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Published on : Saturday, May 20, 2017
Japan has already welcomed 10 million tourists this year. The country achieved this feat on Saturday, crossing the threshold at the fastest pace, on an annual cumulative basis, Japan’s Jiji Press reported, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner, Akihiko Tamura, as saying.
The government has a target of increasing the number of annual visitors to 40 million in 2020, when the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be held.
Although Japan remains halfway to achieving the goal, the number of visitors is increasing steadily, Tamura said, at a press conference.
In Jan-Apr, the number of visitors to the country grew 16.4 percent from a year before to 9,116,000, the Japan National Tourism Organisation said.
Thanks to increased flights and cruise ship calls, The number of visitors from other parts of Asia rose strongly.
The number of visitors from South Korea jumped 30.8 percent to 2,268,200, the highest total of any country or region. Visitors from mainland China rose 9.6 percent to 2,177,500, followed by those from Taiwan at 1,446,900, up 4.7 percent. Visitors from Hong Kong, the United States and Thailand also increased.
The number of visitors from the United States, European countries and Australia, increased markedly during their Easter holidays, which were in March.
But the pace of increase in the number of visitors from mainland China and Taiwan slowed, year on year. Tamura said, the slower growth stems from severe competition with Europe for foreign visitors.