Travel agency predicts increased travel to Japan as borders reopen

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) One of Taiwan’s major travel agencies predicted on Friday that its revenue from travel to Japan will soon rebound to 30% of pre-COVID-19 levels, as Japan is on the about to lift its limits on incoming visitors and Taiwan plans to fully open its borders.

In a statement, Lion Travel said travel to Japan typically accounts for more than 40% of its revenue, and it predicted that revenue would rebound when the two countries ease their COVID-19 border controls.

In preparation, the travel agency said it has already reserved some 30,000 seats on charter flights to the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Hakodate and to Aomori and Yamagata prefectures.

For people who want to book individual tours, the travel agency offers seven-day packages priced at NT$17,888 (USD 564) and five-day packages at NT$15,888, covering only tour tickets. flight and hotel accommodation.

Tokyo and Osaka have long been the most popular tourist destinations in Japan among Taiwanese, according to Tan Feng (單葑), deputy general manager of Lion Travel, one of Taiwan’s largest travel agencies.

Upcoming attractions in these two areas include skiing, Red Maple Leaf viewing, Christmas and New Year celebrations, and new rides and shows at Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan. said Tan.

The peak travel season from Taiwan to Japan is usually during the Lunar New Year holiday, and in 2023 the boom is expected to continue until March when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, he said. predicting that demand for flights on this route will exceed supply.

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