October 5, 2012 – More than 1300 hundred Japanese students arriving in the far north next week will spend two nights on the Atherton Tablelands.
The students, who come from four schools in Kyushu, Japan will remain in the region from October 16 to 31.
This is the firth consecutive year students from this region of Japan have travelled to Australia as part of the charter program organised by JTB Kyushu.
Michael Trout, chair of Tropical Tablelands Tourism and Member for Barron River, said the charter program would inject direct income into the Tablelands with the students hosted by local farming families during their two-night farmstay experience.
“This is great tourism right to the grass roots. Student farmstays are so important as they show students from overseas the natural beauty of the Australian countryside and the Australian country way of life.”
Mr Trout said more than 3000 students were expected over the next two months, providing a welcome boost to the local Tablelands economy.
“These are not the big tourism operators receiving the financial benefits, the money is going into farming families who can all tap into this type of tourism.”
Each hosting family can have up to four students in their home staying for two days, and they receive around $90 per person per day.
Families wishing to engage with the Japanese students and be considered for hosting in 2013 should apply.
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Posted by Bronwyn under Tablelands News | Posted on 4th Oct 2012