Dear Industry Partners and Colleagues,

Happy New Year!

Highlights of our January 2014 Japan Tourism Insider are:

Brighter Outlook for 2014:  JTB predicts that 2014 will see a slight improvement in Japanese outbound travel, recovering to 17.8 million, an increase of 2.1%.  The reasons for this growth in outbound tourism are: .…..

China’s flourishing FITs:  FIT travel ex China is on the increase, and as Australia is perceived as a ‘dream destination’, all can assume that high-end product offerings for Chinese travellers will be in demand.  The three categories that are experiencing the most change toward FIT tourism are: .…..

Melbourne – Tokyo traffic increase expected:  With four times weekly new services between Melbourne and Tokyo from 28 April 2014, Jetstar will be attracting 50,000 Japanese tourists directly to Melbourne each year and creating some follow-on tourists for the rest of Victoria as well as Tasmania…….

Luxury travel offers the greatest potential:  Luxury brands such as Silver Sea cruises, Leading Hotels of World (LHW) and Relais Chateau jointly target young and middle aged affluent travellers as Members in a private club called “Faust”……

Year of the Horse:  Chinese astrology tells us that 2014 is the Year of the Wood Horse, bringing with it plenty of positive vibes……

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