Japan’s hotel industry has benefitted substantially from the devaluation of the Japanese yen, experiencing four consecutive years of double-digit percentage growth in gross operating profit per available room, according to STR. As reported in STR’s Profitability Review, Japan’s GOPPAR reached JPY12,512.18 in 2015, the country’s highest GOPPAR value since the time of the global financial crisis in 2008.
Commencing on September 14th, Hong Kong Airlines will be the first and the only carrier providing direct twice-weekly flight service between Hong Kong and Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. The new service will be operated by an all-economy class Airbus A320 aircraft, further strengthening the airline’s network in Japan.
World Travel & Tourism Council president David Scowsill has confirmed the launch of the second of four quarterly reports examining the recovery of the tourism industry in Japan following the Tohoku tsunami earlier this year. In an upbeat assessment, the WTTC finds the sector is showing signs of a “strong recovery”.
After assessing the situation in Japan, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has reaffirmed its belief the vast majority of the country is safe to travel to. Nearly all the country is operating as normal, with the exception of the locally impacted tsunami area in the vicinity around the Fukushima nuclear plants.
Ritz-Carlton and Sekisui House, one of Japan’s leading developers, has signed an agreement for the development of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. The hotel, which is scheduled to open in 2014, will offer 136 guest rooms with an average size of 50 square meters for standard rooms, making them some of the largest in the city.
The scale and impact of the earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear accident on Japan’s travel & tourism industry will depend on how willing international visitors and Japanese people are to travel again. This was one of the key findings from research by WTTC/Oxford Economic report that was released during the 11th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Las Vegas.
David Scowsill, president and chief executive of the World Travel & Tourism Council, has returned from a visit to Tokyo to assess the tourism situation following the recent tsunami. During the visit he held meetings with the government, airlines and travel leaders to discuss how WTTC could help to kick-start the recovery in inbound, domestic and outbound travel.
Tourists should no longer shun visits to Japan, as radiation levels at the country’s main airport and ports are “well within safe limits” according to new advice from the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
Airlines operating from the United States and Australia have returned to full operations in Japan following an earthquake and subsequent tsunami on Friday. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines both confirmed they would offer a full schedule today following disruption over the weekend, while Qantas added services were continuing as normal.
Foreign visitor numbers to Japan slumped at the fastest rate in nearly four decades due to the global downturn, swine flu fears and a strong yen, according to new data released by the JNTO.
In January 2011, a new travel exhibition is being launched to target Japan’s luxury market. BTN met up with Blossom Japan’s organiser Jay Martens to find out more.