As the first summer since the start of the pandemic where more and more countries are starting to relax their border policies and encourage tourism again, the summer of 2022 is shaping up to be a big season for the travel industry. To give travelers an idea of exactly what this summer has in store for them, Japanese travel agency HIS recently shared a report titled 2022 Summer Vacation Travel Reservation Trends. The report reveals information on the most popular travel destinations (domestic and overseas) booked through his company for this summer, how certain locations compare to last year’s bookings, and even what the dates are. most popular departure points for trips. The dates of the report correspond to July 21 to August 31, which is the typical period of summer holidays for schoolchildren.
First, a statistic: Outbound travel bookings are up 2,191.1% from last summer. Despite increased leisure travel opportunities, international travel from Japan is still only 10% of pre-pandemic levels due to limited flights and other reduced services.
Top 10 Overseas Destinations for Japanese Travelers
Honolulu has remained the top international spot since last year, maintaining its longstanding status as a popular overseas destination for families where they can get around speaking broad Japanese. South Korea also started accepting foreign tourists this month and the country expects a large influx in the coming months. Finally, it is interesting to note that overseas travel demand in North America and Western Europe also increased to almost 90% of its 2019 levels, at 83.2% and 89.2% respectively.
The top five departure dates for overseas travel
friday august 5
Wednesday August 10
Tuesday August 2
Saturday August 6
- Thursday August 11 (which is also Mountain Day on a public holiday)
The most popular departure dates for overseas travel are clustered around early August, particularly before Obon Festival period (from August 13 to 16, 2022) during which many workers are absent. You may want to avoid these specific dates if you are going to the airport around this time.
Meanwhile, Japan’s domestic travel rose 486.4% from the same period last year. It is also slowly returning to just under 90% of what it was before the pandemic.
Top Five Domestic Destinations for Japanese Travelers
- Okinawa Prefecture
In the case of domestic destinations, HIS only published the top five. It’s perhaps no surprise that Okinawa and Hokkaido, elected prefectures with the people who have the best personalities, reign supreme. Bookings for Osaka also jumped 2,002.9% from last year, possibly due to pent-up demand to visit Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World, as it will be the first summer of expansion since the widespread rollout of COVID vaccines in Japan.
▼ As for Okinawa reservations, 75% are for Okinawa Main Island, 15% for Miyako Island, and 8% for Ishigaki Island. Okinawa’s popular Eisa Festival will be held in late August for the first time in three years.
Photo: PR Times
Top five departure dates for domestic travel
Sunday July 31
Sunday August 21
Wednesday August 17
Sunday July 24
- Thursday July 21
Compared to international departure dates, domestic travel start dates are more dispersed. It seems that many families plan to fly away soon after the start of the summer school holidays.
Source: PR time
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