Welcome to the June edition of the Japan Meetings & Events Update for Australia and New Zealand.

JNTO will be at Get Global in Sydney next month. Please come by and say hello, and we'll be happy to give you some personalised recommendations on why Japan is an excellent destination for your group!
Date: Friday 26 July 2019
LocationThe Gallery, ICC Sydney
NEW! If you have recently confirmed a MICE group of any type, share some information on that group with us and we will reward YOU with some giveaways!

Simply be one of the first five agents to share the following information with us about your confirmed group and as thanks for keeping us updated, we'll send you some goodies -- this month, we are sending out sturdy canvas tote bags and post-it flag clips.

- Name of group (company name if possible, otherwise general e.g. 'automotive group')
- Industry of group
- Type of trip (incentive/conference/etc)
- Number of pax
- Travel start date
- Duration (# of nights)
- Locations visited in Japan
- Date this group was confirmed (month is fine)

Be one of the first 5 agents this month to email this info to sally_miles@jnto.go.jp to have your gift sent out! Don't worry if you haven't confirmed that group just yet - we'll do this again next month with a different set of giveaways so you'll have another chance!

*The above information will be shared with JNTO Head Office only. It will not be shared with any other parties.
JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards 2019

The Japan Best Incentive Travel Awards aims to recognise outstanding achievers among global meeting and incentives planners for their delivery of unique programs and experiences for incentive tours to Japan, and showcasing the attractions of Japan as an ideal incentive destination to the world.

Eligible entrants are travel agents or meeting planners based outside of Japan who have planned an incentive tour, which must have taken place between 01 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 with at least 100 pax nights (e.g. 20 pax staying 5 nights = 100 pax nights, regardless of room configuration).

Winners will be invited to Japan for an award ceremony in Osaka on 23 October 2019, followed by Visit Japan Travel & MICE Mart. Business class round-trip airfare and 3 nights of accommodation during the program will also be included!

For more details, including how to apply, please visit the official website:

JNTO Updates

Japan Convention Bureau now on LinkedIn

Japan Convention Bureau, the MICE arm of JNTO, is now on LinkedIn. Connect with us to receive regular inspiration on incentives and meetings in Japan in your LinkedIn feed! Posts feature case studies, inspirational videos, and updates on Japan Convention Bureau's activities.

Featured Model Course: Kanto and Chubu

Does your client want to spend a bit of time outside of the big city and experience authentic regional Japan? This model course from Tokyo to the onsen paradise of Kusatsu and mountainous Karuizawa introduces delegates to Japan's industrial excellence and natural charms.

More Updates

Hiroshima: new MICE Planner's Guide


Hiroshima Convention and Visitors Bureau publised a brand new "MICE Planner's Guide" which provides MICE organisers with essential information for holding MICE events in Hiroshima, such as unique venues, accommodation facilities, HCVB's support menu including convention subsidies, and more.

Kanazawa: Subsidies available


As a City of Crafts in UNESCO's Creative Cities Network, Kanazawa Convention Bureau offers subsidies for traditional craft workshops for MICE groups. Many groups enjoy traditional performing arts such as geisha evenings and subsidies are available for these performances as well. Additionally, subsidies are available for academic conferences to a maximum of 10.5 million yen. 

Osaka: Kuromon Ichiba Market - first time used as a unique venue


IEEE VR 2019 (the largest international conference in the field of Virtual Reality) was held at Osaka International Convention Center this March. One of the highlights of the summit was the "Osaka Gourmet Night" reception party, where the Kuromon Ichiba Market was chartered as a unique venue. More than 100 shops in the market extended their opening hours for the event, and OCVB helped coordinate special attractions such as "Children Bunraku" (pictured), a traditonal puppet theatre performed by elementary school students.

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 every 1 to 2 months, 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, jnto.org.au 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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