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Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) successfully concluded the ‘Visit Japan Trade Seminar’ in Mumbai on Monday, February 22, 2016. The JNTO delegation comprised Hideki Manabe – Executive Director, JNTO Singapore Office, Daisuke Kobayashi- Director, JNTO Singapore Office and Takeshi Komura- Senior Assistant Manager, JNTO Tokyo Office. Partners from Japan included All Nippon Airways Co Ltd (ANA), DMC Japan by KNT, Oicee Japan, Ayabex Inc, Wakayama Prefecture and Princess Cruises & Masala Tours from their India offices.

The seminar proved to be a great platform for the delegation from Japan as they got an opportunity to interact with over 120 Travel Trade partners and present their latest offerings to them. Their objective was not only to understand the changing trends in the Indian market but also to update travel agents with new trends and products in Japan.

The seminar began with a Welcome address by Manabe, which was followed by a Key Note address by Yoshiaki Ito, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Mumbai.

Next were a series of presentations by JNTO’s partners including DMC Japan by KNT, Oicee Japan, All Nippon Airways, Wakayama Prefecture and Masala Tours, followed by a speech on Japan by Mr Toshihiro Yamakoshi, Counselor, Embassy of Japan, New Delhi and presentations by Princess Cruises- ‘A new voyage to Japan’ and Mayank Kumar- Editor, Happytrips.com on ‘Destination Japan Experience with Indian perspective’.

According to Manabe, “Visit Japan Trade Seminar is a significant platform to bring together travel trade partners and give them the opportunity to showcase our products. Through our constant engagement programmes with travel trade partners, our endeavour is to highlight Japan as a destination which offers unique diversity in terms of experiences and activities to Indian travellers.”

The year 2015 has been a great year for Japan tourism as it crossed the 100,000 mark for visitor arrivals from India. During this period, Japan welcomed 103,200 visitors from India, observing the growth of 17.3% and 19,737,400 tourists from all over the world with a growth of about 47% vis-a-vis 2014.

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