Japanese Consulate in Detroit calls the U.S. "a gun society." Could warning be a problem for Hawaii tourism?
Shortly after the news about the deadly shootings in El Paso and Dayton broke, several countries issued travel advisories for people thinking about visiting the United States.
The Japanese Consulate in Detroit issued a statement over the weekend that when translated read:
"At present, it is said that Asians are not included in the victims who died, but if you have information such as Japanese people involved in this case, please inform the Consulate General of Detroit... Japanese residents should be aware of the potential for gunfire incidents everywhere in the United States, a gun society, and continue to pay close attention to safety measures."
Venezuela, Uruguay, as well as the global human rights organization Amnesty International also issued travel warnings for the U.S. because of the shootings.
KITV4 spoke with a representative from the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu, who said they have not issued a warning, but added if there ever was a mass shooting in Hawaii the consulate would consider sending one out.
According to travel website, "Smarter Travel," governments issue travel advisories to let citizens known about safety concerns; like threats of terrorism, natural disasters, political unrest, wars, health emergencies, and outbreaks of crime.
The World Travel and Tourism Council reports there's long-term threats that deter visitors like natural disasters, civil unrest, or health epidemics.
Mass shootings can decrease tourism in the short term.
For example, according to the WTTC, it took three months for Orlando's tourism industry to recover after the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, and a year for Las Vegas to bounce back after the 2017 mass shooting at a music festival.
While its too soon to say if the warning will impact tourism, KITV4 looked at recent tourism numbers to see the impact Japan has on the state.
Whether its for the state's biggest road race or a stay in a hotel near the beach, visitors from Japan POUR into Hawaii every year.
Data collected by the Hawaii Tourism Authority shows Japan is Hawaii's largest international market.
Overall in 2018, nearly 10 million visitors came to Hawaii. More than 1.7million were from Japan.
On average, Japanese visitors spent about $247 dollars per person per day in 2018. The rest of the tourists spent about $201 dollars per day.
So far in 2019 HTA reports Japanese visitor expenditures already passed a billion dollars.