- Japan Launches New Meetings & Events Brand
Japan is launching its new meetings and events brand concept at AIME2016. As the leading destination for hosting international association meetings in the Asia Pacific, the new Japan brand aims to strengthen the national brand as an attractive destination for business events.
To highlight Japan’s advantages as an innovative and exciting meetings and events destination, we are adopting the tagline: New ideas start here.
Japan’s unique culture and advanced technology, together with the opportunity for interaction with the Japanese academic, business, and industrial community, inspire participants and offer new perspectives and insight that propel the further evolution of science and industry.
With this tagline, we intend to convey the message that coming to Japan brings visitors into contact with the imagination and intelligence of Japan’s people and culture, which underpins the country’s high quality, technological expertise, and creativity. Holding meetings and events in Japan enables participants to gain inspiration and flashes of insight that enable future business growth.
- Japan is a Top-ranked Destination
KYOTO: World’s best city “Travel & Leisure”
TOKYO: World’s best city to live in “Monocle”
No.1 in Asia, No.7 in the world in international conferences ICCA ranking
3.New Success Meetings
Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (1100pax / Nagoya / 2016)
XV World Congress of Music Therapy (2500pax / July 2017 / Sapporo)
Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium (900 pax / Toyama / 2018)
World Buiatrics Congress (WBC2018) (2000pax / August 2018 / Sapporo)
International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (3000pax / Kobe / 2019)
ICOM’s 25th General Conference (2500pax / Kyoto / 2019
- Unique Venues and Team Building
International Night in MIYAJIMA
Participants of IPEC-Hiroshima 2014-ECCE ASIA-, an international conference on power electronics held at International Conference Center Hiroshima from May 18th to 21st, 2014, were invited to take part in a unique party on Miyajima, the island of the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the evening of May 19th, 2014.
The party was named ‘International Night in MIYAJIMA’ and its uniqueness lay in its venue: the whole island. About 420 multinational participants gathered on the island, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, to enjoy strolling around the island, shopping and dining with special coupons they could use in several shops and restaurants. As an example of Hiroshima’s hospitality, they also had an opportunity to indulge themselves in the Japanese culture, including making an official visit to the Itsukushima Shrine, strolling and having dinner dressed in yukata (cotton kimono for summer) and drinking matcha green tea with a piece of Momiji-manju (a maple leaf shaped cake).
Participants were delighted with this open air party along with evening views of the Seto Inland Sea and the beautifully lit Otorii Gate.
Sapporo offers a team building menu!
Sapporo, which is planning to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics and is blazing a path into Asia for new congresses, provides incentive planners with its Team Building Guide. Several unique, fun, and educational experiences are described within, including but not limited to: snowmobiling, snowman decoration contests, survival games, treasure hunts, vegetable picking, rafting, and traditional cookie-making experiences. Please contact the Sapporo Convention Bureau for more information.
- Arrive in Japan in Comfort and Style
Increased Flight Options Bring Japan Closer than Ever– Arriving in Tokyo is getting easier and easier. Currently, Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) and Narita International Airport together handle more than 2,100 international weekly flights from 94 cities in some 36 nations on more than 70 airlines. In August 2015 Qantas commenced flights from Brisbane to Narita and Sydney to Haneda. Further, in December 2015 ANA launched a new route from Sydney to Haneda, bringing Japan even closer than ever from Australia.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) announced its plan to increase landing capacity in Tokyo airports through the easing of flight restrictions and the construction of additional runways. As part of the plan, Terminal 3, which is specifically designated for budget airlines, was opened at Narita Airport in April.
The total number of slots is expected to increase by approximately 50% from an annual 520,000 in 2010 to 750,000 at the end of March 2016.
VIP Treatment for Convention Attendees- To make Japan even more convenient for overseas business visitors, this year the Japanese government is planning to establish priority “Fast Lanes” through immigration for delegates of international conferences arriving at Narita and Kansai International Airports, two of the main ports of entry to Japan. This will help shorten the time spent waiting at the airport and provide a more efficient service for conference delegates.
The Famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train) Will Soon Connect All of Japan- Japan is already incredibly easy to navigate, with extensive public transportation infrastructure between major cities. In 2015 and beyond, extensions of the shinkansen network will make it even more convenient to travel between cities.
- Hokuriku Shinkansen (completed March 2015)
This new addition connects Tokyo to Kanazawa on the Sea of Japan coast in only 2.5 hours.
- Hokkaido Shinkansen (2016)
Planned for March 2016, the Hokkaido Shinkansen will connect the main island of Honshu to the northernmost island of Japan, Hokkaido, providing easier access to Sapporo and beyond.
- Kyushu Shinkansen/Hakata-Nagasaki (2022)
The extension of the Kyushu Shinkansen to Nagasaki is expected to be completed in 2022.
- More International, Unique, and Big Hotel Brands Are Choosing Japan
- Tokyo: Hotel Gracery Shinjuku Kabukicho (2015)
*The hotel features a huge 39’ high Godzilla head poking out of the hotel’s roof and Godzilla-themed rooms.
- Tokyo: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba (2015)
- Hakone: Hoshinoya Fuji (2015)
- Tokyo: Hoshinoya Tokyo (2016)
- Yokohama: The APA Hotel & Resort Yokohama Bay Tower (2019)
*Planned to be Japan’s biggest hotel with 2,400 guestrooms
- Kyoto: Suiran (2015)
*Starwood’s first Luxury Collection property in Japan
- Kyoto: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto (2015)
- Kyoto: Aman Kyoto (2015)
- Kagoshima: Best Western: Kagoshima (2015)
*Best Western International now has a portfolio of 14 hotels in 11 key cities across Japan.
- Free Wi-Fi Nationwide for Visitors
Japan boasts several ways for international visitors to remain connected while in Japan. One of the most popular methods is Japan Connected-Free Wi-Fi, a free, downloadable app created by NTT Broadband Platform, Inc. for both Google Play and the iOS App Store. A second method is provided by Japan Airlines: any ticket purchased by them entitles the customer to free Wi-Fi all across the country. Please check their websites for more details.
- Visas and Stopover Tours
Visa Relaxation to Be Extended for More Countries- Following the relaxation of visa requirements for Malaysia and Thailand in July 2013, the relaxation has recently been extended to include other Asian countries such as China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and India.
*Please see the Japanese Embassy’s website in each country for further details.
Transit in Japan Is Now Part of Your Travel- “Narita-Transit Tour,” which started in March, offers five attractive courses to nearby areas, including visits to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and the historical town of Tako. There are also self-guided tours available. This is a part of the Visit Japan campaign by the government, which strives to offer more ways to experience and explore Japan. Narita Airport will also continue to host diverse events year round, such as rickshaw rides and kimono experiences, introducing unique elements of Japanese culture. Narita Airport will also be extending the free use of their traveler’s lounge.
- Japan welcomed over 19 million visitors in 2015
Preliminary inbound visitor numbers indicate that by the end of December 2015 the number reached 19,737,400. According to statistics released by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) this is a 47.1% increase compared to 2014 and the highest ever recorded. It is estimated that a total of 376,200 Australians travelled to Japan in 2015, a 24.3% increase from 2014.
“This year we’re delighted to represent Japan at AIME with 14 co-exhibitors. Please stop by and visit the Japan Booth (#2700) to pick up the latest information on Japan’s convention cities and tourist attractions. Furthermore, we will be hosting some exciting networking events so please join us for your chance to win one of two trips for #twotoJapan! Stay up to date with the Japan stand at AIME through our Instagram account @Japanbusinessevents,” commented Mariko Tatsumi, Executive Director, JNTO Sydney.
Tuesday 23 February
Presentation by JNTO and All Nippon Airways from 16.30 to 16.45, followed by a networking cocktail event from 16.45 to 17.45
Wednesday 24 February
Presentation by JNTO and All Nippon Airways from 11.45 to 12.00, followed by a light Japanese inspired lunch from 12.05 to 12.50.
For details on the #twotoJapan competition including conditions see http://www.jnto.org.au/mice/aime-2016/