Travel Mart 2008 autumn edition was held on October 23rd and 24th, at the Pacifico Yokohama conference center in Yokohama City. Three groups from Wakayama prefecture attended the busy business event; Prefectural Office, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and Kumano Regional group.
This Travel Mart is an important initiative of the federal government promotional project “VISIT JAPAN CAMPAIGN”. At this event travel agencies and media from overseas can freely talk with Japanese agencies from all over Japan. About 300 buyers from overseas came joined this year’s Travel Mart.
The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau rented a booth to promote Tanabe. We offered information regarding the world heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, high quality Onsens and fresh local foods that can be found in the Kumano region.
During the two day event we had business negotiations with around 30 agencies. Most of them were from Europe and mainly deal with individual travelers.
It was a very successful trip and we hope work with the tour agencies that we were able to meet.