Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has confirmed that Indian arrivals in 2018 grew by 15 per cent compared to 2017. The cultural and trade exchanges between India and Japan has “strengthened tourism ties and increased footfalls from India to Japan,” said Ryoji Noda, Consul General of Japan in Mumbai.
Japan is hoping to attract 200,000 Indian travellers in 2019. The destination has also witnessed an increase in connectivity. Recently, All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced the first direct flight from Japan to Chennai. Also, Japan Airlines has announced that it will launch a new non-stop service between Tokyo and Bengaluru in 2020.
Speaking about the growth Kenichi Takano, executive director of JNTO Delhi Office, said, “We have received 154,000 Indian travellers in 2018 with a growth rate of 15 per cent compared to 2017. It is a very good increase. In 2019 we are looking at attracting 200,000 Indian travellers. With a new flight which we are starting between Tokyo and Chennai and next fiscal year from Tokyo to Bengaluru, the tourism between India and Japan will increase dramatically.”
Japan is promoting the destination under the collaboration with trade stakeholders, initiating a new campaign named #JapanSurprises! With the new promotion, the destination is showcasing Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido and Kyoto to the Indian travellers. Tokyo is ready to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and hopes to combine the potential of this event to attract sports enthusiasts.
Takano added: “MICE is a very big market for us. Even from India we are aggressively looking to attract MICE travellers and big MICE events. During the 2020 Olympics, we expect a lot of Indian travellers going to Japan to cheer their team. ”