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Increase in foreign tourists visiting Okinawa leads to shortage in hotel rooms

February 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The number of foreign tourists visiting Okinawa rapidly increased during observation of the Lunar New Year which began on February 18. The shortage of hotel rooms in Okinawa has been due to overlapping events such as professional baseball spring training camps and school trips. Some of the hotels had almost full occupancy from the 19th to the 21st.

Usually, travel agencies keep a hold on rooms, but they cancel bookings for the week of Lunar New...

 

Hewlett-Packard Vice President meets Okinawa Governor, with eye on Okinawa for business expansion in Asia

Hewlett-Packard Vice President meets Okinawa Governor, with eye on Okinawa for business expansion in Asia

January 23, 2015

On January 22, Vice President Tom Norton of the Hewlett-Packard Company U.S. Headquarters (HP) made a courtesy call on Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office. Vice President Norton expressed interest in finding ways to utilize international submarine...

Okinawan companies increase profits for a record seventh period in a row

Okinawan companies increase profits for a record seventh period in a row

January 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 16, the Okinawa Development Finance Corporation announced the results of a business conditions survey on the period from October to December 2014 in Okinawa. The diffusion index of business sentiment (DI) in this period increased over the same period...

New Year’s Convention to promote Okinawan tourism worldwide

New Year's Convention to promote Okinawan tourism worldwide

January 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 5, the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) held a New Year’s Convention for Okinawan tourism at the Pacific Hotel Okinawa in Naha. About 1,000 people related to the Okinawan tourism industry and the Okinawa Prefectural Government took...

Record 6,507,000 tourists visit Okinawa in the calendar year of 2014

December 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced the number of tourist visitations to Okinawa from January to November 2014. The number was 6,507,000, a new yearly record, exceeding 6,413,700 in the calendar year of 2013(from January to December...

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...

Naha ranks 6th among top 10 destinations on the rise in the world

Naha ranks 6th among top 10 destinations on the rise in the world

December 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 3, TripAdvisor, the biggest travel website in the world providing travel reviews, announced “Traveler’s Choice 10 Destinations On The Rise in 2014.”
Naha City has ranked 6th in the world ranking, and 4th in the Asian ranking....

Hong Kong’s major investment group to tap into Okinawan markets

November 30, 2014 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

Hong Kong’s major investing company First Eastern Investment Group, one of low-cost carrier Peace Aviation’s key shareholders, is planning to invest in Okinawan hotel and entertainment industries. The head of the company Victor L.L. Chu,...

Chibana Hanaui textile products to enhance regional branding in Okinawa

Chibana Hanaui textile products to enhance regional branding in Okinawa

November 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Luggage and accessory store Tajimaya has developed original products with Okinawa City’s Chibana Hanaui textile company, which makes state-designated traditional crafts. They released their new products on November 20. Tajimaya, the Chibana Hanaui Business...

Symposium held for fifth anniversary of International Logistics Hub

Symposium held for fifth anniversary of International Logistics Hub

October 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 28, the Okinawa Prefecture Government organized a symposium in Naha commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Okinawa International Logistics Hub.

Operations began at the All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) Cargo Hub at Naha Airport in October 2009....

Record 658,700 tourists visit Okinawa in September

Record 658,700 tourists visit Okinawa in September

October 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 20, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced a new monthly record for tourist visitation numbers in Okinawa. A total of 658,700 people visited Okinawa in September. This is the 24th consecutive month in which the previous year’s figures...

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