ANA’s Is Japan Cool? site
All Nippon Airways’ special Is Japan Cool? website has started its second season of videos showcasing the charming aspects of the country to stimulate tourism to Japan.
The first season began in February and the new one focuses on Tokyo and Okinawa, two prime destinations for travelers to Japan.
In addition, the ANA site will introduce Japanese “cosplay” culture from around the world, with visitors to the site voting on whether each costume is cool. This section is run in collaboration with cosplayers from 20 countries and the 2012 World Cosplay Summit.
The site is made for users to directly participate by viewing videos, learning about different aspects of Japan and voting for their favorite or coolest topics.
ANA is also conducting a Cool Campaign through Oct. 15, offering visitors to the site the chance to win free round-trip tickets to Okinawa and free stays at the ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort.
For more information, visit www.ana-cooljapan.com.
Limited-time BA fares
British Airways is holding a campaign to promote travel to London, offering special fares from Japan through Sept. 7.
This campaign applies to the airline’s business class (Club World), from ¥250,000, premium economy class (World Traveler Plus), from ¥110,000, and economy class (World Traveler), from ¥48,500.
Tickets must be booked by midnight Sept. 7 and are available for international outbound travel from Japan in Club World until Dec. 31, and in World Traveler Plus and World Traveler between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.
Customers can choose Haneda or Narita airports for departure. The final destination does not have to be London: Customers can also pick a city in the U.K. or Europe (via London).
For more information, visit www.britishairways.com/travel/home/public/ja_jp.
Cathay’s Chinese meals
Cathay Pacific is upgrading its in-flight meals on select long-haul flights from Hong Kong, introducing Signature Chinese Dishes for business, premium economy and economy class passengers.
According to the airline, the dishes “feature Hong Kong specialties, authentic Chinese recipes and traditional tastes,” and “capture the true essence of traditional local Chinese cuisine in terms of cooking style, ingredients, taste and appearance.”
The meals will be offered for lunch and dinner service and will include new tableware — such as rice served in a traditional rice bowl in business class, and the hot entree presented in a china serving dish in the premium economy cabin.
Six signature Chinese meals are on the menu through the end of October. For instance, in business and premium economy these include Hong Kong-style curry prawns and slow-cooked pork with preserved mustard greens.
For more information, visit www.cathaypacific.co.jp.