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Domestic stay-over trips are decreasing, particularly among people in their 60s, the most frequent travelers, reflecting their concerns about their future and health, according to the government white paper on tourism released Tuesday.

People in their 60s went on trips lasting at least one night 1.86 times in fiscal 2007, down 19 percent from the peak in fiscal 2004, the report says.

Among young people, declines in their incomes and number of vacation days were cited as reasons for their decrease in travel, the paper says.

Given these circumstances, the Japan Tourism Agency stressed the need to attract baby boomers to tourist spots by introducing long-stay programs and encouraging them to travel on weekdays.

The average domestic traveler spent 2.42 nights away from home in fiscal 2007, down 16 percent from the peak in fiscal 2005. The government aims to encourage travelers to stay more than four nights domestically by fiscal 2010.

The survey is based on an Internet questionnaire in February covering 18,000 people. When respondents answered that they travel less frequently than five years ago, the government asked why and analyzed the results.

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