Booking.com apologizes the unpaid matter to partners, explaining it results from shift to a new payment system
Booking.com released a apology letter to partners regarding delay of payment to partners and explained that it happened in the process of shifting to a new payment system to secure higher security.
Celebrity Cruises will serve four Japan-based cruises in 2023 and expand to 18 cruises in total through 2024, expecting to welcome more than 30,000 passengers on board.
Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau installs generative AI on its official website, responding inquiries with more than 20 different languages
Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau will install multi-language generative AI ‘Kotozna laMondoI’ with a capability of more than 20 different languages on its official website.
NAVITIME Japan navigation app clarifies which cities in Japan are getting popular among tourists from Europe and U.S.
NAVITIME Japan, a navigation app provider of Japan, revealed which cities in Japan is getting popular among tourists from U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Spain and Italy, based on the search results on ‘Japan Travel by NAVITIME’ app.
Okinawa forecasts that tourists will reduce 20% to 8.22 million in 2023 compared to 2019, as domestic tourists recover to the pre-pandemic level
Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) has forecasted that the number of tourists to Okinawa will increase by 44.3% year on year to 8.22 million in 2023. International arrivals in Okinawa are expected to reduce 65.5% to 1.02 million compared to 2019.
JTB Outbound Travel Report 2023 says that the Japan’s outbound travel market in 2022 was affected by weaker Yen and rise in prices in destinations
JTB published ‘JTB Outbound Travel Report 2023,' saying the outbound travel market of Japan was far from full-scale recovery because of weaker Yen and rise in prices in destinations.
Japan is selected as top 3 ‘next destination’ in 11 APAC markets, and 85% want to spend more money for local experiences
Japan is selected as top 3 ‘next destination’ in all of the 12 targeted APAC markets except India, according to Klook, an experience booking platform. In contrast, 84% of Japanese respondents select Japan as the next destination.
International arrivals in Narita Airport in August 2023 recovered to the same level of 2019, while Japanese passengers were still less than half
Passengers using Narita International Airport were up 91% year on year to 3.21 million in August 2023. International flight passengers totaled 2.41 million, 155% more than a year ago or 29% fewer than August in 2019.
JTB sells a New Year cruise tour for Guam and Saipan on a TV shopping program in ties-up with QVC Japan
JTB has began selling a 9-days New Year cruise tour for Guam and Saipan with MSC Bellissima on the Shopping Channel QVC, a TV shopping program.
Japan National Tourism Organization Dubai Office Director talks about how to attract luxury travelers from Middle East as ‘the last blue ocean’ to Japan
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Dubai Office Executive Officer, Daisuke Kobayashi, talked how important the Middle East is for Japan to exploit a new luxury travel market. He said, "Middle East is the last blue ocean for Japan."
Japan Tourism Agency classifies countermeasures against over-tourism as three concrete ideas at the second cross-ministries meeting on over-tourism preventions.
Yusen Cruise, a Japanese leading cruise operator, names a new ship as ‘Asuka III,’ appealing as art museum on the sea
Yusen Cruise, a Japanese leading cruise operator, names a new 52,000 tons ship as ‘Asuka III,' which will enter into the service in 2025. Yusen says it will be a moving art museum on the sea.
Experience booking platform ‘Klook’ starts selling a package of accommodation and local activities in Japan particularly for young generations
Local experience booking platform ‘Klook’ has started offering ‘Stay +,’ a package combing accommodation booking with in-destination products such as such as airport railway tickets or theme-park admission tickets.
Japanese outbound travelers were still down 43% in August 2023 compared to 2019 despite the summer holiday season
The number of Japanese overseas travelers were 1,201,200 in August 2023, the first over 1 million a month since the pandemic happened.
International arrivals in Japan recovered to 80% of 2019 in August 2023 with more visitors from 13 markets than pre-pandemic
The number of international visitors in Japan in August 2023 was 2,156,900, recovering to a 14.4% reduction compared to the same month 2019. China lifted the group travel restriction to Japan on August 10 2023, but the effect was limited in August.
The top-prize winner of Japan Tourism Award 2024 goes to ‘Hotels on the entire railway line project’ shifting a local challenge to a value
The top-prize winners of ‘The 7th Japan Tourism Award' goes to ‘Hotels on the entire railway line project’ renovating vacant houses to hotel rooms and unmanned stations to hotel receptions along the JR Ome Line.
Sales of 43 major travel companies in July 2023 were down 29.4% over 2019 to 289.2 billion JPY. Sales in inbound travel recovered to a 14.4% reduction to 15.5 billion JPY.
The market scale of e-commerce by consumers (BtoC-EC) expanded to 22.7 trillion JPY in FY2022 ending March 31 2023 from 20.7 trillion JPY a year ago. The market scale of online dealings for travel services. except business trips, was up 68% to 2.4 trillion JPY.
Singapore Airlines will restore flight capacity for Japan to the 2019 level, including restart of Haneda services
Singapore Airlines will considerably expand its flight capacity for Japan in this coming October, as it restarts three flights a day for Haneda on October 1. The airline’s network for Japan will be restored to the pre-pandemic level.
A new medical tourism is launched in Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture Japan, in cooperation between accommodations and a local clinic
A medical tourism by collaboration by a ski resort, accommodations and a local clinic was launched in Hakuba Iwatake area in Nagano Prefecture for travelers who are concerned about their own healths.