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JTA announced the Inaugural “Japan MICE Year” 2010

The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) has announced 2010 as the “Japan MICE Year” to attract more meetings, incentive travels, conventions, and events or exhibitions to Japan under the Visit Japan Year campaign. JTA has launched the Japan MICE Year logo and tagline at the opening ceremony of the 19th International Meetings Exhibition held at the Tokyo International Forum on December 8 - 9. The logo symbolizes the shaking hands and portrays the destination as an intersection of East and West and an ideal international MICE venue.

Japan MICE Year will see a major campaign to attract international conference business and JTA will be expected to reveal its action plan in March 2010. JNTO, in cooperation with JTA, will continuously introduce Japan's many attractions which make it Asia's #1 destination for international conference organizers, meeting planners, incentive tour planners.

Incentive tour from China and Asia on a sharp increase

This year has marked a large increase in incentive tour groups coming to Japan from other Asian countries, in particular from China. In May, a delegation of 1000 people arrived from a Chinese pharmaceutical company, and then in October, a 1500 participant delegation from a Taiwan corporation visited Sendai City and appreciated the beauty of autumn leaves while BMW's 26 premium customers from Shanghai spent 4 days and 3 nights in Tokyo and Hokkaido. In November, 120 visitors from China's major portal site, Baidu, enjoyed the hot springs of Hakone and the winter landscape around Mt. Fuji.

In addition to the tours from China, a 600-member group from a Malaysian insurance company visited the historical attractions of four cities in the Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe).

JNTO's first major overseas promotion in 2010 will be participating AIME (Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo) in Melbourne, and hold a meeting and incentive seminar in Sydney to introduce organizers exactly why Japan is such a special incentive destination. The dates are as follows:

AIME (Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo)
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: March 2-3, 2010
Booth no.: 3015
http://www.aime.com.au
Japan Meeting & Incentive Seminar in Sydney
Date: March 4 (Thursday), 2010
Venue: Sydney
Further information: JNTO Sydney Office
Tel: +61 2 9279 2177
e-mail: travelinfo@jnto.org.au

Cities to be inspected during “Meet Japan” selected!

Meet Japan 2010 is the Hosted Buyers Program where JNTO invites a dozen of association executives and international meeting planners during the week from February 25 (Thu.) to March 4 (Thu.) 2010 to promote Japan as an international convention destination. Now the six convention cities that will be inspected during Meet Japan 2010 have been selected: Chiba, Matsumoto, Kanazawa, Gifu, Kobe and Matsue. The participants will be divided into three groups ((1) Matsue – Gifu, (2) Kobe – Chiba, and (3) Matsumoto – Kanazawa) and will take part in a 3 night/4 day study tour to gather information about the convention and accommodation facilities, support programs and tourist attractions at each location. On the 5th day, they will meet up in Kanazawa for business sessions with local convention bureaus to learn first-hand about unique charm of Japan's diverse convention cities.

Kanazawa is a 400-year-old castle city that used to be the seat of a powerful feudal lord, and is famous for its castle and, samurai residences and for Kenroku-en Garden, one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in the whole country. The local arts and crafts, and sake breweries and the plentiful seafood are also sure to delight the visitors.

If holding future conferences in Japan is your option, do not miss this opportunity to visit these beautiful Japanese cities, inspect the top-notch convention facilities and the variegated tourist attractions, and experience the warm hospitality for yourself!

Matsue Convention Bureau
http://www.joho-shimane.or.jp/cc/messe/english/

Gifu Convention and Visitors Bureau
http://www.gifucvb.or.jp/en/

Kobe Convention and Visitors Association
http://www.kcva.or.jp/convention/english/

Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center
http://www.ccb.or.jp/e/index.shtml

Matsumoto Tourism and Convention Association
http://www.matsumoto-tca.or.jp/en/

Kanazawa Convention Bureau
http://www.kanazawa-cb.com/english-new/Welcome.html

Hotel Update

The Westin Sendai to open August 1 and the St. Regis Osaka on October 1, 2010

Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which manages the Sheraton and Westin brand hotels, has announced the opening of two new hotels in Japan in 2010. First off is the Westin Sendai on August 1 with 292 rooms in lushly green Sendai, the largest city in the Tohoku region and known as “Forest City.” Then, the St. Regis Osaka (159 rooms) will open on October 1 in “the Kitchen of Japan” – the culinary culture city of Osaka.

With the Starwood Preferred Planner Program, you can look forward to top-class service and stay both in Sendai and Osaka.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Preferred Planner Program
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/meetings/preferred_planner/

Major hotel openings in 2010
August 1, 2010: The Westin Sendai
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?language=en_US&propertyID=3453
October 1, 2010: The St. Regis Osaka
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis/search/hotel_detail.html?propertyID=3198
Fall, 2010: The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
http://www.capitolhoteltokyu.com/en/top.html

The Prince Park Tower Tokyo renews its Premium Lounge

Ranked 2nd in the world on the 2009 Expedia Insiders’ Select list by Expedia (USA), the world’s largest online travel agency, the Prince Park Tower Tokyo has now redesigned its Premium Lounge.

Located on the top floor of the hotel (32F), the Premium Lounge is freely available to guests staying on the Premium Floors (29-31). The area has been tripled to a spacious 333 m2 (3700 ft2) with a panoramic view of the city and the glittering 333 m Tokyo Tower right across the street. Premium Floor guests can check in and check out in the lounge, and enjoy a daily varied breakfast menu for an even more pleasant and comfortable stay.

Next to Shiba Park, which spreads out in front of the Prince Park Tower Tokyo, is the tofu restaurant Tokyo Shiba Toufuya Ukai. Set in grounds of 6,600 m2 (71,000 ft2) with a tranquil Japanese garden surrounded by century-old trees, the main building is a 200-year-old former sake brewery, where you can feast on tofu dishes and seasonal delicacies while looking out over the gorgeous garden. It is also a great place for a party in a truly Japanese atmosphere!

The Prince Park Tower Tokyo
http://www.princehotels.com/en/parktower/

The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Premium Lounge
http://www.princehotels.co.jp/parktower/room/premium-e/

Tokyo Shiba Toufuya Ukai
http://www.ukai.co.jp/shiba/index.html#english

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