Tourism stats say Japan is Australia’s 7th favorite tourist locale

Published on : Saturday, July 15, 2017

japanAccording to the official tourism statistics report released by ABS on Friday, Japan has attracted a record number of Australians in May 2017.


However, if the tensions increase on the Korean Peninsula, the regional tourism in Japan is likely to descend amidst security concerns influencing the desire of Australian travellers to visit this Asian country, as per the opinion of a tourism expert.


The report says that over 1,000 trips were made by the Australians to the beautiful ‘land of the rising sun’ in May, marking an extraordinary boom in the regional tourism sector of the nation since the nuclear disaster of Fukushima in 2011.The monthly trips from Australia had dropped to even below 10,000 for six months following this catastrophe, but then, it has grown to over 30,000 in the recent years.


Dr. David Beirman who is the senior lecturer in tourism at the University of Technology Sydney asserted that the recent tourism boom in Japan is a direct consequence of a long-term strategy from the officials of Japan tourism to travellers who are price-conscious.


Last year, Shinzo Abe who is the Prime Minister of Japan had set an intensely ambitious target of doubling the number of overseas tourists by the year 2020.


Japan had surpassed Singapore to emerge as the seventh most popular destination for the Australians in May, when Japan is beautified with the glory of its famous cherry blossom season. In fact, Japan is in a strong position that is powerful enough to threaten the UK as the fourth most preferred destination for Australians in the next few years.


Dr. Beirman said that the tourism growth in Japan would continue mainly triggered by the ongoing marketing activities, cheaper flights and the unique appeal of Japanese hospitality and its culture and cuisines.


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