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Japan trade seminar in AKL: ‘More than sushi and tempura’

There is more to Japan than just Sushi and Tempura. That’s one of the key messages that will be highlighted to trade when Japan National Tourism Organization and supplier partners hold a roadshow in Auckland next month.

‘We are also trying to break the stereotype of travel to Japan being expensive,’ says Sally Miles, business development and marketing assistant at JNTO.

‘Especially with so many major sporting events happening – Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo hosting the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020 – there’s no better time for clients to see Japan.

Miles says reasons to explore Japan include skiing. ‘The destination has hundreds of ski resorts that are still unexplored by international travellers for an authentic exerience of Japanese culture.

Other attractions are cherry blossoms, traditional culture, local cuisine, onsens (hot springs) and a variety of outdoor activities including trekking, mountain climbing, rafting and more. Pop culture (anime, manga and themed cafés) are other drawcards.

‘We are expectng about 50 agents to attend,’ Miles adds. ‘We haven’t been able to bring our Japan trade roadshows to New Zealand for some years so this is a great opportunity for New Zealand agents to find out more about Japan and meet our suppliers.’

Suppliers attending include Hankyu Travel DMC Japan, Madarao Mountain Resort / Iiyama City, Sankara hotel & spa Yakushima, Universal Studios Japan, Ayabex inc. (DMC), Heartland Japan, Hoshino Resorts Tomamu (Hokkaido), Tourism Shizuoka Japan, Ishikawa prefecture (Kanazawa city), Nippon Travel Agency Co, and InsideJapan Tours.

The Japan Roadshow is being held at Grand Millennium Auckland on Thursday 17 May, starting from 4.30pm.

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