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International students offer new tourism perspective

Date Posted: 2011-10-28

The Naha City Tourist Association wants to ‘get it right’ when it comes to serving foreign tourists coming to town, so they’ve turned to foreigners to give some advice on what’s been done right, or wrong.

Nine international students studying at Okinawa Prefecture universities participated in a special tour of the Naha City townscape conducted by the Tourist Association. Throughout the day they were asked to evaluate the city’s facilities in the Onoyama, Yamashita and Manko Lake park areas, indicating if sufficient English language information was available, or if Okinawa’s charm was evident and points were clear when English speaking tour guides were available.

Students visited one of the eight Shinto shrines of the Ryukyus, “Okiguu” on the highest hill in Onoyama Park, and at ‘Tengan Mountain’. They also walked into town to the foot of a hill called “the Perry District” in the days following World War II. International students listened to tour guide explanations, and took pictures for updates to their blogs and Facebook pages, and provided critiques to Naha City Tourist Association.

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