Destinations

Major Japanese theme parks ask guests not to scream on rollercoasters

As the world begins to reopen, tourism operators have been busy rolling out new and creative ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

One particular measure that has caught our attention is the lengths a group of major Japanese theme parks has gone to by imposing a “no screaming” rule on rollercoasters.

Japan lifted its state of emergency at the end of last month, prompting East and West Japan Theme Park Associations, which is made up of 30 major amusement parks including Tokyo Disneyland, DisneySea and Universal Studios Japan, to change its health and safety guidelines.

Many of these guidelines are fairly stock-standard, like increased sanitising measures and body temperature tests as well as wearing face masks and social distancing, but according to CNN, the association is also asking visitors riding outdoors attractions, including rollercoasters, to wear masks and refrain from shouting and screaming.

We’re not 100 per cent sure how that would work, considering most of the screaming people do on those rides are involuntary.

The guidelines also note that some of the restrictions may prove difficult for employees, predicting masks may compromise customer service.

“As a new style of customer service, even when you’re wearing a mask, you can use a combination of smiley eyes, hand gestures, etc., to communicate with visitors,” one of the suggestions notes.

The news comes as Japan mulls opening its borders to a small number of countries, including Australia.

According to 7 News, the country is considering allowing business travellers from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand to visit in the next few months, based on their low infection levels.


Featured image credit: iStock/sleepyz

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Tourism

GALTA partners with Pink Media to bring “voices of Australia” to the US

Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia are showing the US LGBTQ+ community all the friendly faces and fantastic experiences of the Australian tourism industry.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Luxury Escapes CEO and marketing boss make quiet exit

by Huntley Mitchell

On the flipside, the online travel company has just appointed its first chief growth and consumer product officer.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Helloworld punished for “technical oversight”, with company shares suspended on ASX

by Huntley Mitchell

Andrew Burnes has been left red-faced after Helloworld left out some “technical information” in the company’s unaudited FY20 results.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Australia’s Tourism Restart Taskforce says preparedness of airlines, airports critical in reviving international travel

by Christian Fleetwood

Interestingly, the Tourism Restart Taskforce is lacking a representative from Australia’s airlines or airports.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel Wrap: Nominate a mate for a Club Med holiday, QT Hotels launches dog stays + MORE

This week’s Hotel Wrap is all about spoiling yourself and your clients with a host of deals, competitions and doggie stays.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre to close at least 90 more stores

In sad news, domestic and international border closures have caused further store closures for Flight Centre, leaving it with 330 of the 740 stores the brand had before COVID-19.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

DFAT accidentally reveals email addresses of Aussies stranded overseas

by Christian Fleetwood

The embarrassing blunder by DFAT comes after it reportedly terminated as many as 100 contractors, with some of those having worked in IT and policy roles.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Road & Rail Wrap: Rail Europe teams up with Aeronology, Mary Valley Rattler champions accessibility + MORE

Have your Thursdays been feeling hollow of late? Like there is some kind of gaping void gnawing away at the day? It’s probably because we haven’t run a Road & Rail Wrap for a few weeks.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Become a certified ‘SA Expert’ and gain access to exclusive offers (plus a whole lot more)

by Sponsored by South Australian Tourism Commission

With nearly all domestic borders open to South Australia, now is a good time to get up to date on the best experiences this state has to offer.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Julie King launches global platform for industry learning and collaboration

The new platform will host a FREE 10-week webinar series, so you’re practically losing money if you don’t attend. At least, that’s our understanding.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Rex signs letters of intent on six leased 737s for domestic routes

Rex’s ambitions of becoming a domestic route competitor to Qantas and Virgin are becoming a reality. Next step: a team song.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Corporate Travel Management raises $262m to help fund US acquisition

Much to the delight of CTM’s executives, investors have wasted no time snapping up newly-offered shares in the company.

Share

CommentComments