JTB forecasts 18 million Japanese domestic travelers for 2021/2022 New Year holidays, 80% more than a year ago
JTB has forecasted that the number of Japanese domestic travelers for this coming New Year holiday period (December 23 2021 to January 3 2022) will increase by 80% year on year to 18 million in total (down 38.5% over two years ago).
DMO KYOTO forecasts the occupancy rate of hotels in Kyoto City will reach 65.5% in November, the same level as the Go To Travel month last year
DMO KYOTO expects that the occupation rate of 103 hotels in Kyoto City will be recover to 65.5% in November this year, reaching the same level as the Go To Travel month last year.
Japanese guests considerably improved in October 2021 after declaration of a state of emergency was lifted
The total number of guest nights in October 2021 was down 5.5% year on year to 32.6 million, considerably improving from 18.2% reduction in September 2021, and the occupancy rate also improved to 42.1%.
Top ‘Onsen’ prefecture in Japan is Oita with high popularity to Beppu and Yufuin, followed by Gunma with Kusatsu
Jalan research finds the most-imaginable prefecture as an onsen resort is Oita with high popularity to Beppu and Yufuin, followed by Gunma with Kusatsu.
The Japanese government secures another 266 billion JPY for Go To Travel program in a FY2021 supplementary budget
The Japanese government has decided a FY2021 supplementary budget of 36 trillion JPY in total to recover from the economic downturn under the pandemic. For ‘Go To Travel’ program, additional 269 billion JPY have been approved.
Japanese railway company JR East launches ‘Hotels along the line’ project, making a station as a check-in reception function
JR East, a Japanese railway company, and Satoyume, a local revitalization business start-up, launched a special-purpose company for ‘Hotels along the line’ project.
Tourism Ministry of Japan uses ‘Pokémon GO’ to help travelers discover local history in a designated city
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has launched the ‘Pokémon GO’ program in Odawara City to help visitors discover local history by virtually placing poke stops on the game.
Airbnb Japan is promoting farm stay in south Nagano area, working together with Iida City and a local DMO
Airbnb Japan signed a partnership agreement with Iida City and local DMO South Shinshu Tourism in Nagano Prefecture to explore farm stay in south Nagano area for local revitalization.
Sixty percent of Japanese companies hope that domestic travel boosting ‘Go To Travel’ program will be restarted within FY2021
57.6% of surveyed companies hope that domestic travel boosting ‘Go To Travel’ program will be restarted within FY2021, and the ratio was 76% among lodging, dining and entertainment service industries.
Guest nights in Japan halved in September 2021 compared to two years ago, crucially affected by the fifth infection wave
The total number of guest nights in September 2021 was down 20.5% year on year to 22.7 million, and the occupation rate was 31.3%, worse than the results in July and August.
Desire to travel among Japanese people is getting stronger, while 40% of vaccinated people still wait and see
The latest Jalan Research Center's survey shows that majority is people who intend to travel, but still wait and see, even though vaccination has been extending nationwide.
A package of Tokyo subway all-you-can-ride ticket and tourism attraction admission is now on sale even for residents in Tokyo
Tokyo Metro and Bureau of Transportation Tokyo Metropolitan Government started selling all-you-can-ride ‘Tokyo Subway Ticket’ and a package with Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree admissions even for residents in the Tokyo Metropolitan area.
Tourism-typed MaaS is tested in Mt. Fuji area to demonstrate payment and transportation by face recognition
Mt.Fuji Area Tourism DX Innovation Consortium including Panasonic begins demonstration tests for ‘free-hand tourism’ in the area by using face recognition digital pass for payments and entries in Fuji Kyuko railway and tourism facilities.
One of major travel agencies in Japan tests its original vaccination passport on LINE, the Japanese largest chat app
one of major travel agencies in Japan, Developing its original vaccination passport ‘Smart Corona Pass,’ working on LINE, Tobu Top Tours will use it for the government-led vaccination package demonstration program.
Face recognition system is tested to Mt.Fuji climbers for their vaccination or negative certificates and health conditions
Shizuoka Prefecture and NEC will test the face recognition system for about 100 participants in trekking tours to Mt. Fuji to check their registered vaccination or negative certificates on the app.
Japanese railway JR East starts offering designated ‘Shinkansen Office Car’ with no additional fare on all lines
JR East will begin offering the 8th Shinkansen car on all Tohoku, Hokuriku and Jyoetsu lines as ‘Shinkansen Office Car’ exclusively for business travelers to establish a seamless work space network.
11 travel companies join the government-leading ‘vaccination and test package’ demonstration for their selected 38 tours departing mostly from Tokyo to a variety of destinations nationwide.
How are travel and transportation companies in Japan changing after emergency declaration was lifted?
Since declaration of a state of emergency related to COVID-19 in Japan was lifted, travel and transportation companies have seen good signs for demand recovery. How are their businesses changing?
Kyoto anticipates quick recovery of tourists in this autumn leaves season from low occupancy rate of 26.8% in August
Japanese guests in 100 hotels in Kyoto City were up 30.4% in August 2021 compared to a year ago or down 20.6% compared to two year ago. DMO KYOTO has foreseen that the occupancy rate will rise in November, the autumn leaves month, due to ease of travel restriction.
Ministry of Tourism of Japan is demonstrating ‘vaccination and test package’ for smooth and safe travel
Ministry of of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism will begin demonstrating ‘vaccination and test package' for designated tours or accommodations, following lifting of declaration of a state of emergency on September 30 2021.