Ja­pan, China, S. Korea agree to boost tourism: min­is­ters

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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