Hawaii Senator and Representative visiting Japan emphasized, “We always welcome Japanese travelers to Hawaii except wildfire-damaged West Maui.”
A Hawaii State Legislature delegate of a total of 13 members recently visited Japan to deepen economic partnership and friendship with Japan. They talked about the current condition in wildfire-damaged Maui.
Japanese outbound travelers are expected to double to 1.2 million in this summer holiday season compared to a year ago, reported by JTB
JTB has forecasted that a total of Japanese travelers in this summer holiday season (July 15 to August 31 2023) is expected to increase by 17.8% year on year to 73.7 million. Japanese outbound travelers is expected to increase by 114.3% year on year to 1.2 million.
Expedia finds that Japanese users searched more long-haul overseas destinations than before for this summer vacation
According to Expedia, searches about overseas destinations for this summer by Japanese users are 227% more than a year ago. The most-searched city is Seoul.
Sales of 43 major travel companies increased by 17.8% to 531 billion JPY in total in March 2023, compared to March 2019.
The latest JTB Tourism Research & Consulting’s survey finds that only 14.1% of all 20 years old or older respondents have plans to travel overseas for fun within the next year.
A Japanese local experience booking platform develops a joint promotion for bus tour ‘Land Cruise’ in Europe
Veltra, a Japanese local experience booking platform, has started a joint promotion for bus tour ‘Land Cruise’ that is operated by Europemundo Vacations, a JTB Group company.
Japan Association of Travel Agents commences half-price support for passport application to boost overseas travel demand
Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) has started a half-price support for acquisition of an passport to boost overseas travel demand in this summer.
Japan Tourism Agency is promoting outbound travel from Japan, together with the travel industry, designating 24 destinations as significant markets
Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) and Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) launched an outbound travel initiative called ‘Now, Overseas Travel!' to recover the outbound travel market, including half-price support for acquisition of a passport by JATA.
HIS, a leading travel company of Japan, still struggle with 70% fewer overseas travel bookings during Golden Week than 2019
HIS has received 20 times more overseas travel bookings during this coming Golden Week holiday period. The most-booked destination is Seoul, followed by Taipei and Honolulu.
JTB forecasts 24.5 million domestic travelers in Japan and 200,000 outbound travelers from Japan during this year’s Golden Week holidays
JTB has forecasted 24.7 million travelers in total during this year’s Golden Week holiday period from April 25 to May 5, 24.5 million domestic travelers (2% more than 2019) and 200,000 outbound travelers from Japan (78.5% fewer than 2019).
Japan Association of Travel Agents launches a year-round promotion project to boost Japanese outbound travel
Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) launched a year-round promotion project to boost outbound travel demand, including social media posting campaigns and also a financial support for acquisition of new passports.
Expedia unveils the top 10-searched destinations by Japanese consumers for this coming Golden Week holiday period
Expedia's the most-searched destinations by Japanese consumers for this coming Golden Week finds that six overseas destinations, such as Taipei, Bangkok or Seoul, are ranked among top 10.
Japan Tourism Agency drew up a policy package to recover the outbound travel market, expecting to achieve 20 million travelers, the 2019 level, as soon as possible.
the number of issued Japanese passports in 2022 was up 117.5% to about 1.37 million, but valid passports as of the end of 2022 reduced from 24 million a year ago to 21.7 million.
More than 90% of Japanese Generation Z who have experienced overseas travels want to travel overseas this year
More than 90% of Japanese Generation Z who have experienced overseas travels say that they want to go overseas within this year, according to Japan Tourism Agency's survey. The most-focused point to choose a destination is ‘security’ with 73%.
Hawaiian Airlines will restart three flights a week between Honolulu and Fukuoka on April 28 2023, expecting to carry leisure travelers from Kyushu area.
China suspends visa issuance to Japanese travelers as payback against tighter border control for travelers from China by the Japanese government
The Chinese Embassy in Japan announced suspension of visa issuance to Japanese travelers on January 11 2023, as payback against tighter border control for travelers from China by the Japanese government.
Yusen Cruise of Japan cancels ‘Asuka II’ world tour cruise in 2023 because smooth operation is not guaranteed
Yusen Cruise has decided to cancel 104 days-long ‘Asuka II World Tour Cruise 2023,' explaining that the decision resulted from the global COVID-19 situation and geopolitical difficulties.
Virgin Australia will launch its first Japan service from Cairns in June 2023, expanding code-shares with ANA
Virgin Australia announced launch of its first Japan service between Cairns and Haneda with the Boeing 737-8 on June 28 2023, expanding code-share flights with ANA. They expect that Japanese passengers may be 60 to 70% of the total on average through a year.
Domestic travel sales of 43 travel companies in Japan in September 2022 recovered to 80% of the 2019 level
Sales of 43 major travel companies increased by 114.3% year on year to 227 billion JPY in total in September 2022. Sales in domestic travel were up 94.2% year on year to 186.5 billion JPY, which were down 21% compared to September 2019.