Japanese foreign holidays are now allowed – virtually

Inoue, 56, and his wife “flew” as clients of Tokyo entertainment company First Airlines, which is tapping into a growing virtual reality travel market for Japanese holidaymakers grounded by coronavirus restrictions. Virtual reality goggles provide immersive tours at destinations including – as well as Italy’s cities of culture – Paris, New York, Rome and Hawaii. The country’s biggest airline, ANA Holdings, said numbers flying to foreign destinations on its planes fell by 96% in June. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicted last month that it would take until 2024 for global passenger numbers to recover. A second wave of infections that gathered pace in July has dimmed expectations for a recovery in domestic travel.

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