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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.
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.
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?
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.
47% of inbound travelers in Japan said that clean public toilets make them have better images of the areas

47% of inbound travelers in Japan said that clean public toilets make them have better images of the areas

TOTO survey finds that 47.1% answered that clean public toilets make them have better images of the areas, and 88% want WASHLET with cleaning technology by hot water droplets in public toilets.
Guest nights in home-sharing in Japan for the first two months of 2024 were 30% more than a year ago

Guest nights in home-sharing in Japan for the first two months of 2024 were 30% more than a year ago

The number of guest nights in lawfully-registered home-sharing properties for the first two months of 2024 was up 27.7% to 239,333 compared to a year ago. Tokyo had the most 132,137 guest days.
JTB works together with Asahi Breweries to develop a nighttime rickshaw tour in Asakusa for inbound travelers

JTB works together with Asahi Breweries to develop a nighttime rickshaw tour in Asakusa for inbound travelers

JTB, Asahi Breweries and Jidaiya, a rickshaw operator, worked together for a inbound travel program to tour cherry blossom spots in Asakusa by rickshaw. The program is to boost nighttime economy by inbound travelers.
Foreigners’ guest nights in Japan were up 23% in February 2024 compared to pre-pandemic

Foreigners’ guest nights in Japan were up 23% in February 2024 compared to pre-pandemic

The total number of guest nights in February 2024 (provisionally) was up 17.0% year on year to 48.2 million. Guest nights by foreigner travelers were up 23.4% to 11.4 million compared to the same month of 2019.
A new service to research ancestors Japanese-descent foreigners is launched as a roots discovery travel

A new service to research ancestors Japanese-descent foreigners is launched as a roots discovery travel

SekainoKakehasi, providing family story research service, launched a new service for Japanese-descent foreigners as roots tourism to visit the ancestor-related places.
Trip.com Group VP talks about what the OTA focuses on now, including outbound travel from China to Japan

Trip.com Group VP talks about what the OTA focuses on now, including outbound travel from China to Japan

Boon Sian Chai, Managing Director and Vice President International Markets at Trip.com, talked about the present and the future of Trip.com, including the outbound travel market from China to Japan.
Japanese government starts issuing 'digital nomad’ visa to foreigners with annual income  of 10 million JPY or more in 50 countries or regions

Japanese government starts issuing 'digital nomad’ visa to foreigners with annual income of 10 million JPY or more in 50 countries or regions

Ministry of Justice of Japan has started issuing ‘digital nomad’ visa to a foreigner with annual income of 10 million JPY or more in about 50 visa waiver countries or regions
Cross-border mobile payment ‘Alipay+’ member stores in Japan exceed 2 million

Cross-border mobile payment ‘Alipay+’ member stores in Japan exceed 2 million

The number of cross-border mobile payment ‘Alipay+’ member stores in Japan has exceeded 2 million. Payment amount with the affiliated e-wallets and bank app increased by 200%.
Tokyo Metro forms a capital and business alliance with BtoB e-ticket platform Linktivity to develop packaged ‘Tokyo City Pass’

Tokyo Metro forms a capital and business alliance with BtoB e-ticket platform Linktivity to develop packaged ‘Tokyo City Pass’

Toyo Metro and Linktivity, a BtoB e-ticket platform, formed a capital and business alliance with a plan to develop ‘Tokyo City Pass (provisional name),’ which is packaged with tourist attraction tickets and subway tickets.
International visitors to Japan were record-high 2.8 million for February

International visitors to Japan were record-high 2.8 million for February

The number of international visitors to Japan in February 2024 was up 7.1% to 2,788,000 compared to the same month of 2019, which were record-high on a single month basis after the pandemic.
Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan makes a partnership with experience booking platform Klook to invite more inbound tourists

Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan makes a partnership with experience booking platform Klook to invite more inbound tourists

Ibaraki Prefecture and Hong Kong-based experience booking platform Klook signed MOU to work together for inbound travel promotions.
Activity booking system ‘JTB BÓKUN’ completes API integration with a food experience booking platform for inbound travelers to Japan

Activity booking system ‘JTB BÓKUN’ completes API integration with a food experience booking platform for inbound travelers to Japan

‘JTB BÓKUN,’ an activity booking management system,’ has completed API integration with ‘byFood.com' for inbound travelers to Japan, enabling food tour providers on byFood.com to make their operations more effective.
Airport Limousine of Japan begins selling e-tickets on 400 foreign-based OTAs through e-ticket booking platform Linktivity

Airport Limousine of Japan begins selling e-tickets on 400 foreign-based OTAs through e-ticket booking platform Linktivity

Airport Limousine has started selling e-tickets on about 400 foreign-based OTAs trough API connections with sales channels on e-ticket booking platform Linktivity.
JTB develops new tour routes in Hokkaido and Tohoku for inbound travelers, incorporating adventure travel contents

JTB develops new tour routes in Hokkaido and Tohoku for inbound travelers, incorporating adventure travel contents

JTB Global Marketing & Travel has deveped two new tour routes of ‘Hokkaido AdveNature Route’ and ‘Northern Japan Discovery Route’ in Tohoku in SUNRISE TOURS for inbound travelers.
Japanese navigation app NAVITIME links to Uber taxi app for inbound travelers

Japanese navigation app NAVITIME links to Uber taxi app for inbound travelers

NAVITIME Japan has launched linkage of ‘Japan Travel NAVITIME,’ a navigation app for inbound travelers, with Uber taxi app. A taxi can be dispatched without re-inputting riding location and a destination.
Port calls of foreign-based cruise ships in Japan in 2023 recovered to 63% of the peak in 2017

Port calls of foreign-based cruise ships in Japan in 2023 recovered to 63% of the peak in 2017

The number of inbound cruise travelers was 356,000 in 2023, which was 14% of the peak in 2017. The total number of cruise part calls in Japan increased by 2.5 times year on year to 1,854, which recovered to 63% of the peak in 2018.