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- Posted:Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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The Japanese government have decided that there’s only one way to improve their tourist figures and that’s to make things a bit more travel friendly for non-Japanese speaking visitors. And how best to do this? Get first-hand accounts of what needs to be changed, that’s how.
The Japanese government are planning on paying the travel allowances of up to 100 native English, Chinese and Korean speakers in order to tell them what needs improving. They want these travel guinea pigs to visit Japan’s key cities and report back on any problems or inconveniences they had along the way. It seems that the common complaints with non-Japanese speakers visiting the country include using public transport, eating out and staying in hotels.
Japan’s National Tourism Organisation have been conscious in recent years about improving the accessibility for non-Japanese speaking tourists, however there is still a lot that needs improving. Once all the travellers have explored Japan’s key cities all feedback will be taken on board and relevant changes implemented, leading to an easier travel experience for non-Japanese speakers.
Have you ever been to Japan and had problems getting around or with language barriers? Let us know what you think Japan could improve to help with travel by leaving a comment below. Or are there any other countries that you think need to run a similar project in order to improve access to their country for tourists?