12th Global Travel & Tourism Summit to include Sendai events
Sydney September 28, 2011 – The city of Sendai has become the metropolis hit by the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but 2012 is going to reposition the city into global tourism.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) decided to bring their major events to Sendai in 2012, after they picked Japan for their 2012 conference venues. Although the tragic natural disaster hit the north-east region of Japan just a week after they announced Japan as the 2012 event venue, the WTTC takes this opportunity to exhibit their new commitment and focus on the recovery of Japan’s tourism industry. Among the entire 4-day event of the WTTC Global Summit in Tokyo from April 16 to 19, 2012, the Committee will hold their Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting on April 17 in Sendai to focus specifically on risk and crisis management.
David Scowsill, WTTC President & CEO, said:?“The recovery of Japan is one of the most compelling issues facing global travel and tourism. I’m delighted that we will be able to bring the industry’s leaders to Sendai during the Summit week in 2012”. It reflects WTTC’s recognition of Sendai as the perfect venue for their 2012 event to show their specific commitment on this year’s disaster in Japan. Sendai has already proved the swift and substantial recovery from the disaster, with public infrastructure coming back in service only one month after the event, with the world famous bullet train (Shinkansen) and Sendai airport, which went underwater after hit by the devastating tsunami being fully recovered and in operation since April. Sendai is well capable of hosting high-quality international meetings while showcasing the city’s functions as the commercial and cultural capital of northeast Japan.
The WTTC’s annual summit is where over 1,000 delegates from the tourism industry and government officials meet to discuss opportunities, challenges and issues in the industry and striving to unlock tourism’s significant potential for sustainable development and economic growth across the globe.
Japan National Tourism Organization is involved in a broad range of activities promoting travel to Japan through various activities overseas as well as tourism-promoting activities in Japan.