Published on : Monday, October 15, 2018
Hokkaido’s hotel industry is still reeling from the magnitude-6.7 earthquake that jolted the southwestern region of the prefecture on September 6, cutting power supply to over 5 million residents, killing 41 people and injuring more than 700.
It is said that the quake caused at least 10 billion yen (about $90 million) in canceled reservations mainly by schools and foreign tourists. The total damage to the Hokkaido infrastructure and all local industries is estimated to exceed 400 billion yen.
A total of 14 companies and organizations exhibited in the food section of the event space while six companies and organizations joined a seminar on tourism.
The natural scene of Hokkaido draws many skiers from around the world and also offers a cool, dry summer. Tsuji said his prefecture is placing importance on Hong Kong, where people already have deep knowledge of Japanese food and culture.
In 2017 tourism season, a record 28.7 million people from overseas visited Japan, up 19.3 percent on year, according to data from the Japan National Tourism Organization. Japan also attracted a record 2.2 million people from Hong Kong in 2017, up 21.3 percent from 2016.