The latest statistics in tourism show that Australia and Japan are more popular destinations than ever — especially for each other.
Visitor numbers to Japan are at an all-time high, according to statistics from Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO). The country has seen more visitors this year to date (over 14 million) than in all of 2014.
Japan has been a hot tourist destination for decades, but recent events have attracted even more attention. Japan was named the number one dream destination on Twitter for Australians, reports JNTO, and has been ranked as the second best country to visit in 2016 by the Lonely Planet.
Japan is also becoming a hit destination for Australian honeymooners. Tourism Australia just partnered with wedding publisher Zexy and tour operator JTB to launch a campaign targeting newlyweds considering their honeymoon in Japan.
Australian Bureau of Statistics’ data for September show that the number of Japanese tourists in Australia grew almost 18 per cent — to around 29,000 visitors — compared to the same month last year.
A portion of this increase can be attributed to the recent near-doubling of Qantas flights in and out of Tokyo, a move that has increased tourism for both countries, News.com.au reports.
“Qantas commenced its Tokyo (Narita)-Brisbane service at the beginning of August, with the deployment of an Airbus 330 aircraft adding around 2,000 more seats a week from Japan to Australia,” said Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan.
“As some of the aviation capacity constraints we’ve faced in the Japan market in recent times begin to be unlocked, we’re definitely starting to see improved inbound tourism performance.”