The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Delhi Office continues its efforts to promote Japan as a honeymoon and wedding destination to Indian outbound wedding market. JNTO organized a familiarization (FAM) trip to Okinawa (Southern Islands of Japan) from 19-25th January. During the FAM course, participants surveyed top key factors to sense the potential and scope of capacity and necessary supplies in order to host the large celebrations of Indian weddings in Okinawa, Japan.
Participants visited the luxury beach resorts such as ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort, Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island, The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa, Okinawa Kariyushi Beach Resort Ocean Spa, Okinawa Spa Resort EXES, Okinawa EXES Naha, Rizzan Sea Park Hotel, Tancha-Bay, Shigira Seven Miles Resorts and Hotel Nikko Alivila Yomitan Resort Okinawa.
“Rooms are spacious with great sea view and many choices of indoor restaurants, big garden and banquet areas, nice weather is a perfect blend for an outdoor cocktail evening, which is an important part of the three-day-long Indian wedding celebrations.” Resorts are loaded with unique indoor and outdoor activities like SPA, Whale watching, Coral reef cleaning tours, Watersports, Glass boat ride, etc.,” one of the wedding experts on the fam said.
They also experienced tasteful and authentic Indian food and generous Okinawa hospitality by visiting local Indian restaurants like Bollywood Jewel and Surya Shokudo. Besides this, they enjoyed a sunset dinner cruise by West Marine and Italian food at Verde Mare (Italian in Miyako Jima Island).
One of them mentioned, “Indian Food is very important for targeting Indian wedding and availability of Indian restaurants, chefs and authentic Indian cuisine are key favorable factors enticing Indian wedding planners”.
Experts examined almost everything by themselves and closely, however; JNTO organized a meeting sessions with local prefecture government and hotels to figure out more details on both sides.
Experts were mesmerized by the clear pristine beaches of Okinawa and endlessly cherished the white sand and the emerald green shining sea. Japan, in fact, witnessed 13,900 Indian tourist arrivals in January, posting 11.5 per cent SPLY hike.