Think you’ve got it bad. Spare a thought for Japanese tourism operators. Visitor arrivals to the Land of the Rising Sun fell 18.7% during 2009 due mainly to huge declines in the number of Korean and Taiwanese tourists, according to the Japan National Tourism Organisation.
However, there are signs of an inbound rebound with December arrivals up 22% over the previous year. Outbound Japanese tourism fell for the third consecutive year, this time by a relatively modest -3.4%.