Overnight visitors to Fukushima from H.K. swell 2.5 times to 2,670 in Jan.-Oct.

Overnight visitors from Hong Kong to Fukushima Prefecture reached 2,670 in the January-October period of 2018, about 2.5 times more than the previous year’s same period, Fukushima Gov. Masao Ushibori reported at a regular press conference. The total, including tourists, exceeded for the first time the level before the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011.

Viewing the recovering travel demand as a toehold to dispel the bad reputation stemming from the nuclear disaster, the prefectural government is set to step up efforts to attract more visitors from fiscal 2019 beginning next April, including the transmission of tourism information in traditional Chinese widely used in Hong Kong and calls for airlines and travel agents to operate charter flights to Fukushima.