Japan is to take centre stage for the final session of the 9th WTTC Travel & Tourism Summit, against a backdrop that the country has returned to recession as a result of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Its economy has been dealt a harsher blow by the disaster than expected, contracting by 0.9 percent in the quarter ending March 30.
As Japan begins rebuilding after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 11 March, All Nipon Airways is playing a key role in operating relief flights. BTN talks to Katsuji Kitazawa, ANA’s Head of UK Sales, about the current situation.
Tourists should no longer shun visits to Japan, as radiation levels at the country’s main airport and ports are “well within safe limits” according to new advice from the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
An earthquake off the east coast of Honshu – the main island of Japan – has prompted warnings of a new tsunami in the country. A warning was issued for the north-east of Japan after an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck earlier.
The UNWTO Regional Commission for Asia & the Pacific has expressed its full support for the people of Japan in the aftermath of the recent earthquake. The announcement comes as Japan confirmed it would decommission four stricken reactors at the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant.
Nations around the world are bracing themselves for a large slump in tourism arrivals from Japan, following last week’s devastating earthquake. Touism chiefs in Queensland fear falling arrivals from Japan could further dent a region already struggling to recover from the devastating floods. And everywhere from Taiwan to India, destinations are already feeling the pinch.
As Blossom Japan gears up for its debut in Tokyo early next year, the Japan Tourism Agency has extended its support to the event identifying the opportunity it brings to Japanese tourism.