Articles tagged “japan”

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Airbnb, HomeAway and Others Form International Vacation Rental Group in Japan

Airbnb, HomeAway and Others Form International Vacation Rental Group in Japan

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The big vacation rental players have formed an association in Japan, with the blessing of the Japan Tourism Agency. It may be a model for other Asian countries to follow.

6 months ago

The Next Big Destinations for Luxury Brands

The Next Big Destinations for Luxury Brands

Laura Powell, Skift

Where will luxury travelers be jetting off to in 2019? For clues, look at where the world's high-end brands are opening their newest properties.

6 months ago

Thomas Cook China Launches New Strategy Amid Huge Chinese Tourist Declines in Thailand

Thomas Cook China Launches New Strategy Amid Huge Chinese Tourist Declines in Thailand

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Japan turned out to be the lifeboat for Thomas Cook China when Thailand turned disastrous, as the tour operator appears to be sailing away blithely with four new initiatives to scale up its China market.

7 months ago

Japan’s Naoshima Island: A Portrait of Possibility for Art Tourism

Japan’s Naoshima Island: A Portrait of Possibility for Art Tourism

Rebecca Stone, Skift

Ever since Naoshima, Japan, became home to a number of contemporary art museums, sculptures, and installations, the island's identity as an "art island" has become intertwined with its history and culture. Naoshima now represents a way for other destinations to think about how tourism, and art tourism specifically, can be used to revitalize communities while preserving tradition and demonstrating respect to heritage.

7 months ago

Japan Reduces Number of Incoming Guest Workers Despite Labor Shortage

Japan Reduces Number of Incoming Guest Workers Despite Labor Shortage

Emi Urabe and Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg

The hotel and restaurant industries may rely on guest workers, but in Japan, fewer of them will be available and people are watching how companies treat those workers as well.

7 months ago

Natural Disasters in Japan Led to First Tourism Drop Since 2013

Natural Disasters in Japan Led to First Tourism Drop Since 2013

Jeff Sutherland, Bloomberg

With the Japanese government determined to rapidly grow tourism ahead of the fast-approaching 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we can be sure officials are doing what they can to make sure visitor numbers don't continue to tumble.

8 months ago

Japan’s Torrid Tourism Growth Loses Steam Due to Natural Disasters

Japan’s Torrid Tourism Growth Loses Steam Due to Natural Disasters

Gearoid Reidy, Bloomberg

Some tragic natural disasters in recent months have led to the slowest growth in Japanese tourism in more than 5 years. But let's keep perspective. Japan is still likely to enjoy record tourism this year and next.

10 months ago

Japan Is Joining the Crowded Race to Develop Flying Cars

Japan Is Joining the Crowded Race to Develop Flying Cars

Ma Jie and Kiyotaka Matsuda, Bloomberg

Japan is jumping into the flying car quest a little late, but its multifaceted approach seems sound. Still, as we've pointed out in the past, in the near term this solution is unlikely to be useful for the masses.

10 months ago

Japan’s Gleaming Rail Giant JR East Endures on White-Glove Service

Japan’s Gleaming Rail Giant JR East Endures on White-Glove Service

Samantha Culp

Average train delays of 36 seconds every year? Who could complain about that kind of service? The Japanese icon JR East is one of the subjects in Skift's recent sixth anniversary book, For the Long Haul, Lessons on Business Longevity, whose chapters we are excerpting for you here in the coming weeks.

10 months ago

Instagram Gives Boost to Obscure Japanese Destinations Looking for More Tourism

Instagram Gives Boost to Obscure Japanese Destinations Looking for More Tourism

Won Jae Ko, Bloomberg

Call it the Instagram effect. The platform can be an economic driver for destinations desperate for more tourism, but many locales remain unprepared for how quickly social media can elevate their profiles.

11 months ago

Japan Legalizes Casino Gambling in a Boon to Resort Developers

Japan Legalizes Casino Gambling in a Boon to Resort Developers

Lisa Du and Maiko Takahashi, Bloomberg

After years of debate, Japan legalized casino gambling and created a path for three casino resorts to be built. Operators are lining up for their chance to get in on the building boom.

11 months ago

Japan is Finally Introducing Ride-Hailing Ahead of 2020 Summer Olympics

Japan is Finally Introducing Ride-Hailing Ahead of 2020 Summer Olympics

Won Jae Ko, Pavel Alpeyev, and Ma Jie, Bloomberg

Japan is slowly beginning to shed its isolated characteristics as it prepares to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and also recently legalized alternative accommodations across the country. It will be interesting to see if taxis and successfully collaborate with ride-hailing apps, which hasn't been the case in many other countries.

11 months ago