A gradual and steady increase in the number of Japanese tourists to Sri Lanka is expected in the coming years, say delegates of travel companies scheduled to participate in the JATA Tabihaku Travel Showcase, one of the biggest travel and tourism events is Asia, to be held from September 12 to 15 in Tokyo, Japan.
The nineteen Sri Lankan companies taking part in JATA Travel Showcase in Tokyo, Japan are:
Ceylon Sunny Holidays;
Tree & Life Travels;
N-KAR travels & Tours;
World Travel Centre ;
Get into Lanka Travels & Tours;
Lanka Sportreizen; and
Muthumuni Ayurveda Health Resort.
According to a spokesperson from the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau it’s an encouraging increase from the 14 stakeholders from Sri Lanka that took part in the annual event previous year.
With more new hotels coming up around Sri Lanka, the travel agents are optimistic that the product on offer in Sri Lanka would be more suited to the Japanese market.
The arrival of Japanese tourists to Sri Lanka has shown a remarkable increase since 2011. In 2005 the number was 17,148, but the trend declined up to 2010 with: 2006 – 16,189; 2007 – 14,274; 2008 – 10,075; 2009 – 10,926 and in 2010 the number rose to 14,352 and 2010. It was a remarkable increase in 2011 with 20,586 arrivals and last year, the number was around 25,000.
The travel show, to be held at the Tokyo Big Sight with the biggest total floor space ever, an increase of 33.75%, will focus not only on promoting outbound travel but also in encompassing inbound and domestic travel.
The event has expanded in scale in response to ongoing changes in the marketplace, now offering more business meetings, opportunities and chances for both the industry stakeholders as well as the public to expand their scope in the sector.
In 2012, the JATA Tabihaku welcomed some 708 companies and organizations from some 156 countries and regions, generating a total of 125,989 visitors, an all-time high record. With the event expanding from three to four halls and growing from 25,690 sq. meters in 2012 to a total of 34,360 sq. meters of floor space – the largest ever in its history – JATA anticipates the numbers of exhibitors and buyers as well as visitors to surpass those of the previous year.
[Via Lanka Business Today]