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The number of tourists visiting Okinawa hits July record as Chinese nationals flock here

August 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The number of tourists visiting Okinawa in July increased 9.2 percent from the same month in 2014 to a record 714,000 visitors, according to data released by the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports on August 20. It was the first time the number of tourist visits in July has exceeded 700,000.

The monthly number of tourists visiting Okinawa has reached new records for 34 months in a row. The number of foreign tourists visiting in July increased 76.6...

 

OTS Supports Interpreter Guide from Abroad

July 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The OTS Partners Network, which consists of about 200 businesses including tourism facilities and restaurants in Okinawa under contracts with the Okinawa Tourist Service (OTS), will invite 20 people studying Japanese language to Okinawa late August. The OTS, which...

Miss Okinawa beauty queens promote August tourism events

Miss Okinawa beauty queens promote August tourism events

July 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A variety of events will take place in Okinawa throughout “Tourism Month” in August, including “Tourism Day” on August 1. On July 28, the three Miss Okinawa beauty queens visited the Ryukyu Shimpo Office in Naha to promote the tourism events .

Takao...

Okinawa’s 2014 tourism revenue hits 534.1 billion yen marking a new high

July 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the data released by Okinawa Prefectural Government on July 16, Okinawa’s 2014 tourism revenue went up 19.3 percent to 534,172,000,000 yen in fiscal year 2014. It was second year in row the figure reached a record high, exceeding 500 billion yen.

Spending...

Grand opening for HAPINAHA at the former site of Mitsukoshi Department Store

Grand opening for HAPINAHA at the former site of Mitsukoshi Department Store

March 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
At 10:00 a.m. on March 12, the Ryubo Industry held a grand opening of its tourist and commercial complex HAPIHANA at the former site of Mitsukoshi Department Store, which closed last September. The HAPIHANA has cafés, restaurants, comedy theatre Okinawa...

Immigration time to be reduced for passengers of Star Cruises

Immigration time to be reduced for passengers of Star Cruises

January 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Malaysia based cruise ship SuperStar Aquarius will be under a system of “landing permission for cruise ship tourists”, which will allow landing through simplified procedures. If this is realized, foreign passengers will be able to stay two hours longer and...

Charter flights between Thailand and Okinawa come into operation

January 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Jumbo Tours, a travel agency, has recently resumed charter flights between Thailand and Okinawa (photograph). Charter flights were suspended for about a year due to the unstable political situation in Thailand.

Two-hundred-eighty people from Okinawa departed...

The year’s first auction at Tomari Fish Market

The year's first auction at Tomari Fish Market

January 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning of January 5, fishery and government officials prayed for a safe, bumper and prosperous year for business at the first auction of 2015 at Tomari Fish Market in Naha. The market resounded with the excited voices of middlemen. Buyers mainly bid...

Higashi to become new president of WUB

Higashi to become new president of WUB

December 9, 2014 4 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Consultant of the Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association, Yoshikazu Higashi, who is also president of the Okinawa Tourist Service, will take up a post as the new president of the organization on January 1 next year. The current...

1.4 million light installations switched on in Onna

1.4 million light installations switched on in Onna

November 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 29, the Kariyushi Group started an event decorated with 1.4 million illumination lights at the Okinawa Kariyushi Beach Resort Ocean Spa and Spa Resort Exes in Onna. It is the largest amount of illuminations in Okinawa, a spokesperson at the hotel...

363 companies take part in the Great Okinawa Trade Fair

363 companies take part in the Great Okinawa Trade Fair

November 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 27, the Great Okinawa Trade Fair, one of Japan`s biggest international business meetings for food industries, opened at the Okinawa Convention Centre and Ginowan City Gymnasium. A total of 363 companies, including buyers, took part in the fair from...

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