Japan attracting record number of foreign visitors
Source :NewsBharati   Date :10-Nov-2017

Tokyo, November 10: Japan is attracting more tourists than previous times as the number of foreign visitors has exceeded the previous high of over 24 million logged last year. This year’s record has even suppressed the last year’s record of 24,039,700. Japanese Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii said the new record hit by the country.

“The government’s efforts (to promote inbound tourism) have brought a consistent growth in the number,” the tourism minister said. “We’d like to accelerate steps to cultivate new tourism resources,” he added.

Several factors have worked behind this improvement as officials think. An increase in budget airlines and cruise ships connecting Japan with neighbors including China, South Korea, and Taiwan has also helped to boost the figure.

Visitors from China top the list of foreign visitors. The number is 5.56 million, up 11 percent from a year before. 5.22 million Visitors visited from the country South Korea, second on the list. Taiwan follows South Korea with a figure of 3.46 million, up 7 percent. Japan Tourism Agency released a data in October which showed about 21.2 million foreigners were estimated to have visited in the first nine months of 2017.