The city of Kochi has become an increasingly popular stop for cruise ships following the construction of a new port, but many local businesses have been unable to capitalize on the thousands of foreign tourists visiting in constant waves.

To improve the situation, the city and prefectural governments are surveying visitors to learn about their needs while also promoting stops by cruise ships.

The 168,000-ton Quantum of the Seas arrived at Kochi New Port in mid-June from Shanghai with some 4,800 passengers aboard.