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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 part in activities to promote and attract cruise line companies. A ceremony was held on Jeju Island, South Korea.

 

The memorandum included: increasing the number of stops at ports...

 

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...

Awamori Export Project will market Ryukyu awamori as healthy option to Europe and North America

Awamori Export Project will market Ryukyu awamori as healthy option to Europe and North America

 

March 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Japanese government, the Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association, and private companies came together to create the Ryukyu Awamori Overseas Export Project. On March 7 the project held a meeting at the Okinawa General Bureau in Naha...

Tourism to Okinawa last year reached 93.9 million people, exceeding that to Hawaii

Tourism to Okinawa last year reached 93.9 million people, exceeding that to Hawaii

February 2, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Hawaii Tourism Authority announced on February 1 that the number of tourists to come to Hawaii in 2017 was 9,382,986. Tourists to Okinawa exceeded those to Hawaii for the first time, by a margin of about 13,000 people. In 2017, the number of tourists arriving...

Okinawa export increase anticipated through new sea route connecting Naha and Ho Chi Minh

Okinawa export increase anticipated through new sea route connecting Naha and Ho Chi Minh

January 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shanghai Hai Hua Shipping Company (HASCO), a Chinese maritime transport company, has begun operating international container ships on a route between Naha Port and Ho Chi Minh Port in Vietnam through Keelung Port in Taiwan. On January 18 the first ship to take...