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Travel startup KKday sees staff shortage in Asia's tourism revival

CEO expects weak yen to lure visitors to Japan as region opens up toward summer

KKday CEO Ming Chen says Asia's travel industry may not be prepared to deal with staff shortages as economies reopen borders to travel. (Photo by Sayumi Take)

TOKYO -- The head of Taiwan-based online travel startup KKday is urging Asia's tourism industry to prepare for a sharp rebound in demand after shrinking for two years, warning companies to avoid the kind of staff shortages overshadowing regions that have already opened their borders.

In a recent interview in Tokyo, KKday founder and CEO Ming Chen said he expects Asia's biggest tourist destinations to accept visitors by summer as they follow the U.S. and Europe in lifting COVID-19 quarantine and testing requirements. Tourists are still currently barred from places such as Japan and Taiwan.

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