Guests Staying With Airbnb In Japan Can Pick Up Their Keys At Convenience Stores

Guests Staying With Airbnb In Japan Can Pick Up Their Keys At Convenience Stores
Hotels, Hospitality & Travel

The travel brand is collaborating with convenience establishments like 7/11 country-wide to ease the check-in process during Japan's current tourism influx

Rachel Gonzalez
  • 25 may 2018

Thanks to the 2020 Olympics taking place in Tokyo, Japan has experienced a recent uptrend in the tourism industry, and has enlisted the help of an unlikely partnership between rental properties and convenience retailers to facilitate and expedite hospitality-related tasks such as checking in and key exchanges. 

First, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart is partnering with Airbnb to make check-in easier than ever before. Over 17,000 FamilyMart locations across the country allow guests to check in while they pick up toiletries and snacks.

In April, Japan’s more popular convenience store, 7-Eleven, began partnering with the country’s largest travel agency, JTB to offer a service similar to that offered by Airbnb and FamilyMart. 7-Eleven’s service is 24-hour and multilingual and FamilyMart keeps keys for their residents in in-store lock boxes.

Japan is running out of short-term housing options for tourists with this recent boom, which is essentially driving travelers to services such as Airbnb. This partnership is truly mutually beneficial for both industries, as it provides landlords a hassle-free way to distribute keys and verify renter identity, and shop owners get extra business during check-ins. It also takes the customer into high consideration as this partnership gives them a way to get settled into a new country with ease and provides a location where they can receive service any time of day.


Lead image: 7-11 store stock photo from Sorbis/Shutterstock

Thanks to the 2020 Olympics taking place in Tokyo, Japan has experienced a recent uptrend in the tourism industry, and has enlisted the help of an unlikely partnership between rental properties and convenience retailers to facilitate and expedite hospitality-related tasks such as checking in and key exchanges. 

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