Labour shortage in Japan is outstanding in hotels or ryokans as almost 80% of those say ‘yes’
According to the Teikoku Databank survey, 77.8% of hotels or ryokans answered that they have suffered labour shortage of full-time employees, and for part-time employees, the ratio was record-high 81.1%.
Four ‘Flying Car’ operators in Osaka Expo are selected as a step to commercialization in Japan
A team of ANA Holdings and Joby Aviation, JAL, Marubeni and SkyDrive are selected as 'Flying Car' operators in 2025 Osaka Kansai Expo. ORIX was selected as a partner who will operate the vertical-port.
United Airlines will extend its Japan network this summer, launching Haneda-Los Angeles and -Washington DC
United Airlines will launch daily services between Haneda Airport and Los Angeles and Washington DC on March 26 2023 and increase flight frequencies to 59 a week in total between Japan and Micronesia in this summer.
ANA is integrating its domestic passenger service system into Amadeus Altea for international flights to unify the booking management
ANA will integrate its domestic passenger service system into Amadeus Altea Passenger Service Systemto maximize seamless services for all passengers on a single platform. The integration will be in progress from FY2025 to FY2026.
JAL begins issuing eco-exclusive miles, which can redeem a flight ticket
JAL will issue ‘Green Life Mile’ to members who purchase eco-friendly services or commodities. The accumulated miles can redeem a flight ticket or different point services
Hyatt will open residence-typed ‘Hyatt House’ in Shibuya, Tokyo in the spring of 2024
Residence-typed ‘Hyatt House Tokyo Shibuya’ will open in newly developed commercial complex ‘Shibuya Sakura Stage’ in the spring of 2024.
Airbnb Japan donates 150 million JPY to renovate old Japanese-style houses to enrich ‘Historical Homes’ category
Airbnb Japan donated 150 million jPY to Japan Kominka (old Japanese-style house) Association, enriching ‘Historical Homes' category in Japan. The Association plans to support up to 5 million JPY each for renovation of 30 houses nationwide.
EL AL Israel Airlines launches its first non-stop service for Japan in March
EL AL Israel Airlines will start serving two non-stop flights a week between Tel Aviv and Narita on March 1 2023, three years later than the original plan due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan Tourism Agency shows drafts of the new national tourism policy by 2025, focusing on consumption goals rather than numerical goals
Japan Tourism Agency proposed drafts of new Basic Act for Promoting a Tourism-Oriented Country by 2025, focusing on quality improvement rather than an increase in quantity, having three strategy pillars.
JAL will serve 1.5 times more Haneda international flights in this summer than pre-pandemic, increasing New York flights to two flights a day
JAL will serve 1.5 times more Haneda-based international flights than the pre-pandemic level, increasing frequencies to two flights a day on the New York route, and will operate eco-friendly ‘A350-1000’ on the Haneda-New York route in the winter 2023.
Japanese leading travel company JTB restarts selling overseas travel tours in earnest, enriching contents including local experiences
JTB, a Japanese leading travel company, has started selling ‘LOOK JTB MySTYLE’ overseas dynamic package tours departing after June 2023, offering not only air ticket + hotel but also a variety of services in a destination.
Hawaiian Airlines will restart Honolulu-Fukuoka services on April 28 2023
Hawaiian Airlines will restart three flights a week between Honolulu and Fukuoka on April 28 2023, expecting to carry leisure travelers from Kyushu area.
Domestic travel sales of 43 major travel companies in Japan recovered to the pre-pandemic level in November 2022
Sales of 43 major travel companies increased by 76.9% year on year to 309.4 billion JPY in total in November 2022. Domestic travel sales were up 56% year on year to 256.5 billion JPY, which were up 0.9% even compared to pre-pandemic November 2019.
A Japanese leading travel company sells manga-related tours in Metaverse space
HIS signed a business partnership with ‘MyAnimeList,’ one of the largest Japanese animation or manga community in the world to create and offer animation or manga-related travel tours in Web 3.0 space.
A leading Japanese travel company sells space balloon journey lifting up to an altitude of 30 km at 17 million JPY
HIS, one of leading Japanese travel companies, has begun selling ‘Journey to the Edge of Space’ with space balloon ‘Spaceship Neptune.’ The price is $125,000 a passenger plus 550,000 JPY as a commission.
Haneda Airport Garden Bus Terminal opens on January 31 with 30 services a day on 12 routes initially
‘Haneda Airport Garden Bus Terminal’ in the commercial complex ‘Haneda Airport Garden’ connecting with the 3rd Terminal will fully open on January 31 2023.
International conferences in Japan drastically reduced by 99% to were 29 only in 2021 compared to pre-pandemic
The number of international conferences in Japan through 2021 reduced by 86.9% year on year or 99.2% over 2019 to 29 only, and the number of participants was down 42.6% year on year or 97.2% over 2019.
Yusen Cruise of Japan cancels ‘Asuka II’ world tour cruise in 2023 because smooth operation is not guaranteed
Yusen Cruise has decided to cancel 104 days-long ‘Asuka II World Tour Cruise 2023,' explaining that the decision resulted from the global COVID-19 situation and geopolitical difficulties.
Italy-born ‘Albergo Diffuso,’ defining the whole village as a hotel, certificates four regions in Japan as startup
Italy-born ‘Albergo Diffuso,’ developing the whole village or city as a hotel, certificated Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Zao, Miyagi Prefecture, Hachimandaira, Iwate Prefecture and Hirado City in Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan as startup operators.
The Japan’s leading travel company partners with a professional baseball team for a new ballpark
JTB,has signed a partnership agreement with Fighters Sports & Entertainment for a new ballpark ‘F Village’ that will open on March 30 2023 as a home stadium for Hokkaido Nipponham Fighters to create opportunities to attract tourists based on the new ballpark.