TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan topped the list of countries Chinese people in their 20s to 40s want to visit, a recent survey by the Japan External Trade Organization showed Tuesday.
Japan ranked top for the first time since the survey, which gauges the consumption attitude of Chinese people, started in 2013.
The latest survey, the seventh of its kind, was conducted in August on 1,224 medium- and high-income people living in six cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Japan came first out of nine countries covered by the survey, chosen by 40.2 percent of respondents. The United States came second, with 39.9 percent, and Italy third … (read more)
via The Japan News
Shusuke Murai reports: With the goal of drawing 20 million inbound tourists annually by 2020 within reach four years ahead of schedule, the government announced Wednesday it will double the target to 40 million.
The ambitious move came after the Japan National Tourism Organization announced in January that a record 19.73 million foreign tourists visited the country in 2015, up 47.3 percent from the previous year.
Also under the new goal, which was set at a meeting of a special panel chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the government said it will target ¥8 trillion in spending by overseas visitors by 2020 — more than double last year’s record ¥3.48 trillion.
After the Olympics, the government’s aim is to attract 60 million foreign visitors a year by 2030 with the hope they will spend ¥15 trillion annually by that year.
“Tourism is an important pillar of our country’s growth strategy, and a trump card for regional revitalization. It is also an engine to boost growth to achieve the ¥600 trillion GDP goal,” Abe said as he closed the panel meeting. “To establish a tourism-based country, I’m determined to take any political measures in advance to be fully prepared.”
The new goal is “highly feasible” with the right political will and a continuous effort, tourism minister Keiichi Ishii said … (read more)
Source: Japan Times