JATA to Launch Charter Promotion Information Page on Its Website – Sounding Out Possibility of Deregulation As Well
Junzo Hikita, who assumed office of Charter Coordinator of Outbound Travel Division at Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) on June 7, told the Travel Vision that during the past one and a half months alone he has actually received consultations from travel agencies and local governments on specific charter flight plans. With efforts to further promote charter flight business, Hikita aims to set up an â€œinformation pageâ€ exclusively for charter flight-related information on the JATAâ€™s website by the end of August and also plans to visit the respective JATA chapters including Tohoku, Chubu, Kyushu and Okinawa for an exchange of opinions about charter business.
The charter information page on the JATA website expects not only to introduce actual charter flight business, be it a success or a failure, but also to introduce various efforts being addressed by airports, local governments and tourism boards. Hikita is of the opinion that if all concerned could share the information objectively, it could help them to collect many facts as a basis for a final decision to operate charter flights. Besides, if the page gives access to information on charter package products currently being sold, with a link to the tourism boards and the travel agencies, it should provide sales opportunities to travel agencies, thus reducing risks, if any, in operating charter flights. The members of Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) will be notified of the planned website concerning its contents.
Meanwhile, there are queries asking how seats left unsold can be disposed or whether some tour modules can be wholesaled, said Hikita, adding that JATA is also considering reviewing whether or not the ITC charter rules should be further deregulated.
Source: Travel Vision
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