Japan Convention Bureau Japan National Tourism Organization February 2013 Newsletter 

Japan Study Tours for Meet Japan 2013 Announced!
Programme Highlights the Best of Japan

The cities participating in this year's Meet Japan hosted buyers programme have been announced! Meet Japan 2013 will be held from March 1st to March 7th, 2013. During this week, the JNTO will introduce participating international association representatives to a variety of convention cities which could potentially host their future international conferences.

Participants will be divided into the following five study tour courses, matching each association with destinations that can best serve their meeting:

1) Kobe & Hamamatsu, 2) Takamatsu & Matsue, 3) Okinawa & Kanazawa,
4) Sapporo & Matsumoto, and 5) Yokohama & Chiba


Japan Convention Bureau will be at SMU International Japan Week in New York City
The Japan Convention Bureau is pleased to announce our participation in the upcoming Successful Meetings University (SMU) 2013 International Hosted Buyer's Program, to be held at the Conrad Hotel in New York City, from March 8-10, 2013. If you're planning on attending, we look forward to seeing you there!
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With the success of last year's event, JNTO and JTA will collaborate again to bring back the Japan tourism event "Japan Week," from March 19-21, 2013 at Grand Central Terminal. In addition to celebrating Japanese culinary culture, this year's event will also recognize the "sister station" relationship between Grand Central Terminal in New York City and Tokyo Station in Japan.
A Meeting of Old and Modern in Japan Unique Venues
Matsue is the capital city of Shimane Prefecture, which is situated in the southwest of Honshu (Japan's primary island). In Matsue, modern and ancient Japan exist together in harmony. Matsue Castle is a symbol of Matsue City, which was built by the first Lord of Matsue in 1611, and is one of the few remaining original castles in Japan.
One of the several unique venues in Matsue is Vogel Park. It is home to many species of birds, and also has a wonderful greenhouse with thousands of colorful flowers. It is a popular tourist spot, but also has a large hall that can be used for event receptions and banquets. The flowers on display add to the rich atmosphere and make this a novel and memorable venue. (capacity: 500 people)
New convention facility, "JP TOWER Hall & Conference," set to open a minute's walk from Tokyo Station JNTO will participate in the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) 2013 Venue Focus: Kobe Shu-shin-kan
Tokyo's new landmark, JP TOWER, is a high-rise building rebuilt on the site next to Tokyo Station that was formally used for the Tokyo Central Post Office building. On the fourth and fifth floors, a meeting space named "JP TOWER Hall & Conference" will open on March 21, 2013 (and is now taking reservations). JP TOWER will have a tourist and business information center called "Tokyo City i ," providing services including in-depth tourist information, ticketing, tourist cafe and performance space. Read More >> JNTO will be exhibiting at the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) to be held in Melbourne on February 26-27, 2013. The event is for the meetings and events industry, and is in the Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Hall of Fame for winning 'Exhibition of the Year' at their National Awards for three consecutive years. Along with JNTO, the Osaka International Convention Center and Hotel Granvia Kyoto are going to run booths to promote Japan and network with participants from around the world over the course of the two-day event.
The Higashinada and Nada districts of Kobe (Hyogo Prefecture) are Japan's number one manufacturing center for sake, or Japanese rice wine. Due to the natural features of these areas, many brewers of leading sake brands are concentrated here. The Kobe Shu-shin-kan brewery located in the Higashinada District has been making quality sake since it was founded in 1751. Throughout its 260-year history, the brewer has maintained its traditional methods, spending extra care, to offer high quality sake. Read More >>
Kobe Portopia Hotel - Hotel Staff Serve as On-Site PCO Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Offers Guests
Uniquely Japanesque Art Experiences
The Kobe Portopia Hotel is developing in-house PCO capabilities. A recent case study is the November 23-24, 2012 Clinical Rheumatology Conference attended by 1,300 delegates. Prior to the event, Portopia teams provided planning, scripting, and hire of special equipment. On-site, in addition to banquet functions, hotel staff managed the registration desks, stage production, and equipment operation (sound, lighting, and visuals, including technical direction). Functioning as PCO staff, the Convention Support Staff [CSS]--the hotel's own certified personnel for meeting operations, currently 24 members--played a critical role. Beyond on-site operations, core CSS members formed a project team and were responsible for pre-conference tasks such as: making name tags, sending abstracts, setting up registration desks, and running training sessions for regular hotel staff, who went all out to make the conference successful. The project team also worked together to create a conference newsletter including special discounts for participants and local tourism information. Download Press Release >> Fujita Kanko Inc., a leading Japanese hospitality company, has launched a series of traditional Japanese art and culture activities at its flagship property, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, which formerly operated as Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so. Fujita Kanko, the owner of the luxury property, took over its management and rebranded it as Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo on January 1, 2013. The hotel, known for its majestic 17-acre Japanese garden in the center of Tokyo, and with a history going back hundreds of years, regularly hosts royalty, state leaders and business world luminaries. In 1918 Baron Heitaro Fujita, from the founding family of the company now known as Fujita Kanko, acquired Chinzanso from Japan's Prince Aritomo Yamagata. The company has already launched two new activities for guests: the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, which has a 1,400-year history, and the creation of "moss ball bonsai." The one-hour tea ceremonies are performed by the hotel's own tea masters in two historic, authentic tea houses on the property. More Info >>
Destination Focus:
Seto Inland Sea Area
Japan MICE Calendar
(February 2013March 2013)
Japan's Green Convention Facilities
The Seto Inland Sea area has preserved its unique island culture and traditional customs, while welcoming innovations like art projects that seek out new visitors yet still place importance on nature and traditional culture. Read More >> Several large conferences will be held in Japan from January to March 2013: The 85th Annual Meeting of Japanese Gastric Cancer Association ( Osaka, February. 27- March 1), The 77th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Circulation Society (Yokohama, March. 15-17), and The 54th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists (Okayama, March. 21-23). More Info >> We are faced with a host of environmental issues today, including global warming and the heat island effect. The world today faces a host of environmental issues, and as a result, green meetings are becoming increasingly important as we work to establish sustainable societies for the future. Read More >>
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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