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asia A sergio ortiz 108 january 2012 onsite review june 2011 Although recent natural disasters have tarnished the image of Japan as one of Asia’s most exhilarating destinations, the country’s tourist attractions remain alive and still flourish. Equally important, because the influx of foreign visitors has taken a substantial dip, there are great deals to be found in both accommodations and tourist amenities, making this perhaps the least expensive and less crowded time to see this incomparable land. This, too, might prove the ideal time to travel because when it comes to regaining its status as one of Asia’s premier destinations, Japan has shifted into a welcome mode and there are unprecedented travel deals to be found. Diane Molzan, Goway Travel’s general manager for Asia, who recently returned from an exploratory trip to assess Japan’s infrastructure, agrees. “My advice for travelers is to grab this great opportunity to see Japan,” she says. “I suspect we’ll see some excellent deals come to play in the near future for both land packages and flights.” She is convinced that although tourism to Japan has declined by almost 60 percent from the previous year, the country is such a splendid destination that tourists will inevitably return “...although there are still a lot of concerns regarding the aftermath [of the disaster]. There is much to be done on our part as tour operators to help North Americans regain confidence in Japan as a destination.” Those willing to peek behind the curtain of negative news reports and venture into Asia’s most distinctive land, will find Hokkaido—the northernmost island of the archipelago that makes up this fascinating country—to be a repository of great scenery, delicious regional food and sites that stray far from the cliched image of Japan etched in the mind of most Westerners. ©JNTO HOKKAIDO, JAPAN

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend January 2012

Editor's Note
Hotel Desk: Hard Rock Hotels and Resorts
Tour Talk: Lindblad Expeditions
Holland America's Veendam
Delta Air Lines' 2012 Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America Travel Guide
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Las Vegas' 2012 Offerings
Hot European Tours for 2012
Hokkaido, Japan
Egypt's Antiquity Attractions are Eternal

Recommend January 2012