Guest nights by international visitors in Japan reduce in August, for the first time in the past 43 months

Japan Tourism Agency announced guest night statistics in Japan in July 2016 (the secondary report) and in August 2016 (the first report). Guest nights in July 2016 reduced by 0.4% year on year to 44.6 million in total and by 1.0% to 55.9 million in total in August 2016.

The total in July 2016 consisted of 37.6 million guest nights by Japanese (-2.0%) and 7 million guest nights by international visitors (+8.9%). In August 2016, however, guest nights by Japanese and international visitors are expected to reduce by 0.9% to 49.9 million and by 1.8% to 5.9 million respectively. In Kyushu, damaged by the Kumamoto Earthquake, the reduction rates improved from -18.4% in May or -7.7% in June to -2.8% in July.


The occupancy rates were 61.9% in July and 69.5% in August. In July, prefectures with the occupancy rate of 80% or higher were 11 for city hotels, six for budget hotels and four for resort hotels, all of which were smaller than a year ago.

The occupancy rate in Osaka was still high with 91.1% for city hotels, 89.5% for budget hotels and 88.4% for resort hotels, and the highest rate for ryokan was 68.4% in Tokyo. In Kyushu, the occupancy rate was 57.1% in July, 0.4 lower points than a year ago, and year-on-year growth was found in Oita, Miyazaki and Kagoshima only.

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