Service voor hands-freetoerisme geeft toeristen meer vrijheid om Japan te verkennen
TOKIO & OSAKA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)– JTB Corporation, Panasonic Corporation en Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. hebben vandaag bekendgemaakt “LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL” (geregistreerd handelsmerk) aan te bieden. De bedrijven bieden sinds 8 augustus bagagevrije reizen buiten Japan aan, in de aanloop naar de servicelancering in Japan. De dienst ondersteunt hands-freetoerisme in Japan en is in het leven geroepen om reizen in het land gemakkelijker en prettiger te maken voor reizigers uit het buitenland. LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL verlost hen van het gedoe rond het meesjouwen van eigen bagage. De drie bedrijven werken samen voor deze service omdat het aantal reizigers naar Japan in 2020 naar verwachting is gegroeid tot 40 miljoen. Ze hebben ook recruitingbureaus opgericht om deze service mogelijk te maken.
JTB, Panasonic and Yamato Holdings Announce Commercial Launch of LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL for Foreign Travelers to Japan
This hands-free tourism service gives foreign tourists more freedom to explore Japan
TOKYO & OSAKA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)– JTB Corporation, Panasonic Corporation and Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. today announced they have started offering “LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL” (trademark registered) on August 8 outside Japan in the run-up to its service launch early next year in Japan. This service supporting hands-free tourism in Japan is designed to make travel in Japan easier and more enjoyable for travelers from abroad by eliminating the hassle of hauling their luggage around. The three companies work together in offering this service, as Japan expects the number of inbound tourists to reach 40 million by 2020. They also started recruiting agencies to handle this service today.
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LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL Service overview (Graphic: Business Wire)
The commercial launch follows a trial that took place from September 1 to October 31, 2016. Many foreign tourists take time to take bulky luggage by themselves from the airport to their accommodation, which means less time for sightseeing. Tourists moving around with large suitcases, and luggage storage space have also created a challenge for tourist facilities and public transportation operators. With the anticipated increase of inbound tourists to Japan toward 2020, JTB, Panasonic and Yamato Holdings, leading Japanese companies in the field of travel-related services, electronics technologies and solutions, and door-to-door delivery services, respectively, teamed up to solve these problems. The trial and a subsequent survey found that although there were issues with public awareness of the service, it was appreciated highly in the level of satisfaction and efficiency of procedures. The companies now offer the service after boosting its convenience and marketing efforts based on the findings.
On August 8, 2017, JTB has begun offering “LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL” (LFT) through its “Sunrise Tours” package tours for travelers to Japan from abroad. The service provision will start on January 5, 2018.
The three companies have worked hard to realize this hands-free service unique to Japan, with JTB focusing on the “Multicultural Communication Business” for offering excitement and joy through the creation of multicultural exchanges between people, Panasonic on proposal of solutions to realize “lifestyles of the future” in 2020 and beyond, and the Yamato Group on “Let’s Enjoy Hands-Free Japan!”
The LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL service is a new platform allowing foreign travelers to Japan to enjoy hands-free tourism with more ease, convenience, and security than before. This is achieved by combining the knowledge, know-how, and technology cultivated by each of the three companies involved. The three firms will ramp up efforts for the January 2018 service launch, and continue their collaboration to expand the delivery area and improve the level of service.
[Overview of LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL service]
This is a nation-wide service supporting hands-free tourism in Japan, so that when foreign visitors to Japan arrive, tour the country, and return home, they can send their large luggage to lodging facilities and airports without the need to write a shipping form in Japanese.
<Outline of service>
1) Purchase LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL through a tour package incorporating the service, which is provided by overseas branches of JTB or sales agents, or by accessing the reservation site for the service through a PC or smartphone.
<Luggage checking/receiving time>
Delivery from arriving airport to lodging facility
Delivery between lodging facilities
Delivery from lodging facility to departing airport
* Checking and receiving times may vary depending on the handling location.
• For travelers visiting Japan
• For tourism providers (lodging facilities, etc.)
• For communities
There are two fee categories for the LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL service, Small and Large, depending on the size and weight of the luggage.
*1: There may be additional fees depending on the delivery area, for example:
More details will be posted late January 2018 at the LFT website: https://www.luggage-free-travel.com/.
[Applicable areas (as of January 2018)]
Delivery from arriving airport to lodging facility:
Delivery between lodging facilities:
Delivery from lodging facility to departing airport:
(*1) Four airports: Narita, Haneda, Kansai and Chubu
For more details, visit http://news.panasonic.com/global/press/data/2017/09/en170921-3/en170921-3.html