Club Med plans to fly 20 charter flights between Shanghai and Ishigaki from December to next February

July 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 22, Chairman of Ishigaki City Tourism Association Yasuhiro Miyahira held a press conference at which he announced that Club Med, which operates hotels and other businesses in the city, plans to have charter flights between Shanghai and Ishigaki. There will be about 20 flights from this December to next February.

It will be the first time to operate charter flights between these two locations. Club Med is going to transport tourists to its resorts in Ishigaki Island and, in conjunction with the airline, will carry out a field survey in Ishigaki Island in early August.

In response, the Ishigaki City Tourism Association will consider conducting a tourism promotion campaign in Shanghai in addition to the one already planned for Hong Kong.

After consulting with the Okinawa Prefectural Government and Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau, the City Tourism Association will carry out the promotion of Ishigaki tourism at an appropriate stage between this October and next February.

Staff of Club Med Shanghai along with representatives from airline and travel companies visited Ishigaki City Hall in 2009, at which time they indicated a willingness to send tourists to Ishigaki from Shanghai.

Chairman Miyahira said, “We want to create a road map for inviting tourists from China. Using this opportunity, we will launch a promotion campaign aimed at increasing numbers of inbound Chinese tourists.”

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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