Costa Asia held the opening of its Japan office through a series of media and travel trade events in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka on November 17, 2015. 

In the summer of 2016, Costa will bring the new concept of cruising to Japanese guests with the Costa Victoria.

Buhdy Bok, Costa Group Asia President said, “My team and I are excited to bring our unique ‘Italy at Sea’ vacation and introduce the new concept of causal family cruising to Japanese guests. With the opening of our new Japan office, we will achieve greater synergies with our travel trade partners, boost awareness of Costa Cruises in Japan and strengthen our leading positioning in Asia.”

Yusuke Itokawa, Costa Group Asia Japan Country Manager added, “We are thrilled to finally set up our own office in Japan. The Costa Japan office will allow us to serve the people of Japan even better than we do today. We will build greater synergies with our travel agents and other travel and tourism partners, and interact more intimately with the people of Japan through more focused marketing efforts designed specifically for them. We’ve had great success serving Japan, and our new office will allow us to build upon that success.”

Between July and September 2016, the Costa Victoria will call to Fukuoka, Maizuru, Kanazawa, Matsue, and Pusan in South Korea. To enhance accessibility and convenience, guests will be able to embark and disembark at Fukuoka, Maizuru or Kanazawa, and with no at sea days, guests will be able to explore a different port and unique activities every single day. These brand new itineraries are perfectly designed for a short family retreat.

By focusing on Japan’s peak travel season of July to September, which includes the Obon holidays and school summer breaks, guests of all ages and particularly families will be able to have the cruise experience of a lifetime on the Costa Victora, said Costa in a statement.