January 5, 2018

The number of tourists in Okinawa continue to grow: record high in November 2017

Filed under: news — Tags: , — okinawacollection @ 7:00 AM

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (沖縄県文化観光スポーツ部) released the data of the number of foreign and domestic tourists to Okinawa in November 2017.

The statistics shows the increase/decrease from the previous year (2016), and the nationalities for the foreign tourists. All data is written in Japanese.

Number of foreign tourists in Okinawa

[Source: http://www.pref.okinawa.jp/site/bunka-sports/kankoseisaku/kikaku/statistics/tourists/documents/h29-11gaikyou.pdf]

(n.s.) (2017 December 22). Ryukyu Shimpo “Okinawa kankō ga zekkōchō, nen 900-mannin toppa e: 11-gatsu jiten de zennengoe” [「沖縄観光が絶好調、年900万人突破へ 11月時点で前年超え」].

Meanwhile, Nansei Shoto Industrial Advancement Center (一般財団法人南西地域産業活性化センター) released new data on population increase in Okinawa Prefecture. Their data state that more and more foreigners live in Okinawa.

Nansei shoto [sic] Industrial Advancement Center. (December 2017 20). “Zōkasuru kennai no zairyū gaikokujin ni tsuite (「増加する県内の在留外国人について」).” Okinawa Keizai Review, No. 4.

Foreign residents by country in Okinawa

[Figure source: https://niac.or.jp/topix/keizaireview04.pdf]

This report says the largest increase was made by the residents from Nepal (in straight blue line).

(n.s.) (2017 December 21). Okinawa Times. 「人口増加率全国トップの沖縄、その4割が外国人: 中国・ベトナム人が著しい伸び」.

UHM Library has some resources on tourism in Okinawa.