Overseas Travel Bookings Soar in Japan for 10-Day Golden Week

Economy

Tokyo, Feb. 12 (Jiji Press)--Overseas travel reservations are surging in Japan for this year's 10-day Golden Week period from April 27 to May 6, during which the Imperial succession is set to take place.

As of late January, the number of overseas trip reservations in the period had jumped 2.5-fold from a year before, a JTB Corp. official said.

Many package tours have already sold out at leading travel agencies. They are rushing to arrange additional tours using chartered flights.

This year's Golden Week has 10 straight days off including May 1, which has been designated as a one-off national holiday as Crown Prince Naruhito is set to ascend to the throne that day, following Emperor Akihito's abdication April 30.

At H.I.S. Co. <9603>, the number of reservations for Golden Week overseas trips had more than tripled from the previous year as of mid-January.

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