Fast visas and dim sum: Spain seeks to attract Chinese tourists

Feb 27, 2015

Fast visas and dim sum: Spain seeks to attract Chinese tourists

Spanish five-star hotels are serving up white rice for breakfast as Spain offers quicker visas and seeks more direct flights from China to tap into the surging wave of Chinese tourists. When Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visited China in September, he announced that ...

Mount Ontake ski resort belatedly reopens after 2014 eruption

Feb 26, 2015

Mount Ontake ski resort belatedly reopens after 2014 eruption

The Ontake 2240 ski resort in Nagano Prefecture opened for leisure Thursday after a two-month delay caused by the deadly eruption of Mount Ontake last September. The slopes filled quickly with skiers and snowboarders following an early morning ribbon cutting ceremony. The resort in ...

Feb 25, 2015

Japan tourism industry to take 3,000 to China

Japan’s tourism industry is taking a 3,000-strong delegation to China this year, a lawmaker said Wednesday, as Tokyo looks to capitalize on its neighbor’s growing appetite for travel. With ties between the countries beginning to thaw after a years-long freeze, lawmaker Toshihiro Nikai said ...

Feb 25, 2015

Reality TV shows draw hordes of S. Koreans to Croatia

Koreans finding love and adventure traveling through Croatia in reality TV shows have put the Balkan nation on the map, making it a popular tourist destination for the Asian market. It all started back in 2012 with the filming of the South Korean show ...

Near Bali, Lombok invests in Sharia tourism

| Feb 23, 2015

Near Bali, Lombok invests in Sharia tourism

A short hop from the bars and nightclubs of Bali, a Saudi family holidaying on Lombok hears the call to prayer wafting over the self-styled “island of 1,000 mosques.” Lombok is at the center of an Islamic tourism drive. Indonesia is home to the ...

Ninja promote 'cool' vending machines

Feb 19, 2015

Ninja promote 'cool' vending machines

by Shusuke Murai

To lure foreign tourists, especially Chinese arriving in large numbers for the Lunar New Year holiday, JR East is promoting Japan’s cutting-edge vending machine technology at JR Akihabara Station in Tokyo, with staff dressed in ninja and kimono outfits. JR East Water Business Co. ...

Feb 19, 2015

JR pitches new Kanazawa bullet train service in New York

Japanese officials pitched the latest bullet train service, due to link Tokyo with the popular destination of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, starting next month, at a tourism promotion event Wednesday in New York’s Grand Central Terminal. East Japan Railway Co. gave a video presentation of ...