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Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau introduces new mascot to boost Okinawa tourism

Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau introduces new mascot to boost Okinawa tourism

April 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 10, the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) unveiled Maharo-kun as a new mascot. Serving as a promotional ambassador for Okinawa together with Hanagasa Mahae-chan and the three Miss Okinawa beauty queens, he will work to draw domestic and foreign attention to the local charm of Okinawa as a tourist destination.

Maharo-kun’s backstory starts on Oahu Island in Hawaii. He is a third-generation Okinawan as his grandmother is from Okinawa,...

 

Sakima Prosthetics develops knee braces specifically for sports

Sakima Prosthetics develops knee braces specifically for sports

April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wu Li Jun

Sakima Prosthetics and Orthotics, which manufactures and sells prosthetics and orthotics, has developed “CB Brace CarBonee LightSports.” This joint brace is to be worn during exercise to prevent injuries and decrease the stress on knees. With...

Tourism to reach 8.4 million, guaranteeing Okinawa will reach its goal for fiscal year 2016

March 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 22, Okinawa prefecture’s Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports published its numbers regarding inbound tourism between April 2016 and February 2017. Compared to the same timeframe from the year before, 7,990,700 more people visited Okinawa, which...

Asia’s biggest business meeting held in Okinawa to attract airline companies worldwide

Asia's biggest business meeting held in Okinawa to attract airline companies worldwide

March 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Asia’s largest airline business meeting “ROUTES ASIA 2017” (sponsored by UBM UK and UBM Japan) was held at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City from March 19 to 21.

It is the first time the meeting has been held in Japan.

Tourism...

Walking underwater in Okinawa with google underwater street view

Walking underwater in Okinawa with google underwater street view

March 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The online search engine, Google, added eight underwater sites around Okinawa to the company’s map application, Underwater Street View. The application provides underwater panoramic views and lets its users enjoy “taking a walk” around sites including the...

Okinawa’s Hateruma nishihama beach ranks first among Japanese beaches on Tripadvisor

Okinawa's Hateruma nishihama beach ranks first among Japanese beaches on Tripadvisor

February 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The world’s largest travel information site, Tripadvisor, announced Japan’s best ten beaches on February 23. The Nishihama beach in Hateruma Island, which came second last year, got the top ranking this year. Eight beaches in Okinawa were chosen in the...

Okinawa tourism expanding to Thailand with increasing promotion and flights

Okinawa tourism expanding to Thailand with increasing promotion and flights

January 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

With tourists from Thailand expected to increase due to new flights between Bangkok and Naha in February, the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is carrying out projects to support the expanding tourism market.

In addition to making services...

Remnant of the U.S. occupation? Half of imported margarine goes to Okinawa

January 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, the Okinawa Regional Customs announced its numbers regarding Okinawa’s imports and exports for 2016 in which Okinawa had the highest shares across the nation. In total, five tons of turmeric worth 31 million yen was exported from Okinawa. This...

From 8 billion to 20 billion yen – the hotel resale business taking place in Okinawa

From 8 billion to 20 billion yen – the hotel resale business taking place in Okinawa

January 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wu Li Jun

The ownership and management rights of the Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort, which had renewed itself last year as a global hotel brand, were resold to the domestic real estate development giant, Mori Trust. Ever since Okinawa tourism recovered...

Okinawa ranks as the sixth destinations recommended by UK travel website

Okinawa ranks as the sixth destinations recommended by UK travel website

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A major travel arrangement website in UK called Skyscanner announced “top holidays destination,” and Okinawa ranked as the sixth in the top seven destinations. Okinawa is only place ranked from Asia, described as “the most beautiful and mysterious beaches.”...

Hyakuna Garan receives three international awards for hotel service

Hyakuna Garan receives three international awards for hotel service

November 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Hotel “Hyakuna Garan” in Nanjo City has taken out three international awards. The “World Boutique Hotel Award” is dedicated to hotels which offer high-quality service regardless of hotel size. In the food and drink section, Hyakuna Garan was the...

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