Hosted by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), the Visit Japan Tourism Mart is considered the largest international inbound travel and tourism industry show in the country. The event is held annually in Tokyo the capital city, and this year for three days beginning September 21, whereby buyers and attendees had the opportunity to meet a wide range of suppliers of travel products from Japan under one roof. Exhibitors range from tour operators, hotel and resorts, destination attractions, as well as local tourism boards and tourism related business owners.
The show attracts buyers from all over the world to Tokyo, who are keen in doing tourism business with Japan. This as well as, to discover new tourism and MICE product offerings from the country. Buyers also had the opportunity to schedule their appointments online prior to the show through the web-based matching system provided by VJTM.
Aside from the business meetings, exhibitors, buyers and the media had the option of participating in a familiarisation tour of one of the nine different courses offered by VJTM: Hokkaido; Golden Route; Hokuriku Setouchi; Hokadate and Tohoku; North Kanto;Tohoku Kyushu South; Kyushu North; Okinawa and Tokyo and Sendai and Matsushima.
Through this show, JNTO aims to stimulate the local economies through the promotion of the tourism industry in Japan. At the same time, develop new tourism products and MICE in Japan.
Business Talk Session during VJTM 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight
Media Familiarisation Tour of Kyushu North
Media representatives and buyers from Malaysia and Singapore.
Visit to Toto Museum - Display of tableware, sanitary ware, fittings and plumbing equipment of toilets and faucets. Showcase is on the Morimura Brothers who started the first factory in the late 19th century, to make porcelain ware from Japan.
Kitakyushu Musuem of Natural History & Human History - Exhibits of Dinosaurs.
Retro Building: Old Moji Mitsui Club is now a restaurant and was formerly a guesthouse, where Albert Einstein and his second wife stayed in 1922 when they visited Kyushu.
Retro Building: The Industry Club House of West Japan - An important national cultural property, has Western and Japanese style influence. Once home to the founder of a vocational school, who is a distinguished Japanese leader of industry, is now the Kyushu Institute of Technology.
Moji Port - An International trading port of the late 19th century is now a tourist destination.
Kokura Castle - Built in 1602 and was the property of the Ogasawara Clan. The castle was destroyed by fire in 1866 in a clan war. It was reconstructed in 1959, and fully restored in 1990. Today, the grounds of the castle known as Katsuyama Park, is a popular spot where cherry blossoms bloom in early April.