“Go To Travel” Airplane Bus Reservations Surge What should I be aware of when traveling? September 11, 7:20 p.m.
In response to the revealed policy of adding Tokyo to the “Go To Travel” target, what are the responses of major airlines and bus companies?
The number of domestic flight reservations has skyrocketed.
According to All Nippon Airways, domestic flight bookings have skyrocketed since next week, with approximately 75,000 people booked on the first and 22nd of the four consecutive holidays starting on the 19th of this month.
Since The number of flights has exceeded 70,000 since March 23, All Nippon Airways has decided to operate temporary flights between Tokyo and New Chitose, and has decided to change 150 flights, including flights between Tokyo and Fukuoka and Okinawa, to larger aircraft.
Looking at the reservation rate for each destination of flights departing from Tokyo, the average four days from the 19th of this month is 73.8% for flights to New Chitose, 63.9% for flights to Okinawa, and 59.1% for flights to Osaka.
Mr. Liulong of the All Nippon Airways Marketing Office’s domestic team said, “It’s been a long time since I’ve been looking at figures that are so low that I can’t compare them to the past. We expect the reservation rate to go up in October as it is.”
Japan Airlines is also starting to respond by increasing the number of temporary flights due to an increase in reservations after next week, and airlines expect the depressed demand to recover even a little.
A series of phone calls to the Hase Bus Reservation Center
Tokyo “Hado Bus”, a long-established bus company headquartered in Ota Ward, has been calling the reservation center one after another since news of the policy of adding Tokyo to the “Go To Travel” before noon on the 11th was broadcast on TV.
At first, two people in charge received the phone call, but it is that it corresponds with six people three times.
At 1 p.m., we held an emergency meeting and confirmed that we would increase the number of popular tours, expecting that there are more people using Go To Travel in Tokyo and the Tokyo metropolitan area than in rural areas.
In addition, the person in charge of the homepage was preparing to work on the schedule and contents of the tour covered by “Go To Travel” into the system.
According to the company, sales in August fell significantly to just 2% last year, and serious conditions have continued due to the effects of the new coronavirus.
“About 60% of the tour’s users are citizens of Tokyo, so we have high expectations for the addition of Tokyo,” said Mr. Yusei Ishikawa, Director of public relations at “Hado Bus.” We will take measures to prevent infection, so we want many people to use it.”
Travel agency “expects recovery in autumn/winter travel demand”
The number of people visiting major travel agency stores in Yurakucho, Tokyo is increasing.
The store was promoting the campaign, including a video introducing the Go To Travel system, and visitors received tour brochures and booked trips.
Travel products to and from Tokyo reflecting the discount have not yet started to be sold, but the company wants to consider taking measures so that they can receive the discount by contacting people who have already traveled after the 1st of next month.
A woman in her fifties in Tokyo said, “I heard that Tokyo is also a target, so I visited the store. I’ve been quiet to prevent infection, so I want to travel to Nara with a friend who lives in Yokohama in November.”
Yasuto Morikawa, director of The Japan Tourist Division, said, With the tokyo included, reservations for visits are starting to come again this weekend. We expect travel demand to recover from autumn to winter.”
What should I be aware of when traveling?
Based on interviews with infectious disease specialists, we gathered points to be aware of on travel.
The most important thing to pay attention to is the dining table. Do not eat at length, please sit in the difference as much as possible and open the sense with the person next to you. Don’t talk much when you eat, and after you finish eating, put on a mask and have a good conversation.
Avoid eating on bullet trains or airplanes as much as possible, and refrain from talking when eating.
I think that there are a lot of people who take a hot spring bath, but please be especially careful not to become a state where the dressing room of the public bath is three dense.
The elderly need to be especially careful. It is said that going on a trip with a younger generation other than the family living together is a high risk. Many people want to go on trips with children and grandchildren who live far away, but experts are calling for people to refrain from doing so as much as possible.