Tanabe City received the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Regional Development Award in the fiscal year of 2010 and the Japan Center for Regional Development has recently released a mini documentary on the subject.
Tanabe City's holistic and sustainable approach to tourism with community development as its heart was the basis for this award. Introducing local farm products and experiences to diversify tourism in the area to open new business opportunities to farmers while staying true to the area's cultural traditions was a strong theme for the city. Effectively increasing international tourism in a smooth and sustainable fashion was also covered.
The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau plays an integral part of this unique award winning network of stakeholders.