17 May '11, 9am

Japan, Thailand in joint move to reverse tourist slump

Miyanishi/Tokyo (The Nation-Thailand/ANN) - The Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) and Thai Travel Agents Association (TTAA) will work together for the first time to help restore two-way tourism after the number of visitors to both countries dropped after the double-punch tragedy in Japan. Thailand has lost about 300,000 visitors from Japan since the earthquake and tsunami struck Sendai and the northeast of the country on March 11. Japan also experienced a huge decline of 23 per cent from the Thai market during the first quarter. The slump was as bad as 60 per cent in March and is expected to continue until the end of this year. Japan was one of the top five markets for Thai tourism last year with 1 million visitors, while 300,000 Thais travelled to Japan and counted as the most foreign visitors to some cities, including Fujikawagu-chiko, a popular destination for ...

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