Report of Visit Japan Travel & MICE Mart 2017 for Inbound Tourism Promotion
Participated in VJTM 2017
As I announced before, I attended the business meeting event in Tokyo.
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First, I’ll show you some pictures of venue. It’s held in Tokyo Big Sight.
It was really large and more than 1,000 companies or organizations related to tourism gathered.
I had business meetings with 30 companies in 16 countries, which was actually awesome.
How awesome it was
I’ll tell you how awesome VJTM 2017 was.
- Accomplished 20 minutes’ meeting 20 times.
- Promote our region with the materials which I made beforehand.
- Took a picture and shake hands with all companies I met.
- Some comapnies will fit our region in their tour schedule in the future.
- Got replies to my follow-up mails.
- Had a discussion in spite of my unannounced visit.
- Understood Indian English well.→Referred to #37 in The List of 100 Things I Want to Do by My 30th Birthday
- A Russian lady told me that my English pronunciation wasn’t like Japanese English.
- I said to her back “Because I’ve listened to Bon Jovi since my childhood” and she laughed the joke.
- Ironically, the company in the last session didn’t seem to listen to me since he wanted to leave the site as soon as possible.
- Met a lot of beautiful ladies from Russia.
Every moment was exciting to me since it was the first time to attend this kind of English business meeting.
Actually, I’ve found that I need to develop my English.
I had difficulty in explaining features of our region at some point.
Now, I’m studying English with TED talks again.
Objectives of VJTM 2017
Actually, I set some goals for this business meeting event like below.
- Feel a good response on inbound tourism in our region
- Be more confident in our activity programs of cultural experience
- 20 appointment meetings ←Accomplished!!
- 2 tour package realized
- 20 FIT increased
The last two will be revealed in the end of 2018.
Regarding qualitative objective, I think 50% achieved.
That’s because I wasn’t able to introduce our activity programs confidently.
You know, it’s hard to sell products you don’t make.
I must create my product for next VJTM. Anyway, that’s really precious experience for me.