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International online travel conference “WIT (Web In Travel) JAPAN & NORTH ASIA 2016”

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WIT (Web In Travel) JAPAN & NORTH ASIA 2016 will be held at the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba (Daiba, Tokyo) on June 2nd (Thu) & 3rd (Fri), 2016.  Registration and sponsorship application open from February 29th (Mon).  WIT JAPAN & NORTH ASIA 2016 is organized jointly by Kei Shibata, Co-founder and CEO of Venture Republic Inc. (Head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo, “Venture Republic”), and Aya Aso, Representative Director & CEO of AGORA Hospitalities (Head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo, “AGORA”). Shibata and Aso serve respectively as the Executive Committee Chairman and Executive Committee Deputy Chairman of the conference.

The event has been held for the last four years and this year’s theme is “Reboot.”

A 1-day Bootcamp will be held on June 2nd (Thu), and there will be insightful and useful opportunities to learn about marketing strategies and travel markets through case studies and business models.  In the Start-Up Pitch, which is a business presentation competition for start-ups, entrepreneurs will be coached by investors and business leaders, and will be selected to present at the conference the following day.

At the conference to be held on June 3rd (Fri), leaders in the online travel industry from Japan, North Asia, and the rest of the world will engage in intense and passionate discussion about what’s happening in the market today.

WIT JAPAN was first held the year following the devastating earthquake and tsunami disaster that hit Japan in order to revitalize the country’s travel industry.  It is an international conference that is highly recognized for its active discussions of the latest market trends and tasks.  It invites major players in the online travel industry (e.g. travel agents, car rental companies, taxi companies, railway operators, airlines, hotels and Japanese-style hotels, etc.) as speakers and panelists for its events.  The fourth WIT Japan was held in 2015 under the theme of “A New Dawn Rises” and attracted a record 450 participants from 18 countries, with a particularly large contingent coming from Japan, Korea and other parts of North Asia.

How people make their travel arrangements has been changing from offline to online, through mobile devices, and apps.  Travel bookings and technology now go hand in hand.  At WIT JAPAN & NORTH ASIA 2016, we will discuss market trends in the travel industry in Asia and particularly Northeast Asia from a global perspective.  We look forward to seeing you there.


WIT is an international conference started in Singapore in 2005 with the aim of transforming the online travel industry in the Asia Pacific region and leading the travel community in Asia.  Having started with 160 participants, the conference now attracts over 500 participants and is held at various sites throughout Asia.  It has come to be known as the “Davos Meeting” of the online travel industry.

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