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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HIS, one of the largest Japanese travel agents, offers 15 days and 30 days overseas Workcation tours with a flexible cancelation policy

HIS, one of the largest Japanese travel agents, offers 15 days and 30 days overseas Workcation tours with a flexible cancelation policy

HIS has started selling ‘LIVING TRAVEL’ to meet consumers’ needs of overseas Workcation in Honolulu, Bali, Bangkok, Cairns and Amsterdam departing from Japan after November 2020.
AB-ROAD, the most popular travel magazine for Japanese overseas travelers, will end its long history on March 31 2021

AB-ROAD, the most popular travel magazine for Japanese overseas travelers, will end its long history on March 31 2021

Japanese pioneer travel magazine AB-ROAD will terminate on March 31 2021. The operator Recruit Lifestyle explains that the termination results from recent changes of customers’ needs and business environment.
This year’s Tourism EXPO Japan will be organized in Okinawa in a hybrid format

This year’s Tourism EXPO Japan will be organized in Okinawa in a hybrid format

This year’s Tourism EXPO Japan in Okinawa will be held for four days between October 29 and November 1 2020, organizing both in live and online for business meetings and international conferences amid COVID-19. Next year it will go to Osaka again.
A local bus operator in Japan launches a new package product incorporating PCR testing in tie-ups with a local clinic

A local bus operator in Japan launches a new package product incorporating PCR testing in tie-ups with a local clinic

Local bus and tour operator in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture launches a new package product incorporating PCR testing in tie-ups with a local clinic to ensure safer travel and confidence in traveling.
KNT-CT launches innovative ‘Travel by car’ in cooperation with Nissan to meet new consumer needs in the time of COVID-19

KNT-CT launches innovative ‘Travel by car’ in cooperation with Nissan to meet new consumer needs in the time of COVID-19

KNT-CT has started selling ‘’E’Vacation,’ an innovative product using electric vehicle (EV) in cooperation with Nissan in Kanagawa and Shizuoka, taking advantage of the Nissan’s car sharing service ‘NISSAN e-share mobi.’
48 major travel companies in Japan continued suffering from 87% reduction in sales in July 2020, despite gradual recovery in domestic travel

48 major travel companies in Japan continued suffering from 87% reduction in sales in July 2020, despite gradual recovery in domestic travel

Sales of 48 major travel companies unprecedentedly reduced by 87.4% year on year to 52.2 billion JPY in total in July 2020, but the monthly reduction rate, however, improved from 97.6% in May and 92.9% in June.
JTB launches a private tour in English with an authorized interpreter guide for Japanese domestic travelers

JTB launches a private tour in English with an authorized interpreter guide for Japanese domestic travelers

JTB develops a new product to tour in English in Japan with an authorized interpreter guide, targeting students who have lost international studies or senior people who want to learn English in travel, for example.
HIS reduced monthly transaction by 97% to 1,150 million JPY in July 2020

HIS reduced monthly transaction by 97% to 1,150 million JPY in July 2020

HIS continued struggling for a survive from the pandemic crisis, as it considerably reduced transaction volume by 97% year on year to 1,150 million JPY in July 2020.
JAL introduces a contactless self-checkin kiosk in Haneda Airport

JAL introduces a contactless self-checkin kiosk in Haneda Airport

To raise travelers' confidences at an airport, JAL has introduced a contactless self-checkin kiosk at Haneda Airport as a trial in the beginning. You can check in with a finger in the air 3 cm off the display.
Okinawa has revised downward its annual visitor forecast again, expecting to reduce by 65% to 3.61 million in 2020

Okinawa has revised downward its annual visitor forecast again, expecting to reduce by 65% to 3.61 million in 2020

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) has revised downward its annual visitor forecast for 2020 from originally 3.91 million (announced on July 29) to 3.61 million mainly because of more group travel cancelations than expected. In the worse case, Okinawa will lose 511 billion JPY in tourism spending.
ANA and JAL suffered lower demands than expected in the summer holiday period with domestic load factor of 30% range

ANA and JAL suffered lower demands than expected in the summer holiday period with domestic load factor of 30% range

ANA and JAL continued suffering low domestic passenger demand during the mid-August summer holiday period because of re-spread of COVID-19 , resulting in the load factor of 30% range.