TOKYO, March 16 (Bernama) — The estimated number of visitors to Japan in February rose 7.6 per cent from a year before to 2,035,800, hitting a record high for the month, Japan’s Jiji Press reported the Japan National Tourism Organisation as saying Wednesday.
The growth, however, fell below 10 per cent for the first time in four years, as this year’s Chinese Lunar New Year holidays started in late January, earlier than in February the previous year.
The slowdown also followed a leap year in 2016.
The number of visitors from South Korea jumped 22.2 per cent to 600,000 followed by 509,100 visitors from mainland China, up 2.0 per cent, 343,000 from Taiwan, down 1.7 per cent, and 140,600 from Hong Kong, down 7.4 per cent.
Visitors from Taiwan decreased for the first time in four years and a month.
“Competition to attract Taiwanese tourists is intensifying, with offers of low-priced flights to Europe increasing,” Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Akihiko Tamura told a press conference.
In January to February, the total number of visitors from abroad grew 15.7 per cent to 4,331,500.