Published on : Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The tourism ministry of Japan is ready to participate in the Japan Tourism Expo (JTE) 2017 that would be hosted from 21st September onwards at Tokyo International Exhibition Centre (Tokyo Big Sigh) in Japan.
This event is a consequence of a recent collaboration between Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA), Japan Travel and Tourism Association (JITTA) and Japan National Tourism Organization (JTO).
This year is actually the 25th anniversary of this grand exhibition.
The event is actually the biggest tourism exhibition in Japan. It has been believed that this year’s event would attract over 1,100 buyers and sellers from 150 nations. Furthermore, there would be 1,100 booths. In addition, the event would be targeting to welcome over 175,000 tourists, as announced by the deputy assistant of the Japan ministry, for Asia Pacific tourism promotion, Vinsensius Jemadu.
Indonesia has already rented a 234 square metre area that can accommodate 20 booths.
It would be designed to resemble a ‘Phinisi’ boat. Phinisi is the traditional boat of Bugis and Makassar tribes residing in Bira village in South Sulawesi. This Indonesia booth would also demonstrate images of three popular destinations: Bali, Jakarta and Batam.
Also, the Japan ministry would be sending off 35 tourism practitioners comprising provincial administrations, cruise ship companies, tourist sites organizers, theme parks, hotels, travel agents and airlines from various provinces to attend the exhibition.
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) mentioned that the number of Japanese tourists arriving in Japan in the year 2014 was 492,000 and in 2015, there were 528,000 tourists. In 2016, the number declined to about 513,000.
For this year, the ministry is making attempts to lure in 762,000 Japanese tourists with an aim to support the ministry’s overall goal of 15 million international tourists in 2017.