Wakayama University is the only Japanese national university featuring a Tourism Faculty. The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau was requested to hold three special 90 minute long lectures on June 4th, 11th and 18th.
On June 4th the Bureau Chief lectured on the subject “Tanabe’s Challenge Toward the World”. He discussed the Bureau’s general outline and active engagements in regards to the region’s tourism. He also introduced Tanabe city’s tourism assets. As for Tanabe’s tourism potential he emphasized the importance of affiliation and cooperation on a broader regional scale.
On June 11th the Bureau’s international tourism promotion and development director Brad, took charge of the second lecture. He showed students the TV program “Gaia no Yoake” which featured his works in Tanabe. Afterwards he identified important aspects to overhaul the framework of international tourism to create an attractive sustainable tourism destination.
The final lecture was on June 18th. An assistant manager of the Tanabe City Office Hongu Branch introduced local practical efforts for the revival of “Otonashi-gami Paper” and an exchange program with other cities through agricultural experience. To conclude the set of lectures, the Bureau’s ex-senior director gave a summary talk.
We hope that ideas, problems and philosophies discussed in regards to Tanabe City’s tourism initiatives will be positively used by the students of Wakayama University during their future careers.