ICA Event - Why Japanese Travel Companies are Failing in the Inbound Boom
ISG "Trusted Partners" Speaking Series
Monday, 30 July 2018 / 19:00
Terrie Lloyd
CEO of Japan Travel K.K. Metroworks K.K and Japan Inc Holdings

It's hard to believe that in the middle of the biggest inbound travel boom that Japan has ever had, one in which the tourist numbers have increased an amazing 450% in the last 7 years, that there are major Japanese travel companies who are losing inbound market share. The reason is two parts: Attitude and Technology.

Our speaker will share insights into the Inbound travel market place, and give practical examples of Japanese companies failing and what they need to do to recover their positions. The presentation will also be helpful for technologists interested in profiting from the Inbound travel sector, as he outlines the many gaps in services still existing.


Terrie Lloyd is a 60-year dual-national of Australia and New Zealand, who has lived in Japan for 35 years. In Japan, he has established more than 17 companies in Japan (others internationally) since then. He has had 8 successful earn-outs: LINC Computer and HK-based TechMan sold to EDS in 1995, LINC Media Web division sold to Chinadotcom of HK in 2000, Layer-8 Technologies spun out to ThetaMusic in Japan in 2003, DaiJob Software KK sold to a Nikko Principal in 2004, DaiJob Inc. sold to Human Holdings of Japan in 2005, Esphion NZ sold to Allot Corporation of Israel in 2008, and BiOS KK, an IT company, sold to co-investors then on to TMJ KK of Japan in 2013.

Currently Terrie is the founder or director of the following companies:

  • Japan Travel KK– Japan’s largest (by content volume) and second largest (by traffic) inbound travel site. Lloyd invented a unique “structured” crowdsourcing software platform to create massive amounts of user generated content at low cost for Japantravel.com. As a result, the website now has 30,000 writers, photographers, and videographers, is producing 30-50 articles and videos a day, and is available in 13 languages. This level of content volume plays well for Google SEO and social media, and as a result, the site had a recent peak of 7.2MM page views and 1.2MM unique users.
  • MetroWorks KK – an innovative software development company. MetroWorks built the www.japantravel.com website. This website is now the largest inbound travel portal in English in Japan.
  • Japan Inc. Holdings – a consulting, investment, and Japanese-language marketing company.

Date: Monday, 30 July 2018
Time: 18:30 open / 19:00 start / 20:30 end
Venue: TMT Bldg
4-2-22 Shibuya Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0002
Price: ¥2,000 (ICA Members: ¥1,000)
Event open to all
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