32 governors, two-third of all 47, request restart of ‘Go To Travel,’ claiming tourism is essential for local economy
Governors of 32 prefectures, two-third of all 47 prefectures, jointly requested gradual restart of ‘Go To Travel' in low-infection prefectures first and extension of the term beyond originally the end of June this year to boost local economy.
Participants in HIS online tours exceeded 50,000 in total, including 3,600 for world tour experiences
HIS's offering online tours have collected 50,000 or more participants in total since the product was launched in April 2020 to anchor people’s mind to restart overseas travels in the future.
ANA will be the first Japanese airline to commence IATA Travel Pass tests on its international flights
ANA will begin demonstration tests for IATA Travel Pass, a digital health passport app developed by IATA, on the selected international flights. IATA Travel Pass project is currently joined by 13 airlines in the world.
JAL ties up with Kagoshima Pref. to encourage people to travel to Amami Islands, providing free pre-COVID-19 test
JAL will sell ‘New Travel Style’ to send travelers to Amami Islands in tie-ups with Kagoshima Prefecture, providing free PCR test before departure and ‘JAL Online Trip’ featuring the Islands.
ANA requested the most subsidies for employment adjustment regarding COVID-19 among listed companies
ANA Holdings had requested a total of 33.7 billion JPY as a subsidy for employment adjustment regarding COVID-19, which were the most amounts among listed companies, followed by Kintetsu Group Holdings with 9.5 billion JPY, Oriental Land (Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea) with 7.8 billion JPY, KNT-CT Holdings with 6.8 billion JPY.
Mitsui’s managing hotels in Japan sell a subscription service to choose a hotel or a room you like on a monthly basis
Mitsui Fudosan and Mitsui Fudosan Hotel Management will launch a subscription service for three hotel brands in Japan to choose a hotel or a room you like on a monthly basis.
ANA restores domestic flights to half of the original plan in March 2021, foreseeing demand recovery
ANA restores domestic flights to 55% of the original plan between March 8 and 31 2021 probably after the state of emergency declaration is lifted on March 7, but only 19% of originally planned international flights by June this year.
JAL reorganizes its business structure into four divisions including the Mileage and Lifestyle Business Division
JAL will reorganize its business structures into four divisions of Route Marketing, Passengers Sales and Marketing, Customer Experience and Mileage and Lifestyle Business divisions to promote digital transformation and to build a sustainable growth base for post-COVID-19.
JTB will reduce its capital from 2.3 billion JPY currently to 100 million JPY as of March 31 2021, downsizing to a small to mid-sized business on the corporate tax system to pay corporate tax at lower rate.
HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island in Okinawa stops serving a bottled water in a room, desalinating seawater for self-sufficiency
HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island in Okinawa stops serving a bottled water in a room for an environmental reason, desalinating seawater for self-sufficiency of drinking water.
Domestic travel sales of 47 travel companies in Japan worsened again to a 65% reduction due to suspension of ‘Go To Travel’ program nationwide
Sales of domestic travel of 47 major travel companies in Japan were down by 38% to 128.1 billion JPY, worsening from a 25.8% reduction in November 2020, due to tentative suspension of Go To Travel’ nationwide amid a re-increase in COVID-19 cases.
Bankruptcies of travel companies in Japan were just two in January 2021, thanks to the government’s supports
According to Tokyo Shoko Research (TSR), bankruptcies of travel companies in Japan were just two in January 2021, fewer bankruptcies than a year ago for three months in row, probably because of effective financial supports by the government and banks amid the pandemic.
KNT-CT, one of the major travel agents in Japan, had liabilities exceeding it’s assets by 3.5 billion JPY in Q3 of FY2020
KNT-CT Holdings announced that it had liabilities exceeding it’s assets by 3.5 billion JPY as of the end of December 2020, sufferring a large scale of cancellations since the the third wave of COVID-19 hit Japan beginning in November.
Japanese start-up Carstay launches ‘Mobile Office’ project to rent a travel trailer as a remote-working space
Carstay, a Japanese start-up offering sharing services of travel trailers, has launched ‘Mobile Office’ project to rent a travel trailer as a remote-working space, expecting to meet new needs amid the pandemic.
JTB is accelerating digital transformation combined with human-touch services, trying to break away from paper brochures
JTB is accelerating digital-based human-touch services in Tourism, Area Solution and Business Solution fields, shifting its selling channels from retailers or call centers to smart devices-oriented Online Mergers with Offline amid its digital transformation efforts.
HIS launches a paid membership online community, expecting to create innovative products with ideas from communication
HIS has launched ‘TABIFLEEEEEK,’ a paid membership online community to create new travel services or products with ideas from the travel lover community and to seize demands after the pandemic.
JTB develops tourism-oriented MaaS software to provide seamless services from search and booking to mobility experience
JTB has developed ‘JTB MaaS API Gateway’ as a tourism-oriented MaaS software. The software provides travelers with seamless services from product search, booking and payment to mobility experience through API connection between the gateway and tourism operators’ apps.
JTB develops a new in-destination strategy through partnership with the TripAdvisor B to B booking management system
JTB is enhancing the tourism platform function through a new partnership with BOUKUN, a TripAdvisor business unit for a management service of local tours or attractions. Also, JTB revealed introduction of ‘OLI’OLI Hawaii app’ for its customers traveling in Hawaii.
ANA Holdings ends Q3 of FY2020 with the most loss ever of 309.5 billion JPY, benefiting 34 billion JPY from ‘Go To Travel’
ANA Holdings announced the business results for the first none months of FY2020 ended December 31 2020, posting the most net loss ever of 309.5 billion JPY even though the airline benefitted 34 billion JPY from Go To Travel program. Forecast of net loss of 510 billion JPY for the full year is unchanged.
Nippon Express Travel, founded in 1955 in Japan, will be dissolved in the end of March, despite no debt
Nippon Express Travel established in 1955 will be dissolved in the end of this coming March despite no debt because of the worsening environment surrounding the travel industry.