Associations considering Japan for their next congress may
be wooed by a matchmaking service.
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has launched a
campaign – called New Ideas Start Here – which aims to link associations with
the most ‘relevant’ cities for their international meetings.
Starting in April, the initiative will be promoted through
an English-language website.
Promotional videos targeted at the associations market,
detailing why organisations should take their meetings to Japan, will be used
extensively in the campaign.
Etsuko Kawasaki, executive director of the Japan Convention
Bureau, said: “We have conducted our own research and it is clear that Japan is
able to attract a large number of events involving the medical, scientific and
industrial sectors, so we are focusing on these areas for our associations’
"Each city has something unique and special. We are encouraging them
to make the most of those cultural assets. We want to link appropriate cities
with the appropriate associations. It is almost as if we are providing a
Twelve cities in Japan have been designated Global Cities
since they meet all the infrastructural needs for association events, including
hospitality, venues and logistical support. A further forty cities are targeted
at smaller events and associations.