‘Engaged travelers’ are estimated at 18.3 million in Japan with 20% of all residents traveling to a particular local community
Relationship travelers, who visit particular local community for a particular purpose, is estimated at 18.27 million, about 20% of all 106 million 18 years old or older residents nationwide, which consist of 8.61 million (18.4% of all residents) in three major urban areas and 9.66 million (16.3% of all residents) in other local areas.
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.
Telecom Square offers a new free service on its app to issue location certificate for 14 days after entering Japan
Telecom Square has released a new free service to issue location certificate on its AR navigation app to meet requirement for travelers entering into Japan to save location information on selected map app for 14 days.
Ministry of Transport of Japan launches Next Generation Air Mobility Office to accelerate a flying car program
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) will launch ‘Next Generation Air Mobility Office, targeting Level 4 flight without visual contact for drone operation in FY2022 and commercialization for flying car in FY2023.
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.
Google Travel opens free hotel booking links for every hotel and travel company in addition to ad bidders
Google Travel opens free hotel booking links for every hotel and travel company, in addition to ad bidders, allowing them including independent hotels to deliver real-time prices and available rooms on their visibilities.
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.
Japanese Guest nights worsened to a 50% reduction in January 2021, largely affected by the state of emergency declaration from December 2020
The number of Japanese guest nights was down 51.1% year on year to 16.4 million in January 2021, largely affected by the state of emergency declaration from December 2020, and the average occupancy rate dropped to 23.7% from 37.7% in December.
Closed accommodations outnumbered opened accommodations in Kyoto City through 2020 amid the pandemic
The total number of Japanese guests in major hotels in Kyoto City was down 32.5% year on year in 2020. New 518 hotels opened, while 580 hotels closed through 2020. The total number of hotels in Kyoto City decreased year on year for the first time since 2015.
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.
Yahoo Japan and LINE are officially integrated into the largest Internet service provider in Japan, offering AI-based services
Z Holdings with Yahoo Japan under its umbrella and LINE, the biggest communication app in Japan, completed the business integration of the two companies into new Z Holdings on March 1 2021 to become the biggest Internet service provider in Japan.
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.
A Japanese IT solution company launches a new tool to visualize how a hotel guest use room facilities with its sensing technology
Japanese IT solution company Almex launches a TV system for a hotel management to grasp how a guest uses room facilities with its sensing technology, making a guest smart phone remote controllers for TV, air conditioner, lights or even room order.
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.
Domestic travel consumption of Japanese travelers halved to 9.9 trillion JPY in 2020, and travel expenditure a traveler were also down
Domestic travel consumption by Japanese travelers was down 46.5% year on year to 2,694 billion JPY in the fourth quarter of 2020 (October to December 2020), and the yearly total accordingly decreased by 54.9% to 9,898 billion JPY. Travel expenditure was down 9.2% to 33,925 JPY a traveler a trip in 2020.
The awareness of ‘Clubhouse,’ a talked-about audio communication app, is 37% on average, but the rate rises to 47% among 20s. The ratio of ‘I want to use it’ is 14% among 20s, much higher than 5% overall, according to the Cross Marketing’s survey.
Keys to choose accommodation are ‘like staying home,’ ‘dining in a private room’ and ‘chartered bath’ among Japanese travelers
JTB Tourism Research & Consulting's survey shows that keys to choose accommodation is ‘thorough hygiene,' ‘dining a private room,' and ‘chartered bath,' all of which are to avoid close contact with others like staying home.
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.