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Japan Tourism Agency opens a special website to boost weekdays travel

Japan Tourism Agency opens a special website to boost weekdays travel

Japan Tourism Agency opened a special website to search benefited travel products for weekdays as one of “One more night in weekday’ campaigns.
Nationwide travel discount program is extended to the next year despite smaller discount rate

Nationwide travel discount program is extended to the next year despite smaller discount rate

Japan Tourism Agency announced that the nationwide travel discount program will be extended to December 27 2022 (checkout on December 28) from originally December 21 2022 and to even the next year despite smaller discount rate.
JTB doubled half-year sales with better results in domestic travel, BPO and MICE, expecting full-year profit

JTB doubled half-year sales with better results in domestic travel, BPO and MICE, expecting full-year profit

JTB increased sales for the first six months of FY2022 (April to September 2022) by 115% year on year to 386.3 billion JPY because of good recovery of domestic travel, BPO (business process outsourcing) and MICE and cost reduction efforts, expecting a final net profit for the full year of FY 2022 ended March 31 2023.
Domestic travel sales of 43 travel companies in Japan in September 2022 recovered to 80% of the 2019 level

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.
A new platform to book high quality experiences in Japan debuts, covering from traditional cultures to outdoor activities

A new platform to book high quality experiences in Japan debuts, covering from traditional cultures to outdoor activities

Japan Culture and Technology (J-CAT) recently launched a local experience booking platform ‘Otonami’ listing a variety of high quality tour contents.
Recovery of Japanese departures overseas was slow with 350,000 only  in October 2022

Recovery of Japanese departures overseas was slow with 350,000 only in October 2022

The number of Japanese overseas travelers were 349,600 in October 2022, just about 30,000 more travelers than 319,165 in the previous month.
Japan welcomed 2.5 times more international visitors in October 2022 than previous month, reflected by open of the border

Japan welcomed 2.5 times more international visitors in October 2022 than previous month, reflected by open of the border

The number of international arrivals in Japan in October 2022 was 498,600, which were up 2.5 times from 206,500 in September 2022, but remained a 80% decrease compared to three years ago.
JAL expands pre-cancellation service of in-flight meals on international flights to reduce food loss

JAL expands pre-cancellation service of in-flight meals on international flights to reduce food loss

JAL will expand its pre-cancellation service of in-flight meals ‘JAL Ethical Choice Meal Skip Option’ to all international routes in December 2022 for reduction of food loss.
The leisure market of Japan shrank by 23% in 2021 compared to 2019, according to Leisure White Paper 2022

The leisure market of Japan shrank by 23% in 2021 compared to 2019, according to Leisure White Paper 2022

‘Leisure White Paper 2022’ in Japan says that domestic leisure travel dropped from top in 2019 to 4th in 2020 and to 6th in 2021 among major leisure activities, and travelers reduced from 33.9 million in 2020 to 32.2 million in 2021.
Railway company JR West and travel company NTA jointly create a helicopter tour toward the future ‘flying car’ service

Railway company JR West and travel company NTA jointly create a helicopter tour toward the future ‘flying car’ service

JR West Innovations and Nippon Travel Agency (NTA) are working together to create a helicopter tour product in order to improve social acceptance of the future ‘flying car’ service.
A Japanese joint venture for domestically produced SAF was launched with an initial goal of 30,000 kiloliters a year

A Japanese joint venture for domestically produced SAF was launched with an initial goal of 30,000 kiloliters a year

Cosmo Energy Group, JGC Holdings and REVO International established ‘SAFFAIRE SKY ENERGY’ to produce and supply cooking oil-origin sustainable air fuel (SAF), aiming to to supply 30,000 kiloliters a year in Japan.
Jalpak wins NO.1 customer satisfaction in the travel industry, and Skymark is top in domestic long-haul transportation

Jalpak wins NO.1 customer satisfaction in the travel industry, and Skymark is top in domestic long-haul transportation

According to Japanese Customer Satisfaction Index 2022 (JCSI 2022), Jalpak won NO.1 customer satisfaction, followed by ikyu.com, Hankyu Travel, JTB and ANA Travelers in the travel industry.
Rakuten Travel, a Japanese leading OTA, visualizes sustainable efforts by hotels and ryokan

Rakuten Travel, a Japanese leading OTA, visualizes sustainable efforts by hotels and ryokan

Rakuten Travel, a Japanese leading OTA, has released ‘Sustainable Icon’ to introduce sustainable efforts by hotels and ryokans on its booking platform and give ‘Sustainable Travel Badge’ to them.
Japanese guest nights in September 2022 restored to a 5.4% decrease from pre-pandemic level

Japanese guest nights in September 2022 restored to a 5.4% decrease from pre-pandemic level

The total number of Japanese guest nights in September 2022 (provisionally) was up 70.5% year on year to 38.3 million, which were 5.4% fewer guests nights than the same month in 2019. The occupancy rate was 46.9% overall.
45% of hotels and ryokans in Japan are expected to increase revenue in FY2022, but still have long ways to full recovery

45% of hotels and ryokans in Japan are expected to increase revenue in FY2022, but still have long ways to full recovery

45% of about 800 targeted hotels and ryokans in Japan are expected to increase annual revenue for FY2022, according to Teikoku Databank. the most challenge to full-scale recovery is labor shortage in the hospitality industry
Spending in Japan by international visitors this summer is estimated at 163.1 billion JPY or 310,000 JPY a day

Spending in Japan by international visitors this summer is estimated at 163.1 billion JPY or 310,000 JPY a day

Spending in Japan by international visitors for three months from July to September 2022 was estimated at 163.1 billion JPY or 310,000 JPY a day.
ANA achieved the first half-year profit for the past three years and has revised the full-year net income forecast upward to a 90% increase from the previous forecast

ANA achieved the first half-year profit for the past three years and has revised the full-year net income forecast upward to a 90% increase from the previous forecast

ANA posted net income of 19.6 billion JPY for the first half of FY2022 ended September 30 2022, the first half-year profit for the past three years. ANA has revised the full-year forecast upward.
JAL expects to achieve 45 billion JPY in black for the full year of FY2022, considerably shrinking deficits for the second half

JAL expects to achieve 45 billion JPY in black for the full year of FY2022, considerably shrinking deficits for the second half

JAL increased operating revenue was up 112.8% year on year to 618.5 billion JPY for the first half of FY2022 and considerably improved net loss from 104.9 billion JPY to 2.1 billion JPY. For the full year, it has still forecasted that net income of 45 billion JPY can be secured.
 Malaysia Airlines to increase flights for Japan to meet growing traveler demands from Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines to increase flights for Japan to meet growing traveler demands from Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines has augmented its Kuala Lumpur-Japan network since November 2022 to meet growing traveler demands from Malaysia, increasing flights for Haneda and Narita.
Labor shortage in the hospitality industry of Japan will possibly be a serious concern for full-scale business recovery

Labor shortage in the hospitality industry of Japan will possibly be a serious concern for full-scale business recovery

The latest Teikoku Databank survey finds that the ratio of companies suffering labour shortage reached 50.1% as of September 2022, which was the largest ratio since the pandemic began.