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  • June 2014
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) in association with Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) organized a familiarization trip to Japan exclusively meant for senior decisions makers / product development & contracting heads of major outbound travel companies from India.  The destination fam tour held from 28 May to 5 June 2014 coincided with the Japan ASEAN + INDIA Travel Mart 2014 scheduled from 2 to 4 June 2014 at Pacifico Yokohama. This included business meetings with key local tourism officials, major hoteliers, tour operators and attraction facilitators in Japan, where they were briefed about the latest tourism trends / developments in Japan. 
 The visit showcased important Japanese cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Yokohama. The group visited famous attractions like Asakusa, Osaka-Jo Castle, Abeno Harukasu, Tenjinbashi Shopping Street, Universal Studios Japan, Gekkeikan Sake Brewery, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizudera Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Gion District, Miyajima (Itsu kushima Shrine), Hiroshima Peace Park, Kintaikyo Bridge, Ginza, Shinzyoku etc. The group also experienced the bullet train, Shinkansen, from Kyoto to Hiroshima. 
 Japan has witnessed a 14.2% increase in Indian visitors in the month of April of this year. Japan welcomed 7,400 Indian visitors in April 2014, as compared to 6,481 in April 2013. Commenting on the Indian market Hideki Manabe, Executive Director, JNTO added, "JNTO has witnessed a significant growth in the number of Indian outbound travel to Japan. In the first four months of 2014, we have received 26,200 Indian tourist arrivals â€\" an increase of 11.4% over the same period in 2013. India is one of the important target markets for JNTO and I believe we can reach out to more Indian travelers through our travel trade partners." The trade delegation from India consisted of 16 travel agents from Mumbai and New Delhi, who leveraged on this opportunity to enhance their awareness about the destination and create fresh Japan tour products for the Indian visitors.

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