JAPAN MEETING&INCENTIVE

Japan Convention Bureau | Meeting & Incentive News | March 2016

JNTO NEWS

Daisen to Host the 16th International Symposium on Fireworks!
JNTO at The Meetings Show UK and the M&IT Agency Challenge!

The pride of Daisen, a city in Akita Prefecture, is the annual Omagari National Fireworks Competition, an event with over 100 years of history. As well as this major event, Daisen hosts many smaller fireworks displays on a monthly basis. It is known as the "City of Fireworks."

The 16th International Symposium on Fireworks will take place in Daisen from April 24 to 29, 2017.

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"Meet Japan" Event a Great Success
Sapporo, Tokyo, and Fukuoka offer support to incentive groups

From December 6 to 11, JNTO welcomed 19 organizers 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.

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.

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CASE STUDY

ICOMOS Annual General Assembly and Advisory Committee Meeting 2015 Held in Fukuoka
Sapporo, Tokyo, and Fukuoka offer support to incentive groups

Last October 26-29, the 2015 International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Annual General Assembly and Advisory Committee Meeting was hosted by the city of Fukuoka. ICOMOS examines world heritage proposals from around the world, and provides guidance to UNESCO's World Heritage Committee.

This year's General Meeting in Fukuoka was a welcome opportunity to consider how to preserve the World Heritage-inscribed and shortlisted sites of Kyushu and the cultural assets of humanity as a whole, as well as how to pass these assets on to the next generation.

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INTRODUCING SPECIAL SUPPORT PROGRAMS FOR CONVENTIONS IN JAPAN

Himeji City
Frolic in a winter (or spring, or summer, or autumn) wonderland

Himeji city is located in the heart of Japan, surrounded by mountains and the Seto Inland Sea. With its close proximity to Osaka and Kyoto, and thanks to its Shinkansen (bullet train) station, Himeji is an attractive and affordable option with easy access.

Himeji also boasts a comprehensive menu of support services for conferences and other events. They offer subsidies for academic as well as business conventions, and they offer transportation support for convention participants, including shuttle buses and buses for excursions.

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4 HOURS IN NARA

Enjoy a wonderland of history and traditional craft experiences
Frolic in a winter (or spring, or summer, or autumn) wonderland

In Nara, the first permanent Japanese capital, you can experience some of the oldest statues and temples in the world. You can visit Todaiji Temple, home to Japan’s largest Buddhist statue, which is housed in the world’s largest wooden building, and purchase rice crackers to feed the domesticated deer wandering the grounds. Or, for those who prefer hands-on activities, visit the Nara Visitor Center and Inn, where staff will help you book kimono experiences, sake tastings, tea ceremony experiences, and much more.

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CONTACT JNTO

The Japan Convention Bureau, North America

Japan Meetings & Incentive

Japan. Endless Discovery

Ms. Dana Galbreath, Convention Manager
Japan National Tourism Organization
60 East 42nd Street, Suite 448
New York, NY 10165
TEL: (212) 757-5641, ext. 21
FAX: (212) 307-6754
EMAIL: dana@jntonyc.org
WEBSITE: www.japanmeetings.org

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