Golden Week tourists may set new record

JIJI

A record number of people are expected to travel during the Golden Week holidays from late April to early May, travel agency JTB Corp. said.

According to an estimate the company released Thursday, 22,796,000 people plan to make overnight or longer trips from April 25 to May 5, up 0.8 percent from the previous year and the highest since it began logging the statistic in 1969.

Behind the brisk estimate is improved consumer sentiment driven by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to juice the economy, JTB officials said.

Of the total, 22,230,000 people are expected to travel within Japan, up 1.0 percent and an all-time high for Golden Week.

Travelers to the Tokyo area are expected to rise thanks to the popularity of Tokyo Skytree, which opened in May last year, the officials said.