The final numbers aren’t in yet, but tourism officials expect 2017 to be another record year for visitors to Hawai‘i. That would make it the sixth straight year for record growth. That closely matches another Pacific location that also continues to set tourism records. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.
Japan has never seen so many visitors, nearly 29 million over the course of 2017 says the Transport and Tourism Minister. That’s up more than 19 percent from a year earlier—the sixth consecutive increase and the fifth consecutive record high.
Government statistics show roughly 80 percent of visitors to Japan come from elsewhere in Asia. Tourists from South Korea were up more than 40 percent from a year earlier—up by nearly a third from Vietnam and Indonesia, up 14 percent from China. Americans are also visiting more than they used to—an increase of 11-percent from a year ago.