08 Aug '11, 2am

Local demand for Japan holiday travel is 'close' to pre-crisis levels, 5 months after March's tragedy

Local demand for Japan holiday travel is 'close' to pre-crisis levels, 5 months after March's tragedy

Ninja Yokoho (right), a performer, lurking by the Japan booth at the Chan Brothers Monster Travel Fair at Suntec Singapore yesterday. He was part of a push by Japanese agencies to boost tourist numbers. -- PHOTO: JOSEPH NAIR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES By Jessica Lim JAPAN is once again becoming a popular tourist destination among Singaporeans, five months after it was struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Holiday-makers had stayed away after the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant was damaged in the disaster, raising fears of radioactive contamination. But major travel agents said demand for travel to Japan is picking up. The prices of tours are returning to close to pre-crisis levels and sales are expected to return to normal by December. When the double tragedy struck in March, many travellers rushed to cancel their bookings to Japan, or switch them to other destinations....

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