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Sunkyung Choi is lecturer at Tokyo Institute of Technoloy and part-time research fellow at Japan Transport Research Institute in Japan. She has earned Ph.D. in transport planning and engineering. Her research interest includes tourism crisis management, airport operation for response, and information dissemination for foreigners in disasters.

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In Japan, inbound tourists reached over 30 million in 2018 with drastic increase and tourism policies for securing safety of tourists are gaining attention along with preparation for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games (JNTO, 2018). However, there was problem in responding to evacuation of foreigners in past natural disasters. One of the reasons behind the problem is that there has not been enough study conducted understanding inbound tourist’s disaster prevention behavior and mechanism. The objective of the study is to understand inbound tourist’s disaster prevention consciousness, intended evacuation behavior and information seeking behavior and compare with Japanese.

In the study, we adopted the measurement of disaster prevention consciousness developed by Ozeki and Shimazaki (2017a; 2017b) and Ozeki et al. (2017). This study is based on data obtained from online survey company during the February 16th to 21st, 2019.

The findings provide the central government as well as stakeholders in tourism (accommodation facilities, transportation operators, tourism information centers, etc.) implications for detailed tourism disaster management planning to consider evacuation guidance and information provision.

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Comparative Study on Disaster Prevention Consciousness and Evacuation Intention of Inbound Tourists and Japanese

In Japan, inbound tourists reached over 30 million in 2018 with drastic increase and tourism policies for securing safety of tourists are gaining attention along with preparation for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games (JNTO, 2018). However, there was problem in responding to evacuation of foreigners in past natural disasters. One of the reasons behind the problem is that there has not been enough study conducted understanding inbound tourist’s disaster prevention behavior and mechanism. The objective of the study is to understand inbound tourist’s disaster prevention consciousness, intended evacuation behavior and information seeking behavior and compare with Japanese.

In the study, we adopted the measurement of disaster prevention consciousness developed by Ozeki and Shimazaki (2017a; 2017b) and Ozeki et al. (2017). This study is based on data obtained from online survey company during the February 16th to 21st, 2019.

The findings provide the central government as well as stakeholders in tourism (accommodation facilities, transportation operators, tourism information centers, etc.) implications for detailed tourism disaster management planning to consider evacuation guidance and information provision.