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Japan Business Federation proposes sustainable and resilient tourism, including upgrading of Tourism Agency to ministry

Japan Business Federation proposes sustainable and resilient tourism, including upgrading of Tourism Agency to ministry

Japan Business Federation or Keidanren summarized a proposal titled ‘Innovation to sustainable and resilient tourism' to seek ‘autonomous tourism,’ ‘new-typed tourism’ and ‘sustainable tourism.'
Japanese travel companies still suffered from a 37.9% decrease in domestic travel sales in November 2021 compared to two years ago

Japanese travel companies still suffered from a 37.9% decrease in domestic travel sales in November 2021 compared to two years ago

Sales of 45 major travel companies decreased by 13.7% year on year to 170 billion JPY in total in November 2021. Sales in domestic travel were down 16.5% year on year to 160.9 billion JPY (down 37.9% over two years ago).
49% of lodging providers in Japan say that purchase costs rose in 2021, and 60% cannot pass on the costs to sales prices

49% of lodging providers in Japan say that purchase costs rose in 2021, and 60% cannot pass on the costs to sales prices

According to Japan Finance Corporation (JFC) survey, 49.5% of lodging providers answered that purchase costs rose, and 69.2% said that they could not pass on the costs to sales prices.
New JATA Chairman says “Our mission is regeneration of tourism under a new normal era”

New JATA Chairman says “Our mission is regeneration of tourism under a new normal era”

Hiroyuki Takahashi, who took office as Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) Chairman in December 2021, said at a New Year press conference, “My priority mission as JATA chairman is regeneration of tourism.”
Japanese guest nights recovered to a 13% reduction from pre-COVID-19 in November 2021

Japanese guest nights recovered to a 13% reduction from pre-COVID-19 in November 2021

The total number of guest nights in November 2021 was down 3.8% year on year to 35.3 million, and the occupation rate was 46%, 0.7 higher points than a year ago than November 2020 or 20 lower points than November 2019.
JR EAST, a Japan’s railway company, launches an information site exclusively for Taiwaneses travelers to Japan

JR EAST, a Japan’s railway company, launches an information site exclusively for Taiwaneses travelers to Japan

JR EAST launched ‘JR TIMES,’ an travel information site exclusively for Taiwanese travelers for the future, offering a cross-border EC function to sell limited local products in Japan.
JAL is committed to net zero emission in FY2050, launching ‘three arrows’ under its ESG management

JAL is committed to net zero emission in FY2050, launching ‘three arrows’ under its ESG management

JAL drew up the FY2021-FY2025 midterm management plan, for which one of business pillars is ‘ESG Strategy.’ Aiming at net zero emission in 2050, JAL is developing three arrows including expansion of flights using SAF.
HIS doubled its annual deficit to the worst 50 billion JPY for FY2021, expecting overseas travel demand recovery next summer

HIS doubled its annual deficit to the worst 50 billion JPY for FY2021, expecting overseas travel demand recovery next summer

HIS posted a net loss of 50 billion JPY for FY2021 ended October 31 2021, doubling from the previous fiscal year. Hideo Sawada, HIS President said. “We expect that overseas travel demand may begin recovering the next summer.”
A Japanese professional baseball team will open a hotel with onsen inside of a new stadium

A Japanese professional baseball team will open a hotel with onsen inside of a new stadium

A new hotel with onsen will be opened inside of a new baseball stadium ‘ES CON Filed Hokkaido’ for Japanese professional baseball team Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.
What are highlights in WiT Japan organized in January 2022 for the first time in the past two years?

What are highlights in WiT Japan organized in January 2022 for the first time in the past two years?

WiT Japan & North Asia will be organized on January 14 and 15 2022 for the first time in the past two years. Kei Shibata and Aya Aso, WiT organizers, talked about highlight sessions they are interested in.
38% of hotels and ryokans in Japan say “We address SDGs,” while many of them lack know-how for concrete actions

38% of hotels and ryokans in Japan say “We address SDGs,” while many of them lack know-how for concrete actions

90% of hotels and ryokans in Japan said that they should address SDGs, and 38.3% answered that they have already started to take some actions for SDGs. 32.8%, however, said that they have not addressed SDGs yet.
Tokyo and Osaka partner for tourism promotion and contents development

Tokyo and Osaka partner for tourism promotion and contents development

Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) and Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau (OCTB) signed a comprehensive partnership agreement in the tourism space to develop joint promotions.
Japanese travel companies still suffered from a 26% decrease in domestic travel sales in October 2021 even after the emergency declaration was lifted

Japanese travel companies still suffered from a 26% decrease in domestic travel sales in October 2021 even after the emergency declaration was lifted

Sales in domestic travel of 45 major travel companies were down 25.7% year on year to 114.2 billion JPY (down 53.6% over two years ago) in October 2021 even after the declaration of a state of emergency was lifted.
Miyama in Kyoto and Niseko in Hokkaido are selected as UNWTO Best Tourism Villages for their SDGs efforts

Miyama in Kyoto and Niseko in Hokkaido are selected as UNWTO Best Tourism Villages for their SDGs efforts

Miyama in Kyoto and Niseko in Hokkaido were selected as UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)‘Best Tourism Villages 2021’ based on SDGs to preserve local communities and cultures.
Hilton will open its high-end brand hotel in front of Osaka Station, expecting EXPO 2025 Kansai Osaka

Hilton will open its high-end brand hotel in front of Osaka Station, expecting EXPO 2025 Kansai Osaka

Hilton will open ‘The Waldorf-Astoria Osaka’ and its lifestyle brand ‘Canopy by Hilton Osaka Umeda’ in front of Osaka Station under a contract with ORIX Real Estate.
Rakuten Travel and Marriott commence a strategic partnership in Japan to lure Rakuten members to Marriott Bonvoy

Rakuten Travel and Marriott commence a strategic partnership in Japan to lure Rakuten members to Marriott Bonvoy

Rakuten Group and Marriott International has officially started a strategic partnership for both of the loyalty programs to encourage Rakuten members to join Marriott loyalty program ‘Marriott Bonvoy.’
The Japanese government secures another 266 billion JPY for Go To Travel program in a FY2021 supplementary budget

The Japanese government secures another 266 billion JPY for Go To Travel program in a FY2021 supplementary budget

The Japanese government has decided a FY2021 supplementary budget of 36 trillion JPY in total to recover from the economic downturn under the pandemic. For ‘Go To Travel’ program, additional 269 billion JPY have been approved.
JTB reduced domestic travel sales by 12% in September 2021 amid declaration of a state of emergency

JTB reduced domestic travel sales by 12% in September 2021 amid declaration of a state of emergency

JTB reduced domestic travel sales by 11.5% year on year to 31.8 billion JPY in September 2021, down 61.8% compared to two years ago.
Japanese railway company JR East launches ‘Hotels along the line’ project, making a station as a check-in reception function

Japanese railway company JR East launches ‘Hotels along the line’ project, making a station as a check-in reception function

JR East, a Japanese railway company, and Satoyume, a local revitalization business start-up, launched a special-purpose company for ‘Hotels along the line’ project.
JTB forecasts to move into the black for the full year of FY2021, earning more than half of sales from non-travel businesses

JTB forecasts to move into the black for the full year of FY2021, earning more than half of sales from non-travel businesses

JTB announced that it has forecast to move into the black for the full year of FY2021 ended March 31 2022, posting net profit of 6.7 billion JPY for the first six months due to selling of several real estates including its headquarters building.