In a blow to Hawaii’s tourism recovery, Japan based travel company JTB extended its cancellations for Hawaii tours to at least March 2021.
It cites still surging Covid cases in both the US and Japan.
“Our Japan JTB headquarters has decided to extend our tour operation cancellation for package and group tours until 28 February,” Tsuneo Ishida, JTB Hawaii President wrote in a letter to travel partners.
“The coronavirus cases are still increasing in both Japan and the United States.”
Japan is Hawaii’s second largest tourism market and is among the highest spending.
Prior to the pandemic Hawaii received about 1.5 million arrivals annually fom Japan.
Hawaii reopened to Japanese visitors in November but it has seen low numbers compared to normal levels as Japanese travelers still have to quarantine when they return home.
In November, there were just 524 visitors from Japan, according to data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.