linking to a hotel check-in app

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.
KNT-CT and NTA, major Japanese travel firms, provides professional consultations on the third-party travel planning app

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 visitors to online retail shops were up 19% in Q1 of 2021, but the conversion rate was down 16%

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%.
Kobe Tourism Bureau sells all-you-can-visit e-ticket for 46 tourist spots in the city

Kobe Tourism Bureau sells all-you-can-visit e-ticket for 46 tourist spots in the city

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.
Tokyu Resorts & Stay places SmartPlate for a guest to get information on a smart phone instead of paper guidances

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.