Tag - tourism



Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 22, 2013
Tourism goal within reach, JTA chief says
The rapid drop in the yen helped lure a record 3.17 million tourists to Japan from January to April, but achieving the government's goal of 10 million this year will require more work, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Norifumi Ide said.
Jun 22, 2013
Putting their heart into tourism
How can Japan be serious about attracting foreign tourists when website promos have to be dropped because the computer translations are so poor?
Japan Times
Jun 14, 2013
Hokkaido aims to lure tourists from Thailand for spring break
Hokkaido has been stepping up efforts to attract foreign tourists during its off-season period in spring and is currently zeroing in on Thailand, where the holiday season starts in March and continues through May.
Jun 1, 2013
Ise to fund tourist info in English
To attract foreign visitors on the occasion of Ise Shrine's "shikinen sengu" renovation event in October, held once every two decades, the host city in Mie Prefecture will start providing subsidies for tourist facilities to prepare information in English.
Japan Times
May 17, 2013
Popular Ginza boutique hotel closing its doors
Popular with foreigners and known for its luxurious service, the small Hotel Seiyo Ginza, in Tokyo's upscale district, will close on May 31, a hotel manager said Thursday.
Apr 19, 2013
Tourism panel eyes easy visas
Easier visa requirements were recommended to the government Thursday to lift foreign tourism to Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 11, 2013
ANA launches project with AKB48 to boost travel in Asia
All Nippon Airways Co. launched a project Wednesday in collaboration with Japanese all-girl pop group AKB48 to push young Asians to travel more.
Apr 4, 2013
Cool Japan campaign needs to sweeten the pot: Taiwanese critic
The government should take the initiative to promote made-in-Japan Western confectionery overseas as a part of its Cool Japan campaign, Kin Bi-leng, a well-known Taiwanese critic based in Japan, said Wednesday during a government-hosted meeting to discuss promotional strategies.
Apr 3, 2013
Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea combined to break visitor record in 2012
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea drew a combined 27.50 million visitors in fiscal 2012, a record high, their operator said Monday, attributing the 8.5 percent year-on-year increase to a new ride, Toy Story Mania!, launched at DisneySea last July, and seasonal events at both parks in Urayasu, Chiba...
Japan Times
Apr 1, 2013
Spring Air freezes Japan expansion plans over Senkakus turmoil
Low-cost carrier Spring Airlines is freezing plans to expand to other cities in Japan because the Senkakus dispute is hurting business.
Mar 22, 2013
Sake makers to get prominent boost from JTA
The Japan Tourism Agency wants to promote sake breweries to foreign tourists to tap the drink's growing popularity abroad and bolster regional economies, the agency said Thursday.
Japan Times
Mar 16, 2013
JTA heralds start of 10 million tourists a year era
With the number of foreign visitors finally returning to predisaster levels, the Japan Tourism Agency unveiled Friday its new promotion strategy to draw 10 million travelers this year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 14, 2013
Abe push to weaken currency erodes Japanese tourist spending in South
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to weaken the yen is echoing through the duty-free shops and tourist sites of South Korea, where Japanese visitors spent about $4.5 billion last year.
Mar 4, 2013
Tourism in Japan and the world
Japan remains an untapped tourist destination, although it saw international tourism revenue rise 37 percent in 2012, higher than most nations.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 28, 2013
Guam suspect denies guilt, claims mental illness
The suspect in the Feb. 12 rampage on Guam that left three slain and several others wounded pleads not guilty by reason of mental illness.
Japan Times
Feb 20, 2013
Guam eager to keep Japanese visitors coming
The government of Guam is desperate to keep Japanese coming to the island despite last week's attack that left three tourists dead and 11 people wounded.
Feb 19, 2013
New bureau to open in April to boost tourism in Osaka
Officials in Osaka said Monday they will launch a bureau in April to boost tourism.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Sep 7, 2012
New Japanese tourists: have social network, will travel
Have group, will travel: social travel companies taking off in Japan.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art / Japan Pulse
Aug 22, 2012
Take the kids back in time this summer
Japanese people are rediscovering the charms of a simpler life, if only for a weekend.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Japan Pulse
Aug 15, 2012
Today's J-blip: Japanese are traveling where?
You might be surprised at Japanese travelers' favorite vacation spots.


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