Published on : Thursday, November 3, 2016
This year tourism is enjoying a dominant season in Hawaii. Visitor arrival figures so far in 2016 are up by more than 2.5% from last year. Visitor spending is also up by 4%. However, the figures are nowhere comparable with Japan, which has crossed its tourism targets in 2016. As of October this year, Japan has already attracted 20 million tourists – which is indeed a record!
Statistics say that the overall number of foreign visitors in Japan has doubled in the last three years. Asia constitute majority of visitors to Japan with five million from China alone. South Korea sent around four million visitors with 3 million from Taiwan.
Regarding Americans, they comprise smaller groups to Japan, but this year, their numbers reached 900,000 — up more than 20% from last year. The reasons for Japan’s tourism boom lies in its relaxed visa requirements to increased flight routes, as well as more visit from cruise ships. Japan government has set its goal of attracting 40 million visitors by 2020, the year of Tokyo Olympics.
However, these figures are less than France, which is the planet’s top tourist spot. The UNWTO says that globally, tourism is enjoying a good year with 4% increase and Asia-Pacific remains the most preferred region for travel.
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