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CLAIR Paris workshop

On October 26th, Lionel Crooson, a freelance journalist based in Paris, made a presentation at one of CLAIR Paris’s seminars. He introduced the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and their initiatives as a model case on how to positively increase international tourism at a grassroots level.

The theme of workshop was “What to do to attract French tourists to Japan” and a summary document is available on CLAIR Paris’s website (Japanese & French) . PDF file (Japanese) >>
This document introduces the “Tanabe City Gourmet Map” produced by Tanabe Tourist Association, Tanabe Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.  
Other initiatives of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau that were mentioned during the seminar were the unique Grassroots Tourism Development Seminars and Communication Workshops, multi-lingual websites and pamphlets, and the background of Brad Towle, our bureau’s International Tourism Promotion and Development Director.

Travel Mart 2010

From November 25 to 26, 2010 the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau participated in Travel Mart 2010 at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall in Chiba.  The organizers of this event were the Japan Tourism Agency and the Japan National Tourism Organization.

There were hundreds of tour companies from around the world coming as "buyers".  Government agents and companies from all over Japan made up the "sellers".
Our bureau was matched with companies from Europe, Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Korean, and China.  Many of them were interested in the area for clients looking for off-the-beaten path destinations.

Le Monde Newspaper Features Kumano and Koyasan

Invitation a la meditation au mont Koya” by Philippe Mesmer Published by Le Monde Newspaper November 25, 2010
Article available for purchase online >>

Note: The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported this press tour.  View blog entry >>

JNTO Toronto Press Tour - Will Aitken

From November 16th to 19th, 2010 Will Aitken, a travel writer from Montreal Canada, toured Koyasan and Kumano on a tour sponsored by JNTO Toronto and the Japanese Ministry of Tourism.  The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported with the itinerary creation and guiding. 

The weather was excellent throughout the tour.  Highlights were visiting the temple of Koyasan with their Buddhist cuisine, Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen (with the Sennin-buro bath), walking the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, boating on the Kumano-gawa River, and visiting the sacred Kumano Sanzan shrines.
Thank you very much to JNTO Toronto, the village of Koyasan, Wakayama Prefectural government, and all the other groups involved that made this tour go so smoothly.

KUMANO TRAVEL - New Online Reservation System

On November 10th, the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau opened a new online reservation system called “KUMANO TRAVEL” in Japanese and English.

It has been four and half years since the establishment our bureau.  Our main initiatives were tourism promotion and grassroots tourism development.  But we found that it was difficult for visitors to make reservations in the area.  So to link this special place with visitors we have started an online reservation system.
This online reservation system is aimed to support independent travelers, small groups and tour agents.  It is the first of its kind for Japan.
We are continually adding new contents to the system.  We are also able to help individuals organize/customize their visit to the area.  Please contact us anytime for more information.
Sustainability and quality are important aspects of this new community-based business.
We look forward to working with people who share our same values and are interested in experiencing this special area of J…

KU Agent FAM trip in Kumano

From November 1 to 3, 2010 the Kansai Unity Agent Familiarization trip visited the sacred Kumano region.  There were three tour agents from France, two from America, and two from Germany.

The tour focused on the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" including the Kumano Sanzan shrines and the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route.
Sites visited and toured were the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and Kumano Nachi Taisha.  The made a brief stop in Yunomine Onsen before staying overnight at the Fujiya Ryokan in Kawayu Onsen.
A boat tour on the Kumano-gawa River was enjoyed by all on the second day of the trip before spending the night at Katsuura Onsen on the coast.
Participants walked on the Daimonzaka section of the Kumano Kodo before heading back to Osaka.
Thank you very much for visiting us here in Kumano.

East Asia and Europe Travel Agents Meeting

On October 28th, the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau participated in a event with travel agencies from East Asia and Europe sponsored by the Organization of Kansai Unity and affiliated Prefectures in the Kansai area.

The business negotiation took place at the Osaka International Convention Center.  37 travel agencies in East Asia and Europe were in attendance. 

Our bureau’s Asian tourism promotion staff promoted the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes, the beautiful Onsens, and the abundant local food in Tanabe City.
Our new community based Kumano Travel destination travel company was also discussed and well received as a great way to make reservations for visitors to Kumano.