Exhibitors from the Asia Pacific region have significantly increased their presence and the size of their stands at WTM London 2018 – the leading global event for the travel industry, taking place between 5th- 7th November.
WTM London has reported rising demand from visitors who are keen to find more about networking and doing business with firms from Asia during the three day travel and tourism exhibition.
One hotspot expecting to see a boost in visitor numbers is Japan, which is preparing to host the Rugby World Cup (RWC) in 2019 and Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. The Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) has expanded its WTM London exhibition stand space by more than a third as it increases marketing activity ahead of the international sporting tournaments.
According to JNTO figures, the number of foreign visitors to Japan in July 2018 increased by 5.6% from the same month of the previous year to 2.832 million. It surpassed 2,682 thousand people in July 2017 by more than 150,000 and achieved a record high in July. The number is expected to continuously grow, especially with a large number of visitors from Europe and Oceania anticipated to visit Japan as the country will be holding two global sporting events two years in a row starting from 2019.
Tokyo will have its own booth (AS935) again this year at WTM London represented by the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau. Presentations will be conducted at the booth every day during WTM London. A representative from Kanto District Transport Bureau will also share the latest news on the Rugby World Cup 2019 preparations and the Tokyo tourism trends for the next few years.
During the show, there will also be representatives from the Tourist Promotion Department of Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau; Cross Media Limited; Tokyo & Around Tokyo Promotion Council on the Japan stand. They will be joining the JNTO along with hoteliers and ground handlers.
WTM London, Senior Director, Simon Press said: “The Asia Pacific region of WTM London is growing phenomenally and attracting more and more visitors. With Japan being the host nation of the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Olympic Games, we believe that Japan’s presence at WTM London is important to promote these mega sporting events to the world.”
Tokyo Booth at WTM London 2018 Details
- Presentation on RWC 2019 and Tourism Trends in Tokyo
- Date: Monday, 5th November 2018 – Wednesday, 7th November 2018
- Time: 11:00 – 11:30, 14:00 – 14:30
- Address: Tokyo booth (AS935) at WTM London 2018
Representatives: Mr. Akito Tadokoro, Director of Tourist Promotion Department at Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau