After Quake, Hokkaido Tourist Sites Promote Winter Event Safety

Politics

Sapporo, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)--Tourist sites in the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido are devising creative solutions to boost their events this winter, the busiest season of the year, while promoting safety to bring back foreign visitors.

Three months have passed since a massive earthquake shook the region on Sept. 6. While consumption has improved from visitors from abroad, which saw a steep plunge after the earthquake, an official for the tourism industry said that the levels have yet to reach those of a normal year.

According to Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the number of passengers on international flights at New Chitose Airport had been growing 10-20 pct from the year earlier in and after January this year. In September, however, the number of such passengers dropped 21 pct and fell 9 pct in October.

The Hokkaido prefectural government is continuing to implement measures to attract more visitors, hoping to push up the number of tourists from both inside and outside of Japan to around the 56.1 million recorded in fiscal 2017.

The number of passengers on flights to and from South Korea declined greatly, with the number of such passengers in October only 74 pct of that of last year's.

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