Travel | Feb 08

Shifting Trends in Inbound Tourism

TOKYO, Feb 08 (News On Japan) - As China's Spring Festival approaches, the phenomenon known as "explosive buying," which dominated discussions before the pandemic, is giving way to a trend in inbound consumption that places greater value on experiences over material goods. This shift towards "experience consumption" indicates a changing landscape in tourist behavior.

In response, the Japanese government is making concerted efforts to attract "high-value travelers," tourists who spend over one million yen per person per trip, through initiatives such as business meetings. With an estimated 9 billion Chinese travelers expected to move during this year's Spring Festival, understanding the key to the anticipated recovery of inbound tourism is crucial.

Previously, inbound demand was characterized by extensive shopping hauls, with tourists primarily seeking to purchase goods. However, the current trend indicates a significant shift towards experiential spending, where tourists are looking for unique, memorable experiences that go beyond traditional shopping. This pivot reflects a broader change in consumer behavior and preferences, emphasizing quality and enrichment over quantity.

The government's strategy to attract high-value travelers involves not just marketing Japan's traditional and cultural experiences but also highlighting lesser-known regions that offer unique attractions. These areas are gaining popularity for their ability to provide authentic, localized experiences that differ from the mainstream offerings in more tourist-heavy locales.



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