Hong Kong resumes tours to Japan: Okinawa welcomes tourists

Hong Kong resumes tours to Japan: Okinawa welcomes tourists

The tour group received a warm welcome on their arrival at Naha Airport, Okinawa.

April 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 16, Hong Kong companies resumed tours to Japan after halting them after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Hong Kong tour company EGL Tours brought 63 tourists, including media people, to Okinawa from Hong Kong. All such companies in Hong Kong suspended tours to Japan soon after the March 11 earthquake. Okinawa is the first Japanese prefecture to welcome in tourists from that region of China since then.

Taking this opportunity to promote Okinawa to Hong Kong, the prefecture invited the group of tourists to watch the Ryukyu Kaiennsai (Okinawa Seaside Fireworks Festival) held in Ginowan City, on a cruise ship.

In the welcome ceremony held on the ship, Governor of Okinawa Hirokazu Nakaima said, “We are grateful to the people of Hong Kong for choosing Okinawa as the first place in Japan to resume tours to. We will do our best to ensure that tourists can enjoy themselves in the lead-up to summer.”

A female member of the tour group, the first person to book a place on the tour said, “I came on this tour to support Japan. I heard that Okinawa is a particularly safe place among the prefectures of Japan. I really want to enjoy my time here.”

This group of tourists is scheduled to stay four days, visiting such sightseeing spots as the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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