245 Thai tourists visit Okinawa

245 Thai tourists visit Okinawa

Many tourists arrived at the international terminal of the Naha Airport from Thailand on a charter flight at around 8:00am on October 4.

October 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of October 4, 245 people arrived at Naha Airport from Bangkok on a charter flight operated by Thai Airways International, the largest airline in Thailand. The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau held a welcome ceremony for them in the international terminal. During their five-day and four-night visit, they will participate in the Naha Otsunahiki Festival (Naha Tug of war), which will be held on October 7, as well as visit popular tourist destinations such as the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and the Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo.
That same day, 208 tourists departed from Okinawa to Thailand. This interactive charter tour program was organized by Jumbo Tours, in Naha.

The charter flight to Okinawa operated by Thai Airways International is the second one this year and there are plans to conduct the same charter tours again next year. Katsumi Tanimura, the president of Jumbo Tours said, “We will continue to offer this tour program to contribute to Okinawan tourism. An economic impact of about 30 million yen is expected for Okinawa through this tour.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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