Tourism Hopes Growing after Honda's Transfer to Mexican Soccer Team (News)
Tokyo, Aug. 25 (Jiji Press)--Popular Japanese professional soccer player Honda Keisuke's move to Mexico from Italy has companies in his country's tourism sector looking to score.
Honda hit the back of the net in his debut for CF Pachuca on Tuesday in the first division of Mexico's soccer league, after he moved to the club in July following his departure from AC Milan in Italy's Serie A.
Betting that Honda will make his mark in Mexico, major Japanese travel agencies JTB Corp. and H.I.S. Co. are considering selling tours to the Latin American country that will allow participants to watch games of Pachuca.
Major Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways, which started direct flight services to Mexico in February, expects an increase in passengers on the flights.
According to a survey by the Japan Tourism Agency, some 85,800 Japanese traveled to Mexico in 2015, only 2 pct of the number of visitors to the United States in the year.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]