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WTTC chief upbeat after Japan visit


Published on Apr 20, 2011

The President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), David Scowsill has concluded a trip to Japan, where he held meetings with the government, airlines and other industry leaders to discuss how WTTC could help to kick-start the country's tourism recovery.

Scowsill said that he plans is deliver a message to foreign governments that travel advisories need to more accurately reflect the status of the country in terms of safety and security, with Tokyo and vast swathes of Japan, including Hokkaido, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, all currently deemed safe to visit.

“The situation is clearly serious, with cancellations forcing hotels to cut costs and operate with skeleton staffing, airlines canceling flights and running low load factors, and restaurants struggling as Japanese consumers continue to cancel trips and stay at home,” said Scowsill.

“Although there are still a number of uncertainties regarding the fallout from the nuclear power plant explosions, life is returning to normal: the baseball league has restarted, flights have resumed at Sendai Airport, and Tokyo Disneyland has re-opened. Governments around the world have been too slow to remove blanket travel bans on the whole country; they must ensure that their travel advice accurately reflects what is actually happening on the ground.

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