SINGAPORE – Dynasty Journey, a brand-name company established in 1978, is remodeling right into a journey expertise firm for the post-pandemic panorama.
It was acquired late final yr in an eight-figure deal by Journey Curators, a Singapore-headquartered journey expertise firm that started as a cell app focused at prosperous travellers looking for bespoke journey companies in Japan.
The worldwide pandemic is an opportune second to digitalise Dynasty Journey, after its 100 per cent acquisition from JTB Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Japan’s largest journey firm JTB Company, mentioned Mr Teo Tianyi, founding father of Journey Curators.
“With leisure and enterprise journey severely disrupted by the continuing pandemic, we see a singular alternative to steer the digitalisation of the journey company business, and supply larger value-added companies for international purchasers looking for secure and hassle-free methods to discover and be taught extra about our planet,” mentioned the Singaporean non-public fairness investor, who was primarily based in Tokyo for a decade.
The area of interest experiences in Japan crafted by Journey Curators embrace looking ezo-bafun sea urchins with native fishermen on Rishiri Island in Hokkaido, whereas studying about how local weather change is affecting the inhabitants of those ocean delicacies.
Travellers may harvest natural mazuma wasabi with an artisanal grower who picks off pests by hand each day.
Journey Curators, a start-up based in 2016, works intently with native communities in Japan and different international locations to design one-of-a-kind experiences that additionally create a constructive affect on the folks, financial system and atmosphere of every place.
It’s serving to to protect tradition by, as an illustration, producing quick movies on best-in-class Japanese artisans, a lot of whom are retiring with out successors. These embrace a Noh masks carver in Kyoto and an incense maker in Osaka.
Although it has stayed low profile, its refreshing method to bespoke journey and efforts to provide again have been highlighted by worldwide media, together with Nationwide Geographic and Esquire.
Bloomberg reported in 2018 that it has “a formidable Rolodex with the nation’s elite, facilitating all the pieces from brown bear safaris in Hokkaido to non-public dinners with the solid of a live-action manga film”.