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Japan Tourism Agency reveals outlines of a travel discount program in the devastated Hokuriku, but opening date is not decided yet

Japan Tourism Agency reveals outlines of a travel discount program in the devastated Hokuriku, but opening date is not decided yet

Japan Tourism Agency officially announced outlines of a travel discount program in the devastated Hokuriku. International visitors to Japan are eligible for the program, too.
ANA sells air tickets on trip.com through NDC, making possible flight change, repayment or purchase of additional options

ANA sells air tickets on trip.com through NDC, making possible flight change, repayment or purchase of additional options

ANA has started selling international flight tickets on trip.com through Travelfusion, a NDC aggregator, allowing a user to change a flight, repay and purchase optional services in addition to booking and ticketing on trip.com.
Europe Travel Commission vitalizes the Japan market for sooner recovery, appealing sustainable tourism through gastronomy or railway travel

Europe Travel Commission vitalizes the Japan market for sooner recovery, appealing sustainable tourism through gastronomy or railway travel

Europe Travel Commission (ETC) has been developing promotions in Japan to recover Japanese tourists to Europe as soon as possible amid several challenges, appealing sustainable tourism including gastronomy and railway.
Spare-time job offerings by hotels in Japan reached record-high in December 2023 due to serious labor shortage

Spare-time job offerings by hotels in Japan reached record-high in December 2023 due to serious labor shortage

Timee, a spare-time job matching platform, revealed that the number of spare-time job offerings by hotels increased by about 4.2 times in December 2023 compared to a year ago. it resulted from serious labor shortage in the hospitality industry in Japan.
JTB releases hospitality packages of Major League Baseball opening games in Seoul at lowest 498,000 JPY for one game

JTB releases hospitality packages of Major League Baseball opening games in Seoul at lowest 498,000 JPY for one game

JTB will start receiving applications for hospitality packages of Major League Baseball (MLB) opening games of Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego Padres in Seoul. A 4 days and 3 nights package for two games is offered at 728,000 JPY a person.
JAL will launch daily Haneda-Doha service on March 31 2024 as the first direct flights to Middle East city by a Japanese airline

JAL will launch daily Haneda-Doha service on March 31 2024 as the first direct flights to Middle East city by a Japanese airline

JAL has decided to begin serving daily flights between Haneda and Doha, Qatar on March 31 2024. JAL will become the first Japanese airline serving direct flights to a Middle East city.
JTB works together with Asahi Breweries to create ‘night-time economy’ contents for inbound travelers to Japan

JTB works together with Asahi Breweries to create ‘night-time economy’ contents for inbound travelers to Japan

JTB and Asahi Breweries, a Japanese leading brewery company, have started a collaboration project to create high-quality entertainments and tourism services in the nighttime for inbound travelers.
ANA revises the full-year financial forecast upward, considerably increasing revenue from passenger flight business

ANA revises the full-year financial forecast upward, considerably increasing revenue from passenger flight business

ANA has revised upward the full-year financial forecast for FY2023 ending March 31 2024 because it has successfully earned higher-fare passengers on international flights and increased leisure travelers on domestic flights.
Narita Airport recovered international flight passengers to 70% of the pre-pandemic level in 2023 due to surge in inbound travelers

Narita Airport recovered international flight passengers to 70% of the pre-pandemic level in 2023 due to surge in inbound travelers

Narita International Airport passengers in 2023 was up 12% year on year to 32.7 million, out of which international flight passengers were up 77% to 25 million. Inbound travelers were up 270% year on year to 16 million (down 12% over 2019).
ANA signs a strategic partnership with Trip.com Group to increase Chinese travelers to Japan, opening a flagship shop on its website and app

ANA signs a strategic partnership with Trip.com Group to increase Chinese travelers to Japan, opening a flagship shop on its website and app

