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Air Asia Thailand launches its first Japan flights on the Bangkok-Fukuoka route on October 12 2022

Air Asia Thailand launches its first Japan flights on the Bangkok-Fukuoka route on October 12 2022

Air Asia Thailand will launch three flights a week between Bangkok (Don Mueang) and Fukuoka as its first service to Japan on October 12 2022, increasing the frequency to four flights a week on October 30 2022.
A Japan National Tourism Organization leader talks about the promotional strategies for rebound of the inbound travel market

A Japan National Tourism Organization leader talks about the promotional strategies for rebound of the inbound travel market

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Executive Senior Vice President Kyoji Kuramotchi talked about the next steps for rebound of the inbound travel market, expecting FIT will be opened soon. How does JNTO develop its strategies to achieve the national goals.
Three doses vaccination travelers will no longer need PCR negative certificate for entry into Japan on September 7

Three doses vaccination travelers will no longer need PCR negative certificate for entry into Japan on September 7

Japan will lift requirement of negative certificates on PCR test within 72 hours before leaving a destination on September 7, but maintain a cap of 20,000 entries a day for a while.
Japanese young travelers are still willing to travel on their own judgements even amid the 7th COVID-19 wave

Japanese young travelers are still willing to travel on their own judgements even amid the 7th COVID-19 wave

The latest JTB Tourism Research & Consulting survey shows that the ratio of ‘planning to domestic travel within the next year’ was slightly up 1.9 points from the previous survey in March 2022 to 41.1%. Regarding criteria to travel, 33.9% said that they want to travel on their own judgements.
The most-booked overseas destination in this autumn is Hawaii with honeymoon demand resumed

The most-booked overseas destination in this autumn is Hawaii with honeymoon demand resumed

HIS received 1374.5% more overseas travel bookings for the period than a year ago, and the average expenses are up 30.5% to 216,800 JPY year on year or even up 90.3% compared to 2019. The most-booked destination was Hawaii.
Delta Air Lines will launch Haneda-Honolulu services in December and resume Haneda-Los Angeles services in October

Delta Air Lines will launch Haneda-Honolulu services in December and resume Haneda-Los Angeles services in October

Delta Air Lines will start serving daily flights between Haneda and Honolulu on December 2 2022 and resume three Haneda-Los Angeles flights a week on October 31 2022 and will increase the frequency to daily flights on December 1 2022.
A local bank of Japan enters into a tourism business to revitalize local economy

A local bank of Japan enters into a tourism business to revitalize local economy

Fukui Prefecture-based Fukui Bank launched a 100% subsidiary to revitalize local economy through a tourism business and merchandising of local products.
PCR negative certificate even before departing Japan is acceptable for a three-days or shorter overseas trip

PCR negative certificate even before departing Japan is acceptable for a three-days or shorter overseas trip

The new PCR rule is that a negative certificate even before departing Japan is accepted for a three-days (72 hours) or shorter overseas trip, which means a Japanese citizen no longer needs a negative certificate in a destination.
Ten lodging companies closed in July 2022, increasing year on year for four consecutive months

Ten lodging companies closed in July 2022, increasing year on year for four consecutive months

the number of lodging companies’ bankruptcies in July 2022 were 10, increasing year on year for four consecutive months. Total debts in July increased by 170.4% year on year to 1,647 million JPY.
Okinawa encourages travelers to use public transportation, appealing non-rent-a-car trips

Okinawa encourages travelers to use public transportation, appealing non-rent-a-car trips

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) encourages travelers to use public transportation without rent-a-car as a new trip way in Okinawa.The renewed site introduces model courses or trip itineraries.
An international visitor in Japan spent 260,000 JPY on average in Q1 of FY2022, higher than usual

An international visitor in Japan spent 260,000 JPY on average in Q1 of FY2022, higher than usual

spending in Japan by international visitors totaled 104.7 billion JPY for the first quarter of FY2022 (April to June 2022), and spending a visitor was estimated at 257,206 JPY, higher than usual.
More Japanese travelers see video sharing sites and SNS as travel information sources

More Japanese travelers see video sharing sites and SNS as travel information sources

The most popular travel-related website as of June 2022 was jalan.net, followed by Rakuten Travel and JAL. All of the top 10 sites increased unique users compared to a year ago,.Users of video sharing sites and SNS as travel information sources increased even compared to 2019.
How do young Japanese people choose their travels this summer ?

How do young Japanese people choose their travels this summer ?

Rakuten survey finds that the most-preferred accommodation cost is ‘8,000 to 10,000 JPY’ a night with the ratio of 23% this summer among Japanese young generation. The most-selected information source is ‘Instagram’ with the ratio of 62.8%,
Japanese guest nights in June 2022 were recovered to a 7% reduction compared to June 2019

Japanese guest nights in June 2022 were recovered to a 7% reduction compared to June 2019

The total number of Japanese guest nights in June 2022 (provisionally) was up 72.2% year on year to 33.9 million, which were 6.5% fewer guests nights than the same month in 2019. The occupancy rate was 44.2% overall, 16.4 lower points than 2019.
JAL joins ‘flying car’ project in Tokyo to study business models toward pilot operation in 2024

JAL joins ‘flying car’ project in Tokyo to study business models toward pilot operation in 2024

JAL, Mitsubishi Estate and Kanematsu will join Tokyo Metropolitan Government-led ‘flying car’ project toward pilot operation in 2024. JAL will demonstrate taking-off and landing operations and seek feasible services.
Kansai Airport forecasts 37 million passengers in 2025 of the EXPO year, 1.3 times more than 2018

Kansai Airport forecasts 37 million passengers in 2025 of the EXPO year, 1.3 times more than 2018

Passenger demand in 2025 is forecasted to grow by 1.3 times to 37.3 million compared to 2018, boosted by Osaka Kansai EXPO and an increase in visitors from emerging Asian countries.
An online travel and experience gift service is launched by the leading travel company of Japan

An online travel and experience gift service is launched by the leading travel company of Japan

JTB has launched a social gift service ‘JTB Koto Collection,’ on which a user give travel and local experience plans as gifts on SNS or e-mail.
Users on top 5 Japanese OTAs increased by 1.5 times in Q1 of FY2022 year on year

Users on top 5 Japanese OTAs increased by 1.5 times in Q1 of FY2022 year on year

All of top 5 Japanese OTAs increased by 1.5 times or more in the first quarter of FY2022 (April to June) compared to a year ago. Top OTA was jalan.net with 13.7 million users increasing by 71%.
Travel cancellation insurance  draws more attentions in Japan hit by the 7th COVID-19 wave

Travel cancellation insurance draws more attentions in Japan hit by the 7th COVID-19 wave

Amid the 7th COVID-19 wave, more Japanese travelers continue traveling with s cancellation insurance for travel. Insurance companies offer a variety of products in cooperation with travel or other industry partners.
Japan National Tourism Organization is preparing for open of individual travel, including online advertising campaigns with airlines

Japan National Tourism Organization is preparing for open of individual travel, including online advertising campaigns with airlines

As soon as the FIT market is reopened, JNTO will develop a large scale of advertising campaigns to let consumers know that Japan is ready for every international tourist, as many potential international travelers seem to wait and see until FIT is allowed.