ETW STAFF – Mumbai
Japan has witnessed a 21 per cent increase in the number of Indian visitors to Japan in the first six months of 2012 as compared to the same period in the year 2011. Total 34, 648 Indians visited Japan from January to June in 2012. This is quite significant as Japan was struck with a twin natural disaster last year. Motonari Adachi, executive director, Singapore Office, Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO), expressed his gratitude for the tremendous response that JNTO is receiving in the Indian market. He said, “It gives us a great pleasure to notice the growth in the number of Indian visitors visiting Japan in the first six months of 2012. It is a remarkable development for JNTO, reassuring that our marketing activities in India are in the right direction. India will continue to remain our one of the key focus markets and we expect continuous increase in the number of Indians visiting Japan in coming months.”
The number of visitors to Japan has also exceeded the pre-disaster level for the first time since the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. The total visitor arrivals for June 2012 were 686,600; an increase of 1.4 per cent over the level recorded in June 2010, according to JNTO statistics. This trend is in sync with the visitor arrivals from the Indian market.