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JTB, Panasonic and Yamato Holdings Announce Commercial Launch of LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL for Foreign Travelers to Japan

JTB, Panasonic and Yamato Holdings Announce Commercial Launch of LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL for Foreign Travelers to Japan

09/27/2017

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

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)

LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL Service overview (Graphic: Business Wire)

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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.

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