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JTB and KDDI, collaborate to restore tourism demand

28/02/2023

Visitors can experience simulated sightseeing with smart glasses will be set up at Kansai International Airport

KDDI Corporation

February 28,2023

-- On February 28, 2023, KDDI and JTB Corp. (President and CEO: Eijiro Yamakita, hereinafter JTB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Implementation of Digital Transformation Measures to Solve Potential Issues in Tourism after Covid-19 Pandemic with the aim of revitalizing tourism business by utilizing digital devices and solution centering on Smart Glass.

The two companies will utilize smart glasses as well as various other digital devices and solutions to send visitors to the region by providing content that allows them to experience the regions attractions, with the aim of recovering inbound tourism.

Background The impact of Covid-19 Pandemic has resulted in a significant decline in tourism demand. In order to achieve a full-fledged inbound recovery the Japan Tourism Agency has announced a policy to promote the enhancement of contents that attract domestic and foreign tourists to stay longer and the improvement of the reception environment using advanced technology all at once, based on the premise of thorough measures to prevent the spread of infection [

1].

What is planned JTBs tourism network and KDDIs

au Visual Guide (in Japanese only) and other solutions to implement digital transformation measures to solve the challenges that Tourism business faces.

(1)

Provision of digital content introducing the attractions of Japan at airports

(2)

Implementation of multilingual guided tours on buses and other measures of transportation

(3)

Generate interest in Adventure Tourism [

2] by using XR technology

(4)

Establishment of a regional customer inducement platform using digital content

First initiative: Set up a simulated regional tourism experience booth at Kansai International Airport As the first step of this MOU, a Regional Tourism Simulation Experience Booth with Smart Glass (hereinafter booth) will be set up at the Kansai Tourist Information Center in Kansai International Airport (hereinafter KTIC KIX) from March 10, 2023.

KTIC KIX is located at the gateway to the Kansai region, which is expected to become even more exciting in the near future with the Osaka-Kansai Expo. Approximately 2,500 (as of January 2023) [

3] foreign visitors come to Japan daily via Kansai International Airport. At this booth, we will provide contents that allow visitors to view the scenery of sightseeing spots such as Kobe and Shiga by utilizing AR technology of smart glasses. Those short videos are provided by local governments. By combining an immersive visual experience using XR technology with attractive content, we hope to attract visitors to each area.

KDDI will continue to work with JTB to create new tourism experiences utilizing smart glasses and XR technology.

(Reference) About JTB Todays JTB traces its roots back to Japan Tourist Bureau, an agency formed in 1912 for the purpose of servicing the ticketing needs of foreign tourists in Japan. Over the span of its first 100 years, JTB steadily evolved into a travel and tourism industry leader. Through vision, integrity, innovation and unsurpassed know-how, the JTB Group consistently creates unparalleled value for its stakeholders.

KDDIs efforts KDDI is working to create new use cases through smart glasses, aiming to deliver new experience value by utilizing 5G and XR.

At MWC Barcelona on February 28, 2023, KDDI announced its participation in Snapdragon Spaces (TM), a development platform for smart glasses proposed by Qualcomm Inc. KDDI will continue to collaborate with partners on XR technology to create new experience value.

[1]

Japan Tourism Agency,

Draft Policy Plan for Prevention of the Spread of Infection and Recovery of Tourism Demand (2.3MB) (in Japanese only)

[2]

A form of travel that aims to help travelers realize their own personal transformation and growth by experiencing the regions unique nature, scenery, and culture.

The main target is foreign visitors to Japan, who are expected to make a further comeback in the future.

[3]

Based on the survey of KTI KIX

Company names and product names are generally trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

The information contained in the news releases is current at the time of publication. Products, service fees,service content and specifications, contact information, and other details are subject to change without notice.
LINK: https://news.kddi.com/kddi/corporate/english/newsrelease/2023/02/28/65...
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