Okinawa tourism generates 1 billion yen in fiscal year of 2015

December 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19, Okinawa Prefecture’s Culture, Tourism, and Sports Division announced the economic effects of tourism in Okinawa in the 2015 fiscal year. Tourism generated 1,143,334 million yen, a rise of 49.9 percent from the survey last year, and the highest number ever. This is the first the figure that has exceeded one trillion yen. The increase in foreign tourists and the number of landings of large cruise ships, and rising spending per person contributed to the record number. Tourism spending, used as the basis for calculating the economic ripple effect, was 691.1 billion yen, a rise of 51.2 percent from that in 2012.

The economic ripple effect of tourism mainly benefits the accommodation and restaurant industries directly involved with tourists. There were also direct and indirect effects on employment, with 125,749 jobs, an increase of 51.2 percent (approximately 44,000 people) from 2012. This is equivalent to 18.2 percent of employees in Okinawa.

Tourism expenditure is calculated by multiplying the number of tourists within Okinawa and from other prefectures and overseas by 75,881 yen (an average visitor’s spending).

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana) 

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