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Tourism hit hard in aftermath of terror

Date Posted: 2001-10-13

The September 11 terrorist attack in New York seems to have had serious consequences for Okinawan tourism.

The Prefectural Office, Tourism and Resort Bureau reported Friday at an economic committee meeting that a total of 54,000 people had canceled their trip to Okinawa since the attack. Most cancellations were for the school graduation trips counting 194 schools with 42,904 students.

Prefecture officials have set up a special task force to explain the current situation in Okinawa, and to promote and develop an affirmative tourism campaign jointly with airline companies, in order to stop further cancellations.

Regarding the issue, Japan Trans Ocean Airline held an emergency meeting summoning all of its branch managers around the nation on Friday to the company headquarters in Naha. Subjects included a report on tightened safety measures concerning the aircraft and airports, and the wave of cancellations. As of October 2, JTA had received cancellations for 7,500 seats resulting in a loss of 100 million.

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