Japan's tourist numbers plunge 99.9 per cent in April during pandemic





Tokyo (dpa) – Numbers of overseas visitors to Japan plunged by 99.9 per cent in April year-on-year due to a pandemic-induced travel ban, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) said on Wednesday.



Just 2,900 people travelled to Japan in April, down from 2.9 million during the same month last year, the JNTO said. 
Japan has imposed an entry ban to visitors from 100 countries, including China, the United States and all of Europe, inflicting severe damage on the country's tourism industry.
Japan's economy, the world's third largest, has in recent years become increasingly reliant on overseas visitors, especially those from Asia.
Before the pandemic, tourism had been enjoying healthy growth rates. An estimated 31.8 million people visited Japan in 2019, up 2.2 per cent from the previous year, the JNTO said.
Japan had hoped to boost the number of overseas tourists to 40 million in 2020 with help of the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics. The Games will now take place in 2021.

Wednesday, May 20th 2020
(dpa)
           


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