“ Japan will continue to promote travel and leisure and stress its great possible in people to people understanding as well as the important role in rural area development”, said Prime Minister Abe.
On the occasion, Mr. Rifai provided Prime Minister Abe with the Open up Letter on Travel and Travel and leisure, an initiative jointly led simply by UNWTO and the World Travel plus Tourism Council (WTTC) to recommend tourism and its role to the advancement nations.
Mr Rifai congratulated Prime Minister Abe at the impressive development of the tourism industry since he took office within 2013 and highlighted the potential that will tourism has to bring development to any or all the areas of Japan. In 2016, Japan received 24 million worldwide tourists, an increase of 22% when compared with 2015. Japan set as a focus on to increase the number of foreign tourists in order to 40 million by 2020, and also to 60 million by 2030.
“ Japan is displaying a clear leadership in tourism advancement by placing tourism high in the socio-economic agenda. We thank Leading Minister Abe for its vision plus leadership and look forward to ongoing working with Japan to achieve its fixed target of 40 million worldwide tourists by 2020”, said Mister Rifai.
David Scowsill, President& CEO, WTTC, said: “ Japan is a country which has lengthy recognized the power of our sector to push economic growth. Travel& Tourism adds 7. 4% to the country’ s i9000 GDP and generates over four. 5 million jobs, or six. 9% of total employment in the united states. Japan ranks 4th in the world with regard to Travel& Tourism GDP. We motivate the government to continue its great initiatives to stimulate Japan’ s Travel& Tourism sector, focusing on creating items to attract new markets plus continuing to invest in infrastructure to absorb upcoming demand in the country. ”
Mr Rifai also met the particular Governor of Yamagata Prefecture, Mieko Yoshimura, to announce the forth-coming UNWTO Conference on Tourism plus Snow-Related Activities, to be held within February 2018. The event is targeted at supporting the recovery of the Tohoku region (Northern) from the 2011 earthquake. It is also part of the efforts of UNWTO to support Japan in diversifying the tourism offer to less identified tourism areas.
The particular visit was also an occasion to inaugurate the Tokyo Liaison Office from the UNWTO Regional Support Office pertaining to Asia and the Pacific（ RSOAP） located in Nara in the presence of the seventeen UNWTO Affiliate Members of The japanese and 200 key tourism frontrunners and stakeholders. The office will provide ancillary support to the activities being performed from the Nara-based office.
Besides his encounter with Leading Minister Abe, Mr Rifai kept meetings with Mr. Yoshihiro Nikai, Secretary-General of Liberal Democratic Celebration (LDP), Mr. Keiichi Ishii, the particular Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT), Mr. Nobuo Kishi, State Minister for International Affairs and Mr. Akihiko Tamura, Commissioner of Japan Tourism Company (MLIT), all of whom expressed their own support to the tourism sector as well as the work of UNWTO.
On the occasion, UNWTO Secretary-General furthermore addressed the research commission for the business of a tourism oriented nation from the LDP and met with the associates of the Japan National Tourism Business (JNTO), the Japan Association associated with Travel Agents (JATA), the The japanese Travel and Tourism Association (JTTA), JTB Corp., TOYO University, Most Nippon Airways (ANA), Gurunavi Incorporation. and the Japan International Cooperation Company (JICA).
JICA plus UNWTO recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed to help with the 2030 Agenda for Environmentally friendly Development and the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs) through tourism with a specific focus in assisting developing nations to reduce poverty through tourism along with improve public policies and company practices.
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