Japanese AI speaker provider TradFit launches a new service to recommend a right hotel in a destination based on smartphone data
TradFit, a Japanese AI speaker provider for accommodation, launched a new service to recommend a right hotel in a destination based on data acquired from a user’s smartphone.
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.
The total number of guest nights in December 2023 (provisionally) was up 9.4% year on year to 51.5 million, which were also up 9.3% compared to the same month of 2019. Foreigner travelers were up 32.3% to 12.1 million.
Guest nights in Japan by both Japanese and foreigners finally exceeded the pre-pandemic level for three consecutive months
Total number of guest nights in November 2023 (provisionally) was up 16.9% year on year to 53.6 million, which were up 7.9% compared to the same month of 2019. The share of foreigners’ guest nights was 22.8% of the total in October.
NTT Data, a major Japanese data company, will open a capsule hotel specializing in sleep analysis, acquiring, accumulating and analyzing sleep data using infrared cameras, sound-collecting microphones, and body movement sensors.
Amazon launches ‘Alexa’ for hotels as part of its first BtoB services, making bulk installation in a property possible
Amazon Japan (Amazon) has begun offering ‘Alexa Smart Properties (ASP)’ as a service for businesses using the personal AI assistant Alexa. Tokyu Hotels & Resorts will introduce Echo Show 8 to 56 premium class rooms at the lifestyle hotel "SAPPORO STREAM HOTEL" that will open in Sapporo on January 16 2024.
Guest satisfaction rates in Japan were down 30 points for mid-scale hotels and 19 points for economy hotels in 2023 compared to the previous survey, mainly affected by price hikes. Top up-scale hotel is Hilton.
Hoshino Resorts, a Japan’s hotel chain, offers a digital detox plan for young guests, sealing a smartphone in a box
Hoshino Resorts, a Japan’s hotel chain, has started selling an unique stay plan without a smartphone, named ‘No Smartphone Stay.’ In checking in, smartphone is sealed in the box.
A Japanese real estate sharing service provider is preparing for selling new crypto-assets as a money-raising means, offering rights to stay in properties to buyers
NOT A HOTEL, a Japanese real estate sharing service provider, has signed MOU with GMO COINS to prepare for selling new crypto-assets as a money-raising means, trying to build a scheme for everyone to own and use NOT A HOTEL properties all together.
Accor will open 23 Grand Mercure and Mercure hotels in Japan at the same time on April 1 2024, taking over Daiwa Resort properties
Accor announced that they will open 12 Grand Mercure hotels and 11 Mercure hotels in Japan nationwide at the same time on April 1 2024 and develop ‘#Hanare Tabi (Remote Travel in English)’ project as a new travel style.
Guest nights in Japan by both Japanese and foreigners finally exceeded the pre-pandemic level in September 2023
Guest nights by Japanese travelers and foreigner travelers in September 2023 were respectively up 0.6% to 40.7 million and up 15.4% to 9.5 million compared to the same month of 2019.
A Japanese IT solution provider for accommodation links with ChatGPT to raise its multi-language AI chatbot service’s capacity
tripla, a Japanese IT solution provider for accommodation, has raised capacity of its multi-language AI chatbot service ‘tripla Bot’ through a linkage with ChatGPT.
Kyoto City suffers from labor shortage in hospitality services, where operators manage their businesses with limited labor forces
Labor shortage is still serious in hospitality services in Kyoto City. 65.1% of all answers said fewer employees than pre-COVID-19, and about 40% of accommodation and restaurant operators said that they lost 20% or more employees.
The hotel occupancy rate in Kyoto City was 76.5% in June 2023 with more than half of international guests
the occupancy rate of 111 hotels in Kyoto City in June 2023 was down 4.3 points over May 2023 or up 22.2 points over June 2022 to 76.5%. The ratio of international guests was 51.2% of the total.
Word-of-mouth analysis TrustYou has begun providing ‘response AI,’ a new function for accommodation to generate responses to word-of-mouths from guests automatically.
‘Folio Sakura Shinsaibashi Osaka,’ the first ‘Folio’ brand of Banyan Tree Group in Japan, opened partially on June 27 2023. On the same day, ‘Homm Stay Yumiha Okinawa,’ the first long-stay brand ‘Homm’ in Japan, opened.
A Japanese accommodation booking management system partners experience booking platform Klook for inventory sharing
TL-Lincoln, a accommodation booking and selling management system of Japan, has begun partnership with Klook to allows TL-Lincoln users in Japan to provide global OTA Klook with their rooms.
Palace Hotel Tokyo revealed that ADR rose to 85,881 JPY in May 2023, 28,273 JPY higher than the same month in 2019. A share of international guests was 67.8%.
A share of International guests staying in Kyoto City rapidly recovered to more than 50% in April 2023
The occupancy rate in Kyoto City in April 2023 was up 33.1 points year on year to 78% mainly because of rapid recovery of international visitors after the border open and the Easter vacation. The ratio of international guest nights largely rose from 37.5% in March 2023 to 55.1%.
Tokyu Kabukicho Tower, a new tourism landmark in Tokyo, welcomes 1 million visitors just for 1.5 months after opening
Tokyu Kabukicho Tower in Shinjuku, a new tourism landmark in Tokyo, welcomed 1 million visitors on May 22 since it opened on April 14 2023.