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.
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.
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%.
The total number of Japanese guest nights in August 2022 (provisionally) was up 49.8% year on year to 46 million, which were 14.5% fewer guests nights than the same month in 2019, and the occupancy rate was 50.1% overall, higher than 47.8% in July 2022.
The total number of guest nights in December 2021 was up 4% to 39.5 million compared to December 2019 or up 33.8% year on year, and the occupation rate was 46.9%, 11.8 lower points than December 2019.
49% of lodging providers in Japan say that purchase costs rose in 2021, and 60% cannot pass on the costs to sales prices
According to Japan Finance Corporation (JFC) survey, 49.5% of lodging providers answered that purchase costs rose, and 69.2% said that they could not pass on the costs to sales prices.
38% of hotels and ryokans in Japan say “We address SDGs,” while many of them lack know-how for concrete actions
90% of hotels and ryokans in Japan said that they should address SDGs, and 38.3% answered that they have already started to take some actions for SDGs. 32.8%, however, said that they have not addressed SDGs yet.
Japanese guests considerably improved in October 2021 after declaration of a state of emergency was lifted
The total number of guest nights in October 2021 was down 5.5% year on year to 32.6 million, considerably improving from 18.2% reduction in September 2021, and the occupancy rate also improved to 42.1%.
Accommodation bankruptcies in Japan reached 127 in FY2020, the first over 100 in the past seven years
According to Tokyo Shoko Research, the number of accommodation bankruptcies in Japan in FY2020 was up 71.9% year on year to 127, the first over 100 since FY2013. 68 bankruptcies, 53.5% of the total, were relevant to COVID-19.