January–June Visitors Hit Record for Fifth Straight Year (News)
Tokyo, July 19 (Jiji Press)—The number of visitors to Japan in January–June is estimated to have risen 17.4% from a year earlier to 13,757,300, rewriting the first-half record high for the fifth year in a row, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday.
An increase in the number of flights to Japan, including those operated by low-cost carriers, helped boost in-bound visitor figures, especially from the rest of Asia.
The estimated number of visitors from South Korea shot up 42.5% to 3,395,900, the largest group by nationality, followed by 3,281,700 visitors from mainland China, up 6.7%, 2,288,000 from Taiwan, up 6.1%, and 1,083,400 from Hong Kong, up 24.8%. The number of US visitors rose 14.0% to 696,500.
Meanwhile, total spending by foreign visitors in April–June is estimated to have expanded 13.0% from a year earlier to ¥1,077.6 billion, the Japan Tourism Agency said on the same day.
But average spending dropped 6.7% to ¥149,248 per person.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]