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February 3, 2016 1:17 pm

Japanese Airline VP Calls Israeli Travel Market ‘Important’

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The ANA Fleet at Osaka-Itami Airport, Japan. The senior vice president of ANA said the Israeli travel market is important for Japan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The ANA Fleet at Osaka-Itami Airport, Japan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – The senior vice president of All Nippon Airways (ANA), the largest airline in Japan, said on a visit to Israel that the Israeli travel market is important for Japan.

“The Israeli market is important to us. We recognize its great and growing potential, and are interested in the passenger traffic between the two countries,” said ANA’s Yutaka Ito, just weeks after the airline launched flights from Tel Aviv to Japan via Europe, reported the Israeli business news outlet Globes.

About 20,000 Israelis flew to Japan last year, with the figure growing each year, according to Ito. This has led to the airline establishing an office in Israel.

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In an effort to attract Israeli visitors to Japan, the second secretary at the Japanese Embassy in Israel, Osamu Maruyama, said during the visit by ANA representatives that “in contrast to the common belief that Japan is expensive, we’re actually cheaper than Israel in many ways.”

Maruyama, who will also make a presentation at the 22nd annual International Tourism Exhibition in Israel next week, said that “a bottle of Coke [in Japan] costs an average of NIS 4 — one third to one half of the price in Israel. Two sushi rolls cost NIS 3-4 — a quarter of the price in Israel. A single room in a business hotel in central Tokyo costs NIS 230 a night, and a double room in a Western-style hotel costs NIS 470.”

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