New Year’s Convention to promote Okinawan tourism worldwide

New Year's Convention to promote Okinawan tourism worldwide

Participants at the New Year's Convention for Okinawan tourism carried out a Japanese traditional ceremony kagami-biraki at the Pacific Hotel Okinawa in Naha on January 5.

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 part in the convention. They prayed for the further development of Okinawan tourism.

Yoshiyuki Uehara, the head of the bureau said, “Okinawan tourism grew steadily last year. I expect more travel demand from economically growing Asian countries neighboring Okinawa.” Uehara went on to say, “We have to aim for not only increasing the number of tourists visiting Okinawa but also creating high-quality tourist spots in Okinawa, which will be attractive internationally.”

In his guest speech, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said, “We have put forward an Asian economic strategy for this year. We would like to promote Okinawa, which is poised to become an international logistics hub linked with the information and communication industry and the international tourism industry in the future years.”

Music producer Eisho Higa, the vocalist of BEGIN, performed Okinawa tourism’s promotional song “Ichariba Yui,” which was created to warmly welcome foreign tourists visiting Okinawa. The event also introduced Miss Okinawa 2015.

(English translation by T&CT)

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