Thomas Reiser
Executive Director
International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH)

[Event Name] Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis and Annual Meeting of the Scientific and Standardization Committee of ISTH
[Date] July 2011
[Destination] Kyoto
[Size] Approx. 4,500

In July 2011, just 5 months after the devastating tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, our Society held its XXIII World Congress in Kyoto, Japan.

Despite the challenges caused by the tragic events in March 2011 our meeting was not only able to proceed but succeed due to the fantastic collaboration and support of the city of Kyoto, the Kyoto Convention Bureau, our highly professional congress organizer and the Japan National Tourist Organization. JNTO arranged support letters with Japan's safety information reassuring our members, attendees and industry partners that travelling to Japan and attending the meeting was safe.

On-site, and apart from the overall excellent infrastructure and support of the city, the Kyoto Convention Bureau, among many other things, arranged free subway tickets (in collaboration with the Lions Club), welcome banners on streets around the city, stickers on taxis, welcome signs at each subway stations and a tourist information desk with over 10 volunteers.

All these efforts, did not just make our attendees feel safe and welcome but showcased the heartfelt thanks of not just the people of Kyoto but all the people of Japan.

After a successful event and wonderful memories of a great week in Kyoto and Japan, we felt extra special receiving several awards for our contribution to the meetings industry in Japan.

ISTH 2011 in Kyoto will go into the history books as one of the most memorable and successful meetings of our Society.

Martine Coutu
Executive Director
Société Internationale d'Urologie

[Event Name] International Society of Urology World Congress
[Date] September -October 2012
[Destination] Fukuoka
[Size] Approx. 3,000

The SIU hosted its 32nd Congress September 30-October 4, 2012 in Fukuoka, Japan. The Congress was preceded by many months of planning and much cooperation between the SIU and its Japanese partners, including the Japan National Tourism Organization, the City of Fukuoka and Fukuoka Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

The JNTO played an important role in the site selection process and accompanied SIU representatives on a 2009 trip to three Japanese cities. JNTO arranged meetings with municipal officials, and facilitated city tours and site inspections. It was following this trip that the SIU Board of Chairmen selected Fukuoka as its destination for SIU 2012.

The FCVB and the City of Fukuoka were also vital to the success of the Congress. It was through their coordination, support and hard work, that the SIU was able to host its largest social activity in the heart of the city. This undertaking would not have been possible without the collaboration of the Fukuoka Police Department, shop owners, restaurants and a large number of local volunteers. Beyond this, the FCVB also lent its support to all other social activities.

The SIU thanks the JNTO, FCVB, the City of Fukuoka, and the citizens of Fukuoka—their kindness and hospitality made SIU 2012 a truly unforgettable Congress.

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