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JAL subsidiary LCC ZIP AIR restarted Honolulu services and will launch Singapore services in September 2021

JAL subsidiary LCC ZIP AIR restarted Honolulu services and will launch Singapore services in September 2021

ZIP AIR Tokyo, a JAL subsidiary LCC, restarted a Narita-Honolulu flight a week and will increase the frequency to two flights a week in October, and also will launch Narita-Singapore service in September.
Tourism EXPO Japan 2021 in Osaka will be postponed to autumn 2023 due to uncertainty amid the pandemic

Tourism EXPO Japan 2021 in Osaka will be postponed to autumn 2023 due to uncertainty amid the pandemic

Tourism EXPO Japan 2021 in Osaka will be postponed to autumn 2023 due to the uncertain situation, though it is scheduled to be take place from November 25 to 28 this year.
JTB gives travelers easier booking of local activities on smart phone, linking to a hotel check-in app

JTB gives travelers easier booking of local activities on smart phone, linking to a hotel check-in app

Completing system linkage between JTB BOKUN, a local activity booking and payment platform, and aiPass, a smart check-in OS provided by CUICIN, JTB gives travelers easier booking of local activity on smart phone.
KNT-CT and NTA, major Japanese travel firms, provides professional consultations on the third-party travel planning app

KNT-CT and NTA, major Japanese travel firms, provides professional consultations on the third-party travel planning app

KNT-CT and NTA provide travel planning and sharing app 'Holiday' users with professional consultations on the platform, expecting to strengthen touch points with young generations.
46 major travel companies of Japan still had a hard time with a 85% decrease in domestic sales in May 2021 over two years ago

46 major travel companies of Japan still had a hard time with a 85% decrease in domestic sales in May 2021 over two years ago

Sales of 46 major travel companies increased by 284.1% year on year to 41.5 billion JPY in total in May 2021, but the result was still 90.2% lower than May 2019. Sales in domestic travel were down 84.9% over two years ago.
Japan Association of Travel Agents asks the government to draw up a roadmap for restart of outbound travel

Japan Association of Travel Agents asks the government to draw up a roadmap for restart of outbound travel

Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) is asking the government to draw up a roadmap for restart of outbound travels, expecting that the outbound travel market will partially restore in the fourth quarter of FY2021.
JAL is driving its LCC strategy in earnest, establishing three LCC networks based in Narita for tourists and VFR

JAL is driving its LCC strategy in earnest, establishing three LCC networks based in Narita for tourists and VFR

JAL is developing its LCC strategy in earnest, establishing LCC networks based in Narita Airport with a consolidated subsidiary SPRING JAPN, additionally investing Jetstar Japan and a 100% subsidiary ZIP AIR.
Tokyu Resorts & Stay places SmartPlate for a guest to get information on a smart phone instead of paper guidances

Tokyu Resorts & Stay places SmartPlate for a guest to get information on a smart phone instead of paper guidances

Membership hotels Tokyu Harvest Club places SmartPlates in guest rooms to enables a hotel to get hotel or neighboring information on its own smart phone through Harvest Smart Guide.
COVID-19 cases in school trips in Japan were just 30 out of 710,000 participants, 4.2 cases per 100,000 people, in FY2020

COVID-19 cases in school trips in Japan were just 30 out of 710,000 participants, 4.2 cases per 100,000 people, in FY2020

The number of COVID-19 cases was just 30 out of 710,000 participants in total performed by JTB, NTA, KNT and Tobu Top Tours in the period between March and December 2020.
Club Tourism strengthens selling of domestic tours for 65 years old or order amid acceleration of vaccination

Club Tourism strengthens selling of domestic tours for 65 years old or order amid acceleration of vaccination

Club Tourism has started a campaign for domestic tours at 2,500 JPY or higher a person departing from August 1 to December 20 2021. targeting 65 years old or older travelers, as vaccination to aged persons is accelerating.
JNTO focuses on sustainable tourism in earnest, contributing to local communities in ‘environment,’ ‘culture’ and ‘economy’

