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Communication Level Up Seminar for Accommodation Facilities in the coastal area of Tanabe City

On August 27th the second communication level up seminar was held for people who work at accommodation facilities in the coastal area of Tanabe City.

This workshop was conducted by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau to help accommodations prepare and adapt to international visitors. Our goal was to give them quality communication tools so that they can communicate necessary information without being bilingual in English.

During the second seminar we visited Miyoshiya Ryokan to experience how to arrange English signs and information without ruining the Japanese atmosphere of the facility.

Back in the classroom they split into several groups and had a discussion about what kinds of information would be necessary for foreign guests. They came up with many specific situations such as “billing methods” and “etiquette for taking baths.”

All of the participants of this communication level up seminar worked very hard to prepare for the upcoming 10th International Aikido Congress.

One ryokan owner commented that “the lecture was very helpful. It eliminated my apprehensions (to have foreign guests stay at my Inn).”

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau believes that supporting local citizens at a grassroots level is very important to realize our goal of creating a sustainable tourism destination.

Once owners and staff of accommodations are prepared to have foreigner guests stay at their establishments, there will be less stress for themselves and visitors. Having appropriate systems in place will reduce misunderstanding, increasing the enjoyment of both visitors and staff. By word of mouth visitors will increase, opening up new markets for business.

In this way locals can preserve their customs and culture stress free, and at the same time improve economic development and diversification, which will help to create a sustainable tourism destination.

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This is an easy way to do a loop of the Kii Peninsula.

From July 15, 2016 (Friday)
PRICE Adult 11,000 yen Children 5,500 yen (Children 6 to 11 years old)
NOTE: This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.
VALIDITY PERIOD Five consecutive days
AREA ●JR conventional lines: Nagoya-Shingu-within Osaka City (via lse Tetsudo Line or Kameyama, via Kisei Main Line/Hanwa Line) ●Nagoya-Kameyama-Nara-within Osaka City (via Kansai Main Line) Taki Toba (Sangu Line) ●Kansai International Airport-Hineno (Kansai Airport Line) ●Bus routes for accessing Kumano Kodo, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha (Only Kumano Kotsu Bus); and Select bus routes
TRAIN TYPES ●Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on ordinary cars on all JR conventional line trains in the subject section. ●Reserved seats can be used up to four times on ordinary cars of limited express and rapid trains. ●Only non-reserved seats can be used on the limited express "Haruka' between the Kansai Inte…