43 Japanese travel companies earned six times more sales in overseas travel than a year ago due to restart of package tours
sales of 43 major travel companies increased by 60.5% year on year to 180.3 billion JPY in total in July 2022. Compared to July 2019, the reduction rate increased to 55.9% because of the 7th COVID-19 wave.
Japan Tourism Agency has revised "Guidelines for Accepting Foreign Tourists." A travel agency or a travel service arrangement agency is responsible for the tour. They have to make arrangements for round-trip air tickets and all accommodations throughout traveling in Japan before entering Japan.
The Japanese government decides to postpone “Nationwide travel support program’ due to surge of COVID-19 BA.5 cases
The Japanese government has decided to postpone “Nationwide travel support program’ due ti surge of COVID-19 BA.5 cases, though it was originally expected to start in early July, but Prefectural discount support program is extended to the end of August.
The total number of Japanese guest nights in May 2022 (provisionally) was up 81% year on year to 37 million, 11% fewer guests nights than the same month in 2019, and the occupancy rate was 46.7% overall, higher than 43.2% in April 2022.
Japan Tourism Agency draws up a guideline to accept international tourists, clarifying operators’ responsibility
Japan Tourism Agency announced a guideline for tour operators, tour conductors and accommodations in accepting international package tours, requiring to register tour applicants to the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System or ERFS.
Japan Tourism Agency will develop a pilot program to restart receiving leisure-purpose inbound travel by the end of Mayto draw up a guideline for tour operators and accommodation providers.
Japan Tourism Agency launches ‘Second Hometown Project’ to exploit regular travelers to a particular region
Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) has launched ‘Second Hometown Project’ to exploit regular travelers to a particular countryside region, subsidizing up to 20 million JPY a project for local governments, DMOs or private business providers.
45 major travel companies of Japan recovered sales in total to nearly 50% of the 2019 level in December 2021
sales of 45 major travel companies increased by 31.6% year on year to 174 billion JPY in total in December 2021. Compared to two years ago, the result recover to a 54% decrease.
Japan Tourism Agency subsidizes sustainable tourism contents development program to supports part of expenses on facility development or purchases of goods necessary for sustainable tourism.
Japan Tourism Agency has decided to extend a subsidy support for local tourism-boosting programs to December 31 2021 from previously October 31 2021, following requests from prefectures.
KNT-CT and NTA, major Japanese travel firms, provides professional consultations on the third-party travel planning app
KNT-CT and NTA provide travel planning and sharing app 'Holiday' users with professional consultations on the platform, expecting to strengthen touch points with young generations.
Japan Tourism Agency gives an additional support of 100 billion JPY to lodging services for health protocol and Workcation
Japan Tourism Agency gives an additional financial supports of 100 billion JPY to lodging services for more enhanced health protocol and new developments for Workcation.
Japan Tourism Agency adds support packages for local tourism businesses in accordance with the third emergency declaration
Japan Tourism Agency will add two new support steps in the local tourism business support package to assist local tourism providers under declaration of a state of emergency to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo.
According to the new DMO guideline, Japan Tourism Agency canceled registrations of seven DMO candidates, while approving registration renewals of all 41 registered DMOs.
Japanese guest nights in Japan recovered to a 16% reduction in November 2020, though low occupancy rates continued in urban areas
The total number of Japanese guest nights was down 15.7% to 34.2 million in November 2020, improving from a 35.2% reduction in October 2020 clearly because of ‘Go To Travel,' and international guest nights increased from 270,000 in October 2020 to 440,000 due to the limited ease of the entry rules.
Japan Tourism Agency budgets creation of new travel styles including Workcation and promotion of DX as new policies in FY2021
The Japanese government accepted a FY2021 budget draft of 40.9 billion JPY, 40% less than the FY2020 budget, for Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) that is focusing on new travel styles including Workcation and promotion of digital transformation for the tourism services as new policies in FY2021.
Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) is developing ‘decentralized travel’ campaign as a New Normal traveling style. Using the special logo, travel operators are developing their original campaigns, creating decentralized travel-themed products and offering reward opportunities.
Japan Tourism Agency staff works remotely in Hokkaido to translate their own experiences into policymaking for Workcation
Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) staff themselves experienced Workcation in Hokkaido to translate their experiences into policymaking for Workcation.
Japan’s domestic travel recovery campaign ‘Go To Travel’ has been used by 18.9 million guest nights for the first two months
The total number of guest nights for the Japanese government’s domestic travel recovery campaign ‘Go To Travel’ has reached 16.9 million for the first two months, and a budget of about 73.5 billion JPY has been used so far.
The Japanese government’s domestic travel recovery campaign will begin on July 22 amid an increase in COVID-19 cases
The Japanese government has decided to begin 'Go To Travel' campaign on July 22 2020 to boost domestic travel demand, although COVID-19 cases have recently increased again nationwide, particularly in Tokyo.