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Five Japanese airlines forms an alliance for regional aviation, working together for safe operation and demand exploitation

Five Japanese airlines forms an alliance for regional aviation, working together for safe operation and demand exploitation

Three regional airlines, ANA and JAL established Essential Air Service Alliance or EAS Alliance to maintain flight networks for remote areas and boost travel demand.
Nara Prefecture in Japan promotes ‘Gastronomy Tourism’ with new tours in English

Nara Prefecture in Japan promotes ‘Gastronomy Tourism’ with new tours in English

Nara Prefecture strengthens gastronomy tourism for inbound travelers, offering specially-arranged tours focusing on sake or local foods in Nara.
Tourism Expo Japan 2023 was held in Osaka to appeal tourism in Japan to the world toward EXPO 2025 Osaka Kansai

Tourism Expo Japan 2023 was held in Osaka to appeal tourism in Japan to the world toward EXPO 2025 Osaka Kansai

Four-days ‘Tourism Expo Japan 2023 Osaka/Kansai’ was held with a theme of ‘OPEN THE DOOR TO THE FUTURE,’ from October 26 to 29 2023 to showcase the future of diversified tourism industries in Japan after the pandemic.
Japanese government approves a policy package for measures against over-tourism, emphasizing joint tourism promotions with local communities

Japanese government approves a policy package for measures against over-tourism, emphasizing joint tourism promotions with local communities

The Japanese government approved a policy package for measures against over-tourism with three pillars of manner eduction, more international visitors to local regions and joint tourism promotions with local communities.
Princess Cruises starts selling Yokohama-based cruises in 2025, serving 17 cruises to rediscover Japan

Princess Cruises starts selling Yokohama-based cruises in 2025, serving 17 cruises to rediscover Japan

Princess Cruises has started selling Yokohama-based cruises in 2025, serving 17 cruises visiting 34 cities in South Korea and Taiwan as well as in Japan.
Air Asia X will restart serving Kuala Lumpur- Sapporo flights, expecting to carry inbound travelers from Malaysia

Air Asia X will restart serving Kuala Lumpur- Sapporo flights, expecting to carry inbound travelers from Malaysia

Air Aisa X will restart serving four flights a week on the Kuala Lumpur- Sapporo route on December 3 2023.Hokkaido is a popular destination for Malaysians.
Celebrity Cruises restarts Japan-based cruises, expecting 30,000 passengers in 2024

Celebrity Cruises restarts Japan-based cruises, expecting 30,000 passengers in 2024

Celebrity Cruises will serve four Japan-based cruises in 2023 and expand to 18 cruises in total through 2024, expecting to welcome more than 30,000 passengers on board.
JTB Outbound Travel Report 2023 says that the Japan’s outbound travel market in 2022 was affected by weaker Yen and rise in prices in destinations

JTB Outbound Travel Report 2023 says that the Japan’s outbound travel market in 2022 was affected by weaker Yen and rise in prices in destinations

JTB published ‘JTB Outbound Travel Report 2023,' saying the outbound travel market of Japan was far from full-scale recovery because of weaker Yen and rise in prices in destinations.
JTB sells a New Year cruise tour for Guam and Saipan on a TV shopping program in ties-up with QVC Japan

JTB sells a New Year cruise tour for Guam and Saipan on a TV shopping program in ties-up with QVC Japan

JTB has began selling a 9-days New Year cruise tour for Guam and Saipan with MSC Bellissima on the Shopping Channel QVC, a TV shopping program.
Japan Tourism Agency suggests concrete ideas to avoid over-tourism in the cross-ministries meeting

Japan Tourism Agency suggests concrete ideas to avoid over-tourism in the cross-ministries meeting

Japan Tourism Agency classifies countermeasures against over-tourism as three concrete ideas at the second cross-ministries meeting on over-tourism preventions.
Yusen Cruise, a Japanese leading cruise operator, names a new ship as ‘Asuka III,’ appealing as art museum on the sea

Yusen Cruise, a Japanese leading cruise operator, names a new ship as ‘Asuka III,’ appealing as art museum on the sea

