I noticed a report in the Cairns Post this morning regarding an initiative aimed at reviving Japanese tourism to Far North Queensland:
THE tourism industry is pinning its hopes on a new joint Australia and Japan tourism campaign to return Japanese numbers to 200,000 or more by the year 2015.
The Australia-Japan Tourism Exchange Year 2013 also is intended to encourage Far North Queenslanders to travel to the Land of the Rising Sun on the direct flights operated by Jetstar between Cairns, Osaka and Tokyo.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive officer Rob Giason said the region was continuing to rebuild the market with an Australian holiday market share of 39 per cent of Japanese visitors to Australia….
…To the year ended September 2012, 91,000 Japanese tourists had visited the region, the same as the previous year.
I think it’s unlikely we’ll ever see Japanese tourism numbers back to where they once were, given population ageing and the projected decline in the Japanese population over coming decades, as highlighted in the UN population projections below (available at this link):