Welcome to the April 2021 edition of the Japan Meetings & Events Update for Australia and New Zealand.
The Japan Tourism Agency has studied a variety of infectious disease control certification systems and published a manual to help facilities understand how to obtain certification. As a trial, JTA has provided support for four facilities in Japan to receive GBAC (Global Biorisk Advisory Council) STAR certification:
- Kyoto International Conference Hall
- Pacifico Yokohama
- Tokyo Midtown Hall & Conference
- The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

IME 2021, the 30th International MICE Expo Japan, went digital! Held 24-26 February, participants across Japan and 11 countries and territories conducted more than 600 meetings.


 Chiba to host 2 upcoming international conferences:

* 9th International Discussion Meeting on Relations in Complex Systems (2022)
* Joint Conference of ProMAC and IPMA World Congress 2022 (  *first time for IPMA to be held in Japan)

• JNTO has created a set of pictograms for suppliers in Japan, to ensure that the Covid-safe measures being taken can be communicated clearly to visitors.


Check our website to find updated information on entry bans implemented by the Japanese government to curb the spread of Covid-19.

• Find up-to-date statistics on the number of cases and details on Japan’s policy to prevent and control the epidemic on the Cabinet Secretariat's website.

Japan Updates

Japan: Inspiration for Incentive Travel

This brand-new brochure includes suggested itineraries and experiences which planners can use to design unforgettable incentive trips. Download the PDF brochure, or if you would like a hard copy, please contact me.

*Limited hard copies available.

Japan Convention Cities Guide

The 2021 version of this brochure introduces 52 cities and regions in Japan, providing a brief summary of key information on each location and support measures offered for meetings and events held there.

*Only available in PDF at this time.

Mie Pref. guidelines for safe MICE events

Mie Prefectural Tourism Bureau has released a new document: Guidelines and Practical Examples for Safe MICE in Mie Prefecture. The information is available both in English (from the link above) and in Japanese.


If you're looking for experiences in Mie Prefecture to include in an incentive trip (such as ninja training, visiting the 'mermaids' of Japan or an F1 racing course), filter by region: Tokai on our Experiences in Japan microsite.

New Kobe MICE brand: "KOBE for Change Makers"

To celebrate its 40th year as a 'Global MICE City', as recognised by the Japan Tourism Agency, Kobe Convention Bureau has rebranded, and identified 4 areas of strength for the city: The port; welfare and disaster prevention; medical care; and new industries. New assets are also available.

Accommodation Updates
Hotel News
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu has been accepted to the APAC Virtuoso Regional Preferred Partner Program. Virtuoso agents can now offer clients special amenities at this property.
Prince Smart Inn Atami, the second property of the new brand by Prince Hotels, has opened in Atami, Shizuoka. Prince Smart Inn connects guests with local society using ICT (information & communications technology).
Upcoming Openings
・Bulgari Hotels & Resorts will open Japan's first Bvlgari Hotel in Tokyo, scheduled for early 2023. 
Hilton Okinawa Miyako Island Resort, Hilton's first property away from the main island of Okinawa, has begun construction. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2023.
Rosewood Miyakojima will be the first Japan property for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. The intimate, all-villa Okinawan retreat is scheduled to open in 2024.
・The first Four Seasons Hotel in Osaka is scheduled to open in 2024 as part of "ONE DOJIMA PROJECT", a mixed condominium and hotel high-rise.
Note: Only Japanese info at this time.
JNTO Educational and Inspirational Tools

JNTO Sydney YouTube educational tools


We have launched a webinar series with in-depth information on Japan. Whilst the information in this series is somewhat general and targeted at leisure travel advisors, incentive travel planners may also find it useful for increasing destination knowledge. Please note this series does not cover any Covid-specific travel restrictions or measures.

Many of our partners in Japan have begun launching 360-degree interactive VR videos. We have collated some of these from various regions across Japan into a consolidated YouTube playlist to give you a taste of the country as a whole.

Explore Japan for a few minutes with our VR Video!


We still have to wait a little longer to travel to Japan again. But what if, in the meantime, you visited it virtually? Thanks to our VR 360° video, you can immerse yourself in some of Japan’s most iconic spots from your home or office. Click the link, switch to full screen and use your mouse to look around you!

Experiences in Japan microsite


In 2019 JNTO launched the 100 Experiences in Japan brochure, featuring a curated list of hands-on activities across the country, categorised by 'passion points' such as Tradition, Cuisine and Cities; the dedicated microsite has expanded this resource to 369 experiences.

Many local convention bureaus in Japan have a financial support scheme for MICE groups who have selected their city as a destination for their event (subject to certain requirements). 

Some also have a support scheme to subsidise inspections for groups that are still in the process of deciding on a location.

If you have a group which has decided on or is considering Japan as a destination, please let me know and JNTO can enquire with the local convention bureaus on your behalf to see if your group is eligible for any subsidies they may provide. 

JNTO also has limited support available for incentive groups only which meet certain criteria. If you have an incentive group which has decided on or is considering Japan, please let me know and I can give you more information on this.
You are receiving this email as either I or one of my colleagues have met you at a MICE related event or exchanged emails with you in the past. This newsletter will be sent out periodically, featuring news from Japan in the Meetings & Events industry tailored to the Australia and New Zealand markets.


Remember to bookmark www.japanmeetings.org for resources to help you with planning your meeting, incentive or event. These include photos and videos, venue search, supplier search, statistics, model courses, and more!

For agents with leisure clients, please see the Travel Trade section of the local JNTO Sydney website for resources.

If you can't find what you need on the above websites, please contact me directly at sally_miles@jnto.go.jp or by phone at +61 2 9279 3177 and I will be happy to assist however I can.

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