On the October 6, The Kyushu Regional Bureau of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism confirmed that the number of people entering the region from abroad during July reached 445,277, representing a 21.4% increase compared to the same month last year. June and July saw record highs set for two consecutive months. An increase in tourism has been identified as one of the major factors in this dramatic rise. Although unconfirmed, initial figures showed that the number of overseas visitors to Kyushu for 2017 surpassed three million by August, two months earlier than in 2016. The Department added that although new low-cost airline carriers undoubtedly had a favorable impact on the number of visitors to Kyushu, the number of North American and European tourists visiting the region is relatively low in comparison to Japan as a whole. As such, officials have stressed the need to raise awareness about the top sightseeing spots that Kyushu has to offer. Source: Mainichi Shimbun, 10/7/2017
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