Japan, China, S. Korea agree to boost tourism: ministers
Japan, China and South Korea briefly put aside territorial and historical disputes Sunday for rare trilateral talks announcing a bid to boost tourism numbers in the three countries to 30 million visitors in five years.
Japanese tourism minister Akihiro Ota met with counterparts Li Jinzao of the China National Tourism Administration and Kim JongDeok of South Korea in Tokyo, Jiji Press and Kyodo News said.
The meeting — the first by tourism ministers of the three countries in four years, according to Jiji — came ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and Japan’s 2020 Summer Olympics.
The three ministers agreed to set a goal of raising the number of visitors between them to 30 million in 2020 from some 20 million in 2014, the news reports said.
The ministers also sought to work together for launching a “Visit East Asia” campaign to attract tourists from other countries during events such as the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, they said.
The three separately called for measures to prevent problems arising from different daily habits and to ensure the safety of tourists, Kyodo said.