Ishigaki citizen survey shows residents’ concern on nature and lifestyle impact of tourists

Ishigaki citizen survey shows residents’ concern on nature and lifestyle impact of tourists

On June 8 at the City Health and Welfare Center, the Ishigaki City Tourism Platform Council held a conference on tourism based on the survey.


June 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo


In May, Ishigaki City conducted an “Ishigaki-jima residents’ ideas survey on tourism” and reported the result.

In regard to the number of tourists to the city, 47.4% responded that, “the number should be reduced slightly” and “should be reduced,” exceeding the 35.1% who answered in support of the number being “maintained.”

Out of the respondents, 17.6% answered, “It should be increased slightly” and “should be increased.”

The results were reported on June 8 at the City Tourism Platform Conference held at the City Health and Welfare Center.


The survey was conducted on the internet, in a format asking that respondents select answers about matters such as the impact on life from tourist visits. May 1 through May 31 was the period over which the survey was conducted. The number of responses was 348.


To the multiple-choice question asking what difficulties come with the increasing number of tourists, most respondents answered that they, “worry about the natural environment” at 70.1% followed by “inconvenience during ordinary shopping” at 59.8%, and “congestion on public transportation” at 52.3%.


In response to the question, “What do you think is necessary for the city’s tourism promotion measures?”

62.1% answered “conservation of the natural environment,” 30.5% answered “improvement to the appeal of things such as the landscape,” and 30.5% said “improvements to facilities and infrastructure.” These accounted for the top responses.


Based on the results of the questionnaire, the Conference held discussions with representatives from tourism, transportation, and nature conservation organizations.


Panelists pointed out the necessity of promoting conservation of the natural environment for sustainable tourism, and to generate charm on the island to avoid the decrease of repeat visitors.


City Tourism Advisor Masakazu Taniguchi made a keynote lecture on “Lessons from the World on Designing Charming Cities.”


(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)


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