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Thursday, 24th November 2011
In Japan Travel News,

Japanese travel interest hits post-disaster peak

It seems an increasing number of people are considering taking a trip to Japan as interest has hit a record high since the March 11th twin tragedy, a new study has shown.

Traveller confidence in the grief-stricken nation is evidently on the rise as a record number of people have researched holidays to Japan since the Fukushima leak, worldwide TripAdvisor traffic figures revealed.

Japan searches on the site hit a devastating low in May, but began to return to pace by last month when they hit their highest level and they continue to stay abreast figures for 2010.

What’s more, Britons are packing a real punch in supporting the country’s travel industry as 80 per cent see no reason for not making the journey, a survey of 1,425 people in the UK showed.

TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma Shaw welcomed the results, suggesting there was no reason why the trend should not continue.

She said: “Japan is a beautiful country with plenty to offer the discerning traveller.

“We’re happy to see that after such a tough time, tourism interest in the country has recovered and we hope that many travellers are currently planning their trips to Japan.”

The TripAdvisor’s 2012 Travel Trends Survey further showed economic unrest was not dampening Britons’ appetite for travel as 66 per cent intend taking between two and four holidays next year.

With 59 per cent of people using their typical budget to fund their holiday plans, a quarter of Britons plan on increasing their spend, while just 16 per cent think they will reduce it.

Still, if you are jetting off to Japan any time soon you might want to leave your laptop at home as the site’s figures showed 48 per cent of Britons check their work emails while on holidays.

Ms Shaw said: “While mobile technology has made our lives easier in so many ways, it’s added an additional layer of expectation to be on call even when on holiday.”

Posted by Susan Ballion