4.5m Chinese visitors propel Japan arrivals to record in first half

World | 18 Jul 2019 3:03 pm

The biggest number of visitors to Japan so far this year came from China at 4.53 million, an increase of 11.7 percent.

The increase was boosted by the easing of visa restrictions in January, Kyodo reports.

In the first half, Japan attracted a record number of overseas visitors with an estimated 16.63 million arrivals, up by 4.6 percent from a year earlier, government data show.

Spending by foreign visitors increased 8.3 percent from a year earlier to 2.43 trillion yesn (US$22 billion), also an all-time high, the Japan Tourism Agency said.

The number of South Korean visitors fell by 3.8 percent to 3,862,700, while those from Taiwan decreased by 1 percent to 2.48 million the agency said.

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