Japan Convention Bureau Japan National Tourism Organization June 2012 Newsletter 

The 12th Annual WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) Global Summit
was Held in Sendai and Tokyo, Japan April 16-19, 2012

During the summit, nine themed sessions were held, with lectures and discussions by over 80 of the world's analysts and leaders of the tourism industry. From Japan, Tadao Ando, the famous architect, and Fujio Cho, the Chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation, provided special sessions. At the Sendai venue, sessions were held with the topic of disasters and risk management.

Norifumi Ide, Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA), Hiroaki Takahashi, Chairman of the Tohoku Tourism Promotion Organization, and others gave presentations on the recovery status of the areas affected by the Great Tohoku Earthquake, Japan's initiatives for reconstructing tourism, and Japan's safety and attractions-including those in the Tohoku area. In addition, chief managers in charge of risk management and other officials from Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) exchanged opinions


Umekita-Grand Front Osaka Convention Center to Open in Front of the Osaka Station Osaka's First InterContinental Hotel
Several ongoing redevelopment projects are taking place on the north side of the JR Osaka station. Attracting attention is one of the largest projects-namely with Osaka's first InterContinental hotel and a full-scale convention center, both of which will open in 2013 within the Umekita-Grand Front Osaka building. The area to the north of JR Osaka station spans approximately 24 hectares, and will be home to the Umekita Phase 1 Development Area Project.

In the spring of 2013, a convention center will open on the second floor basement of the Grand Front Osaka, a building in the recently redeveloped area in front of JR Osaka Station.

The center is capable of accommodating 3,000 people in nine conference rooms, including the main hall (1,700 m2 of space, divisible into two or three sections, and a 7.2 m high ceiling). The conference rooms can host a variety of events such as: international conventions, scientific conferences, lecture presentations, exhibitions, and events.

Planned to open in 2013, the Osaka InterContinental is a luxury hotel with 200 guest rooms, 50 residences for long-term guests, and features premiere restaurants and banquet rooms. Moving forward, the Umekita Phase 1 Development Area Project will add further facilities with a sophisticated air to the area. This project, along with the Intercontinental Hotel, will create a vibrant and enjoyable district in Osaka's Umeda district, which will be enjoyed by guests from Japan and around the world.
Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau A message from Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau:
The Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau was established on April 1, 2003, consolidating 3 tourism-related organizations in Osaka to create an integrated body to promote tourism and conventions. As a central player in Osaka's overall tourism strategy, the Bureau vigorously promotes Osaka and the Kansai region in general to appeal to tourists and meeting/event planners.
Currently, two large redevelopment projects are ongoing in Osaka: one is taking place in an area called "Kita", the north side around Umeda area, and the other for an area called "Minami", the south side around Tennoji and Namba. Come visit a renewed Osaka!
Sendai Selected as IMEX Frankfurt 2012 Wild Card Exhibitor New Event Hall and Conference Rooms Open in Tokyo Japan Meetings Calendar
(May - July 2012)
The Sendai Tourism & Convention Bureau participated as a Wild Card Exhibitor at IMEX 2012 in Frankfurt last month - the show's 10th anniversary year. The IMEX Wild Card programme offers aspiring entrants into the international meetings market the chance to exhibit free of charge alongside established destinations and other participants.
On April 26, a new landmark tower complex called Shibuya Hikarie opened in front of Shibuya station in Tokyo . The tower complex directly connects to Shibuya station and consists of cultural facilities including offices, department store, restaurants, and theaters. Read More >> Many large conventions will be held in Japan in 2012, including: The 14th International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS) Conference (IACIS 2012), The 4th International Symposium of Brain Tumor Pathology, The 10th Asian Pacific Congress of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (APCCVIR2012), The 80th Annual Meeting and 24th Congress International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), ...Read More >>
See you at the Convention Exhibition, "Korea MICE Expo"! Niseko Meeting and Incentive Planner 2012/2013
JNTO will be exhibiting at the Korea Mice Expo 2012 - a convention exhibition to be held in Seoul on July 3-5, 2012.

If you are attending, please stop by the Japan booth to collect information about Japan, our support services, ideas for incentive programmes, or anything else that you might need. We look forward to meeting you in Seoul.
Niseko is located in Hokkaido, and is renowned for its superb "powder snow," fantastic low altitude skiing, and snowboarding opportunities. Niseko is home to many entrepreneurs and adventure professionals, who have utilized their diverse selection of skills to enhance tourism offerings in the district. Please access and download the Niseko Meeting and Incentive Planner by clicking on this link: Meeting and Incentive Planner >>
Welcome to the Yokohama City
Visitors Guide!
Ritz-Carlton Opens in Okinawa The Palace Hotel Tokyo Reopened in
May 2012
As an official Facebook page created by the Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau, you are welcome to post questions and comments related to travel experiences in Yokohama. Please feel free to join the Yokohama City Facebook community by clicking on this link and "Liking" the page:
Yokohama Visitors Guide >>
The first Ritz-Carlton luxury hotel has opened in Okinawa, Japan. The new resort was built to reflect the Okinawan concept of hospitality, as well as contemporary design, with "Shurijo" face motifs, distinctive red clay roof tiles, white walls and holy water ponds. The island features championship golf courses, and is surrounded by pristine emerald waters that are perfect for outdoor water activities. For more information, please visit the website: The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa >> The newly redesigned Palace Hotel Tokyo features: eight banquet rooms, the largest (1,580 sq.m) of which can accommodate 1,500 guests; both Western- and Japanese-style wedding facilities; 10 restaurants; and the Evian SPA TOKYO from the high-class Evian Resort in France, which will be making its first appearance in Japan.
Palace Hotel Tokyo >>
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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