Demand for overseas travel is continuing to grow among South Australians, and one destination has made a resurgence of its own to start 2023.
New data from the Japan National Tourism Organization shows the number of Australians visiting Japan has just overtaken pre-pandemic levels for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions were introduced.
RAA Travel booking data also backs up this trend – the number of trips to Japan to start 2023 have increased by around 250 per cent when compared with mid-2022.
RAA Travel General Manager Gina Noman said affordability was a big factor for those heading to Asia this year rather than Europe.
“The reason we’re seeing a lot of people have an interest in Japan is it’s more affordable – about half the cost when compared with Europe,” Gina said.
“Japan also has so many natural beauties – from the Cherry Blossom season which is always popular, to the colourful leaves of autumn later in the year.
“Tokyo is by far the most popular destination though – you could easily spend a week exploring its city centres.
Ms Norman also said the skiing and snowboarding opportunities from December to February are incredible and one of the main reasons for Aussies heading over at those times.
“If Japan is on your travel bucket-list, think about booking now.
“There is still some availability this year, but even if you’re looking at going next year we would recommend booking now as well.
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