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UNWTO Supports Japan Tourism Recovery
Supporting the Recovery of Japan’s Tourism Industry
Following the 11 March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Japan’s inbound and outbound travel decreased significantly and the tourism industry was negatively impacted as a result. UNWTO and its Members stand by to support Japan and help drive the recovery of its industry.
"Japan Recovery News" - Updates from the UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific in Japan
In response to the tragic events of March 2011, the UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific, based in Osaka Japan, has launched a special website dedicated to promoting the revival of Japan’s tourism industry. The website features up-to-date news and travel information on Japan, and focuses on encouraging travel to the Kansai region – one of the country’s most outstanding cultural heritage destinations. The website aims to convey the message that Japan is open for tourism – and the people of Japan are ready to welcome international visitors with their ‘Omotenashi no kokoro’ – world-renowned hospitality.
For more information and to visit the website, CLICK HERE .
Official UNWTO documents following Japan’s Tourism Recovery
The Secretary General’s letter of support to the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan, His Excellency Mr. Akihiro Ohata:
Related press releases:
30 Jun 2011
15 Apr 2011
01 Apr 2011
Further resources on Japan’s tourism industry and recovery
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)
Official government website for tourist information for Japan. Includes extensive information on attractions, events, transportation, gastronomy and also features a movie channel and a travel planner.
For official JNTO travel updates regarding 3.11 click here.
Japan’s Association of Travel Agents (JATA)
As an association sanctioned by Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Home, JATA seeks to improve the quality of services provided to travelers to and from Japan. It contributes to the development of the travel and tourism industry through a variety of activities including information dissemination, enhancing cooperation among members, and promoting the development of businesses and legislation that will benefit the membership and the industry at large.
JATA is committed to supporting Japan’s tourism recovery process, to read its official declaration of support click here.
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
PATA is a membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. In partnership with PATA’s private and public sector members, PATA aims to enhance the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to, from and within the region.
Through its PATA Foundation, PATA has launched a special appeal ‘Japan Aid Movement’ to raise funds for disaster relief in Japan. Through this appeal PATA has already raised over US$12,000 and continues to provide support to ensure the quick and efficient recovery of Japan’s travel industry.
Official PATA Press Release:
2 Jun 2011
For more information on PATA visit: www.pata.org
PATA Foundation Japan Aid Movement: http://www.pata.org/Donate
Japan Tourism Bureau (JTB)
With over 187 companies and 26,000 employees, JTB Group is Japan’s leading travel agency and has the mission to bring satisfying and joyful experiences to customers through providing opportunities for multicultural exchange and understanding between people, nature and heritage.
JTB’s subsidiaries across the world have held charity events, fund-raising campaigns, developed special ‘ganbare Japan’ packages and offered messages of solidarity.