The number of people who plan to take advantage of this year's expanded Golden Week holiday period by traveling abroad is projected to rise 6.9 percent from the year before to a record 662,000, according to the latest report on travel trends by leading travel agency JTB Corp.

The number of residents of Japan traveling domestically is also projected to increase by 1.1 percent to reach a record 24.01 million, the report said. This year's Golden Week runs from April 27 to May 6 due to events surrounding the Imperial succession.

In the JTB report, which was released Thursday, the firm estimated that a record 24.67 million people had travel plans for Golden Week, up 1.2 percent from the previous year.