Japanese interpreter tour guides serve online tours for Olympic athletes forcibly staying in accommodations
For locked Olympic and Paralympic athletes, a website operator for inbound travelers serves online tours in cooperation with about 150 interpreter tour guides nationwide.
More than 90% of tour operators for international travelers in Japan are at the brink of devastation with loss of labour force
More than 90% of Japanese tour operators for international visitors cut jobs, and 40% have cut more than half of jobs in the pandemic, which will possibly be a big hurdle to catch a recovery wave, Japan Inbound Media Consortium (JIMC)'s survey says.
Five leading organizations for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer have decided to give up welcoming foreign spectators to ensure safe and security for Japanese people and to pay sold tickets back.
The Playbook for stakeholders of Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 is unveiled to ensure a safe event
The first Playbook for stakeholders is unveiled to show principles in order of time, before your travel, entering Japan, at the games and leaving Japan, and also what you have to ensure all the time, including ‘Do not use public transport unless given permission.'
Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, deliver live Ninja experience in Japanese and English to guide martial arts
Odawara Tourism Association in Kanagawa Prefecture has started selling online tour ‘Online Ninja Experience (ONE),' expecting that Ninja will be a tourism content to attract international travelers after the pandemic.
Entries of short-term business travelers from 11 designated countries and regions into Japan are suspended
The Japanese government has decided to suspend business and residence tracks between Japan and 11 designated countries and regions until February 7 2021 to prevent a new variant of COVID-19 from flowing into Japan.
Japanese guest nights in Japan recovered to a 16% reduction in November 2020, though low occupancy rates continued in urban areas
The total number of Japanese guest nights was down 15.7% to 34.2 million in November 2020, improving from a 35.2% reduction in October 2020 clearly because of ‘Go To Travel,' and international guest nights increased from 270,000 in October 2020 to 440,000 due to the limited ease of the entry rules.
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) surveyed the relevance between inbound travelers’ needs and spread of COVID-19 in Taiwan and Hong Kong as short-haul markets and U.K. and Australia as long-haul markets, giving insights toward reopening of the inbound travel market in the future.
Japan will suspend new entries from all of foreign countries and regions and 14-days quarantine exemption until the end of January 2021
Japan will suspend new entries from all of foreign countries and regions until January 31 2021 to avoid possible inclusion of new variants of COVID-19, and the 14-days quarantine exemption for short-term business travelers will also be suspended.
70% of Vietnamese travel agents want to restart selling travel in Japan by the next cherry blossom season
JNTO Hanoi Office’s survey finds that about 70% of local travel agents intend to restart selling travel in Japan by the next cherry blossom season, but 82% answered that ‘lifting of travel restrictions in both Japan and Vietnam’ will be required.
The Japanese government decides extension of ‘Go To Travel’ initiative to June 2021 and reception of small group inbound travelers
The Japanese government has decided to extend 'Go To Travel' to the end of June next year from originally January 31 2021 and also to receive small group inbound travelers step by step toward Tokyo Olympics next summer.
Okinawa targets 7 million incoming travelers in FY2021, focusing on revival of school trips in the recovery project
Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) targets 3.7 million arrivals in FY2020 and 6.7 million domestic arrivals and 300,000 international arrivals in FY2021, supposing that the current COVID-19 condition including travel restrictions, will improve.
International cruise travelers to Japan were down 12% to 2.15 million in 2019, affected by a decrease in cruises from China
The number of international cruise travelers to Japan was down 12.2% year on year to 2.15 million in 2019 because of a decrease in cruises departing from China, and port calls in Japan also down 2.2% to 2,866.
Japan is selected as the top destination in Asia and the second in US, Europe and Australia in willingness of post-COVID-19 travel
Japan is the most preferred destination to visit after COVID-19 ends among Asian travelers, according to the joint survey by DBJ and JTBF. They point out that ‘traditional cleanness’ of Japan will be one of the keys to attract international travelers again.
Economic impact of the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 reached 646.4 billion ($6.1 billion) JPY in total. Local consumption by spectators amounted to 388.9 billion JPY ($3.6 billion), out of which consumption by international spectators amounted to 348.2 billion JPY ($3.3 billion).
The Japanese government is about to talk with 12 designated countries and regions for restart of bilateral travel
The Japanese government has decided to start talking with 12 designated countries and regions in Aisa for restart of bilateral travels in preparation for precautions against flow of COVID-19 into Japan.
The total number of guest nights was down 84.8% year on year to 78.1 million in May 2020, 7.67 million Japanese guest nights (-81.6%) and 140,000 international guest nights (-98.6%).
JNTO has revealed its three-steps roadmap toward recovery of the inbound travel market of Japan, though the end of COVID-19 spread is still far away. JNTO said that giving stronger motivations to international travelers will be required.
The Japanese government permitted cross-prefecture travel nationwide and has started ‘Travel Bubble’ discussions with four countries
Japanese prime minister Abe officially announced to allow people to travel crossing prefectures on June 19 and also to start discussion with four designated Vietnam, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand for exceptional travels in advance.
The total number of guest nights was down 76.9 year on year to 10.8 million in April 2020 in Japan, deadly damaged by COVID-19. International guest nights were down 97.4%.