From December 6 to 11, JNTO welcomed 19 organisers of international conventions to Japan for "Meet Japan 2015", an event introducing a number of potential destinations for future conventions.
Participants spent their first night in Tokyo, before departing for an exciting three-day study tour of cities with lots to offer international conventions. There were 14 courses available: Sendai, Tsukuba & Yokohama, Chiba, Shizuoka, Matsumoto, Kanazawa & Toyama, Gifu, Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Matsue, Fukuoka & Nagasaki, Miyazaki, and Okinawa.
Following the study tour, participants returned to Tokyo. On their first night back, they had three options: experience a ninja restaurant, dine at a traditional Japanese pub, or enjoy relaxing at their hotel. The next morning, participants found out about further tourist destinations in Japan at the International Meeting Expo (IME). This was followed by a business session in the afternoon, offering the chance to meet representatives from regional convention bureaus across Japan. The evening closed with a farewell party for IME participants that featured Japanese cotton candy, animal shaped sweets, and a paper-cutting art experience.
Here’s what some of the Meet Japan participants had to say after the program:
―"I was very impressed with the level of attention to both process and procedure."
―"I truly enjoyed the Meet Japan program. It was a unique opportunity to meet hospitality-industry contemporaries from around the world. I also felt very honored to be able to meet officials from each city I visited, and was very thankful for how they took the time to make us aware of the opportunities available."
―"Japan offers a completely different experience than anywhere else."
JNTO hosts this event every year, and of past participants, nearly 60% have gone on to choose Japan as the destination for their next convention. Two examples include the 2014 World Congress on Dance Research, held in Chiba, and the 2015 International Wildlife Management Congress, held in Sapporo.
If you are considering holding a convention in Japan, we’d love to see you at our hosted buyers program. Experience Japan’s famed hospitality, its beautiful landscapes and its sightseeing attractions as you visit well-organised convention facilities and talk with knowledgeable, friendly staff in various cities.
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