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
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
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
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
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
TOKYO, 16 February 2017: The operator of a Japanese hotel chain already in hot water for denying a Japanese World War II atrocity has come under fire for reported anti-Semitic remarks.
Toshio Motoya is CEO of APA Group, which calls itself Japan’s largest hotel chain, and has drawn China criticism for writing a book denying the 1937 Nanjing massacre happened and placing the book in hundreds of APA hotel rooms.
The group also runs 40 hotels in North America and its February edition of an in-house magazine for guests staying at its Canada properties contained the anti-Semitic remarks. Read more
SHANGHAI, 26 January 2017: China’s tourism authority called Tuesday for a boycott of Tokyo-based hotel group APA in an escalating row over a book by the company’s CEO denying a Japanese wartime massacre took place.
Copies of the book asserting that the 1937 massacre by Japanese soldiers in the Chinese city of Nanjing did not occur have been placed in hundreds of rooms operated by the APA hotel group, angering Beijing.
APA has so far refused to remove copies of the book, written under a pen name by its CEO Toshio Motoya, despite Chinese criticism. Read more
TOKYO, 19 January 2017: Japan’s toilet chiefs say they have come up with a plan to stop tourists getting their knickers in a twist over the country’s mind-bogglingly high-tech loos.
Under new guidelines, manufacturers will use the same eight pictograms to tell users which button flushes, which one fires a frighteningly accurate jet of water at the backside and what to press to close the lid.
Japan has been drawing record numbers of tourists in recent years and Tokyo is expecting millions of visitors when it hosts the Olympic Games in 2020. Read more
BANGKOK, 16 January 2017: Peach Aviation, a Japanese low-cost airline, will introduce a new route connecting Bangkok and Okinawa in Japan next month.
The carrier will launch daily flights from Okinawa to Bangkok starting 19 February and from Bangkok to Okinawa 20 February.
Speaking at a press conference, last Thursday, the airline representative director and CEO, Shinichi Inoue, said the upcoming service would be the airline’s first route to a destination in Southeast Asia. Read more
HANOI, 24 November 2016: Japan National Tourism Organisation will open its first Vietnamese representation office in Hanoi following approval by Japan’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Local media reported the JNTO office will provide information on Japan for Vietnamese travellers and support Vietnamese travel companies that are selling trips to Japan.
It will be responsible for marketing and sales campaigns to attract more Vietnamese to visit Japan. Read more