Prefectural Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports sets up an information site on the islands off Okinawa

Prefectural Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports sets up an information site on the islands off Okinawa

A new website DOR39 has appeared that allows people to contribute photographs, video-footage and comments after they have visited one of the islands off Okinawa.


December 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
From December 1, Prefectural Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports commences a service called “DOR39,” a participatory Internet site that offers photographs, movies and comments for people who plan to visit one of the 39 inhabited islands off Okinawa.
The purpose of the site is to establish an island-tour, boosting demand for travel among residents of the prefecture, and stimulating the economies of the islands. The site offers basic information on each island and how to get there. People who wish to post information need to register as a “supporter.” The website offers an application for smart phones, with links to the social-networking site Facebook.

This is carried out as part of the Discover Okinawa Promotion Project for Island Tourism, which began this fiscal year. The Nippon Travel Agency Okinawa was commissioned to set up the site, and the operating budget for the first year is 15 million yen.

The staff member from the Prefectural Office who is in charge of the initiative said, “We have advertised to gather comments directly from tourists. I’d like to be able to introduce unusual sightseeing spots.” From 2012 fiscal year, they plan to design a tour of places about which people have posted information on the website. The website: http://dor39.jp/

(English Translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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