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Hopes of outperforming Hawaii in tourism dashed

Hopes of outperforming Hawaii in tourism dashed

 

November 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Ryota Nakamura

 

Reports of Okinawa’s tourism surpassing that of Hawaii’s for the year 2017 had become a trending topic. However, The Hawaii Tourism Authority revised...

 

A 14 percent increase in tourism-related economic effect, record high at 1.17 trillion yen

September 26, Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 25, the Okinawa Prefecture Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports announced the economic ripple effect of travel-related services and tourism for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.

The effect was calculated based on travel and tourism expenditure,...

Okinawan white sake intended for Chinese to be sold starting next month

Okinawan white sake intended for Chinese to be sold starting next month

 

September 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 19, Binkou HD, Mizuhoshuzo, and Nanto Liquor announced the completion of “Ohkoku Gongjiu (Kingdom Sake),” a new Okinawan white sake that uses raw liquor from Awamori (strong Okinawan liquor). It is intended for exportation...

Okinawa, Taiwan, and South Korea to work together to promote cruises

Okinawa, Taiwan, and South Korea to work together to promote cruises

 

September 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 29, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), Keelung Port of Taiwan, and the Jeju Special Self-Government Province of South Korea concluded a memorandum regarding cruise promotions. The three parties will cooperate to take...

Furuzamami Beach is the best domestic beach according to TripAdvisor

Furuzamami Beach is the best domestic beach according to TripAdvisor

August 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 15, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel review site announced Japan’s top 10 best beaches.

Furuzamami Beach in Zamami Island, Okinawa Prefecture that came in third last year won first place this year.

Yonaha Maehama...

NIAC projects tourism to Okinawa in 2018 at 10,360,000 people with growth in foreign tourism

NIAC projects tourism to Okinawa in 2018 at 10,360,000 people with growth in foreign tourism

August 10, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 9, the Nansei-shoto Industrial Advancement Center (NIAC) compiled its analytical results of the causes of fluctuations in numbers of tourists to Okinawa.

The NIAC used a seasonal adjustment method to remove seasonal fluctuations and...

International Movie Festival results in 8-billion yen economic effect

International Movie Festival results in 8-billion yen economic effect

July 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 27, the Okigin Economic Research Institute announced the results of the preliminary results of the economic ripple effect of the 10th Okinawa International Movie Festival that was held this past April. The employment inducement effect was estimated at 582...

Okinawa’s tourism revenue reaches 697.9 billion yen, a record high for fifth consecutive year

Okinawa’s tourism revenue reaches 697.9 billion yen, a record high for fifth consecutive year

July 5, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On July 5, the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced that tourism revenue in FY2017 rose to 697.9 billion yen, an increase of 5.7 percent or 37.6 billion yen compared with FY2016.

This increase marked a record high for the fifth consecutive...

JTB to strengthen Okinawa tourism via training of 300 employees in Okinawa

JTB to strengthen Okinawa tourism via training of 300 employees in Okinawa

 

May 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

For fiscal year 2018, JTB, the largest domestic travel agency in Japan, is training 300 of their salespersons from all over the country in Okinawa.

These salespersons sell tours at the front line.

The purpose of this training...

Okinawa tourism at record high, OPG hopes to achieve 10 million tourists for FY 2018

Okinawa tourism at record high, OPG hopes to achieve 10 million tourists for FY 2018

 

April 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 25, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced that compared to fiscal year (FY) 2016, FY 2017 saw a 9.2% increase in incoming tourists, or 809,800 more people, for a record high of 9,579,000.

There were several...

Ishigaki City and Taketomi Town become first area in Japan designated under Dark Sky Places Program

Ishigaki City and Taketomi Town become first area in Japan designated under Dark Sky Places Program

April 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 2, Ishigaki City and Taketomi Town were together designated as a Dark Sky Place by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) based in Arizona.

It is the first time a location in Japan has received accreditation through the Dark Sky...