The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau is dedicated to our mission of creating a high quality, sustainable tourist destination open to the world.
Our projects and initiatives are grassroots, community-based, adapting best practices in sustainable tourism to our regional cultural context.
Recently the Global Sustainable Tourism Council has formulated global criteria for sustainable tourism.
Sustainable tourism experts, University professors, NPOs, UNWTO staff, Ecotourism Japan, and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, etc attended the meeting.
As leaders and pioneers in community-based, sustainable tourism in Japan, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau is working towards holding the first Forum on the introduction of these global criteria to Japan.
The concept of sustainable tourism in still relatively unknown in Japan, and we hope that these initiatives will create a new, powerful movement to a more responsible tourism industry.