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Sunday, March 4, 2012
Fewer Tourists Travel to Japan Due to Earthquake.
registered a sharp decline in international arrivals in 2011 due to the March
11 earthquake and tsunami, as well as the ensuing nuclear crisis.
According to the latest figures from Japan National Tourism
Organisation, international arrivals fell from 8.6 million in 2010, to 6.2
million in 2011, a dip of 27.8 per cent.
9 of the top 10 source markets to Japan recoded large falls
in numbers in 2011 compared to 2007, being Korea,
Taiwan, USA, Hong Kong, Australia, UK,
Thailand, Canada and Singapore.
The only country to show a small increase in numbers travelling to Japan was China.
contributed 111,300 visitors to Japan
in 2011, a 38.5-per cent drop from 2010’s 180,000. For the month of December,
usually the peak period for the Singapore
market, there was a 37.8 per cent decline, with 22,900 arrivals compared to 36,827
top North Asia market, South Korea,
registered a 32-per cent drop in 2011 over the previous year, while strong
recovery was evident in Hong Kong and China during fourth quarter 2011.