ANA to sell wealthy Indians package tours to Japan

The Japan Times

NEW DELHI – All Nippon Airways will release package tours to Japan for wealthy families living in and around New Delhi, possibly as early as June, sources said. The new products, to be sold in cooperation with an Indian travel company, will be priced lower than tours to Europe, which are popular in the South Asian country. ANA Holdings Inc. will offer trips to Tokyo, those covering the so-called Golden Route including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, and those taking visitors to Hiroshima in addition to the Golden Route destinations. Prices are expected to stand at 80,000 to 160,000 rupees, or ¥130,000 to ¥250,000 . Japan had 134,400 visitors from India in 2017, about twice the number in 2012, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.


Rural resorts, well-to-do visitors key as Japan looks to become tourism giant

The Japan Times

Developing rural resorts that can draw wealthy overseas visitors is the key to making Japan a thriving tourism-oriented nation, Mori Trust Co. President Miwako Date said Wednesday. As part of a push to do just that, the real estate developer announced the same day that, in cooperation with hotel operator Marriott International Inc., it will on Friday open new Marriott luxury hotels at five such resort destinations. The sites include the Lake Yamanaka area near Mount Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture, the Izu hot spring resort in Shizuoka Prefecture, Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture, Nanki Shirahama beach in Wakayama Prefecture and the Karuizawa summer retreat and ski resort in Nagano Prefecture. Date said opening global brand hotels in resource-rich but not as globally known prefectures will help attract more foreign tourists beyond already-popular staples such as Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. She said the company plans to invest ¥100 billion to open 10 more luxury hotels in Japan, including one in Okinawa, two in Nara, three in Tokyo and four others in rural resort areas by 2023.


New Turkish Airlines head; Air France luxury menu; JAL extends Wi-Fi offer

The Japan Times

Turkish Airlines announced Feb. 1 that Mehmet Akay will be taking over as the new Tokyo branch manager. Akay has experience working as the regional commercial manager in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and the general manager for Southern and Western India. Akay started his career with Turkish Airlines in Istanbul in 1999 as a reservation agent. He was engaged in various responsibilities within the airline, including work in revenue management and as a pricing specialist. As general manager for Southern and Western India, Akay was in charge of Turkish Airlines' strategic success in the region and responsible for driving growth and expansion of the company's market share in India.


Airbnb launches Trips in yet another Asian city

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Airbnb has launched its Trips platform in India starting with the national capital of Delhi. With this, the service has now expanded to five Asian cities, the others being Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore and Bangkok. Trips is a feature within the Airbnb app that allows users to locate and book local tours and activities (dubbed Experiences) besides home stays. It rolled out in select locations late last year but had been in the works since 2012. Joe Gebbia, Airbnb co-founder and chief product officer, told Mashable in an earlier interview that Trips elevates Airbnb from a place to book accommodation to an "end-to-end" holiday firm.


Uber is launching food delivery service in its fastest growing market

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Uber is bringing its on-demand food delivery service, UberEATS, to India three years after it piloted in Los Angeles. The taxi-aggregator is in talks with local restaurants and delivery partners before taking the service live. SEE ALSO: Ola thinks it has the perfect trick to compete in Uber's fastest growing market UberEATS is a standalone app and is accessible in 58 locations globally, including a host of Asian cities such as Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo and Taipei. "I am incredibly excited about bringing UberEATS to India. This is a significant investment, it spans multiple cities and regions, and it has the potential to change the food industry -- with the push of a button -- in one of the most vibrant food cultures in the world," Allen Penn, Asia Pacific's Head of UberEATS, said in a statement.