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Ageing tourists, ageing destinations: Tourism and demographic change in Japan

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Changing demographics in the developed world as well as in economies such as China are considered one of the major shifts in the world tourism industry. However, the fact that demographic changes will affect not only the demand side of tourism, but also the supply side, is often neglected. This chapter examines the influence of demographic changes on tourism in Japan from these two aspects. On the supply side, many established tourist destinations go through a stage of decline that is connected not only to ageing facilities, but also to the ageing of the population that provides services for tourists. Factors of decline but also trends towards rejuvenation and changes in the structure of ownership and services are examined with regard to different destinations. The chapter turns its attention to destination areas and examines how ageing affects tourist destinations.

Keywords: ageing process; demographic change; domestic destination; Japanese tourism



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