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Special International Symposium on the Revitalization of Japan's Tourism Sector and Quake Affected Regions - “Special Message” adopted as an outcome of the symposium-

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Last Update : 2011/10/5

 This Symposium, the Special International Symposium on the Revitalization of Japan's Tourism Sector and Quake Affected Regions, was held in the city of Sendai on October 5, 2011 to transmit knowledge about the programs of various Prefectural governments of the Northeast Region on the recovery of tourism on a prefecture-wide basis in hopes that holding a common forum about the various programs will contribute to widening the effectiveness of the common purpose of tourism recovery and revitalization of the regional economies. It should also be noted that a “Special Message” was adopted by the Symposium.

1.Date and Time:         October 5, 2011 (Wed)

2.Place:                Katahira-Sakura Hall, Katahira Campus, Tohoku University (Second Floor Conference Room)

3.Convening Organizations:  World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Japan Tourism Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

4.Attendants:           170 (Members of convening Orgs., General Public)

5.Summary of Outcomes:
(1)Representatives of the UNWTO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Six Northeast Prefectures (including the three stricken prefectures.), JTA, etc., assembled in one hall, and conducted presentations and discussions on the current status of the stricken areas and recovery programs in future on the theme of restoration of tourism.

(2)UNWTO Secretary General Rifai, WTTC CEO Scowsill, and top members of various UN organizations and international industrial organizations involved in the tourism sector discussed the present status of the recovery efforts seen from abroad、 pointed out issues and offered their cooperation for the effort.

(3)Finally the Seminar adopted the “Special Message” to the effect that it is important to remove damage caused by rumors as soon as possible and promote recovery/increase of tourism to the Northeast Region and Japan as a whole as well as further developing international tourism not only to the Asia Pacific Region but other areas. The “Special Message” is to be presented at the Congress of UNWTO in the coming week and the attendants of the Seminar expect it to become the “Message of Recovery” to the world.

Notes: The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is one of the United Nation’s organizations and is concerned with tourism. Its membership counts 161 countries. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) is a private organization of the top membership who represents various business corporations in tourism in the world.