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An online travel and experience gift service is launched by the leading travel company of Japan

An online travel and experience gift service is launched by the leading travel company of Japan

JTB has launched a social gift service ‘JTB Koto Collection,’ on which a user give travel and local experience plans as gifts on SNS or e-mail.
Users on top 5 Japanese OTAs increased by 1.5 times in Q1 of FY2022 year on year

Users on top 5 Japanese OTAs increased by 1.5 times in Q1 of FY2022 year on year

All of top 5 Japanese OTAs increased by 1.5 times or more in the first quarter of FY2022 (April to June) compared to a year ago. Top OTA was jalan.net with 13.7 million users increasing by 71%.
Travel cancellation insurance  draws more attentions in Japan hit by the 7th COVID-19 wave

Travel cancellation insurance draws more attentions in Japan hit by the 7th COVID-19 wave

Amid the 7th COVID-19 wave, more Japanese travelers continue traveling with s cancellation insurance for travel. Insurance companies offer a variety of products in cooperation with travel or other industry partners.
Japan National Tourism Organization is preparing for open of individual travel, including online advertising campaigns with airlines

Japan National Tourism Organization is preparing for open of individual travel, including online advertising campaigns with airlines

As soon as the FIT market is reopened, JNTO will develop a large scale of advertising campaigns to let consumers know that Japan is ready for every international tourist, as many potential international travelers seem to wait and see until FIT is allowed.
Only 12,000 foreigners are registered as new entry applicants to Japan as of July 28 2022

Only 12,000 foreigners are registered as new entry applicants to Japan as of July 28 2022

The number of applicants to Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System(ERFS), which is a registration system for new foreigner entries into Japan, totaled 12,291 only as of July 28 2022.
Japanese travelers not returning home from Bali, Indonesia appear one after another due to positive on local PCR test

Japanese travelers not returning home from Bali, Indonesia appear one after another due to positive on local PCR test

Japanese travelers who cannot return home have recently increased because of positive results on local PCR tests before leaving Bali, according to Consulate-General of Japan in Denpasar, Bari, Indonesia.
Japan declares carbon neutral in the international aviation space by 2050 at ICAO meeting

Japan declares carbon neutral in the international aviation space by 2050 at ICAO meeting

The Japanese government officially declared carbon neutral in the international aviation space by 2050 at the ICAO High-level Meeting.
Both ANA and JAL have received four times more international flight bookings in this busiest summer period than a year ago

Both ANA and JAL have received four times more international flight bookings in this busiest summer period than a year ago

ANA and JAL have received over four times more international flight bookings in this busiest summer ‘Bon’ period (August 6 to 16) than a year ago, particularly seeing considerable growths on Hawaii flights.
Works from home in Tokyo reduced to 55% in June 2022, while three days or longer a week slightly increased

Works from home in Tokyo reduced to 55% in June 2022, while three days or longer a week slightly increased

The ratio of works from home in companies with 30 or more employees in Tokyo reduced to 54.6% in June 2022 from 56.7% in May 2022.
Japanese domestic traveler’s mindset is changing to ‘I may as well choose better travel’ amid rise in cost

Japanese domestic traveler’s mindset is changing to ‘I may as well choose better travel’ amid rise in cost

Japanese domestic traveler’s mindset is changing to ‘I may as well choose better travel’ amid rise in cost, according to Jalan Research Center's survey. The ratio of domestic overnight travelers was 34.1% in FY2021, 2.9 higher points than FY2020.
A Japanese traditional travel agent ties up with OTA to sell individual overseas travel reciprocally

A Japanese traditional travel agent ties up with OTA to sell individual overseas travel reciprocally

Hankyu Travel International, a Japanese traditional travel agent, signed a business partnership agreement with AirTrip, a Japanese OTA, to sell overseas travel products for individual travelers reciprocally.
Japanese departures overseas slowly recovered to 172,000 in June 2022

Japanese departures overseas slowly recovered to 172,000 in June 2022

The number of Japanese overseas travelers were 171,500 in June 2022, about 40,000 more travelers than 134,013 in May and more than 100,000 for three months in a row.
International arrivals in June 2022 were 120,000 only, despite partial reopen of the inbound travel market

International arrivals in June 2022 were 120,000 only, despite partial reopen of the inbound travel market

The number of international arrivals in Japan in June 2022 was 120,400 only, though the inbound travel market has partially reopened with the entry cap of 20,000 a day since June 1 2022.
Queensland Tourism restarts promotion to attract Japanese travelers with Jetstar resuming Narita-Cairns services

Queensland Tourism restarts promotion to attract Japanese travelers with Jetstar resuming Narita-Cairns services

Jetstar resumed five flights a week between Narita and Cairns on July 20 2022 for the first time in two years and a half. Tourism organizations in Queensland has restarted promotional activities for Japan market.
Japanese teleworkers have been increasing amid the pandemic, as the survey says 45% telework more than once a week

Japanese teleworkers have been increasing amid the pandemic, as the survey says 45% telework more than once a week

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism's survey finds that the ratio of Japanese teleworkers more than once a week was 43% in December 2021, when COVID-19 cases reduced nationwide, and 45% in March 2022.
The most-satisfied prefecture in domestic travel is Wakayama, rising from 8th in the previous survey

The most-satisfied prefecture in domestic travel is Wakayama, rising from 8th in the previous survey

The most-satisfied prefecture in domestic travel was Wakayama, rising from 8th in the previous survey, followed by Okinawa as 2nd and Mie as 3rd. The most-attractive prefecture for local foods was Fukui, followed by Ishikawa and Toyama.
A bio-jet fuel sightseeing flight tour in Goto Islands, Nagasaki is now on sale

A bio-jet fuel sightseeing flight tour in Goto Islands, Nagasaki is now on sale

JTB has begun selling a sustainable flight tour to Goto Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture, using Oriental Air Bridge aircraft with the Euglena bio-jet fuel ‘Susteo’ refueled.
Tourism EXPO Japan 2022 will be organized in September in Tokyo for the first time in the past four years

Tourism EXPO Japan 2022 will be organized in September in Tokyo for the first time in the past four years

Japan Travel and Tourism Association, Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) and Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) will jointly organize ‘Tourism EXPO Japan (TEJ) 2022’ in Tokyo Big Sight for four days from September 22 2022. Tokyo will be a host city for the first time in the past four years.
The Japanese government decides to postpone “Nationwide travel support program’ due to surge of COVID-19 BA.5 cases

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.
HIS launches ‘Web 3.0 Virtual Project,’ expecting to offer new NFT or Metaverse experiences

HIS launches ‘Web 3.0 Virtual Project,’ expecting to offer new NFT or Metaverse experiences

HIS, one of the biggest travel companies in Japan, will launch ‘Web 3.0 Virtual Project’ to offer NFT and metaverse services in a travel space and produce its original virtual liver of 2D or 3D avatars as a new advertising characters.