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Monday, 09 September, 2019, 15 : 30 PM [IST]

JNTO hopeful of 2 lakh visitors from India in 2019

Conducts roadshows in Mumbai & Ahmedabad
The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is hoping to continue its inbound growth trajectory from India by welcoming 2 lakh visitors in 2019. In 2018, the country witnessed a surge of 14.6% with 1.54 lakh Indian travellers visiting the country.

“I am hopeful or reaching the 2-lakh-visitor-arrival-mark from India this year. As of July 2019, we have already seen 106,200 Indian visitors to Japan since January in comparison to 92,937 during the same period in 2018. India is a huge market and therefore we are focusing on Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad,” said Yusuke Yamamoto, the newly-appointed Executive Director for India of JNTO.

To amplify their outreach in India, JNTO conducted its annual ‘Visit Japan Roadshow 2019’ in Mumbai and Ahmedabad late last month. Aiming at strengthening the relationship with the travel and trade fraternity, the roadshow was attended by 16 delegations who interacted with about 230 travel agents in both the cities. “GIT (Group Inclusive Tour) continues to remain a key area of focus in India and we also witness good MICE movement, especially incentive tour from the automotive sector,” Yamamoto added.

Moreover, in an attempt to promote Okinawa as a wedding destination, JNTO took few influential wedding planners to the Okinawa prefecture in the month of March for a recce. After receiving a positive response from the Indian wedding planners, JNTO also organised a wedding seminar in Delhi only for the Indian wedding planners community.

JNTO is also confident that the destination will further witness growth from the south Indian market with the launch of All Nippon Airways direct flights from Chennai to Tokyo from October 27. Subsequently, in 2020 Japan Airlines will start its direct flight from Bengaluru to Tokyo. This would be the first time Southern part of India will get direct flights to Japan and of course, encouraging more number of Indian travelers to Japan.
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