Terrie's Take -- A weekly roundup of news & information from Terrie Lloyd.

TT-884 (Tourism Edition) -- Moving Beyond Rice Cookers and Hotels for Value in the Travel Sector

Inbound visitors have transitioned from high-spending luxury travelers, and "once-in-a-lifetime" tourists, to a larger group of lower-value repeat visitors with naturally less money to spend on each trip.

TT-883 -- Olympics Make a Great Excuse (Gaiatsu) to Get Stuff Done, e-biz news from Japan

It is a huge and very welcome surprise that the government may ban public smoking in enclosed spaces such as bars and restaurants, as early as next month (March, 2017).

TT-882 (Tourism Edition) -- We're Getting into the Cycling Business!

Japan Travel KK signed a contract with Japan's largest bicycle rental company, DoCoMo Bike Share, for Japan Travel to become DBS' main (but not sole) marketing and sales partner for foreign inbound tourists.

TT-881 -- How Japan Needs to Appease Trump, e-biz news from Japan

With the global media so focused on the Trump administration, we thought it would be interesting to try to predict what effect the new administration's tactics of bullying will have on Japan.

TT-880 (Tourism Edition) -- Adventure Tourism and Risk Mitigation, Without Strangulation by Rules

Some countries have already been down this road - that of balancing thrills with spills. New Zealand pioneered jet boat rides at top speed through narrow and potentially dangerous river gulleys.

TT-879 -- Five Predictions for Japan for 2017, e-biz news from Japan

Japan changes slowly unless forced by circumstances to do so. It's a risk-averse and conservative society where generally the only domestic sources of change are scandals and deaths.

TT-878 -- Frothy Market for Asahi in International M&As, e-biz news from Japan

If there is one thing that alcohol and toy companies in Japan can be sure of, it's that their domestic sales in Japan will continue to shrink as the population greys and dies out.

TT-877 (Tourism Edition) -- What Hotels Really Make on their Investment

To shine a light on just how difficult things really are (or not) for hotel operators, we contacted experts in the hotel sector and asked them to give us some insight into the costs and returns of running a hotel business at the moment.

TT-876 -- DeNA and the Economics of (Not) Publishing Trustworthy Content, e-biz news from Japan

With the recent DeNA crowdsourced content scandal, the online publishing sector in Japan is at a crossroads. Online content space is so crowded with ex-paper publishers, the bottom has fallen out of the advertising model.

TT-875 (Tourism Edition) -- Inbound Travel Apps That Give Dogs a Bad Name

Some highly downloaded apps are just plain broken. My award for the worst app for inbound travelers is KDDI subsidiary Wire & Wireless' "Travel Japan (TJW) Free WiFi".

TT-874 -- Immigrating To Japan And How Others Are Arriving Here, e-biz news

The news releases are coming thick and fast on Abe administration efforts to increase immigration, without actually admitting that this is what they are doing.

TT-873 (Tourism Edition) -- From Robots to Dinosaurs, Japan is On the Way to Becoming Largest "Disneyland"

For foreign tourists coming to Japan for the first time, the experience must be surreal, almost like visiting a Disneyland. You get interesting stories, colorful costumes, safety and orderliness, ...

TT-872 -- Womenomics - Moving Beyond the Hot Air, ebiz news from Japan

The World Economic Forum (WEF), based in Davos Switzerland, published its annual global gender gap report. This year Japan's ranking fell from 101st out of 145 countries to 111th out of 144 countries.