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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 is to increase JTB’s selling power for Okinawa’s tourism by learning about Okinawa.

In April of this year, JTB integrated 15 of its branches across Japan, making this the first 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...

OMSB and OCVB join together to start dive shop excellence certification system in April

OMSB and OCVB join together to start dive shop excellence certification system in April

January 12, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Marine Leisure Safety Bureau (OMSB) will institute its system to certify the excellence of diving companies and guides on April 1. On January 11, OMSB signed a comprehensive business alliance with the Okinawa Tourism Convention Bureau (OCVB) to launch...

Awamori in Iceland: positive response felt during tasting event

December 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In November, in preparation for opening up a Western market for Ryukyu Awamori, three distilleries in Okinawa Prefecture (Chuko Awamori Distillery, Zuisen Distillery, and Kumejima’s Kumesen), along with Blueship Okinawa, a consulting company, held...

The number of tourists coming to Okinawa exceeds that of visitors to Hawaii between January and September

 

November 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The number of tourists visiting Okinawa in 2017 may exceed that of Hawaii, which is considered a model for Okinawa tourism. From January to September, 7,115,500 people visited Okinawa, an increase of 8.9 percent compared with the same...

Thailand royal family member takes part in filming Okinawa travel program for Thai television

Thailand royal family member takes part in filming Okinawa travel program for Thai television

 

December 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On December 4 ML Sarali Kitiyakara of Thailand’s royal family, who also does work as a television personality, came to Okinawa to film an overseas vacation television program with the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT)....

Fresh Fish to be exported to China

Fresh Fish to be exported to China

 

November 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 22 at the Okinawa Prefectural Government, the Asia Economic Strategy Section held a meeting and announced the establishment of seafood exports from Okinawa to Shanghai, China. The regulations imposed on Japanese food since...