ANA has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Trip.com Group to increase travelers from China to Japan, opening a flagship shop and deliver LIVE commerce on Trip.com website and app.
A tourism aid package for four prefectures hit by Noto Peninsula Earthquake is approved, discounting up to 30,000 JPY for a  two-nights tour

A tourism aid package for four prefectures hit by Noto Peninsula Earthquake is approved, discounting up to 30,000 JPY for a two-nights tour

To support the Noto Peninsula Earthquake-hit regions, a travel discount program is launched for four prefectures, which will be available from March to late April before Golden Week period starts.
JTB CEO talks about business focuses in 2024, from a product strategy to new tour routes for inbound travelers

JTB CEO talks about business focuses in 2024, from a product strategy to new tour routes for inbound travelers

JTB CEO Eijiro Yamakita talked about the JTB’ s business focuses in 2024 and business environment surrounding the tourism industry, pointing out three challenges for the tourism industry: worsening labor shortages, technology support, and sustainability initiatives.
JAL appoints former cabin attendant as its first female president

JAL appoints former cabin attendant as its first female president

JAL announced that Mitsuko Tottori will take office as new president on April 1 2024. Tottori, who came from a cabin attendant, will be the first female president for JAL.
Japan's leading travel agent HIS launches a new service for group travel to Hawaii, proposing a team-building program to corporate travel

Japan's leading travel agent HIS launches a new service for group travel to Hawaii, proposing a team-building program to corporate travel

HIS launches a new service for group travel, working together with Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, offering ‘Malama Hawaii’ program on SDGs or regenerative tourism.
 Japan Association of Travel Agents is focusing on revival of outbound travel and high value travel  through 2024 as challenging themes

Japan Association of Travel Agents is focusing on revival of outbound travel and high value travel through 2024 as challenging themes

Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) is focusing on revival of outbound travel, regarding several anniversary events as good opportunities, and has an idea to support tourism in Hokuriku area that has catastrophically damaged by Noto Peninsula Earthquake.
An IR plan of Nagasaki Prefecture is not approved because of an uncertain fund rising plan

An IR plan of Nagasaki Prefecture is not approved because of an uncertain fund rising plan

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism decided not to accept an IR (Integrated Resort) plan applied by Nagasaki Prefecture and KYUSHU Resorts Japan mainly because of the certainty of fund rising.
JAL Group ZIP AIR will launch Narita-Vancouver services on March 13 2024 as its fourth North America route

JAL Group ZIP AIR will launch Narita-Vancouver services on March 13 2024 as its fourth North America route

ZIP AIR, a JAL Group hybrid airline, will begin serving three flights a week between Narita and Vancouver on March 13 2024. One-way airfares are from 101,325 JPY for ZIP Full-Flat Value.
JTB estimates the most-ever inbound travelers of 33.1 million to Japan in 2024, but outbound travelers are still expected to recover slowly

JTB estimates the most-ever inbound travelers of 33.1 million to Japan in 2024, but outbound travelers are still expected to recover slowly

JTB has forecasted that the number of Japanese travelers in 2024 are expected to reach 287.5 million, and the number of inbound travelers will reach the most-ever 33.1 million, 31.3% more than a year ago or 3.8% more than 2019.
Ride-sharing will be approved firstly for taxi operators in Japan in April 2024 and then extended to consumer-to-consumer service

Ride-sharing will be approved firstly for taxi operators in Japan in April 2024 and then extended to consumer-to-consumer service

The Japanese government has decided to approve ride-sharing service partially in April 2024. Firstly, taxi operators can be a ride-sharing operators in particular local areas suffering shortage of taxies.
ANA received the most bookings ever for Hawaii, and JAL 34% more bookings for Europe in this coming New Year holidays

ANA received the most bookings ever for Hawaii, and JAL 34% more bookings for Europe in this coming New Year holidays

In this coming New Year holiday period (December 28 2023 to January 3 2024), ANA has received 1.9 times more bookings for Hawaii than a year ago, and JAL has increased bookings for Europe by 34%.