JNTO focuses on sustainable tourism in earnest, contributing to local communities in ‘environment,’ ‘culture’ and ‘economy’

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) announced ‘Policies for sustainable tourism and contributions to SDGs, focusing on preservation and development of ‘environment,’ ‘culture’ and ‘economy’ in local communities.
The first Japanese Tour Grand Prix 2021 in two years picks ‘Land Cruise JTB,’  seat-in-couch tour in Europe, as Tourism Minister Award

The first Japanese Tour Grand Prix 2021 in two years picks ‘Land Cruise JTB,’ seat-in-couch tour in Europe, as Tourism Minister Award

'Tour Grand Prix 2021,’ which was the 28th Grand Prix for the first time in two years, picked ‘Land Cruise JTB,’ a seat-in-couch tour product in Europe, as Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award and four online tours were selected as digital category for overseas travel.
Japanese travel agents are still struggling with a 85% decreases in sales in April 2021 compared to two years ago

Japanese travel agents are still struggling with a 85% decreases in sales in April 2021 compared to two years ago

Japanese travel agents are still struggling with the pandemic, as sales of 46 major travel companies increased by 255.2 % year on year to 62.4 billion JPY in total in April 2021, but the result was still 85.2% lower than April 2019.
More than 90% of tour operators for international travelers in Japan are at the brink of devastation with loss of labour force

More than 90% of tour operators for international travelers in Japan are at the brink of devastation with loss of labour force

More than 90% of Japanese tour operators for international visitors cut jobs, and 40% have cut more than half of jobs in the pandemic, which will possibly be a big hurdle to catch a recovery wave, Japan Inbound Media Consortium (JIMC)'s survey says.
Tourism White Paper 2021 of Japan reveals guest nights for ‘Go To Travel’ campaign totaled 87.8 million for six months

Tourism White Paper 2021 of Japan reveals guest nights for ‘Go To Travel’ campaign totaled 87.8 million for six months

Tourism White Paper 2021 reports guest nights for ‘Go To Travel’ domestic travel boosting campaign for six months and changes of travel trends in Japan, and also clarifies the current challenges and required solutions for the tourism industry.
HIS said, “We are hitting a bottom now,’ when it announced 23.2 billion JPY in deficit for the first half of FY2021

HIS said, “We are hitting a bottom now,’ when it announced 23.2 billion JPY in deficit for the first half of FY2021

Posting 23.2 billion JPY in net loss for first six months of FY2021, HIS aims to lower the sales ratio of core travel business from 70% currently to around 50% in the next five years, focusing on restaurant business and ryokan rehabilitation business as a new business portfolios.
Haneda Airport will offer an automatic driving mobility service to a departure gate for disability passengers

Haneda Airport will offer an automatic driving mobility service to a departure gate for disability passengers

Haneda Airport will begin serving an automatic driving mobility from a parking space to a departure gate, using the WHILL single-passenger vehicle, which can be retuned to a parking space automatically without manned operation.
JTB launches a new business to support workplace COVID-19 vaccination, arranging venues or doctors

JTB launches a new business to support workplace COVID-19 vaccination, arranging venues or doctors

JTB launches a new business to support companies or schools for workplace COVID-19 vaccination, serving selection of a venue, dispatch of doctors or nurses, schedule management and layout arrangement in a venue.
The tourism industry is behind other industries in Japan in terms of  SDGs actions due to shortage of human resources or budgets

The tourism industry is behind other industries in Japan in terms of SDGs actions due to shortage of human resources or budgets

The tourism industry is far behind other industries in terms of the number of companies taking measures for SDGs. The ratio is 20.3%, according to the joint survey by Rikkyo University and JTB Tourism Research & Consulting. Major challenges are shortage of human resources, times and budgets.
ANA code-shares with Peach Aviation, an ANA subsidiary LCC, on domestic Narita and Chubu routes

ANA code-shares with Peach Aviation, an ANA subsidiary LCC, on domestic Narita and Chubu routes

ANA and Peach Aviation, an ANA subsidiary LCC, will begin code-shared flights on Paech’s operating domestic Narita and Chubu (Nagoya) routes in late August 2021.