Published on : Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Record 2,926,700 foreign visitors set foot in Japan in April 2019 as per the government data. It reflected a 0.9 per cent rise from that of last year. The growth has been attributed to the effective promotion of the country’s cherry blossoms by the tourism industry and Easter vacation which drew European, American and Australian tourists to Japan.
The soaring cost of airplane tickets and over congestion in tourist spots reduced the growth in the number of Asian visitors.
The 10-day Golden Week was extended this year because of Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the throne. It led to congestion in tourist spots by domestic travellers.
The total number of foreign travellers in the January to April period reached 10,980,500, up 4.4 per cent from the same period a year earlier as per the Japan Tourism Agency.
By country and region, the highest number of tourists came from China at 2,895,400, which was a rise of 10.2 per cent, on the back of the easing of visa restrictions in January.
The number of South Korea visitors declined by 4.4 per cent to 2,647,400. Number of Taiwan tourists dropped by 1.0 per cent to 1,593,200.
There was substantial growth in the number of visitors from Vietnam (30.3 per cent) and Thailand (19.4 per cent).
The government is aiming for 40 million foreign visitors in a year by 2020, when Japan hosts the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In order to achieve this goal the Japan Tourism Agency will “seriously analyze each market,” as per Hiroshi Tabata, commissioner of the agency.