Japan Convertion Bureau | Meeting & Incentive News | January / February 2014


Come and Visit Us at the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) 2014

JNTO will be exhibiting at the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) to be held in Melbourne on February 18-19, 2014. Please stop by the Japan booth. You can simply gather information, or take advantage of our Happy Hour. Enjoy tasty sake and delicious sushi, and meet our experienced suppliers! They are happy to help you with ideas for incentive programs.


Major International Congresses Coming to Japan in 2014!

In 2014, Japan is set to host some major international congresses with 5,000+ attendees: the IBA (International Bar Association) Annual Conference (October, Tokyo) and the ISA (International Sociological Association) World Congress of Sociology (July, Yokohama). MICE in Japan is on a roll!


Launch of Japan Conference Ambassador Program

As part of a national growth strategy, the Japanese government is aiming to make Japan the top country in Asia for international conferences. To achieve that goal, a framework to attract more international conferences is being built and reinforced. The Ambassador Program is an important step toward the government's goal as it will strengthen collaboration between conference organizers and professionals in the meetings industry.



The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto Set to Open February 2014

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Hotel Company, L.L.C.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto sits serenely on the banks of the Kamogawa River, in a prime location with expansive views of the famous Higashiyama mountains. From Kansai Airport, a 90-minute ride on the JR Haruka express train brings you to Kyoto Station.


Himeji Castle and World Class Research Facilities
Beckon International Meetings and Incentive Tours Project

Himeji is an International Convention City offering an ideal blend of historic culture, cutting-edge science and natural beauty. The city is home to Himeji Castle (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Treasure of Japan), Mt. Shosha Engyoji Temple, and traditional festivals such as the Nada "fighting festival," a competition held among teams carrying large shrines.


Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel to Open in Abeno Harukas, the New Osaka Landmark

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel, the Kansai region's first Marriott brand hotel, will open in Abeno Harukas, Japan's tallest skyscraper complex, on March 7, 2014. The complex-housing a department store, offices, galleries, museums and an observation deck-is set to serve as the new culture and tourism centre for Osaka.


JAL Announces Installation of Fully-Flat Seats in Business Class on More International Flights

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced that it will install all new seats in the airline's two-class international Boeing 767-300ER fleet as part of its continued commitment to provide customers with a high-quality, full-service experience. The latest improvements are in addition to the previously announced revamp of the airline's four-class international Boeing 777-300ERs.



The 16th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention

Over five days from September 22-26, Nagoya University hosted the 16th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI2013), welcoming 933 attendees, of whom 791 were foreign attendees representing a total of 39 countries.



Sightseeing in Kobe: A Tour of the Kitano-ijinkan District and the Waterfront

Take a ride on the City Loop Bus, a Kobe institution for 22 years, as it makes a loop around the major attractions of central Kobe in about one hour. The green buses feature a retro design that echoes the city's famous "ijinkan", historic foreign residences. A day pass costs 650 yen and includes discounted admission to attractions.



The Japan Convention Bureau, North America

Japan Meetings & Incentive

Japan. 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.japanmeetings.org



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