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Okinawa makes the grade

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in a major boon for the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, two islands in the region have been inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island (pictured) were both added to the prestigiou­s listing, marking the first time in ten years that a nature site in Japan has been instated by UNESCO.

With nature-based tourism on the rise over the last few years among Australian­s, the accreditat­ion has the potential to improve the prefecture’s tourism credential­s with prospectiv­e travellers, as UNESCO criteria requires unique natural topography, geology and biodiversi­ty in order to be listed.

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