Japanese Travelers

40% of Japanese domestic travel experiences are aware of 17 SDGs goals, higher than general consumers

40% of Japanese domestic travel experiences are aware of 17 SDGs goals, higher than general consumers

JTB Tourism Research & Consulting’s survey on SDGs finds that the awareness rate of 17 SGDs goals among domestic travel experiences in the past three years was 40.8%. The most important action in tourism was ‘preserving sea richness (38.1%)’
China suspends visa issuance to Japanese travelers as payback against tighter border control for travelers from China by the Japanese government

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.
More than 60% of Japanese Generation Z do not want to drive in Okinawa, and 80% want to use public transportation

More than 60% of Japanese Generation Z do not want to drive in Okinawa, and 80% want to use public transportation

62.9% of Generation Z living in Tokyo or Osaka areas answered that they do not want to drive in Okinawa. 83.3% of those want to use public transportation in Okinawa, according to Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB)’ survey.
Strong recovery of Japanese overseas travelers was not seen yet with 380,000 in November 2022

Strong recovery of Japanese overseas travelers was not seen yet with 380,000 in November 2022

The number of Japanese overseas travelers were 379,200 in November 2022, just about 30,000 more travelers than 349,557 in the previous month. Compared to November 2019 (1,642,333 travelers), the result was still down 79.6%.
ANA and JAL remarkably recover international flight bookings in this coming New Year holidays

ANA and JAL remarkably recover international flight bookings in this coming New Year holidays

Both ANA and JAL received 80% more domestic flight bookings and four times more international flight bookings in this coming New Year holiday period. The booking rates of international flights remarkably improved to 77% for both.
Virgin Australia will launch its first Japan service from Cairns in June 2023, expanding code-shares with ANA

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.
Princess Cruise will restart Japan cruises in March 2023, offering 22 courses on 32 departure days

Princess Cruise will restart Japan cruises in March 2023, offering 22 courses on 32 departure days

Princes Cruise will restart cruises in Japan in March 2023, offering 22 courses on 32 departure days in the period between March 13 and November 9 2023.
Japanese travelers are estimated at 21 million domestically and 150,000 internationally during this coming New Year holidays - JTB

Japanese travelers are estimated at 21 million domestically and 150,000 internationally during this coming New Year holidays - JTB

JTB has forecasted that domestic travelers will increase by 16.7% year on year to 21 million during this coming New Year holidays, which will be 28.2% fewer travelers than 2019, and the average travel expenses will be up 12.1% to 37,000 JPY, which will be 15.6% more than even 2019.
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.
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.
Web-based CIQ for Japan ‘Visit Japan Web’ integrates health app ‘MySOS’ to make faster immigration possible

Web-based CIQ for Japan ‘Visit Japan Web’ integrates health app ‘MySOS’ to make faster immigration possible

Digital Agency of Japan will integrate ‘My SOS,’ a health certificate app, into ‘Visit Japan Web’ on November 1 2022 to make faster immigration possible.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan lowered COVID-19 travel warning worldwide

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan lowered COVID-19 travel warning worldwide

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan lowered COVID-19 travel warning worldwide to LEVEL 1 (Be careful of traveling) on October 19 2022.
Nationwide travel discount program, a Japanese government’s initiative, was sold out in some regions on the opening day

Nationwide travel discount program, a Japanese government’s initiative, was sold out in some regions on the opening day

A nationwide travel discount program began on October 11 2022 to boost domestic travel demand, but Several OTAs stopped selling the qualified products on the opening day because of no more availabilities.
Japanese guest nights in August 2022 were up 50% year on year despite the COVID-19 7th wave

Japanese guest nights in August 2022 were up 50% year on year despite the COVID-19 7th wave

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.
Travel-related online shopping by Japanese households in July 2022 increased by 2.4 times year on year

Travel-related online shopping by Japanese households in July 2022 increased by 2.4 times year on year

Online shopping spending a Japanese household in July 2022 was up 20.4% year on year to 21,940 JPY a month, and travel-related spending was up 2.4 times to 3,595 JYP a household.
Passport renewal in Japan will be made possible online on March 27 2023

Passport renewal in Japan will be made possible online on March 27 2023

Passport renewal in Japan will be made possible online on March 27 2023. A Japanese passport holder will no longer visit an application window for passport renewal procedure.
Qantas Airways is driving tourism promotion in Japan in earnest with restart of Haneda-Sydney services

Qantas Airways is driving tourism promotion in Japan in earnest with restart of Haneda-Sydney services

Resuming three flights a week between Haneda and Sydney with A330-300 (28 business class seats and 260 economy class seats) on September 13, Qantas Airways is restarting tourism promotion activities in Japan in earnest.
France expects Rugby World Cup 2023 will be a big chance to increase Japanese travelers

France expects Rugby World Cup 2023 will be a big chance to increase Japanese travelers

Atout France or a France tourism development agency, hosted ‘Rugby World Cup 2023-1 Year to Go Reception,' expecting that the big sports event will be a chance to increase Japanese travelers to France.
Japanese guest nights in July 2022 were recovered to a 7% reduction even amid the 7th COVID-19 wave

Japanese guest nights in July 2022 were recovered to a 7% reduction even amid the 7th COVID-19 wave

the total number of Japanese guest nights in July 2022 (provisionally) was up 29.4% year on year to 38 million, and the occupancy rate was 46.7% overall, 16.6 lower points than 2019.
Japan and Taiwan are working together for 7.5 million two-way travelers a year

Japan and Taiwan are working together for 7.5 million two-way travelers a year

The tourism promotion committee for Taiwan in Japan met the counterpart in Taiwan in Taoyuan City, Taiwan for 2022 Japan-Taiwan Tourism Summit to share a goal to achieve 7.5 million two-way travelers a year.