From March 1 through March 7, JNTO welcomed international convention organizers to Japan for Meet Japan 2015, an event that introduced a variety of potential destinations for future conventions.
After arriving, participants stayed overnight in Tokyo before departing for an exciting four-day study tour of cities with lots to offer an international convention. The tour offered five options:
The study tours featured customized itineraries that allowed participants to see historical sites, savour the local cuisine and enjoy Japanese traditional culture (such as the tea ceremony and the Soba (buck wheat noodle) making), all while visiting convention centres and accommodations.
After the study tour, the participants returned to Tokyo to attend an all-day business session. This gave participants an opportunity to meet with representatives from nine cities for further discussions about holding conferences. The farewell party on the final day was held in Andaz Tokyo, which is located between Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace. At the party, the participants watched a Japanese Kabuki performance. In attendance at the party were Japan MICE Ambassadors, who enjoyed conversing with the participants.
Here's what some Meet Japan participants had to say after the programme:
"Joining the wonderful study tour, we found great academic environment and industrial clusters to associate with local communities in Japan."
"I am sure that our international members will also have the same wonderful experiences in Japan!"
"Japan is a very welcoming and friendly country with many modern and attractive convention facilities. It's not just the wasabi that will add spice to your event! "
"Not only was the trip extremely valuable in terms of understanding what meetings facilities are available in Japan, the meticulous way in which the trip was planned and executed meant that I was able to experience not just the diverse hotels and convention centers on offer, but also the culture of Japan."
JNTO conducts this event every year, and in the past nearly 60% of participants have gone on to choose Japan as their next convention destination. If you are considering holding a convention in Japan, we'd love to see you next year at Meet Japan 2016. Experience Japan's famed hospitality, its beautiful landscapes and its sightseeing attractions as you visit well-organized convention facilities and talk with knowledgeable, friendly people in various cities.
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