Mass. rolls out welcome mat for Japan
With nonstop flights between Boston and Tokyo set to start, businesses gear up to attract Japanese tourists — and their money
With Japan Airlines’ upcoming nonstop flight from Tokyo making it easier than ever for Japanese travelers to get to Boston, tourism operators around New England are gearing up to attract them. Boston tourism officials project the nonstop service, which begins in three weeks, will increase the number of Japanese tourists by 20 percent this year and double it by 2014. Such an increase could provide a significant boost to tourism industry. Japanese travelers are the biggest spenders among international visitors tracked by local tourism officials.