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Source: JNTO

According to JNTO, the estimated number of foreign tourists to Japan in February 2012 has dropped by 19.3%, bringing it to 548,000. On the other hand, there were 12.9% more Japanese travellers leaving Japan.



Source: Japan Tourism Agency

According to Japan Tourism Agency, total money movement between major travel agencies in Japan in January 2012 showed a 9.4% increase compared to same month last year. Although some companies say they have been hit hard by the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, generally, the market is on its mend.



Reference: Japan Travel Agency

Survey results of trends of foreign tourists to Japan carried out between July and September 2011 has been published by Japan Travel Agency. Although foreign tourist spending has decreased by 31% compared to previous year (same period), the decrease rate is milder compared to April - June 2011 (46.9% drop). Average foreign tourist spending was 120.343 yen, slightly higher compared to same period last year. Number of repeat foreign tourists have recovered and overall the number of tourists are on the mend. Popular souvenirs amongs foreign tourists were sweets, cameras, cosmetics, mangas, and anime goods.



Reference: Hotels.com

According to the recent "Hotel Price Index" survey, which examines hotel prices worldwide, carried out by Hotels.com, on average, hotel prices worldwide increased 3% compared to the previous year. However, within the Asian countries, hotel prices have dropped by over 10%. Looking at price drops across the globe, Osaka ranked 1st (32.5% drop, 9949 yen), Kyoto 3rd (27.2% drop, 13,460 yen) and Tokyo 8th (13.9% drop 12,755 yen). Hotels.com analysed this as caused by the 3.11 earthquake and therefore resulting in a decrease in the number of Japanese holiday-makers. Especially in Kyoto, there is certainly an increasing demand during the cherry blossom (sakura) season, however, due to consequencies of the earthquake, hotels have lowered their prices.


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