Slow return of Chinese tourists stalls Japan's hotel recovery

Japanese border controls for travelers from China were eased, ending a requirement that all visitors be tested for COVID-19

Mar 3, 2023

The Japanese hospitality industry's recovery from COVID-19 has reached a standstill, despite government travel incentives and an increase in foreign tourists, as travelers from China return slowly.

Japan's average occupancy rate for hotel rooms fell 10 points on the month to 64.2% for January, according to U.S. research firm STR, falling below 70% for the first time since September.

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