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) .
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.