Govt. to help revive tourism in quake-hit regions

posted on May 16, 2016

Japan's government plans to help revive tourism in southwestern areas of the country hit by last month's powerful earthquakes.

Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii announced this after visiting Aso City in Kumamoto Prefecture and the Yufuin hot spring resort in neighboring Oita Prefecture on Sunday.

Many accommodations in Yufuin were open during the holiday season after the quakes. But the number of guests had fallen almost by half from the same period last year.

Oita Governor Katsusada Hirose asked for government support.

Ishii suggested that the government will focus on a tourism promotion campaign for Kyushu.

He also said the government plans to invite tourism officials from South Korea, Taiwan and other places to a tour of Kyushu in early June.

He added that the government is also considering issuing coupons to tourists for accommodation and shopping.

source by nhk
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