Interest in Japan is apparently running so high among Sydney travel agents that a seminar organised by the Japan National Tourism Organisation has booked out completely more than two weeks in advance.
The seminar will be held on Tuesday 7 February 2017 at Masuya Japanese Restaurant in downtown O’Connell Street, Sydney. Attendees will be treated to Japanese food and drinks at a networking session – but too late, it’s booked out.
JNTO invited travel agents, trade media and airline representatives to attend its Japan Endless Discovery Seminar.
Vast numbers rushed to accept and JNTO soon had to call a halt. “Due to unprecedented and overwhelming response, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) regrets to announce that we have closed registration for our ‘Japan Endless Discovery’ Seminar in Sydney.
“Registrations for the Sydney event received since Friday 20 January have been placed on a waiting list. Any subsequent registrations will also be placed on a waiting list, in order of receipt of registration.”
JNTO points out that there are still spaces available for its Brisbane seminar. “Don’t miss out; register now!”
Sydney agents are unlikely to jet up to Brisbane for that, though you never know.
The lucky few who attend the Sydney event will hear representatives from popular and up-and-coming tourist spots in Japan and see celebrity chef Adam Liaw talk about food and his experiences in Japan.
Delegates are expected from:
- Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) (www.jnto.org.au)
- Tokyo (www.gotokyo.org/en)
- Okinawa (www.visitokinawa.jp)
- Osaka, Kobe, Sakai, and Universal Studios Japan
- Hiroshima (www.hiroshima-navi.or.jp/en)
- Takayama (www.hida.jp/english)
- Hoshino Resort TOMAMU (www.snowtomamu.jp)
- AGORA Hotel Alliance (www.agorahospitalities.com/alliance)
- Nippon Travel Agency Co., Ltd. (www.ntainbound.com)
- Prince Hotels & Resorts (www.princehotels.com/en)
As for the Brisbane event, to be held Thursday 9 February 2o17, JNTO has invited an Australian travel blogger to present her experiences.
“Have dinner on us, and become a Japan travel expert in one night!”
Written by Peter Needham