Japan thinks ahead on Olympic congestion

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under East Asia, News

TOKYO, 25 April 2017: Japanese commuters will be encouraged to work from home for one day in a nationwide exercise for the 2020 Olympics that authorities hope will ease congestion on roads and public transport.

Tokyo has declared 24 July — exactly three years before the opening  ceremony of the summer games — as “Telework Day” and wants firms and government departments to let employees work remotely.

London introduced a similar measure during the 2012 Olympics with 80% of businesses in the city participating, according to Japan’s Internal Affairs Ministry, which announced the plan on Tuesday. Read more

Trip to Japan turns to disaster

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 April 2017: More than 1,000 Thai travellers were stranded at Bangkok’s busy Suvarnabhumi Airport, on the eve of Thailand’s annual Songkran holiday, when their holiday arrangements to Japan no-showed.

They thought they had bought packages from a travel agency and early media reports appeared to confirm that, but within hours it became apparent WealthEver, the organiser of the fake Japan tours has no connection with Thailand’s travel industry.

It probably represents the biggest holiday scam to hit Thailand’s holiday travellers. Tourists were visibly upset and angry when they realised they had prepaid between THB10,000 to 15,000 for packages that were fake courtesy of Facebook pages. Read more

BW upgrades Nagasaki property

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 3 April 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts has launched its newest upscale brand, BW Premier Collection in Japan.

The former Best Western Premier Hotel Nagasaki has been serving guests for years with its upscale amenities, from high-end restaurants and bars to international-standard conference facilities.

Now it has enhanced its market position even further by joining the BW Premier Collection. Read more

JNTO opens Hanoi office

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia, Vietnam

HANOI, 3 April 2017: Japan National Tourism Organisation opened a representative office in Hanoi, last week, to support local travel agencies to create new tour content featuring Japan and introduce consumer campaigns.

Local media quoted Vietnam National Administration of Tourism director, Nguyen Van Tuan, saying the opening of the JNTO representative office in Vietnam capital city could be used to promote two-way tourism.

JNTO’s primary goal is to develop outbound travel to Japan and Vietnam has been identified as a key market.  But the agency will also assist VNAT to build contacts to improve tourist arrival from Japan. Read more

Dusit takes on a dash of colour

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Lens Lines, News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 30 March 2017: Dusit International announced, Wednesday, it has entered into a joint venture with a Japanese hotel company to launch, Dusit Colours, a company that will operate and expand Dusit brands across Japan.

The partnership is with Colours International Co Ltd, operator of the E-Hotel chain in Japan.

As part of the agreement, both companies will  develop a hotel franchise model merging the best of their corporate cultures. Read more

BW adds hotel in Tokyo

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 27 March 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts will open its third hotel in Tokyo, Best Western Tokyo Nishikasai Grande, 1 April.

Located between Tokyo Disneyland and the central districts of Marunouchi and Ginza, Best Western Tokyo Nishikasai Grande is positioned for both business and leisure travellers.

The hotel’s 105 rooms – all designated for non-smokers – include triple rooms for families mostly those who are visiting Tokyo Disneyland. Read more

Japan faces aviation challenges

March 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

TOKYO, 10 March 2017: Japan needs to initiate improvements to its airport infrastructure, especially in Tokyo ahead of the country’s hosting of the 2020 Olympics, International Air Transport Association’s CEO stated in presentation earlier this week in Tokyo

Japan has set aggressive targets for attracting international tourist arrivals. In 2016 Japan welcomed some 24 million international tourists.

In the 2020 Olympic year, Japan hopes to welcome 40 million visitors, who are expected to spend some USD70 billion (JPY 8.0 trillion). Read more

Lao Air looks at Tokyo flight

March 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 9 March 2017: Lao Airlines plans to launch a direct flight between Vientiane and Tokyo in Japan.

Lao News Agency reported the airline plans to introduce the service, but has provided few details on its plans.

The flight is expected to make a stop in Nagasaki on one of sector of the journey between Vientiane and Tokyo. Read more

Travel to Japan booms

February 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia, Trade Talk

TOKYO, 24 February 2017: The Japan National Tourism Organisation reports visitors to Japan reached 24.04 million during 2016.

This represents the largest on record since JNTO started to keep statistics in 1964.

Over the last three years, visits have grown 2.4 times. Read more

STB and JTB sign landmark MoU

February 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 22 February 2017: Japanese tour giant, JTB Corporation and the Singapore Tourism Board, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote Singapore as a key destination during 2017.

This is the first MOU between STB and a commercial travel organisation in Japan.

It will focus specifically on the objective of attracting 90,000 Japanese tourists through joint campaigns. Read more

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