'Surprisingly fast' post-quake recovery spurs Japan to growth
Arrivals in Japan from key markets including the UK, US and
Australia are returning to levels reached before the horrific
earthquake of March 2011, as the country makes a "surprisingly
Japan still managed to rank 13th in the International Convention
and Congress Association (ICCA) country rankings for 2011, despite
three-quarters of the year being post-quake.
"We thought it was going to be a lot worse," said Chad Shiver,
conventions manager at the Japan National Tourism Organization.
"About 95 per cent of forward events cancelled for three months,
then many went ahead as planned. Last autumn, six months after the
earthquake, we were as busy as the autumn previous. It hadn't hurt
us as much as we first expected. It was the corporate clients that
came back first - they had business relationships there and there
was an element of CSR, but associations are coming back now."
To read the full article, please click
Source - http://www.meetpie.com/