|Above, the Tokyo Skytree ticket counters. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Japan's efforts to boost its annual foreign tourism numbers has been so successful that they are planning to up the goal to 30 million annual foreign visitors.
The Japan Times reported:
The government will raise its annual target for the number of foreign visitors to Japan to 30 million, as the current target of 20 million by 2020 is likely to be attained soon, government officials said Friday.
A new panel will also be launched — and hold its first meeting Monday — to compile a set of measures by year-end to achieve the new goal, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.
About 19.5 million foreign tourists are expected to visit Japan this year, Suga said in a speech last month, as a tally by the Japan National Tourism Organization showed the number topped 15 million as of Oct. 9, growing steadily from a record 13.41 million in 2014.The surge in foreign tourists to Japan is already straining the supply of accommodations in Japan. They would have to build a lot more if they come anywhere close to 30 million foreign visitors.
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