Japan busts record with 10 million foreign visitors

SINGAPORE arrivals to Japan registered an all-time high last year at 180,972 visitors while overall tourist numbers have surpassed the country’s targeted 10 million mark.

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) statistics show that Singapore arrivals have bounced back to beat the pre-earthquake high of 180,972 visitors in 2010.

William Tan, president of the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS), said: “Japan remains one of the most popular tourism destinations for Singaporean travellers – with its many offerings in its unique culture, its gastronomical delights, and breathtaking scenery. It is little wonder that Japan has been among the top five most popular destinations for visitors to the NATAS travel fair each and every year.”

JNTO held an awards ceremony last week to honour industry partners, with the JNTO President Award going to Singapore Airlines and the Japan Tourism Award to 10 major local travel agencies for helping Japan achieve the highest number of Singaporean arrivals in 2013.

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