Articles tagged “japan”

Airbnb’s Partnership Strategy in Japan May Serve as Global Model

Airbnb’s Partnership Strategy in Japan May Serve as Global Model

Deanna Ting, Skift

Airbnb's moves in Japan are smart for its future growth. But again we can't help but wonder: Why is the company so willing to fully comply with local laws in certain regions, like Japan, but so reluctant to do the same in others, like New York City?

3 days ago

Airbnb Drops 80 Percent of Its Japan Listings Ahead of Tighter Laws

Airbnb Drops 80 Percent of Its Japan Listings Ahead of Tighter Laws

Yuki Furukawa and Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg

Airbnb is the biggest of many companies affected by Japan's decision that owners must register their rentals. This move may partly lend support to some predictions that Airbnb will have fewer users worldwide this year than had been expected.

2 weeks ago

Uber Tests Its Service in Japan in the Hopes of Expanding Beyond Tokyo

Uber Tests Its Service in Japan in the Hopes of Expanding Beyond Tokyo

Ma Jie and Yuji Nakamura , Bloomberg

Under CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, the company is pursuing its global expansion plans in a very different manner.

4 weeks ago

Paying to Be on the A-List

Paying to Be on the A-List

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Times are tough for legacy travel media brands and they are having to come up with more creative ways to cash in. But bringing in a charge for its A-List — no matter how this manifests itself — calls into question the idea of editorial independence.

3 months ago

Japan Resort Area Attracts Hotel Investments and Foreign Tourists

Japan Resort Area Attracts Hotel Investments and Foreign Tourists

Masahiro Hidaka, Bloomberg

Foreign tourism is up in Beppu, Japan, which is renowned for its hot springs, as domestic tourism wanes. The surge in foreign visitors has attracted hotel investment from International Hotels Group and Hoshino Resorts.

3 months ago

Japan Bullet Train Passengers Carrying Luggage Signaled Tourism Growth

Japan Bullet Train Passengers Carrying Luggage Signaled Tourism Growth

Livia Yap and Abhishek Vishno, Bloomberg

Japan's bullet trains have succeeded in getting travelers to use them. Tourism growth throughout the country has had a positive economic impact.

3 months ago

Uber’s Asia Expansion Strategy May Lead to Conflict With New Investor SoftBank

Uber’s Asia Expansion Strategy May Lead to Conflict With New Investor SoftBank

Yuji Nakamura, Bloomberg

Despite the advice of new investor SoftBank, Uber's CEO seems intent on taking a shot a new markets, such as Japan. The odds may be stacked against Uber in such locales, but the ridesharing company is exploring partnerships as entry points.

4 months ago

Japan Is Upping Its Tourism Game Before the 2020 Olympics

Japan Is Upping Its Tourism Game Before the 2020 Olympics

Laura Powell, Skift

Japan lags far behind its Asian tourism competition in attracting Western visitors. As the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games approach, the country is adopting a new strategy for landing on the region's tourism medal stand.

4 months ago

Where to Find Japan’s Hidden Corners During Its Tourism Boom

Where to Find Japan’s Hidden Corners During Its Tourism Boom

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

In 2017 Japan saw double-digit growth in tourist arrivals from the previous year. So savvy travelers may look to avoid some of the crowds by seeking out these four towns that are appealing alternatives to better-known cities.

5 months ago

Japan Tourism Is Using Celebrity Chefs to Make the Country More Palatable to U.S. Travelers

Japan Tourism Is Using Celebrity Chefs to Make the Country More Palatable to U.S. Travelers

Dan Peltier, Skift

Japan Tourism really thinks that U.S. travelers are turning Japanese, or at least their travel wish lists are. The tourism board is more building off the momentum it already has in the U.S. But most U.S. travelers don't speak Japanese, and that will continue to be a sticking point for the country's tourism.

7 months ago

Okinawa Is Set to Overtake Hawaii in Visitor Numbers

Okinawa Is Set to Overtake Hawaii in Visitor Numbers

Katsuyo Kuwako, Bloomberg

Okinawa is benefiting from an overall boost in tourism to Japan, which broke a new visitation record this year. But Hawaii hotels may have also priced themselves out of many travelers' budgets.

7 months ago

Interview: ANA CEO on His Star Wars Strategy and Why Sushi Doesn’t Fly

Interview: ANA CEO on His Star Wars Strategy and Why Sushi Doesn’t Fly

Brian Sumers, Skift

Other airlines serve sushi, but not ANA, Japan's largest carrier. Why? ANA takes its food seriously, and its chefs don't think sushi tastes right on planes, so it serves sashimi instead. That's attention to detail.

8 months ago