Published on : Saturday, December 15, 2018
Keiichi Ishii, Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister said that they will continue to promote tourism. They are steadily moving towards the set goal of 40 million tourists. The government is targeting 40 million foreign visitors by 2020. Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be held in 2020.
Even in 2017, Japan welcomed record 28.69 million foreign visitors which was a rise of 19.3 per cent from the previous year 2016.
Inbound tourism continues to grow despite several disasters knocking Japan in 2018. For example, Kansai International Airport in Osaka and New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido were kept closed temporarily in September due to typhoon and earthquake, respectively.
Eased visa requirements and expanded tax exemption program has seen rise in influx of foreign tourists from Asian countries such as China.
According to JNTO, foreign travelers to Japan in October were estimated as 2.6 million recording an increase of 1.8 per cent compared to the previous year for the same time period.
Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong are major markets for Japan’s foreign visitors.