Japanese travel agencies are expecting more pain, as the country tries to contain a surge in coronavirus infections.
They plan to ask the government for financial compensation to cover cancellation costs.
Japan expanded its state of the emergency to Tokyo, Osaka and four other prefectures on Monday. That involves strict anti-virus measures. And it coincides with the normally busy summer-travel season.
Kikuma Jungo, Chairperson of the Japan Association of Travel Agents, says the decision has forced operators to cancel package tours in the affected areas.
He says, “We will cooperate with anti-coronavirus measures, but it’s very tough for us in terms of management.”
Kikuma said this summer will be yet another devastating period for the travel industry, which is threatening the survival of many operators.