One of the nation’s major travel agencies yesterday forecast that its revenue from trips to Japan would soon rebound to 30 percent of pre-COVID-19 levels, as Tokyo is about to scrap its limits on inbound visitors and Taiwan is planning to fully open its borders.
In a statement, Lion Travel Service Co (雄獅旅行社) said travel to Japan typically accounts for more than 40 percent of its earnings, which it predicted would rebound when the two countries ease their COVID-19 border controls.
In preparation, the travel agency said it has reserved about 30,000 seats on chartered flights to the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Hakodate, and to the prefectures of Aomori and Yamagata.
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For people who wish to book individual tours, the travel agency is offering seven-day packages at a cost of NT$17,888 (US$564.91) and five-day packages at NT$15,888 that include airfare and hotel accommodation.
Tokyo and Osaka have long been the most popular Japenese destinations among Taiwanese tourists, Lion Travel deputy general manager Tan Feng (單葑) said.
Upcoming attractions in and near those cities 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, Tan said.
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The peak season for travel from Taiwan to Japan is usually during the Lunar New Year holiday, and the travel boom is expected to continue through March, when cherry blossoms will be in full bloom, he said, predicting that demand for flights on that route would outweigh supply.
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