This practice of Universal tourism is something that we should really learn from the nation of Japan to make more accessible travel options for all in every country without the risk of discrimination due to age and disabilities,
In a country like Japan, known as a country with a “greying” population, some may think that this may pose a problem for the country’s sector of tourism. With the average life expectancy for the average Japanese person reaching age 85 and the fertility rate rapidly decreasing daily, there have to be some drastic measures to preserve the tourism sector and interest for international travelers and vacation makers to come to Japan that keep the aging population in the loop. This island nation’s healthy diet, high in carbohydrates and essentials to a balanced diet like fresh fish keeping them going strong coupled with their culture’s traditions of reverence towards their elders, the life expectancy doesn’t seem to be slowing down soon. There are various programs and activities to support the market now that are slowly growing, especially when Japan’s tourism sector was also met with the natural disaster of the Great Earthquake.
The government has now put together the concept of “green tourism”, which helps to provide support for the individuals living more towards the rural areas, offering them more transportation and tour options that eventually direct the tourists towards these usually untapped areas while they can stay in traditional farmhouses and farm inns. A team of researchers was put together in Japan to look at the impact that this project has had on the locals that would potentially benefit from a concept like this. The project was held in a peninsula town know as Noto in the West that was once a huge hub for timber production.
According to the National Institute of Population and Social Reseach in Japan, the number of Japanese people that are of the age 65 and older is expected to reach over 37 million in 2030, which will account for over 30 percent of the nations total population in 2036 if the estimation is correct. With a country like this, the way to move forward definitely has to be in alignment with the practices of universal tourism. This practice of Universal tourism is something that we should really learn from the nation of Japan to make more accessible travel options for all in every country without the risk of discrimination due to age and disabilities, training all staff within the tourism sector to become educated and learn how to be active members of society with respect and consciousness for all.