15 May '11, 6am

Getting Japan back on the tourist map: Japan hopes to reverse the plunge in tourist arrivals by giving a clearer...

Getting Japan back on the tourist map: Japan hopes to reverse the plunge in tourist arrivals by giving a clearer...

FIGURES on tourist arrivals early this year by the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) had never been more positive or filled with potential. The number of Malaysian travellers to Japan had been steadily increasing over the decade, from 72,445 in 2004 to 85,627 in 2006, climbing to 105,663 in 2008 and 114,500 last year. It had been expected to increase by 20% this year. Then disaster struck on March 11, and with lingering concerns over the dangers of radiation from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, tourists became reluctant to visit the country. Malaysian tour operators were left with a crisis of mass cancellations in bookings for Japan. In March last year, the number of Malaysian visitors to Japan was 12,130. For the same month this year, it was only 5,500, marking a 54.7% decrease. And Malaysians aren't the only ones who are passing Japan over. Germans...

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