Outbound Travelers Up 9% to 1.55 Million in March, Possibly Due to Landing Slot Increase at Narita; Inbound Travelers Also Up 25%
Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO) released an estimate of Japanese overseas travelers for March 2010 which reads 1,552,000, up 9.4 percent from last year, registering a growth following the month before last. JNTO attributes the growth to demand stimulation caused by flight increase on landing slot expansion at Narita Airport and subsequent new services entered by Etihad Airways, Emirates, and Air Macau. The strong trend of yen rate might have made people feel overseas travel is not so expensive.
Foreign visitors to Japan exhibited a positive growth for five consecutive months with 710,200 arrivals for March, up 24.9 percent. The jump for the month is partly due to the rebound from the sharp drop witnessed a year ago driven by appreciated yen and economic stagnation. The bolstered activities of Visit Japan Campaign (VJC) and broadcast of foreign-made TV dramas shot in Japan helped create travel demand to Japan. Among the major 12 markets, all countries except the U.K. outperformed the results of a year ago and China, Thailand, France, and Germany recorded all-time highs. The highest growth was attained by Korea with 56.3 percent (169,400 arrivals), followed by Singapore with 41.3 percent (13,500 arrivals) and China with 22.3 percent (123,500 arrivals).
Just for reference, total of the Japanese outbound travelers during the fiscal year 2009 (April 2009 through March 2010) numbered 15,601,114, down 1.0 percent, and that of foreign visitors to Japan was 7,247,917, down 6.7 percent. (Note the figures for February and March are preliminary in both cases.)
Source: Travel Vision
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