Japan MICE Newsletter Japan National Tourism Organization March 2012 

Meet Japan 2012

This year's Meet Japan hosted buyers program, from February 23 March 1, 2012, welcomed participants from seven different countries who had the opportunity to experience the countless amenities that Japan has to offer for hosting international meetings and conventions.

The seven cities chosen for this year's familiarization trip were: Chiba, Yokohama, Kanazawa, Hamamatsu, Matsue, Matsumoto, and Kobe. During the four-day, three-night study tour, the participants were able to collect detailed information about convention facilities, accommodations, subsidy support programs, and sightseeing options.

After the study tour the participants all gathered in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, for the Japan Trade Mart. While at the Trade Mart, the participants had the opportunity to hold business discussions with other cities and convention bureaus not included in the inspection courses, in order to collect a wide range of information relating to possible future international conferences in Japan.

IMEX America
Message from the President of JNTO Japan ranked No.2 in the world
and No.1 in Asia
ICCA CEO, Mr. Martin Sirk,visits Sendai
Now that exactly one year has been passed since the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region, we would like to express our utmost gratitude for the people and the countries who have supported us on many levels over the past year from all over the world. As a result, the inbound tourism has been recovering faster than initially expected, and the number of foreign visitors in January 2012 recovered to almost the same level as a year ago.
(Number of int'l mtgs. by country,UIA Statistics: 2009-2010 New Standard/Provisional Figures)

According to research carried out by UIA (Union of International Associations), Japan was ranked No.2 in the world in terms of the number of international meetings it hosted in 2010, with a total of 741 (provisional figure).
Unique Dining Experience Message from Mr. Martin Sirk, CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association:

"The message for any association thinking about meeting in Japan is simple: don't hesitate, visit the country and see for yourself. I can tell you from first-hand experience that you won't be disappointed."
International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis 23rd Congress awarded the 2011 IAPCO Award in Kyoto, Japan International Flights to Japan The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation: See How Earth Looks from Space
Yokohama Triennale 2011 Message from IAPCO: IAPCO is delighted that ISTH 2011, the Congress of the international Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis should receive this Award. It is the first time that an IAPCO Award has been presented in Japan, and today it is doubly appropriate as the Japanese meetings industry recovers from the disasters of 2011. On behalf of IAPCO, and the quality standards we represent, we congratulate you on your achievement.
Fukuoka Dazaifu Tenmangu Jinkohshiki Grand FestivalJapan Airlines (JAL) will launch a brand new route between Tokyo's Narita International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport beginning in April 2012. Also, American Airlines will continue to have a presence in the New York - Tokyo market when they resume their New York JFK to Tokyo Haneda service on June 1, 2012.
Japan Airlines | American Airlines
Kyoto Marathon 2012Did you know that in Tokyo you can see live pictures of how the Earth looks from space? Step inside the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Odaiba, Tokyo,and you'll immediately see a huge globe hanging from the ceiling. It displays liquid crystal display images using state-of-the art "organic EL" panels; they are not still pictures, but actual image data of the Earth received direct from the International Space Station.
Grand Opening of Palace Hotel Tokyo in Spring, 2012! The National Theatre: Hold a Reception at a Kabuki Unique Venue Shin Chitose Airport Reopened in Sapporo
Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)The Palace Hotel Tokyo has been undergoing a total reconstruction since the end of January, 2009. At last the work is nearly complete, and the hotel is scheduled to be reopened on May 17, 2012. It's in the same excellent location as before, just eight minutes on foot from JR Tokyo Station, overlooking the road around the Imperial Palace.
Hagoita Ichi Outdoor FairThe HotelKabuki (Song + Dance + Acting) is one of Japan's traditional performing arts. As its name suggests, it's an integrated form of theatrical entertainment that includes music and dance. In a similar way to Western opera and ballet, the impressive music, dancing and colorful staging can deeply move audiences even if they can't understand the meaning of the actors' words.
Harvest Moon ViewingThe New Chitose Airport reopened on December 15, 2011, after being remodeled over a period of one year. It has reopened in great style, with a huge selection of Hokkaido gourmet foodstuffs, a wealth of restaurants serving local dishes, and entertainment facilities spread over three floors.
The amphibious "Sky Duck" bus will make its Tokyo debut in 2012 Japan Week - "Paint the Town Red" Tourist Information Centre (TIC) Reopening after Remodeling
Enjoy comfortable sightseeing in Tokyo on an amphibious bus..

An archipelago surrounded by the ocean, Japan has many rivers running through its cities, and water and daily life are closely connected. Waterfront cruising has become an essential part of Tokyo sightseeing. Normally, of course, you have to change from a bus to a ferry, but this autumn an amphibious bus service will be introduced, making possible transfer-free sightseeing on land and water! The amphibious buses that have been introduced in several major cities in the world, mostly in the U.S.A., have established themselves as indispensable city sightseeing vehicles.
Hagoita Ichi Outdoor Fair

From March 1 through March 11, 2012, New York City hosted a celebration of Japanese food and culture. We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who came to the Japan Week events and enjoyed the festivities with us! This event was made successful by your support!

For more details on the Japan Week celebration, click here: More Info >>
To watch the video of "Cherry Blossom Square," click here: Watch Video >>
We'll help you make all your travel plans!

Please visit the Tourist Information Centre which was created to provide foreign visitors with services that will help them enjoy a more comfortable stay in Japan. TIC Tokyo has just been newly born by moving from the location in front of Yurakucho Station, to the nearby Marunouchi district. At the information center on the first floor, you can pick up all kinds of travel information; and on the second floor, complete with a WiFi environment, there's a spacious reference room with reading materials and an open space which may be used as a multi-purpose event space in the future.
Japan Convention Bureau
Jaoan. Endless Discovery.
Mr. Gil Cardon, Convention Manager
Japan National Tourism Organization
11 West 42nd Street, 19th floor
New York, NY 10036
Tel: 212-757-5641, ext. 21
Fax: 212-307-6754
Email: cardon@jntonyc.org
Website: www.japantravelinfo.com

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