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10 leading association executives and meeting planners visited Japan at Meet Japan 2010

Our PR program “Meet Japan 2010,” in which international conference organizers are invited to inspect convention cities in Japan, was held from 25 February to 4 March. This year, ten international conference organizers and meeting planners from nine different countries participated, thanks to the kind support from JAL and ANA.

The participants were divided into four groups and went on a three-day study tour to different cities suitable for international conferences (1: Chiba, Kobe; 2: Matsue, Gifu; 3: Matsue, Kobe; and 4: Matsumoto, Gifu) to gather information about the conference facilities, hotels, tourist attractions, etc. in each city. Then, everybody gathered in Kanazawa for business negotiations with convention bureaus and representatives from other cities than the inspected cities.

On March 3rd in Kanazawa, a welcome party was held in the 400-year-old Kanazawa castle park, where the participants could enjoy a view of the illuminated castle, conjuring up a magical atmosphere of the historical town, and delicious foods and drinks of local produce. ANA Crown Plaza Kanazawa also hosted a party and provided the venue for business negotiations.

“Meet Japan” will be held again next year. If you are thinking of holding an international conference in Japan, why not take the opportunity to visit candidate cities and beautiful scenic spots around the country, inspect the top-notch convention facilities and tourist attractions, and experience Japan’s warm hospitality for yourself?

Come see us at the IT&CM China Japan Booth (#213)!

As part of the Japan MICE Year campaign, JNTO will participate in IT&CM CHINA (Incentive Travel & Convention Meetings China) in Shanghai on 7 -9 April.

JNTO will share the Japan booth with representatives from the convention bureaus of Sapporo, Chiba, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Osaka, Miyazaki and Okinawa, Kinki Nippon Tourist and H.I.S., and Shinagawa and Takanawa Prince Hotel.

Please come visit us at the Japan booth (No. 213) during IT&CM China to hear all about the services, tourist attractions, incentive theme parties etc. offered by each city.

IT&CM China 2010 (Shanghai, China)
http://www.itcmchina.com
Time: 4 -7 April 2010 (Wed – Fri)
Venue: ShanghaiMart Expo
Booth No. 213
* Japan at IMEX2010 & IT&CMA2010

Apart from IT&CM CHINA, JNTO is planning to participate in the following MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition) related trade fairs this year. You are welcome to use our booths as a networking space for making concrete plans for conferences and incentive tours in Japan.

IMEX2010 (Frankfurt, Germany)
http://www.imex-frankfurt.com
Time: 25 – 27 May, 2010
Venue: Messe Frankfurt
IT&CMA (Bangkok, Thailand)
http://www.itcma.com.sg
Time: 5 – 7 October, 2010
Venue: Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld

The "I" in MICE

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka has been accelerating its meeting & incentive package development. Raymond R. Tait lll, Director of Revenue & Marketing ,Swissôtel Nankai Osaka, will introduce you what his hotel has to offer.

When we speak of MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) in Osaka, it is particular popular to conduct incentives here. Why? Well, Osaka lies in the heart of Kansai and offers a day trip springboard to a wide variety of enticing incentive options. These options coupled together with world class hotels, restaurants and shopping make up that reward experience that is associated to an “Incentive”. The actual list of day trip options is too long to do it justice here but the sub-destinations of Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Wakayama and Mie surrounding Osaka say it all!

The next part of “I” in MICE that demands attention is the all important Gala Dinner or Climax event that recognizes these high achievers on an incentive trip. Here in Osaka, we have some great options to not only recognize individuals but also entertain the group as a whole. Organizers usually want to buy something unique and representative of the country they are visiting. In the past, we have directed these organizers to nearby major department stores or specialty stores in Shinsaibashi and Namba with unique gifts. They are so pleased to see a wide selection of mementos that represent JAPAN as a keepsake memory of their achievement and trip to JAPAN.

Entertaining these high achievers is also an opportunity to showcase Japanese Culture; from the sublime sounds of the Koto to the pulsating rhythms of Taiko Drums. Costumed clad performers and companions at the reception time before the dinner is another excellent way for guest to experience JAPAN and take souvenir photos with Samurai, Geisha and Kabuki actors (the three most requested). Decorations range from traditional red cloth bench sitting with umbrellas to giant Japanese Scenery backdrops covering the wall of the function space.

Lastly and most importantly, we need to be aware of recent terminology change when approaching these dinners and using the Gala or Awards Dinner is sometimes not appropriate in the current economic times and the recent scrutiny on what is perceived as “Lavish” or “Expensive” outlay of money. Therefore, we try relating to the customer with the key word of “Appreciation” Dinner. For the Dinner it is best to offer a fusion menu of local appeal mixed with some Western course favorites - this is the way to win them over and have a successful event. Again, the food options and combinations are endless, so I will not attempt that here. All of these ingredients will help differentiate your Venue / Hotel / Product and appeal to the overseas Incentive Market wanting to come to JAPAN.
Good Luck and Happy Selling!

For more information on
MICE Package of Swissôtel Nankai Osaka
Swissôtel Nankai Osaka E-Brochure:http://swissotelbrochures.com/osaka

Hotel Updates

The Capitol Hotel Tokyu to open in October

The flagship of the Tokyu Hotels group, the luxury Capitol Hotel Tokyu will open its doors on 22 October, 2010 in Akasaka in central Tokyo.

The new 29-story hotel stands on the grounds of the former Capitol Tokyu Hotel, which closed in 2006 after 43 years and was a long-time favorite with VIPs from the Beatles onwards.

The new hotel will have 251 spacious guestrooms including 13 suites. The guests in the suites on the 5th floor can savor the view of the lush greenery of the adjacent Hie Shrine, while the rooms on the 18th – 29th floor will provide a spectacular panorama of the Tokyo skyline.

The hotel also features the Japanese restaurant “Suiren” and a range of other restaurants and bars, five meeting and banquet rooms, including a 540 m2 ballroom, and a fitness club equipped with a 20 m pool.

With a prime location at the crossing of four subway lines but also surrounded by a natural landscape, the Capitol Hotel Tokyu is a perfect place to spend quality time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
http://www.capitolhoteltokyu.com/en/

In other hotel news, the Palace Hotel Tokyo, in front of the Imperial Palace, is scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2012.

Palace Hotel Tokyo
http://www.palacehotelstokyo.com

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