Sports tourism to get a boost at the hi-tech Tokyo Games in 2020

Published on : Monday, August 22, 2016

Tokyo OlympicsHosting the Tokyo Olympics is likely to boost foreign as well as sports tourism for Japan.


The number of foreign visitors to Japan has been growing steadily, mainly due to the easing of visa requirements and the depreciation of the yen. The government’s target of reaching 20 million foreign visitors by 2020 will likely be achieved.


Nevertheless, taking other countries as a yardstick, there is still ample room for an increase in the number of foreign visitors, and it is certainly possible to further promote tourism in Japan, for example by reinforcing measures to attract foreign tourists in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics. The experience of past host countries shows that the key is to achieve a lasting increase in tourism by promoting touristic resources nationwide.


The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will symbolize the country’s high-tech cool, and draw in visitors. Japan is known internationally for its technological innovations, so Tokyo 2020 organizers are aiming to launch ambitious tech projects that will boost the economy and wow crowds.


Tourists staying next to the Olympic Village in Tokyo’s Odaiba neighborhood can choose, for example, to hang out with robot helpers of all sizes and sorts that offer up tips on the best transport, food and entertainment options in Tokyo.


The Japan Government is aiming to triple their spendings on robotics, visitors are sure to see them in the place of human concierges at hotels and airports, where they’ll be on hand to meet and greet you.


Tourists will not have any trouble linguistically as Panasonic is creating translation gadgets that can be worn around visitors’ necks. Japanese company Robot Taxi Inc. is also working on driverless vehicles that visitors will be to ride from stadium to stadium


During the event, up to 920,000 spectators are expected to visit Tokyo per day, and apart from the direct demand generated by these visitors, the Games are expected to affect Japan’s economy through various other demand channels.


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