Tokyo Metro has begun selling a set of one-day passes on Amazon since November 29 2022 as its first year-around online ticket sales.
70% of hotels and ryokans in Japan suffer from labour shortage while domestic travel demand rapidly grows
Labour shortage of full-time employees was seen in 65.4% of hotels and ryokans (51.1% on average), and labour shortage of part-time employees in 75% of hotels and ryokans (31% on average). , according to the latest Teikoku Databank’s survey.
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 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
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.
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
‘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
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
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
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, has released ‘Sustainable Icon’ to introduce sustainable efforts by hotels and ryokans on its booking platform and give ‘Sustainable Travel Badge’ to them.
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 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
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.
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
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.
Japan National Tourism Organization focuses on higher-valued travel toward full-scale recovery of the inbound travel market
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has restarted full-scale promotions to the world, following practical open of the border on October 11 2022, focusing on adventure tourism as well as higher-valued travel from Europe, U.S. and Australia particularly.
43 Japanese travel companies reduced sales in August 2022 by 60% compared to pre-pandemic, but saw a recovery sign in outbound travel
Sales of 43 major travel companies increased by 141.9% year on year to 194.2 billion JPY in total in August 2022. Sales in overseas travel were up 521.8% year on year to 34.3 billion JPY due to gradual restart of overseas travel package tours.
JAL reduces fuel surcharges for two months from December 2022, charging 30,500 JPY oneway for Hawaii
JAL will reduce oneway fuel surcharges on its international flights for two months from December 2022, reducing it for Hawaii from 37,400 JPY to 30,500JPY or for long-haul from 57,200 JPY to 47,000 JPY.
ANA accelerates to upgrade ANA app to a super app, firstly installing mini apps for payment and booking
ANA is revamping ‘ANA Mileage Club App’ to a super app by installing mini apps for a variety of daily life services, accelerating it to 'super app' with a concept of ‘living with miles.’