Thirty hikers are feared to have died near the peak of Mount Ontake in Japan, following a volcanic eruption on Saturday.
A major road tunnel in Japan has collapsed, resulting in the death of at least five people who became trapped in their vehicles. A section of the Sasago tunnel caved in on the Chuo expressway, located 50 miles west of Tokyo linking to the city of Nagoya, caved in on Saturday morning, local time.
Speaking at the “Special International Symposium on the Revitalization of Japan’s Tourism Sector and Quake Affected Regions,” David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), announced the launch of the second of four quarterly reports about Japan’s recovery for the travel and tourism industry following the Tohoku Tsunami in Japan this year.
Japan Travel Trade Barometer: Signs of some recovery evident - Summer 2011 bookings projected to be on par with last summer.
Delta Air Lines is pledging $1 million in cash and in-kind support to disaster relief efforts in Japan following last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. The airline’s efforts are centered on two relief programs:
As many as 250 civilians are feared dead after an earthquake sent a tsunami crashing into the north of Japan earlier. Many more are missing, with extensive damage reported across the region. Pictures from local television stations show buildings toppling under pressure from a huge wave of water, with cars, boats, and even roads also swallowed up.
Japan has relaxed financial criteria for Chinese travellers seeking individual visas to enter the country. In an effort to boost visitor numbers, the Japan Tourism Authority has also increased the number of Chinese locations at which applications can be made.