Yusen Cruise, a Japanese leading cruise operator, names a new 52,000 tons ship as ‘Asuka III,' which will enter into the service in 2025. Yusen says it will be a moving art museum on the sea.
The top-prize winner of Japan Tourism Award 2024 goes to ‘Hotels on the entire railway line project’ shifting a local challenge to a value

The top-prize winner of Japan Tourism Award 2024 goes to ‘Hotels on the entire railway line project’ shifting a local challenge to a value

The top-prize winners of ‘The 7th Japan Tourism Award' goes to ‘Hotels on the entire railway line project’ renovating vacant houses to hotel rooms and unmanned stations to hotel receptions along the JR Ome Line.
Total sales of 43 Japanese major travel companies in July 2023 were still down 30% over 2019

Total sales of 43 Japanese major travel companies in July 2023 were still down 30% over 2019

Sales of 43 major travel companies in July 2023 were down 29.4% over 2019 to 289.2 billion JPY. Sales in inbound travel recovered to a 14.4% reduction to 15.5 billion JPY.
Online dealings of travel services in Japan was up 70% year on year to 2.4 trillion JPY in FY2022

Online dealings of travel services in Japan was up 70% year on year to 2.4 trillion JPY in FY2022

The market scale of e-commerce by consumers (BtoC-EC) expanded to 22.7 trillion JPY in FY2022 ending March 31 2023 from 20.7 trillion JPY a year ago. The market scale of online dealings for travel services. except business trips, was up 68% to 2.4 trillion JPY.
Singapore Airlines will restore flight capacity for Japan to the 2019 level, including restart of Haneda services

Singapore Airlines will restore flight capacity for Japan to the 2019 level, including restart of Haneda services

Singapore Airlines will considerably expand its flight capacity for Japan in this coming October, as it restarts three flights a day for Haneda on October 1. The airline’s network for Japan will be restored to the pre-pandemic level.
Adventure Travel World Summit 2023 was held in Hokkaido for the first time in Asia, joined by 750 participants from 64 countries and regions

Adventure Travel World Summit 2023 was held in Hokkaido for the first time in Asia, joined by 750 participants from 64 countries and regions

Adventure Travel World Summit 2023 (ATWS 2023) opened in Sapporo, Hokkaido on September 11 for the first time in Asia. Shannon Stowel, ATTA CEO, said that Hokkaido has high-quality nature, culture and activity assets for adventure travel, and also they are very diversified.
JAL will restart flights for Kona of Hawaii Island for this coming New Year holidays, totally serving 33 flights weekly for Hawaii

JAL will restart flights for Kona of Hawaii Island for this coming New Year holidays, totally serving 33 flights weekly for Hawaii

JAL will serve three flights a week between Narita and Kona of Hawaii Island for this coming New Year holiday period, totally serving 33 flights a week between Narita, Haneda, Kansai and Chubu and Hawaii.
Hawaii Senator and Representative visiting Japan emphasized, “We always welcome Japanese travelers to Hawaii except wildfire-damaged West Maui.”

Hawaii Senator and Representative visiting Japan emphasized, “We always welcome Japanese travelers to Hawaii except wildfire-damaged West Maui.”

A Hawaii State Legislature delegate of a total of 13 members recently visited Japan to deepen economic partnership and friendship with Japan. They talked about the current condition in wildfire-damaged Maui.
A cross-ministries conference for relaxation of over-tourism in Japan just started in order to sum up effective measures in this autumn

A cross-ministries conference for relaxation of over-tourism in Japan just started in order to sum up effective measures in this autumn

The first meeting of a cross-ministries conference to discuss prevention or control of over-tourism was held on September 6 to sum up effective measures in this autumn. At the first meeting, the members shared the current challenges in tourism.
Japan Tourism Agency requests 2.2 times more budget for FY2024 than FY2023, focusing on a labor shortage issue in the hospitality industry

Japan Tourism Agency requests 2.2 times more budget for FY2024 than FY2023, focusing on a labor shortage issue in the hospitality industry

Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) has requested a budget of 24.1 billion JPY for FY2024 starting April 1 2024, 2.2 times more budget than FY2023. For programs to solve the labor shortage issue particularly in the hospitality industry, 400 million JPY, 2.67 times more than FY2023 have been requested.