Destination Guide: Japan

Japan to launch Ambassador Programme in 2013

The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) will appoint 20 inaugural Congress Ambassadors nationwide in April 2013.

Tokyo at night
Tokyo at night

Ambassadors will come from key academic and research sectors, including scientific and medical fields, serving as liaisons to the media and as mentors to other colleagues in Japan for their bidding and organisational expertise.

Japan's is the leading Asian country in the international associations market with 501 meetings of this kind taking place in the country per year, according to the Union of International Associations.

It also leads in ICCA World Rankings report with 2,533 international conferences held from 2001 to 2011.

After the Great East Earthquake, Japan has hosted the Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis in Kyoto, the International Society for Stem Cell Research in Yokohama and SIBOS in Osaka.

Japan's infrastructure is also undergoing major improvements. New international routes have linked Tokyo with more cities, there are three new low cost carriers available and the Shinkansen bullet train was expanded to make Japan's congress cities more accessible from international airports.

A number of international hotel chains plan to open more properties around the country, including the Interncontinental Hotel in Osaka 2013, Hilton Hotels and Resorts in Okinawa and Four Seasons Hotel in Kyoto 2014.

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