Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, made time on his recent visit to Australia to address a major travel industry event – the Japan-Australia Tourism Seminar at the Hilton Sydney.
The seminar, which aims to enhance bilateral tourism between Japan and Australia, was hosted by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA). About 150 people, including Australian media and both inbound and outbound travel trade representatives, attended.
From left, Tourism Australia chief John O’Sullivan_ Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the President of JNTO Head Office, Ryoichi Matsuyama.
Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, delivered the welcome address. A Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) was then exchanged between the President of JNTO Head Office, Ryoichi Matsuyama, and Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan.
The MOC aims to strengthen close tourism partnerships between Japan and Australia and increase demand for travel between both destinations.
Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, addresses the Japan-Australia Tourism Seminar in Sydney
Japan’s Prime Minister called on both countries to enhance bilateral tourism exchange, saying Japan was improving its tourism environment in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. He also touched on the charms of Australia, from coastal resorts to delicious food and wine.
The event was an opportunity for both the Australian and Japanese travel industry representatives to gain tourism updates and develop stronger links.
Edited by Peter Needham