Travel Journal International Online (TJI Online) Editor Adrian (Edo) Mangiboyat noted: ?With the financial crisis worldwide worsening, market indicators suggest overseas travel will continue to fall off during the next three months of 2009. The travel industry predicts the worst is yet to come.?

TJI cited preliminary figures compiled by the Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO), which showed the provisional count of Japanese heading overseas during the month as 1,247,000 ? well below the 1,451,116 recorded in November 2007.

The decline for the month was the biggest monthly fall in 2008 (though December?s results are yet to be unveiled), exceeding the -11.92% drop seen in August, TJI said. On that earlier occasion many Japanese stayed home due to high fuel surcharges applied by airlines that passed on steep rising costs. The price of jet fuel has since plummeted.

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