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TABIHAKU Night 2013 (photo by Takashi Ueki), the pre-opening event on Sept. 12 for  JATA TABIHAKU Travel Showcase 2013, had set the tone for the four-day event which ran through to Sept. 15 at the Tokyo BigSight in Odaiba.

The excitement and fanfare of TABIHAKU Night was further buoyed by the announcement earlier this month that Tokyo was named the host city of the 2020 Summer Olympics, a decision that is expected to further bring attention to not only Tokyo but Japan as an entire destination for business and leisure travel.tabihaku.1

The evening event at the famous Zojoji Temple (with Tokyo Tower in the background) included entertainment ranging from traditional to popular Japanese music and regional performances, complemented by a wide range of “Old Tokyo” food and a new sparkling sake. It marked the first time for JATA to host such a reception of such magnitude since it first started the travel show in 1977.

Meanwhile, the day started with the International Business Meeting ( including the Media Meeting) where buyers and sellers involving inbound and outbound travel could conduct one-on-one meetings at East Exhibition Hall. The meeting continued on the following day on Sept. 13.

The media meeting (Sept. 12 only) included print, broadcast and online media companies and attracted 122 attendees in all. In all some 1,056 travel professionals attended the Business Meeting over two days.

There were 705 companies that participated: 191 inbound sellers, 105 inbound buyers, 285 outbound sellers, 65 outbound buyers, and 59 media.

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