IT&CM Asia 2018 welcomes largest-ever Japan contingent

Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau MICE and Association buyers

This year’s IT&CM Asia will boast its largest Japan display to date, with six Japanese cities exhibiting, three of which are new. As well, JTB Corporation will also be making its inaugural appearance.

The six cities are Fukuoka, Osaka, Sapporo, Hiroshima, Kobe, and Nagasaki. While Fukuoka, Osaka and Sapporo have participated before, this year’s edition will also have newcomers Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Kobe.

Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau meeting with a MICE buyer at last year’s IT&CMA Asia

Ayako Kurosawa, incentive coordinator, Sapporo Convention Bureau, said of Sapporo’s participation: “Our current goals for the Asia-Pacific region targets South-east Asia, Australasia and as far as the UK as Japan will host the Rugby World Cup in 2019, with Sapporo scheduled to host major matches. As such, we have been working hard to reorganise our local MICE resources, unique venues and attractions, and support programmes.”

Meanwhile, for Kazuhiro Tsuji, chief supervisor, Hiroshima Convention & Visitors Bureau, he hopes that the annual show will “give buyers a deeper understanding of what Hiroshima can offer as a MICE city”.

Meanwhile, JTB Corporation serves Japan’s tourism industry from over 1,100 offices in 38 countries, with group’s global corporate business faction functioning as a DMC and PCO for MICE and Business Travel Management in Asia.

A recently released 2017 ICCA report sees Japan in the top country rankings to maintain its first place in the Asia-Pacific region for a record number of international association meetings held.

IT&CMA 2018 will be held from September 18-20, 2018 at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. It is co-located with the CTW Asia-Pacific.

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