Japan sees record 13.41 mil. foreign traveler arrivals in 2014

January 20, 2015 11:58 pm 

TOKYO, Jan. 20 — The estimated number of foreign traveler arrivals in Japan in 2014 jumped by around 3 million from the previous year to a record 13.41 million, boosted by a weak yen and relaxed visa requirements, the government said Tuesday.

There was a significant rise in visitors from china and elsewhere in Asia after an expansion of duty-free items for foreign visitors and a rise in low-cost carrier flights.

Spending by foreign travelers soared 43.3 percent from 2013 to a record 2.03 trillion yen, with visitors from china accounting for some 25 percent of total spending, according to the Japan Tourism Agency.(PNA/Kyodo)

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