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Foreign tourist spending on high-priced goods surges in Japan

Duty-free sales top pre-pandemic levels at some department stores

The number of inbound visitors in October increased 2.4 times from the previous month to 490,000, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

TOKYO -- Spending by foreign and domestic travelers in Japan is increasing as the central government relaxes COVID-related restrictions.

The number of inbound travelers, especially wealthier visitors, is increasing due to the easing of border controls. Duty-free sales to date in December have exceeded pre-pandemic results for the same period at some department stores. And as domestic travel picks up, many hotels are reporting an average daily rate (ADR) topping pre-pandemic levels for December.

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