Articles tagged “japan”

Has Postponing the Summer Olympics Stifled Japan’s Ambitious Tourism Plans?

Has Postponing the Summer Olympics Stifled Japan’s Ambitious Tourism Plans?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

This was supposed to be the year when Japan's dedicated tourism push came to fruition with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. But even with the postponement — and all the uncertainty — of the Games until 2021, the tourism groundwork laid by Japan is still likely to bear fruit.

3 weeks ago

Critics Fear Japan’s Domestic Tourism Campaign Will Cause Infection Spike

Critics Fear Japan’s Domestic Tourism Campaign Will Cause Infection Spike

Christopher Gallagher, Reuters

The Japanese government wants people to travel domestically to get the economy rolling again — but regional officials say it's too much too soon.

4 weeks ago

Japan Could Reopen to Corporate Travelers With Strict Coronavirus Testing

Japan Could Reopen to Corporate Travelers With Strict Coronavirus Testing

Naomi Tajitsu, Reuters

Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand would need to sign up to dual COVID-19 tests, and either side of the border, in order to gain entry. Is this the future of corporate travel?

2 months ago

Las Vegas Sands Bails on Integrated Resort Casino Plans in Japan

Las Vegas Sands Bails on Integrated Resort Casino Plans in Japan

Rocky Swift, Reuters

It looks like the high stakes that casino operators have to put into Japan's integrated resorts scene is too much of a gamble, especially in the post-pandemic climate which makes returns on tourism investment even more uncertain.

3 months ago

Japan’s Hoshino Resorts Will Shift Its Marketing to Woo Domestic Travelers

Japan’s Hoshino Resorts Will Shift Its Marketing to Woo Domestic Travelers

Junko Fujita and Ritsuko Shimizu, Reuters

The Tokyo-based, 100-year old hospitality company, Hoshino Resorts, used to focus on international luxury travelers. But, as Japan essentially closes to foreign travel for months to come, the privately held company has pivoted to wooing domestic tourists.

4 months ago

Japan’s Airlines Keep Flying Largely Empty Domestic Flights Despite Plunge in Bookings

Japan’s Airlines Keep Flying Largely Empty Domestic Flights Despite Plunge in Bookings

Maki Shiraki and Tim Kelly, Reuters

Without clear government directives on the functioning of transport infrastructure in the crisis, Japanese airlines face a tough choice during a tough time.

4 months ago

Kyoto Asks Tourists to Stay Away as Coronavirus Threatens Japan Economy

Kyoto Asks Tourists to Stay Away as Coronavirus Threatens Japan Economy

Elaine Lies and Linda Sieg, Reuters

It wasn't too long ago that Japan was still portraying itself as a picture of normality. Now, the shelving of Tokyo Olympics and an escalating crisis will likely undo the recent gains made for Japan tourism.

4 months ago

Japan’s Olympics Delay Could Cost $6 Billion Including Hit to Tourism

Japan’s Olympics Delay Could Cost $6 Billion Including Hit to Tourism

Sam Nussey and Naomi Tajitsu, Reuters

Rescheduling the Olympics just solved one question. Now numbers are coming in as to how much the one-year delay will cost Japan’s tourism and hospitality sectors.

4 months ago

Coronavirus, Olympics Delay Batter Japanese Hotel Business

Coronavirus, Olympics Delay Batter Japanese Hotel Business

Sakura Murakami and Mari Saito, Reuters

Coronavirus precautions keeping tourists at home and the now-delayed 2020 Olympics are a devastating combination for Japanese hoteliers that were banking on a strong tourist year to compensate for significant capital investments.

5 months ago

Tokyo Olympics to Be Postponed, a First in 124-Year History of the Modern Games

Tokyo Olympics to Be Postponed, a First in 124-Year History of the Modern Games

Karolos Grohmann, Reuters

It's understandable that Japan's prime minister was reluctant to do it, but the postponement of the 2020 Games felt inevitable. Now, it's official.

5 months ago

International Olympics Committee Evaluates Games Postponement as Opposition Mounts

International Olympics Committee Evaluates Games Postponement as Opposition Mounts

Associated Press

Amid growing concerns from athletes and sports officials, the IOC has given itself four weeks to evaluate scenario planning for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Some of the scenarios include postponement for up to two years. This is the first time postponement has been publicly discussed as a possible scenario since the coronavirus outbreak has spread worldwide.

5 months ago

Foreign Arrivals to Japan Plunge 58 Percent in Face of Virus

Foreign Arrivals to Japan Plunge 58 Percent in Face of Virus

Chris Gallagher, Reuters

As Japan sees its fifth straight month in declines of arrivals, some are wondering whether the country has become too dependent on tourism in its recent push reach 40 million visitors this year.

5 months ago